16 August 2013

Japanese Sweet Dress Book


My obsession with Japanese sewing books continues. Is this the best one yet? Quite possibly. Will I actually make something from it this time rather than just drooling over the images? Hold the front page - I just might!

Sweet Dress Book, written by Yoshiko Tsukiori and published in the UK by Laurence King, includes six sewing patterns from which you can make 23 different designs by mixing up the pieces. My favourites are the tie-back tunic from the cover, a sweetheart bodice gathered dress and a pleated bodice dress. As with most Japanese pattern books, the instructions are stripped down to minimal words and illustrated with technical diagrams. Half way through the book there's a cupcake recipe. Random! Oh yes and there's a kitty in some of the photos. What more could you desire?

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23 comments:

  1. the kitty is the perfect touch! another book i have had a cookie recipe as well. love the mix of sewing and baking - they do go together so well :)

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  2. Oh I love that teal blue dress. Just the sort of thing I'm looking for to wear with a chunky cardi for Autumn.

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  3. That blue floral dress certainly is sweet! Would love to see that made up... Can't wait to see what you make!

    Brigid
    The Middle Sister and Singer

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  4. All of those projects are beautiful! I can imagine you in every single one of them. I love the two-layered top with the velvet bow on the shoulder, and that tie-back top (with kitty cat).

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  5. Dude. That sheer-overlay-gold-lame thing with the shoulder bow?!? That is the NOISE, right there. Love that, must make, beriteback.

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  6. Received my first Japanese sewing book earlier this month, and absolutely LOVE! The only debate is which outfit to make first, each one is so darned cute :)

    The pics and the kitty reference have convinced me I need to order this one too :)

    Look forward to seeing your project, happy sewing x

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  7. These are beautiful! I agree! The top on the front is GORGEOUS! X

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  8. There's something quite unique about Japanese patterns. I'm mainly a knitter and crocheter and the Japanese patterns are just something else. Could it be their love of things Kawaii?

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  9. Hi Tilly I could see you in any one of these lovely dresses. Do hope you make one, have a wonderful weekend
    Lots of love
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxx

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  10. I recently bought Shape Shape by Natsuno Hiraiwa - highly recommended too! This book looks lovely. I look forward to seeing what you create from it.

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  11. Gorgeous photographs, but as I am still sewing with stabilisers, I may give it a miss. I prefer more detailed instructions at the moment. Someone holding my hand along the way, bit like Tilly!

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  12. I got my first Japanese dress book last month & all I've done is drool over the photos & the styling thus far. I don't have the right body shape to successfully pull the designs off sadly. Really looking forward to seeing what you make though Tilly, that tunic top is beautiful.

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  13. They are sweet, but very girlie. What do Japanese ladies wear when they get a bit older?
    I'd like to see something I could wear.

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  14. No se que tal serán los patrones ,pero desde luego el estilo es muy depurado , me encanta

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  15. wow such a beautiful Japaneses sweet dress, i like this type of dress, thanks for sharing

    urban clothing

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  16. They are all so cute! must get my hands on this...

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  17. I've had my eyes on this one for a while. Thanks for giving us a little sneaky-peek inside! I have the 'Stylish Dress Book' 1 and 2 - and I LOVE them!!! I've just finished making one of the frocks from book 1 actually. If you'd like a little look, you can see it here..... http://www.craftedbycarly.blogspot.de/2013/08/stylish-dress-book-pattern-e.html
    If only there were more hours in the day for sewing cute Japanese dresses!!!

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  18. I'm with KarenJ - lovely looking book but I definitely need more help and instruction! Saying that, I would love to get to the stage where I could sew from these types of books without needing help!

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  19. We love the Glee gals have dressed up recently. Two months in the past, it had been these fiery crimson dresses in the wedding, and final 7 days it had been these black and white poufy celebration dresses at Sectionals. The rushing around the best Chiffon A-line Cap Sleeve Mermaid Empire Waist Ruching Floor-length Celebrity/prom Dress flatters a range of physique sorts, even though the bow in the waistline accents curves. The underside 50 % seems to become tulle laid more than silk, along with the alien skirt forgives flaws inside the stomach and thighs.

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  20. Hi tilly, Thank goodness these lovely books are now in english too!

    I have just posted about making my Mathilde blouse....I love it
    You are a genius...planning the next now!

    bestest daisy J
    x

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  21. This sounds amazing and the photos are beautiful! Love the cat!

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  22. I found this book at the baltic museum shop, and I thought: wow - this book makes me try to sew dresses, not only soft toys :)
    gonna buy it! Love that reviewed it!

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