adding to the collection

I guess I can say that I am definitely hooked on the Machiko Kayaki sewing books. Her stuff is really cute but not too crazy. The latest book I got is called Home Couture: My Standard.

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I want to make just about every item in this book!
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ISBN: 4-579-10875-2

Oddly, I want to make many of the sleeveless items. The thing is, I don’t really wear sleeveless tops. In California I rarely wore them because we had air conditioning for those sleeveless-top-weather days. Now, my upper arms are getting to the point where I probably should not reveal them, and it doesn’t get THAT hot in Oregon, but you know, we don’t have air conditioning here, so some days maybe I will need sleeveless? I guess I could have worse problems!
The other book I got is one I have been coveting: the 2006 edition of the “I Love T-shirt” book!
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Great ideas for those freezer paper stencils!
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ISBN: 4-07-251452-7
You probably can’t see the sayings on the shirts, but they are quite hilarious. One says, “If love is a disease, you make me sick!”
One other incredible thing I got at Kinokuniya is a little knife pen for cutting out those freezer paper stencils:
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15 Responses to adding to the collection

  1. sally says:

    Mariko: I stopped by Kinokuniya on Monday and was THIS close to buying a different Home Couture book. I have her skirt book, which I love! The t-shirt book is SO CUTE! Next time I’m there I must pick up that nifty knife pen. And for what its worth, I wear sleeveless all summer, even though we have air conditioning! =)

  2. Emma says:

    That t-shirt books looks great!

  3. Christine in Los Angeles says:

    Why am I the only one that can’t find the Kinokuniya store… except those in Malaysia, and all ports far west of my place …
    Please, will you post a link, so I can find one in my area … I really do need that cutting thingie … I really do.
    God bless,

  4. Jan says:

    There is nothing funnier than the phrases on Japanese t-shirts. That book looks like a gem!

  5. Jenn says:

    I’m totally making my own shirt with that love = disease quote. That’s awesome.

  6. Shelly says:

    Weird about the sleeveless tops thing–I am going through the same experience right now! I am drawn to sleeveless things. I want to make them and buy them, but this may not be the time in my life to rock the sleeveless tops. What the heck?

  7. Daphne says:

    Oh! NOW I must get down to Uwajimaia/the little book store for a cutter pen.
    Love the shirts, especially the cheery “My boyfriend is out of order!”

  8. carrie m says:

    i like “sorry, sold out.” too cute. i’ve never tried freezer paper transfers, only iron on.

  9. Gina says:

    Amazing scores!

  10. Lisa says:

    From what I’ve seen of your arms when you post pics here, I think you have nothing to worry about in the sleeveless department!

  11. amy k. says:

    nice score! and great tip on the knife. I lost all me blades in my so-called craftroom, which is really a craproom.

  12. Lydia says:

    Both of those books are great; what fun t-shirts to make and the sewing projects are nice. I suddenly feel the urge to jump on the sewing and freezer paper bandwagon.

  13. Sara says:

    Great books! The Home Couture in particular is quite appealing. However, the hands on that manniquin (the one sporting the denim skirt) are creaping me out!

  14. sue says:

    glad I’m not the only one who thinks those mannikin hands are downright creepy!
    I found some old dress patterns (c 1969)at an estate sale today-I thought of you and your love of slightly retro dresses and skirts. I’ll work on scanning them to send you. (Hubby will scan when he wakes up from nap:-) It’s so hot here–102 in Nipomo today. ugh.
    does your brother use I found it from a link of yours and should thank you for it! It has been fun and amazing the last few months!

  15. Aimee Roo says:

    Does that store have a website? I would love to get either of those books, especially the T-shirt one, but there is not a store here.

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