Sew Sweet Handmade Clothes For Girls: Pattern Book Giveaway



Β Recently I was sent a copy of Sew Sweet Handmade Clothes For Girls written by the Japanese kids designer Yuki Araki to review and do aΒ  giveaway for. I loved this pattern book because you can make a whole season’s wardrobe for your little girls from the patterns included. indexThis book has 22 designs you can make for little girls as well as two matching top patterns for moms…A perfect spring wardrobe. It’s never too early to start planning ahead!topsI enjoyed reading Yuki’s thoughts on sewing and designing for her own girls. therightsize61Px7RximhL

I decided to make a dress from the book. Pictured above is a version of the dress without sleeves in pink linen. Perfect.6165oXtixlL

I am so in love with that blue cotton linen fabric with the linen placket and collar. I decide to make my own version…..homedressMy dress turned out a little funny. I didn’t notice the pattern said to cut the placket on the fold so I ended up with a really skinny placket. If you look at the pretty pink placket in the dress from the book, you’ll see it’s a lot wider. The paisley doesn’t quite go with theΒ  feel of this design either, and the piping doesn’t really work. Gigi asked if it could be her “home dress” since she doesn’t really like the fabric. I should have stuck with the types of fabrics Yuki chose for the designs. Oh well! 81XOPoYPlRL

The instructions for sewing are very good as you can see from the placket instructions, and I like the book a lot. There are also very good diagrams….71RCG8UJccL

Would you like to win a copy?51Y26I629ML

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  1. says

    How sweet of Gigi to ask if it can be her home dress. It’s a lovely design, though, with the piping and the little pockets. The sleeves are a great addition. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. Looks like a book that would be used and not just decorate the shelves like so many I have.

  2. Maria says

    I would love to win a copy. We just moved back to the states from Japan and I’m already missing the cute kids clothes. These patterns are just lovely.

  3. says

    I just started my first Japanese pattern from the Sew Chic Kids book. I love it. I would love a copy of this book too, the designs are perfect for little girls! Thank you.

  4. Kristi says

    I love the designs and the fabrics she chose for them – so different than what you can buy in stores (at least what I’ve seen). Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  5. Virginia says

    What a gorgeous book! Love her theory on sizing… and your first go from the book wasn’t half bad! πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  6. MAureen says

    My grand daugher would look so cute any any of these outfits. If I dont win I hope I can find the book at my local store.

  7. says

    I would love to win a copy of that book. Not for myself, but I would make somebody very happy with it !

  8. Brenda Melahn says

    Yes, please, and thank you!! These look adorable — would love to give some a try!!

  9. cindy coven says

    I have several books like this. You’re rite they are simple and easy to follow. I love them.

  10. Steph says

    I love your version, thanks for sharing i wouldn’t have noticed the placket. I didn’t realize the Japanese pattern books are in English and have always thought it would be to hard to translate. How exciting! i would absolutely love to win a copy but if i don’t that’s ok can you put a link to tell us where to purchase the book from?
    Many thanks Steph

  11. Barbara York says

    I love these Japanese pattern books but have none for children so I may actually get to make some. I have some of the ladies pattern books but have yet to figure out how to enlarge them to an X-large.

  12. Kathy E. says

    Such sweet designs on such adorable models! Sewing little girl’s clothes reminds me of my days sewing for my now-adult daughter. I made a ton of clothes for her and loved it! Now, I am anxiously awaiting my first grand-daughter, so I can sew for her too.

  13. says

    Thank you so much for the chance! Would love to put this darling sewing book to good use! πŸ™‚ Like your facebook page too!

  14. Nicole says

    I have been searching for a Japanese pattern book of any kind but especially kids clothes, to be able to make things for my foster kids, but alas, they are proving difficult to find in Australia. So please consider me in competition for this pattern book… Many thanks

  15. Mary says

    What adorable outfits for my grandbabies! I would love to win a copy of the book

  16. Carolina says

    I love simple & classic designs & I would love to get my hands on that book!! Here’s crossing my fingers. Thank you.

  17. says

    I would sew pattern K for myself and daughter if I won this copy. Thanks Justine for the chance! πŸ™‚

  18. Sara Speight says

    I would love to win this book! So many gorgeous designs and it would be just in time for some summer sewing in the southern hemisphere!

