Today, I’m writing a review of this book, “Sew Sweet -Handmade Clothes for Girls” written by Yuki Araki and translated to English. (And as you guess from the title of this post, I have a giveaway so please read through the last of this post!)
I received this book from Tuttle Publishing at the end of the last year. I already had it in Japanese version, but man who contacted me said it was okay so I said yes to his offer. Anyway, I had this book in Japanese version but I had never sewn something from this book yet. So I decided to make something from this book and write a review.
I didn’t have so many choices. Because it is winter and cold here, my girls definitely needed something with long sleeves. This book doesn’t have so many variations of the tops and dresses with long sleeves. Finally, I chose this shirt dress pattern.
Using a corduroy fabric for the main fabric, this would be a cozy dress, I thought. I chose purple corduroy which was the leftover from this Sally Dress and also used a leftover liberty fabric (leftover from this dress) for the contrast fabric.
It was a bit tricky to add a button placket onto the front and to sew the collar, but there was a photo instruction for those steps (this was the instruction of the sleeveless shirt dress but was same for this dress) so it helped me a lot.
The hardest part was sewing buttonholes 😦 It was almost like impossible to sew buttonholes after attaching a placket on the front and adding collars. I think you should do it at least before adding collars.
There wasn’t any picture of this dress with model wearing it in the book so I was a bit worried how it would look on my daughter.
As I wrote in this post about the author of this book, Yuki Araki, the sizing in this book is comparably smaller. My daughter is in between 110cm – 120cm and I chose 110cm but it turned out a bit small on her. It’s not small but it fits too well and I’m sure she won’t be able to wear this next season. So if you want your girls clothes live longer, you definitely should choose bigger size.
This dress looked much better on my model than I expected. Some of the patterns in this book are not worn by model but I’m now sure they would look more adorable on the model.
This book has 22 patterns varying from the camisole to the knit coat. It includes skirts, pants and even knit leggings, a hat and a bag. If you’ve been interested in Japanese sewing books, I recommend this book to start with. Because this is translated to English, it is much easy for you to understand. There are some notes about basic sewing and tracing patterns.
Since I already have this book in Japanese version, I’m giving away this English version to one of my lucky reader! If you would like to win the copy, please post a comment to this post. The theme is “what you want to sew in 2015”. I will choose a winner on this Friday and announce here.