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Which is most basic japanese dress pattern book for newbie to dressmaking?

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nina's studio says:

Hello, this group is sooo cool! I was just wandering if anyone could recommend a japanese dress pattern book that has some REALLY simple patterns in it for tunic/ dress tops to wear over jeans. I am new to dressmaking and realise that I am probably being way too ambitious, but I have absolutely fallen in love with the japanese asthetic and can think of nothing else now! Are there any pattern books out there that are basic/ more simple than others? I would love to hear your thoughts. Also, are any of you newbies too at dressmaking/ japanese patterns? Hope i'm not in way over my head... thank you!
2:32AM, 24 September 2008 PST (permalink)

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Kuky Ideas says:

I've made several pieces from isbn9784579110438. They were very simple and quick to make. Sleeveless pieces are always faster, they're generally just a back and front and then bias strips. But flipping through everything else from that book, it seems like they're all fairly simple. All the directions for each piece only take up 1 page. I've scanned in pictures of the projects from that book, so you can to take a look and see if they appeal to you.
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camkrst says:

I am brand new to Japanese patterns also & fairly new to dressmaking (I did some 5-6 years ago, but nothing recently). Like you I've completely fallen in love with the Japanese aesthetic - I recently ordered a few handmade linen smocks & tunic tops from shops in Japan before realizing I should try to sew them myself!

I'm getting ready to order both books and fabric now from Japan and the two main books I've got my eye on are "One Day Sewing: Winter Clothes" (I can't find the ISBN for this one, but it's on both Ebay & Etsy) & Pochee Vol. 6.

I'm sure there will be some trial & error involved, I plan to make a few things in plain muslin first to make sure I've got the pattern and fit right before moving on to linen or something equally pricey!
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nina's studio says:

Thank you so much Kuky! The pictures you have scanned are really helpful, I think sleeveless will be a great first project!
Camkrst, I had a look at Pochee Vol.6 and I love that top she is wearing where the model is sitting in front of the easel! Do you mind me asking where you are ordering your fabric from? I am really struggling finding the right fabric here in the UK. I think it is a great idea about the muslin, I am doing the same thing as I am still really new to all this and am teaching myself from books. I am really impatient to get get started on some japanese patterns though... I am going to order some pattern books from Etsy for inspiration. Where are you from? :)
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nina's studio says:

OMG Camkrst, I just saw your Bento collection, it's so adorable! I went to a Sanrio store once in New York, I nearly had a melt down and my boyfriend had to drag me out of there. It was so cool and i bought the cutest cookie cutters!
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feather is a group administrator feather says:

I love this book Sewing Talk ISBN4570110528

See images on Flickr
www.flickr.com/search/?q=4579110528&w=all

Picture of the cover:
www.flickr.com/photos/daisychain/395245817/

www.google.ie/search?q=ISBN+4579110528

There are bias cut items which require no closures, and shirts and dresses with tie closures, and elastic. This makes for some good starting patterns for a beginning sewer. And very inspiring photos too.

Now, thing is... keep in mind about sizes... there is basically one size in Japan: One size fits "small"... so mind that with ANY Japanese clothing pattern book, if you tend to run a little large (like me). I'm a size 14 US. The largest size in this book is a Japanese size 13... Bust 88cm, 70cm waist, 96cm hip, 54cm arm length, and nape to waist, 39cm...

So when I bought the book, I um... just thought, oh well, hey how small can a 13 be? Quite small! Luckily, I made a skirt muslin with my own measurements so I could see that size issues.
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camkrst says:

Nina's Studio - I'm in the U.S. but have been on a Japanese buying spree these days! I've been using Linen Search to find fabric stores in Japan (also, Fabric Search is good)...and because most Japanese shops won't ship outside of Japan, I've been using this shopping service (their rates are quite reasonable & their communication is excellent). If you don't want to mess with a shopping service, the only shops I've found so far that will ship outside of Japan are Linnet and Fog Linen Work.
And thanks, the bento collection is fun...I know what you mean about Sanrio stores too, the last one I was in was in New York also & I bought way too much there!
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Star Wheeler says:

I just went to purchase some Japanese dress patterns on the Amazon.co.jp website ... the shipping costs are more than the actual pattern costs!?
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