  19. Jennifer Blackman says

    What a lovely book! I have a couple other Japanese pattern books and would love this one for my collection. They always have good patterns that are easy to sew up.

  20. Paula Coleman says

    With 6 grand children, I am sure I will find something to make! Happy Holidays and thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

  21. Sassy Lass says

    I LOVE the designs in the book – I have a little girl and I’ve been wanting to make her clothes! This would be the perfect way for me to get started. πŸ™‚

  22. Michelle says

    How wonderful! My husband and I are small people and are children are small. I always have to make adjustments to rtw clothes for all of us and thus love making clothes for them since I can adjust them for a better fit. I would love to win, but am delighted that there are books like this out there. Thank you for posting about it.

  23. Juliana says

    This looks like such a wonderful book! I especially love the matching things! πŸ™‚

  24. says

    I would love to win this book. Since I teach sewing, it would be good to have a go-to source for those that are ready to make a garment. It looks like some of the items are easier than the ones you made. Thanks for your review of the book.

  25. says

    I have been eyeing that book for so loooong!… Thank you so much for the chance to win it!
    I love Japanese pattern and aesthetic, they are so good…
    That last sentence from the book is so right! Kids really should wear their size right now…

  26. barbara n says

    I am a new grandma to a darling little girl, and I have not made any clothes since her mom was little! I could use some new inspiration and patterns!

  27. senna says

    My 5 year old is so fun to sew for. I haven’t yet tried any patterns from the Japanese sewing books and would love to try!

  28. Sarah Stanford says

    Looks like an excellent book. I have two daughters who love it when I make things for them!

  29. says

    I’ve always been wary of trying Japanese patterns, even though they look so lovely – trying them in English seems much less daunting!

  30. Alizabeth says

    I would love this book. I have many little girls in my life that these clothes would look adorable on!

  31. KLujan says

    Thanks for the chance to win! I have two little girls and I love sewing them clothes. I’d love a book like this.

  32. Danijela says

    Lovely giveaway,thank you for the chance to win it.The book looks amazing,lovely photos and patterns. Have a great week.

  33. Lindsay says

    with 5 little girls i would really love to win this! thanks for the chance!!

  34. Tina says

    What an awesome give away – a japanese sewing book.
    I love the piping details of your creation.


  35. Rachel says

    Ooh, I have been drooling over the Japanese pattern books but too scared to try one! This would give me a good excuse. Thanks!

  36. Wendy Lissenden says

    That pink dress is beautiful. I’d love to sew these patterns for my daughter and my new baby niece πŸ™‚ Thank you for the giveaway!

  37. Flavia says

    I’ve wanted to sew from japanese sewing books for a long time and this one seems to have amazing patterns.

  38. Kari says

    What a beautiful book! I lived in Japan years ago, and it takes me back. πŸ™‚

  39. Nicola says

    Oh, this book looks fantastic – I thought I had seen most of the Japanese sewing books for children. I would love to make some things out of this for my daughter. Many thanks.

  40. EmSewCrazy says

    I love these japanese style books. Very cute dresses! Great job on them. We all live and learn with our fabric choices. πŸ™‚

  41. emily says

    I LOVE Japanese sewing books it is so great to have this one in English! thanks for the giveaway πŸ˜‰

  42. Katherine says

    This book looks enchanting. I have five little girls myself, so surely I could find something to sew up! Thank you for sharing this resource.

  43. Heather says

    I once tried to make a placket…it was a disaster, however with these directions I might be able to do it.

  44. Karena says

    I started out sewing with Japanese pattern books. I love their simple style and easy to follow pictures! I’d love to have one I can actually read πŸ™‚

  45. Lisa says

    Thank you for your review of this book! I think this is a sneak preview of my daughter’s future wardrobe…

  46. Dieni says

    Oooh.. I’d love to win a copy! Always love Japanese kids’ cloth designs, they’re simple but yet very sweet looking πŸ™‚
    dieni.rachmawaty at gmail dot com

  47. Aukje says

    I love the book, it is on my Christmas list, so I would love to get a chance to win a copy

  48. Bronwen Taylor says

    On my Christmas list too!! Thanks for the giveaway and love the dress!!

