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Simple Modern Sewing: 8 Basic Patterns to Create 25 Favorite Garments [Paperback]

Shufu To Seikatsu Sha
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Book Description

Dec 13 2011
25 fabulous, wearable garments from only 8 simple patterns!

Make a closetful of comfortable and easy go-to garments without needing tons of patterns. You need just the eight included basic templates which show you how to fold and cut for each of the 25 unique designs. The patterns are easy and adaptable with no-fuss sizing, so it's simple to sew clothes that are perfect for you. If you're a beginner sewer you'll love the basic shapes and stylish results. Once you've mastered the patterns you can get creative and make each piece your own by using a variety of fabrics, or by adding fashionable embellishments like a print lining or contrast-stitching.

Fill your wardrobe in no time with these easy to make and wear garments.

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Shufu To Seikatsu Sha is a leading craft and lifestyle publisher in Japan.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love this book May 14 2012
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I love this book, great styles, easy to follow. I made a blouse using the pattern inside and I'm ready to move to the next piece. Some basic knowledge of sewing is probably needed, but the step by step instructions really did work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, Modern Japanese Sewing Oct. 25 2012
By Raven
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I've made several garments from this book and am absolutely thrilled with them.

This book is an English translation of a Japanese sewing book. The translation into English is very well done, although, perhaps they could have chosen a better title. The clothing included in this book does have a distinctive Japanese feel. The patterns in this book are for the modern Japanese housewife, and, judging from the other reviews here on amazon, my not be well received by trendy young seamstresses from the West. But that said, the garments are form flattering and comfortable.

As a self taught novice sewer, I encountered something of a steep learning curve making the patterns in this book. One needs to trace out their own pattern from a challenging collection of overlapping lines on the pull out pattern pages, and then add your own seam allowance (I've never done either before). Thankfully, you do not need to change the size of any pattern pieces - which can be a real turn off. An experienced sewer would have no problem with any of this, as once you get use to it, it is actually far more intuitive than most Western sewing patterns. This also makes the patterns a lot easier to adjust to your shape and style than anything I've ever worked with before. After working with this book, I will never willingly use a pattern that includes seam allowance again!

This book gives you a basic pattern and detailed instructions on up to 5 different variations per pattern. There are plenty of photos of the different garments both stand alone and on models. Also included are fabric recommendations and ideas on what to wear the garment with to best show it off.

I would recommend this book to people with basic sewing skills and an adventurous spirit.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so modern! April 13 2012
By G.D.
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It's a quality book. It has very nice pictures and illustrations. That's all the nice things I can say. The clothes could mostly be described as ugly lounge wear. There really isn't much I would wear past the backyard BBQ. Having said that, they look fairly easy, so I decided I'd make a pair of the elastic waist "lounge" pants. The patterns however are all superimposed on top of each other. She tells you to out line each pattern piece in a different coloured highlighter. Okay. It was such a confusing mess that I just gave up. I won't be making anything from this book and I wouldn't recommend anyone buy it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected Feb. 23 2012
By louise
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The patterns are loose, more appropriate for maternity clothes than any thing else. Even if it is possible to create 25 garments with only a few patterns, I wouldn't spend any time or money to create any one of those unsightly tents. Spend your money elsewhere.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Style Wrong Times April 9 2012
By Shunga
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Never judge a book by its cover. I was so excited to open up my Amazon package only to find a book filled with pages of elderly women modelling in clothes with no shape nor style. I thought about gifting this book to an older friend, but this would just be insulting. I don't think I will be making clothes inside the book even when I'm in my 90s.
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