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!