Stylish Skirts A Review & Giveaway

Hello readers! Recently I received a copy of Stylish Skirts by Sato Watanabe to review and I am also giving away a copy of it! Stylish Skirts is another in a series of popular Japanese pattern books that are being translated into English for the many Japanese Pattern book aficionados out there.


StylishSkirts1What makes this book different from many of the other Japanese Pattern books is that is actually a pattern drafting guide as well as a sewing book. There are no patterns in the book. Instead, you will find instructions on how to draft and sew your own skirt patterns from the book. For those of you interested in learning to draft your own patterns , skirts are the simplest patterns to start with. This is a great book for those of you with more sewing experience as the instructions aren’t incredibly detailed. The instructions are there, but in typical Japanese pattern book style , there are wonderful diagrams, but not as much explanation as you would find in say, the Indie PDF patterns. I’m a strictly visual learner and often don’t even read written instructions, so I prefer this method of tutorial. If you already have a skirt pattern block, you can easily adapt the instructions to use your own patterns from the book.StylishSkirts10 But there is great inspiration and many of the projects will get your own creative wheels turning, and you may find yourself getting lots of ideas for your own individualized projects from the book.

Here are a few photos of some of the many skirt projects included in the book. There are 23 in all . So if you love skirts, you are in luck!StylishSkirts11 StylishSkirts8IStylishSkirts9

There are also instructions on how to add the lovely embellishments featured on the skirts. Some have embroidery or ribbons or interesting smocking.StylishSkirts5StylishSkirts2SrylishSkirts3StylishSkirts6
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  1. Jennifer Blackman says

    I have not made my own patterns yet other than the strip skirts for my little girls. Have always been interested in making my own patterns to ensure that I get something that fits my unique body shape.

  2. phfisch says

    I have wanted a pattern drafting book like this one for a long time!

  3. Jess M says

    I have tried to make my own pattern and it did not turn out well 🙂 I am not really patient and tried to cut corners, not a wise choice when making a pattern.

  4. Elena says

    When I was a teenager, I used to make patterns from ready-to-wear clothing for my little sisters. I was successful enough that I would get requests from them and my mom. Now I’m intimidated by the idea of straying from readymade patterns. What I’d give for the confidence I had when I was younger!

  5. says

    I tend to wear straight skirts, which is not the most flattering for my full hips. These skirts look perfect for my body type. They actually work well for any body type. If I don’t win this, I will certainly have to buy this book. Thanks for such a thorough review.

  6. Connie says

    I’ve attempted to make a pattern from an old button-down shirt that I love, but it came out sorta ….eehhhh. lol. These skirts are beautiful! Thank you for offering the book giveaway Justine! 🙂

  7. says

    I have made several tube pencil skirts made with knit fabric without using a pattern. Can’t get any easier than that! Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. Karen Fuhrman says

    I have only designed the easiest girl’s skirt, using only measurements. I have done lots of hacks, changing up someone else’s pattern. But designing patterns are on my bucket list.

  9. Laura says

    The only patterns I’ve ever made are for clothing for dolls or puppets. I can’t feel too bad if they don’t work out since I’m only using fabric scraps. Skirts should be an easy way to get started making patterns for myself.

  10. Margaret says

    I just finished making my 21 yr old daughter’s college graduation dress. We began with a regular sheath dress pattern, but I modified it extensively by adding a lace overlay to the top, making a cutaway neckline in front and back, and adding a midriff piece — it looked nothing like the pattern when we finished! I have also drafted trousers and a dress with a frill at the bottom. Love the process….

  11. Lisa Foster says

    I’ve made my own skirt patterns ( thanks to your sew along many years ago) and have drafted my own pants patterns. I’ve designed many quilts.

  12. Victoria says

    I have drafted patterns for children, bags, and costumes but never for clothing I could wear. I don’t know what is holding me back but I think this book could push me forward.

  13. JOEN says

    I look a pants making workshop and drafted a pair of pants, which still need a bit of adjusting to get the perfect fit. I also created a t-shirt pattern that I was very happy with!

  14. Ruth Griffeth says

    Wow I love what I see in this book. I have not made a pattern in a few years But I am sure loving the idea of these skirts!! I would love to win it!!

  15. says

    I’ve not really made patterns…I have draped muslins which was always my preference. Never liked flat pattern drafting much, because I’m not very precise! But always wanting to improve:)

  16. Jenniffer says

    The thought of doing my own patterns has terrified me. Keep picturing things going just a little too wild in the finished skirt

  17. says

    I love making my own patterns! I’ve only tried simple things like very basic dresses , skirts, and “square” type blouses but I love the challenge of trying to improve my sewing skills.

  18. Ashlyn says

    I haven’t had the chance to use my own pattern, but perhaps I will in the future!

  19. Sarah says

    Yes; skirts, pants, dresses, underwear, kids and doll clothes, and slipcovers.

  20. says

    Wow, that page with the illustrated instructions on making a lapped zipper (I think that’s what it’s called?) and the embroidery is so tempting! This is just the information that I need!

  21. auschick says

    I did a pattern drafting course one time and had to make my own bodice block, but so far I haven’t used it!