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Stylish Dress Book

By Yoshiko Tsukiori

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Format: Paperback, 88 pages
Published In: Australia, 27 June 2011
Stylish Dress Book contains 26 projects for beautiful dresses and blouses. Elegant and loose-fitting, the pieces in this book are designed to be worn in any season and are suitable for women of all ages. The easy-to-follow instructions are accompanied by detailed diagrams and gorgeous full-colour photographs. The full-sized pull-out pattern sheets have been adapted for Western sizing and run from AU 6-16. Japanese Craft books are hugely popular, with hundreds of blogs and online craft-communities devoted to their unique aesthetic and meticulous detail. Previously only accessible to Japanese-speakers and those with sewing skills advanced enough to attempt to interpret the patterns with no instruction, this translation will appeal to an already-devoted following and also engage with a whole new market.

About the Author

Yoshiko Tsukiori is a graduate of Joshi Bijutsu College. After working in apparel companies, Yoshiko became an independent freelance sewing designer. She creates a diverse range of clothing such as children's and babies clothes, and women's designer garments.


For experienced sewists who'd like to try some of the popular patterns coming out of Japan, this book is a good introduction. Tsukiori's designs are unified around a common theme, which might be called "Boho Peasant," and feature 26 patterns for smocks, dresses, and overshirts, all of them loose-fitting and distinctly youthful. The photos are very much in the Japanese style: one wan-looking model, wearing clothes done up in Liberty fabrics. Perhaps a better idea is to look at the pattern schematics themselves, black and white sketches that give a better idea of the shape (and the appeal) of the garments. The usual caveats to Japanese-origin publishing are needed-there are no instructions on sewing technique, and what directions there are must be carefully read; readers may miss the introductory note that seam allowances aren't provided on the provided pattern paper. Notably, however, more directions than usual are provided, and the size range is much greater than typically given, going up to size 16. Using Japanese-origin books as crafting manuals, even when well translated, is always a bit of an adventure; this book is a good place to start if so inclined. Full-color photos, patterns for tracing. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

This collection of 26 garments features the work of designer Tsukiori, whose blousy, romantic style is popular in her native Japan. Some of the dresses are stylish in a sweet, retro way, but a few look like children's clothing sized to fit adults, making them a little too precious-looking for most adults to wear. The directions for assembling the garments assume significant knowledge of clothing construction-there is no basic how-to information provided. Patterns for sizes 6-16 are included. VERDICT Though the garments themselves aren't particularly complex, the directions aren't very detailed; this this book is most appropriate for skilled, confident sewists or fashion/design collections. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

EAN: 9780143203902
ISBN: 0143203908
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Age Range: 15+ years
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5 of 5 Stars! '

I got this book as a gift and it is lovely. I have made one item (B) and it was easy to trace the pattern from the pattern sheets and put together following the instructions. I think it does require you to have some sewing experience as it does not give detailed info on all sewing techniques. Would recommend if you like this style of dress/top/tunic.

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4 of 5 Stars! '

I love the photography in this book, it has a great style about it that just makes you want to start sewing.

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5 of 5 Stars! '

I love this book. Easy clear instructions and 26 designs beautifully photographed. I'd like to make pretty much every design in this book. If you like japanese style dresses/tunics/blouses then this book is a winner!

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