sewing for your girls – japanese pattern book review and giveaway!

sewing for your girls a japanese pattern book in englishHi readers!

I’m very excited to be able to offer a book giveaway for a new Japanese Pattern Book for girls that I really love! It’s called Sewing For Your Girls, and it’s one of the best girls pattern book I’ve seen! I’ve already tested out a pattern and am really impressed. AND it’s in English !dressfrontMy dress from the book I posted about last week.contents

The layout of the book is really organized and smart. There are about eight basic patterns, but there are also a variations for each pattern. The extra pattern pieces are included for each basic pattern , so you can make 16  different styles as you will see……fabricsAnother great feature in the book is it lists all the fabrics used. Part of the charm of these designs are the fabrics used, and it’s nice to have a reference to use if you want to find your own similar fabrics.

patternintructionsEach style has detailed PHOTOS, not just drawings, showing how to sew it. The detail in the book is really thorough, making it perfect for someone who has never sewn before to get started. There is a section on how to use a sewing machine, which I skipped, but it would be really useful for a beginner, and there are instructions for how to transfer the patterns and cut them properly,too.

transferpatternsBut there is also more advanced information. For instance , how to smock…..smockingintructionsThis may be the incentive I need to finally try smocking!

Below are the pattern designs included in the book….pattern1 pattern2 pattern3 pattern4 pattern5 pattern6 pattern7Cute, no?

The only improvement I feel could be made to the book, would be to add the seam allowances so we don’t have to draw them ourselves. Burda magazine does that too though….. maybe there is a good reason for it I’m not aware of?

So who wants to win a copy of this delightful little girls patterns book?

To enter to win just leave a comment below. Your email will be recorded when you fill it out, but it won’t be visible

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-McKenzie

Comments

  1. says

    I always have admired Japanese aesthetic and design, but i have been a bit scare of trying to make a garment using Japanese patterns. I really would love to win this book!

  2. says

    I wonder that too about the seam allowances? The only thing I can think of is so you can choose how large an allowance to add.

  3. says

    I’m eager to learn how to do smocks. It has been in my “to do’s list” for ages. I just need some time, patience and some good instructions ;-) I really love your dress version: simple fabric choice, classy and so perfect for summer!

  4. says

    I love LOVE Japanese sewing books! This one looks amazing!
    And your dress is perfect!! It’s beautiful…
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Mary W says

    I would love the opportunity to win this book!! I love Japanese books – but do wish seam allowances were included as well. :) Thank you!

  6. Jennifer Blackman says

    Oh wow! This book is beautiful and absolutely a must have for my sewing room. All the patterns are so cute and perfect for little girls who live on a farm. :) Thanks for this giveaway.

  7. Joyce says

    I just happen to have a beautiful new granddaughter to sew for…..would be thrilled to win!! Thanks so much.

  8. Sara Speight says

    I have been drooling over japanese sewing books for years but don’t actually own one. I would love to win this wonderful prize!

  9. Gabriela Longfish says

    I would love to win this book, but if not I think I have to buy it anyway. Looks like a great reference!

  10. Virginia says

    Oh, that is so inspiring!! My daughter’s wardrobe could really be taken up a notch with this gorgeous book! Thanks for the opportunity to win it, and the detailed post is fantastic.

  11. Manuela Governo says

    Olá Justine!

    Sou uma avó portuguesa, que vive em Portugal. Tenho uma neta linda, que se chama Carolina, com dez anos. Gosto imenso dos modelos deste livro e gostaria imenso de ganhar uma cópia para poder fazer alguns destes vestidos maravilhosos para a minha neta.
    Felicidades para si e para toda a sua família.
    Manuela

  12. Gwen Johnson says

    I love it!!!! Thank you so much for sharing and I would be interested in getting one, how might I do that? Where to purchase

  13. says

    Justine,
    I absolutely LOVE this book.. and will be keeping my fingers crossed to win it.ha
    I fell in love with Gigi’s dress, when I first saw it.. And I love that it is in English.
    Such adorable things in this book.. Thank you for the give away.

  14. Katie says

    The patterns are adorable. I would love to win this book! I have three little boys and just had a baby girl three months ago. I’m Lookin forward to doing some sewingfor her :)

  15. says

    Great patterns, simple basic designs but the embellishments make the patterns special. Love the book to make items for the kids on the Indian Reservation in SD. Working on summer clothes now for both sexes.

  16. Jaimn says

    I’ve been enjoying the Japanese patterns too. I found another blogger in Japan that has some fun stories to tell about fabric and patterns. :) I would appreciate adding this book – and it’s patterns! – to our home. :) Thanks for the offer!

  17. Barbara says

    It’s hard to find simple basic patterns for children. these look fun and you could be so creative with the design.

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