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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Dress Style Book, A Review


On our vacation in April (was it that long ago?) I was able to visit Kinokuniya, the famed Japanese bookstore. This is book 2 of my purchases. I reviewed Blouse, Skirt & Pants Style Book previously. Dress Style Book (ISBN 9784579112678) is the companion book, and is laid out in just the same way.


It features 8 basic dress styles with 4 variations of each.



The dresses are shown in "muslin" and then in different fabrics.


Diagrams show you how to alter the basic pattern to get the variations.


There's a nice mixture of classic, fitted styles and looser, casual styles.





And the pattern sheet. The pattern pieces are labeled in the margin. The name of the dress is in English and the piece (bodice, skirt, etc.) is in Japanese. You'd want to refer to the book's diagram to make sure you were getting all the pieces. Which piece is what is usually pretty obvious, if you're used to seeing pattern pieces. You should be set if you figure out the Japanese characters for front, back, and center. I may try to do a post on that in the future.


I'm having a hard time deciding which one to make first!

11 comments:

  1. Photo #8 (the brown dress)!!! Gorgeous! Do photo #8!!!!

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    1. I really like that one, too. Surprise, there's a scarf in back!

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  2. Are the illustrations enough to follow since it is not printed in English?

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    1. Hi Shirley, I feel that the illustrations are enough to follow especially if you have done a given step before (sleeve, zipper, hem or whatever). The order in which you sew the garment is indicated by numbers, and some of the steps are given extra illustrations. It depends on how you think, though. I do much better looking at a well-drawn illustration than figuring a descriptive paragraph.

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    2. That sounds really good. I've been interested in the book but not sure since it's not in English. However, I've started buying the Farbenmix patterns and they aren't in English either! I spent a little time today translating German to English using the computer. It's actually kind of fun.

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  3. this one has great pictures! i keep buying these books but i haven't made anything from one yet. i should jump in & try, it can't be worse than Burda instructions & tracing ;)

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    1. I know, that's the danger (to buy them and not use them)! But compared to Burda - I think the tracing is easier and if you can't read the instructions, you certainly can't get confused by them!

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  4. Great looking book, it will be hard deciding which to do first!

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    1. Indecision...that's what gets me every time.

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  5. Wow...wish I had that book.Can't wait to see what you decide to make first!

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  6. I've had this book on my mental 'should I get this?' list for awhile. look forward to seeing what you make!

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