Thursday, May 28, 2009

Japanese sewing book is in the house

My Japanese sewing book finally arrived! Remember I entered a giveaway at the beginning of the month...and I won! Remember that? Well, it's here and what a wonderful treat it is! When the mailman stood on our steps for several minutes looking at my mail I just knew the book was here. We don't get much mail all the way from New Zealand in these parts! Let me just say to Jacqui from the blog Hazelnuts...Thank you for hosting such a great giveaway...and thank you for sending this fabulous book to the other side of the globe. I can hardly wait to get sewing.
Here are a few shots I took as soon as the mail arrived. First, the mailing envelope is so fabulous. That would be super-cute as a fabric print. Second, the cover of the book and the sweet note from Jacqui on that wonderful paper with orange flowers...loving the orange. The next three shots are pictures of finished products in the book. Everything is written in Japanese except for the word -detail- in a box pointing to a close-up shot of the sleeve. A little more words in English would be nice...but oh, well. I'm up for the challenge. I tend to get frustrated when reading the instructions anyway, so just using the illustrations should be great!
Thankfully the illustrations are very clear. Here are a few shots of the actual sewing instructions. First to accurately measure yourself. Nothing is left out...head circumference, hand width, even the length from the waist to hip in the seated position! Secondly, pattern piece descriptions and how to wear cute Japanese clothes while cutting out your fabric :o) The last two pictures are just some shots of some amazingly detailed illustrations.

I'm pretty excited about making some of the clothes from this book. It really has some beautiful clothes and with each pattern there are variations so the possibilities are endless.
Thanks again Jacqui--you made my day!


Anonymous said...

Hey Ang-
I was looking over your blog and I have to say that you are probably one of the most interesting people ever. The girls look absolutely adorable- getting cuter every day!
Congratulations on your Japanese sewing book, I know you will have fun with that! I saw the pillow case dress but I think the skirt idea is a great one, especially for the summer months. Let me know how that works out- maybe you can make me one too!
Love ya- Mel

Becky said...

Thanks for stopping by my GiveAway!

You are a brave woman tackling that Japanese design book! Can't wait to see what you make.