9 March 2011

Prezzies from Japan



Look at these lovely goodies that arrived in my postbox all the way from Tokyo! A few weeks ago the lovely and talented Ophelia let me know that we'd both started sewing in January 2010 and that our sewing-o-versary was coming up. To celebrate, we decided to send each other a little surprise parcel by snail mail. What a delight to open this package! A little button-themed notepad, a homemade wrapping bag garnished with a pretty silk rose, and best of all a Japanese pattern book, something that regular readers will know I have been coveting for ages.







Which dress to make first? I might try this last one with the pleats. Right, I'll just read the instructions...


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Luckily the lovely and thoughtful Ophelia has dotted little notes over the book translating important information like pattern numbers and sizing. Thanks Ophelia!

22 comments:

  1. OOh you lucky thing, what lovely gifts. And the pattern book is to die for, I've never seen such beautiful dresses (the one in picture 3 is my fave). Do you know what the English title is? Kate from Misformake is hosting a Japanese sewalong starting next week. Well worth checking out her posts for tips. x

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  2. Hey Tilly! Glad you took pictures of the book, there are many lovely pieces, eh? I'm so excited to see your work now:) Thank you so much for this great post! Ask me anything about Japanese;)

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  3. Oh my...what stunning gifts and what a cute idea to exchange gifts! I love the pattern book, the dresses are so pretty!

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  4. Wow, what a treat! I especially love the shirt dresses on page 12 (1st photo). Looking forward to see how you get on. x

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  5. Wow, you lucky girl! Looks like it's Christmas again for you... I love Japanese pattern books, they just make the cleverest stuff! You should go and visit Japan, it's a fabric paradise...

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  6. How lovely! That pleated dress is gorgeous - good luck with the Japanese! x

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  7. Ooo Tilly, I'm jealous - I have wanted a japanese pattern book for ages and ages too. I read an article in Sew magazine (which I kept) by Flossie Teacakes (love her blog) with key translations and tips. I'll happily send it to you. Let me know if you'd like it,
    F x

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  8. Oops - I didn't say that the article was about Japanese pattern books and how to get the best from them. Sorry for my randomness - it's fairly typical!
    F x

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  9. Those are some lovely dresses! Look forward to seeing what you make.

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  10. How lovely to receive presents from Japan! The book is lovely and I will wait with interest to see which dress you choose.

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  11. I need this book, like yesterday! Dress A Day would love it, she's obsessed with shirtwaist dresses. So many pretty dresses in pretty florals!

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  12. What a beautiful gift! Love the dress number four. Looking forward to see what you decide to sew ...

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  13. What a fun surprise to get in the mail. Love your blog, Tilly! It's been so inspiring and fun for a newbie sewist.

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  14. How fun! Enjoy those great gifts, and make some beautiful things.

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  15. What a lovely thing to do! I am in love with the dress book - I haven't seen that one before & it's got under my skin now! Please make something from it soon (that green print from Walthamstow???)

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  16. Wow that dress book is landing right on top of my buying list! You're lucky indeed to have received all these great presents and I'm sure you'll put them to very good use :) Can't wait to see which one you'll sew!

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  17. Oh wow! That is a wonderful pattern booklet. I was wondering where I could find a copy because those patterns are what I've been looking for!

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  18. What a wonderful pattern book. I wouldn't know which one to make first.

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  19. What a wonderful pattern book. I wouldn't know which one to make first.

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  20. Such a sweet present. Those dresses are lovely, and I'm glad she translated the patterns (that would have been unbelievably frustrating). And I hope Ofelia is ok in Japan.

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  21. Hi Tilly,

    I've just stumbled upon your blog tonight, and I think it's really great what you do :-)
    I've recently started sewing myself, but am never able to find patterns that I really love...until tonight!

    Do you mind my asking who the author of your amazing japanese pattern book is?

    Kindest regards,
    Sidsel

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  22. Hi Sidsel

    Unfortunately I don't know the name of the author because it's in Japanese and I can't read the script!

    Tilly

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