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.