I can’t believe today is the last day of my first time ever sewing series! Phew. It was fast and a bit hard for me to write a post everyday but sure was fun to see my fellow bloggers’ creations from Japanese Sewing Books everyday! I’d love to have this series again (and again :)), next time, maybe for women’s patterns?
Yuki Araki had published 7 books (I only have 4 of them, you can see them in pic above). She had learned pattern designing at school. She has a shop on Internet, http://www.kanon-shop.com/ which sells her patterns and the fabrics she used in these books. Some of her books are already translated to French. I’m not sure about French version but Sew Sweet Handmade Clothes for Girls, the book on the bottom left in the pic above will be translated to English and will be released on October 7th.
She has two daughters and as written in her books, she makes their clothes with her patterns.
She writes about her style in her books. Let’s see what she says about it.
“I like the designs which are a bit sweet and fit perfectly. There are many patterns which are very simple and a bit roomy. I’d like to make patterns which are perfect instead of arrangeable or simple.” (from “Sew Sweet Handmade Clothes for Girls” bottom left in the pic above)
“I’d like my patterns to fit perfectly because they look adorable on little girls. I know the kids grow up so fast and mothers think that making the clothes a bit bigger will keep them fit longer. But I’d like to dress them in perfectly fitted clothes that make them look perfectly cute.” (from “Sew Sweet Handmade Clothes for Girls” bottom left in the pic above)
“My daughter’s preference for her clothes is chic colors and simple designs which is like making women’s clothes small keeping the design as they are.” (from “Sweet Girls Clothes” top right in the pic above)
So, she prefers fitted patterns, not roomy ones. You should be careful choosing sizes of her patterns. And her designs are more girly than the designers I had introduced in this series. Well, not so girly but they are more like women’s clothes as she says in the last quotation.
I don’t know all Japanese pattern designer so it’s only from my knowledge, I think Ruriko Yamada’s patterns (who is the author of Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Kids) are very simple and easy to sew. Comparably, Yuki Araki’s patterns are most complicated and well made.
She had published a book that the all the patterns are for knit fabric which Courtney sewed a jumper from it. This is for smaller kids so the size range is from 85cm – 125cm and they are 85cm, 95cm, 105cm, 115cm and 125cm which is very particular. This book includes 3 patterns which you can cut directly without tracing or adding the seam allowances! And also this book includes two patterns for women.
And recently, she published “tidy and cute girls’ clothes”(I couldn’t find this book in Amazon.com so this is the affiliate link for Amazon.co.jp) which is for bigger girls. The size range is from 100cm – 140cm and it also includes 9 patterns for 150cm and 160cm so this book will cover pre-teen and teen girls clothes.
The layout is Layout 1 of Sanae’s post on Japanese Sewing Book series on Cherie’s blog. The former two books (which are on the left in the first pic of this post) didn’t have any photo instructions but later books have some photo instructions so it might be easier to follow.
I think that’s enough information about her and now we need to see what Courtney and Marta made!
Hi Nutta followers! I’m Courtney from Sweeter Than Cupcakes.
When Shino contacted me to sew for this series, I was excited to pull out my Japanese sewing books again. It’s been a while since I sewed something from one of them. The hardest part was that Shino gave me the option of sewing from two of my favorite books!!
The book I settled on is Heart Warming Life Series: Chiisana Onnanoko no Oyofuku (Hand-made Little Girl’s Clothes) by Yuki Araki.
I love this book! All of the styles are sewn in knit fabrics so they are both cute and very comfortable. This jumper is pattern S.
As a part of the series, Shino asked us to address a few questions about the pattern book we used.
1. When did you start sewing Japanese Sewing Books? And why?
I sewed my first pair of shorts from a Japanese sewing book in the spring of 2013. I was drawn to the Japanese styles because of their clean lines. I noticed my style shifting from ruffles and frills to the simple styles.
2. What was the most challenging thing about this pattern?
What I find challenging about sewing with Japanese patterns, other than the whole language thing, is not exclusive to this pattern. Basically it has to do with sizing issues. I use Google to do a lot of metric conversions during the process, but I always keep in mind that the Japanese styles in many cases are much shorter than I prefer. Of course, I like a little growing room in the things I sew as well. For example, I added 2” to the length of this dress.
3. What do you like the most about this pattern?
What I love most about the simple styles in Japanese patterns is that they still pack a great punch with key details like the pockets on this pattern. The rounded and gathered shaping along with the petite size make them unique.
4. Did you learn something new from this pattern?
I have actually sewn this jumper before, so I can’t say that I learned something new this time around. I did appreciate anew the method they use for the closure. In lieu of sewing buttonholes in stretchy knit straps, they have you sew in snaps on the underside of the straps and add the buttons for decorative purposes only.
Thanks Shino for reviving my love of these patterns. I’ve got a few more photos to share over on my blog, Sweeter Than Cupcakes. Stick around and explore the other Japanese sewing and book reviews I have to share.
Next up is Marta!