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Friday, May 25, 2012

Blouse, Skirt & Pants Style Book

In Mid-April, we took a trip to a place in California where, conveniently, one of the few Kinokuniya stores is located in the U.S. Because it is a Japanese bookstore, it sells Japanese pattern books and magazines, and lots of other tempting items like every eraser shape imaginable.

I bought 5 erasers packages (one for each kid) and 2 books and 2 magazines for myself. The prices were much better than I can find online. And way cheaper than flying to Japan.

The "pattern book" section was so tightly packed with hundreds of pattern books, it was hard to pry books from the shelf. Plenty of crocheting, felting, beading, origami, crafting, etc. books had their shelf space, too.

Here's an overview of one of the books. I'll show you the rest in other posts.


Blouse, Skirt & Pants Style book (ISBN 9784579113439) is my favorite of the bunch. It features 12 basic patterns: 6 for tops and 6 for bottoms, with 4 variations on each style.

The pull-out pattern sheet includes the basic patterns, and the diagrams show how to change the basic pattern to achieve the different styles.

4 sizes are included:
S (79, 60, 86) in cm or (31, 23.5, 34) in inches
M (83, 64, 90) in cm or (32.5, 25, 35.5) in inches
ML (87, 68, 94) in cm or (34.25, 27, 37) in inches
L (91, 72, 98) in cm or (36, 28.5, 38.5) in inches


For each pair of styles, several fabric swatch options are shown.


And then those garments are shown made up in those "fabrics".


Above, you can see the diagrams showing what to alter from the basic pattern to get each style variation.


A separate section gives the fabric layout guide and stitching instructions. The sewing steps are numbered on the illustration in case you don't read Japanese.


I've traced two items from the book so far, the sleeveless vest and slim pants above. Unfortunately, "I traced" does not mean the same thing as "I sewed".


The poncho blouse looks really interesting, as do the wide pants. The blouse would be nice in lawn.



11 comments:

  1. This looks like a great book! I'm sure you will put those traced patterns to good use soon. I love the vest. I can't wait to see what you do with it.

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    1. The trick is finding the right fabric for it, but I think it'll be an easy sew after that.

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  2. What an interesting book! I'm looking forward to seeing what you make out of it.

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  3. I think I commented before as to how envious I was of your spending spree at this shop.I wish we had shops like this over here.There is a company that visits quilt shows that has a very large selection of Japanese books but they are bag and quilt making ones not clothing.Still gorgeous however and still have to buy them however expensive they are!Other than that it has to be online.
    Can't wait to see anything you make from this as it is sure to be wonderful!

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    1. Well, you just need to come across the pond for a visit, then! Although the Kinokuniya stores are all on the coasts, very far from where I live.

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  4. That poncho blouse looks fun.

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    1. It does look fun - and I imagine it'd be fun to wear.

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  5. How nice! Thanks for sharing this - I love the styles presented!!

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    1. I wish could've gotten better photos of the book, but I like the wide variety of styles shown.

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  6. I have looked at that book online and fell completely in love with the drawings! Just not sufficiently convinced that I could look as chic in the styles as the drawings do...

    I can't wait to see what you make up from it, though. Could tempt me into ordering rather easily... ;)

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    1. Ha, I'm pretty sure "chic" is not something I'm going to achieve myself. I agree, the drawings are quite appealing, so this book made in onto the list of "what to look for" at the bookstore.

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