Sew Japanese Day.2 / Talk about Yuki Katagai featuring Ajaire from Call Ajaire

Yay! It’s the second day of my first ever sewing series, “Sew Japanese” and I have a guest blogger!

Today, I’ll feature my great fellow blogger, Ajaire (Call Ajaire) and her creation, but before then, I’ll introduce a Japanese pattern designer, Yuki Katagai (her name is pronounced like “yuki kata-guy”).


(left:“EVERYDAY GIRLS CLOTHES”, right:”Pattern Label’s Kids Clothes Sewing Lesson Book” affiliate link)

She published two sewing pattern books (photo above) and owns her pattern shop (pattern label). She had learned pattern making in school and had worked as a designer. After her career as a designer, she had two boys and started her own pattern shop online. In her online shop, she offers women’s, kids’, men’s, babies’ clothes patterns and patterns for accessories too. But they are all paper patterns and seems like they don’t send them overseas 😦 I wish she would make women’s pattern book or offer them in PDF version at least. They look very comfy and suitable for moms around here chasing their kids 🙂

I think her style can be said as casual, basic and suitable for everyday clothes. She pays attentions to small details and likes topstiching to make garments you make look more professionally.


This is the pair of shorts I made for A from Sewing Lesson Book. You see these topstitch on the pockets.

Let’s see inside of these books.


This is an example of page layout from the book on the left, “EVERYDAY GIRLS CLOTHES”. This is Layout 2 in this post (from Cherie’s Japanese Sewing Book series which is still great!).


And this one is from the book on the right in the first photo, “Pattern Label’s Kids Clothes Sewing Lesson Book”. In this book, most of the patterns’ instructions are written with photos like this one. So it is super easy to understand. And as it says it is a “sewing lesson book”, you can learn so many techniques (actually, it says you can learn 39 techniques!) from this book.

One thing I need to mention is as Ajaire wrote below, the seam allowances for the patterns that use knit fabrics are .7cm. Other than that, basic seam allowances are 1cm and if not, they are mentioned in the pattern layouts.

Okay. Take it away with super adorable knit dress, Ajaire!!





First of all, a BIG thank you to Shino for switching my post to today instead of yesterday as I was without wifi!!


I’m Ajaire from Call Ajaire and I’m sharing a little about this great new adventure for me: sewing from Japanese pattern books.  This is my first attempt with a book completely in Japanese.  The book I used is the Kids Clothes Sewing Lesson.


I was nervous about following the instructions and even finding the correct pattern pieces, but with the help of other series, a great sewing terms Kanji reference from Japanese Sewing Books that an Instagram friend sent to me, and of course Shino herself, I jumped right in.


I made the dress M-2 from the book and just adore the shape.  It’s size 100cm which is just a tiny bit big for my 3 year old, but it fits and will grow with her nicely.  Those front pockets are just perfect.


As part of the series, Shino asked the following questions:

When did you start sewing Japanese Sewing books and why?

This was my first attempt at a completely untranslated pattern, but I had previously used the Happy Homemade English translation with success.  The reason I’ve been so interested in Japanese patterns is the style.  I really love the shape of some of the Japanese patterns I’ve seen.  It’s a look I adore on little girls and I was excited to try something new.

What was the most challenging thing about this pattern?



The only real snag I hit (after prepping with a lot of research) was that in one of the photos there was a note about a .7cm seam allowance when I thought the seam allowance was supposed to be 1cm.  I was worried I was missing something and really couldn’t find anything in the description (that I was able to decipher) that mentioned changing the seam allowance.  After a quick email to Shino with the above pic, she responded that all of the knit patterns in the book use .7cm so it wasn’t showing a change in the picture, but rather a simple reference.  The .7cm made complete sense since knit seam allowances can sometimes be 1/4″ so after that tip I really didn’t have another problem.




What do you like most about this pattern?

I love the bow detail in the back.  The dress is simple with cute front pockets, but the bow closure in the back takes it to an interesting place.  Those kind of details are fun to sew.


Did you learn something new from this pattern?

While I didn’t learn any new sewing techniques, I did learn that I want to continue to make more of the clothes from this book! 


Thank you for having me involved in this great series and giving me the push I needed to sew my first Japanese pattern.  If you’d like to see a few more pictures of my girl and hear a bit about the fun fabric I used for this dress, I’d love it if you stopped by Call Ajaire!



Thanks so much for your challenge, Ajaire! I’m so glad I could push you to sew from Japanese pattern 🙂 It’s hard to believe this is your first Japanese pattern sewing. You did great! The fabric goes with the pattern so well. As I wrote yesterday, I really love the combination of simple Japanese patterns and those lovely printed fabrics.

I had made same dress and another dress from the same book last year. They were almost my first garments made with Japanese sewing patterns. If you’d like to go further than English translated version, I definitely recommend this book, “Pattern Label’s Kids Clothes Sewing Lesson Book. It’s really great place to start!



And I’m planning to sew some fall and winter wardrobe from this book..


You can see more pics and read more about this dress on her blog so go there and admire Bean’s cuteness!

You can also read Sew Japanese Day.1 post here, which is my post!

We will have two guest bloggers tomorrow! So come back and see their creations!


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7 thoughts on “Sew Japanese Day.2 / Talk about Yuki Katagai featuring Ajaire from Call Ajaire

  1. Annika says:

    I love Ajare’s version. that fabric is already on my wish list – as is your’s from yesterday 😉

  2. Shino says:

    Thank you, Annika! This fabric is so cute and perfect for this dress 🙂

  3. marisa says:

    Well done Ajaire, it’s a lovely dress and very special fabric. I have that sewing lesson book and that dress is definitely on my to-do list! Shino I like your version too. Did you join different fabrics together, or is it all one fabric? I love the colours and the stripes.

  4. […] don’t know if you caught Ajaire’s post yesterday, post I agree with her 100% that Japanese Sewing Books has a wonderful reference for […]

  5. marta says:

    What a cute dress!
    This book has been on my wish list for a long time. Maybe now it is time to purchase it…
    Thank you Shino for such a wonderful series!

  6. […] can also read Day.1 post, Day.2 post and Day.3 post […]

  7. […] You can read another posts of this series. Day.1 Talk about Fu-Ko basics. and my Origami Dress Day.2 Talk about Yuki Katagai featuring Ajaire Day.3 Talk about Akiko Mano featuring Teri and Marta Day.4 Talk about Mayuko Murata featuring […]

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