Perry Moffitt

October 28, 2010

Japanese Patterns, late to the party

I know I am late to this party. Everyone in blog land has been singing about Japanese patterns for eons and showing how very lovely the pattern books are and I largely ignored it. But recently I have discovered that there is a sad lacking in our American patterns for darling baby girls.  I have been looking for a toddler swing coat pattern for ages. Yes, Yes, etsy. I know I should be getting patterns from the fine young entrepreneurs on etsy, but see, the printable pdf? really? I don’t have it in my heart to futz with my printer options to make sure it is sized right. And I just kind of love the tissue paper. Anyway- I got sent to NYC on business yesterday and snuck in the Kinokuniya Japanese bookstore that was between the train station and the work-related destination, and talk about fabulous.

After 30 minutes of browsing, this is the book I bought. Honestly I loathe bubble dresses, they remind me of puffy drapes, but I bought this book anyway. You notice I have not mentioned the title- yup a little language barrier problem there.  I was so pleasantly surprised to find several lovely patterns that I have been seeking for ages all in one volume!

don’t let those few English words lead you astray, there is no other English to be had in the book. And the measurements are all in centimeters. goodness help me!

doesn’t this look just like the french one I love but couldn’t bring myself to splurge on? Oh wait, I thought I blogged about that, but I didn’t. But still, not an American pattern anywhere close to these (prove me wrong, I dare you).

These totally can be adapted to look like the french one I love (and blogged about) .

And my very helpful friend pointed out how good it was that these all seem to be sized for ages 4 and up because it might take me a while to get around to sewing again… very helpful, that friend.


  1. Oh my gosh! I am in awe… I’m afraid of garment patterns with instructions written in English. The styles are adorable, but how on Earth will you figure out how to make them? Did you just buy the book for the pictures, and you’re going to draft patterns yourself? I went to that French pattern site you posted about; at least I have a French-English dictionary that could help me out there if I can manage the metrics. I can’t wait to see what you make from this book!

    Comment by Rebecca Grace — October 29, 2010 @ 5:05 pm | Reply

    • oh no, there are lovely paper patterns to cut out in the back of the book. As to the Japanese, I barely follow the instructions on the English patterns! I just use the pieces and do an order that makes sense to me. Bad training, but it has yet to fail me.

      Comment by perrymoffitt — November 9, 2010 @ 5:40 pm | Reply

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