Wednesday, June 9, 2010

to buy or not to buy?

Nani Iro Sewing ISBN 9784579111831

Adult Couture Stylish Dress Book ISBN 978-4-579-11185-5

This is the question - does anyone have any experience with these books.  I am not a svelte New Zealand size 10, I am a tall and more of a size 14 and I am not sure whether this will be off the scale for a Japanese pattern book.  Are the patterns more suited to petite people?

Are the patterns easy to follow?  I have done a bit of research but would like to know whether anyone has had any expereince with these patterns.

I am ordering some Nani Iro double gauze in my next shipment and would like to make something for myself from one of the designs.

Any comments would be appreciated!


Jennie said...

Try Melissa at Tiny Happy?

She did a post on that dress a couple of weeks ago I think!

Melinda said...

Hi Lyndy, I don't have any experience with adult clothes but I have used a japanese childrens wear book for kids clothes and it was fine. I did have to size up a couple of sizes but understanding the construction was pretty simple because there are lots of illustrations. I've heard only good things about these books in blogland :) A great blog for checking out other peoples creations from Japanese pattern books is It's in French but you just have to click on the picture of the book you want to look at and the creations will pop up.
:) Melinda

Stitchbird said...

Hi Jennie and Melinda thank you. I have had a good look through the French website and tried to decipher some of it (come School Cert French). I have also sent an email to Melissa. Thanks again

Jacqui said...

I haven't had experience with either of those two books but I did have another Japanese dress book that I ended up giving away as the sizing only went up to probably like a size 12? The styles also really only suited more petite, slimmer builds. Well that's personal preference I know, but a tunic on a full-busted woman just doesn't look as good! It just wasn't a goer. Having said that, the patterns would probably be very easy to scale up a size or even two if you wanted. I've seen some lovely dresses from the Stylish Dress book.