Do you like sewing? Most fashion lovers worth their salt can find their way around a sewing machine. Did you know that the library has been amassing a small collection of Japanese – English translated – pattern books? They are a bit of a thing. Stylistically they have a very Japanese aesthetic and tie into the whole Mori girl thing. But the books themselves offer patterns for quite simple, wearable clothes. The designs are quirky, but not over the top, with enough little details to be interesting. And although you have to draft the patterns yourself, they are totally doable for a modest sewer.
This is a top that my friend made using Stylish Dress Book. There are heaps more options, check out the titles below.
I am cute dresses : 25 simple designs to sew / Sato Watanabe ; [translated by Asako Ohashi].
“Including tunics, halters, sundresses, and more, these … dresses are created from basic, one-size-fits-many shapes and designed to be flattering on everyone”
Simple modern sewing : 8 basic patterns to create 25 favorite garments / Shufu To Seikatsu Sha ; [English-language editor: Deborah Cannarella ; translated by Atsuko Imanishi].
“With this book, you’ll be able to make 25 new garments by working with only the 8 basic full-size patterns included. Each pattern shows you which folds and cutting lines to use for each unique garment. Almost all of the garments are sized as extra small (XS), small (S), medium (M), and large (L). Pattern 8 is sized S, M, and L”–P. 6.
Shape shape 2 : sewing for minimalist style / Natsuno Hiraiwa.
“Interweave’s latest Japanese translation is this follow-up to 2012’s Shape Shape, which continues Hiraiwa’s focus on modern, minimalist fashion. As the title implies, the focus here is on shape, whether billowy or spiral or vertical, and the garments include an A-line skirt that can be transformed into harem pants, a puff-sleeved bolero jacket, and a seamless wrap skirt that is flattering to most figures. Don’t mistake “minimalist” for easy-to-sew, though-despite their simple appearance, there’s a lot that goes into the creation of these garments.” (Library Journal)