Today I’m reviewing and giving away a copy of “Happy Homemade Sew Chic” to one lucky reader! Above is a jacket I made out of a linen hemp blend from one of the patterns in the book. I think it’s simple yet chic, just like the book.
Happy Homemade Sew Chic (affiliate link) is a Japanese pattern book that I was sent to review from Tuttle Publishing Company. There are 20 simple and easy to sew patterns in the simple yet chic Japanese pattern style. I made one of the patterns in the book and found the directions to be clear, direct, and simple to follow. It helps that the book is also translated into English. I have used Japanese pattern books in Japanese and because the diagrams are so clear, have never had any problems, but still, it’s nice to be able to read the instructions and the pattern sheets. Trying to match up Kanji on pattern sheets is no picnic!
As an aside, the history of the Tuttle Company is a very interesting one. Charles Tuttle, an American, grew up in Vermont and worked for his father’s bookstore. He went to Harvard University and after graduating he enlisted in the military and was sent to Tokyo in 1945 to work for General McCarthur’s staff. He was assigned to the task of helping to revive the Japanese publishing industry which had been devastated by the war. Tuttle met, fell in love with, and married a beautiful Japanese singer and decided to stay on in Japan. Tuttle began importing American books to sell to GI’s in Japan and by 1949 he opened Tokyo’s first English language bookstore. Two years later, he began publishing books to fulfill the growing interest of foreigners in all things Asian. By the time he died in 1993 he had published over 6,000 books on Asian culture.
Isn’t that interesting!
I added the bias bound seams on the inside. Japanese pattern books often leave out the more time consuming finishing details and offer a simpler approach to sewing, but I like the look of bias bound seams on an unlined jacket.The jacket photographed in the book.Chic looks in linen.These would be cute made into tops.I can’t wait until my linen knit fabric comes in the mail so I can make up these slouchy pants.
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