  49. db says

    Would LOVE to win this. Have several Japanese sewing books – all in Japanese – love these clothes! Thx

  50. says

    I love the styles in the Japanese pattern books. Lovely to have them available in English…though it takes out a bit of the fun πŸ˜‰

  51. Jamie W says

    i would love to win and learn how to sew these amazing patterns. i also follow on facebook

  52. Barbara J says

    Thanks for the chance to win the book. It looks great…and would save me buying pattern after pattern after pattern!

  53. Michelle Smith says

    I would love this book. I love to sew for my 4 year old daughter and she is always asking me to sew her up more clothes!

    detroitgirl77 AT gmail DOT com

  54. deborah b. says

    i have had my eye on this book for what feels like forever! i have two girls, ages six and three, and a niece. would love to sew for them using these classic and practical styles. thank you!

  55. says

    I sincerely love the Japanese clothing style for children, what a delightful little pattern. Thank you so much for sharing the diagrams, even if I do not win, I have to look into more from this designer!

  56. Heather Mentzer says

    I have a little girl that would look very sweet in these clothes, thanks for a chance to win.

  57. Brenda says

    I’d love to win this. I have a total of 5 nieces and great-nieces under 6 as well as two great-nephews.

  58. Erin McSweeney says

    wow love this giveaway…i just made my first two little girl dressess and would love to do more

  59. says

    This is book is at the top of my wishlist! Even if I don’t win I’m sure I’ll be buying it in the future. Thanks for the chance to win!

  60. says

    Oh my goodness! I would LOVE to win this book! I have been drooling over these gorgeous sewing books for some time now. Thank you for the chance! πŸ™‚ Following via facebook!

  61. says

    Oh wow! I love the look of that book, I hope that if it ever fell into my hands that I would do justice for it!

  62. Jodi R says

    What a beautiful book, I have seen some lovely Japanese books but they are always in Japanese which I don’t read so I just can’t follow them from the pictures well enough. This one seems to be in English which is amazing.

  63. Lixie says

    Wow – this would be perfect for my little niece. Thanks for the chance to win!

  64. Chiska says

    This looks fantastic. I have two little girls that I would love to make for, but haven’t braved it outside of simple skirts.

  65. Sara says

    Oh! I’ve wanted this book for a while! Perfect for my little girls. Thanks for a chance!

  66. Debra Kay Neiman says

    Merry Christmas from Oklahoma, USA! I would love this, I have a five year old and 3 month old grand daughters to sew for. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  67. Ann says

    I finally have a girl to sew for (after 3 boys) so this book would be spot on.

  68. Shayna says

    I love putting my 14 month old in momma-and-me clothes while she’s still too young to protest!

  69. Victoria M says

    I just made a dress from a pattern that was at least three sizes too large for my granddaughter. I matched her measurements to the pattern but it was huge. Would love a book of patterns that was more carefully drafted.

  70. marjolein says

    this looks like a geat book with patterns. I would be thrilled if i win this. Love the things you made.

  71. Mama Lusco says

    Looks like a great book! I would like to use it to sew for my 2 girls. Thank you!

  72. Jess says

    OMG – I totally need to check the library to see if they have it. I have a friend who is American but spent several years over there and now has a little daughter. This would be perfect for her (well, for me to make for her daughter).

    jhunsberger (at) gmail (d0t) c0m

  73. Sheila says

    How refreshing your patterns are! I have 2 daughters and love to sew unique clothes. Thank you for sharing your talents. I will be a new follower of yours, and will be back to explore your design world more.

  74. says

    What a great book! I love the various looks for my daughter! Thanks for the great giveaway! πŸ™‚

  75. Mara says

    I would love t win this, I have the hardest time sewing up clothes for my daughter, they never turn out very good.

  76. Jayna says

    My daughter is 3 months old…I can’t wait to sew cute dresses for her πŸ™‚

  77. Lauren Shih says

    This book looks great! I am looking forward to sewing for my new daughter.

  78. Lizzie says

    I coudln\t agree more! Clothing should fit properly!!!! No matter if you are a smal person or a big person!