the machiko kayaki fan club

I went to Kinokuniya again last week and picked up yet another Machiko Kayaki sewing book. This one is called Sewing Lesson, and the ISBN is 4579110935.

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The book has a little bit of everything, including dresses, skirts, and blouses.
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I’m currently working on the milk maiden dress on the lower right. Yeah, I don’t know what possessed me to try making it, either, since it’s not something I would normally wear, but oh well, it’s good to try new things, right? We’ll see about that!

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25 Responses to the machiko kayaki fan club

  1. Mandy says:

    I love the upper left!

  2. debbie says:

    that dress looks simple enough for you to tackle and the carefree style suits you….

  3. kristina says:

    That is the cutest dress! I love the Machiko Kayaki patterns, too, but I really struggle without English directions. I guess I need to find a local Japanese speaker who also loves sewing who can translate :)

  4. sally says:

    Ooh…I thought this book was so cute when I saw it in the store. I can’t believe how quickly you are whipping out your skirts/shirts…

  5. katrin says:

    yes! machiko kayaki is *gorgeous*, i love her books! i

  6. carolyn says:

    that would look adorable in that gingham w/ the occasional little flowers you bought…

  7. erin says:

    the milkmaiden dress is so cute! Thanks for showing this book, I have not seen it at my local kinokuniya before!

  8. Stacey says:

    It is so cute!!!!

  9. Betsy says:

    so cute you will look great wearing it with a little pair of white keds!!

  10. amy k. says:

    I expect you to be wearing it next time we go out-so you have a couple weeks!

  11. J Strizzy says:

    Ooh, I like that dress! You’re right, not something I would have expected you to pick, but I would totally wear it!

  12. Gina says:

    Everything you showed is so adorable — in a very stylish and good way.

  13. Sil says:

    I saw that Machiko Kayaki book and almost bought it…now I really want it because those little blouses are fabulous. I adore the milky dress–I think you’ll look fab in it, imho.

  14. Cruz says:

    Can one follow the instructions without a knowledge of Japanese?

  15. lera says:

    i like that dress the best!! can’t wait to see it.

  16. marielle says:

    Not something I’d normally wear either, but now that I’ve seen it – I want one! Can’t wait to see pics of your finished dress.

  17. Raquel says:

    I like your new banner, but the little Mr. Eggplant looks lonely. I think he needs a friend!

  18. melissa f. says:

    show me invisible zippers!! thanks for letting me come over and take things from your house. your lucky i didn’t grab that box out of your office and run screaming (and shoeless) out your door. i wouldn’t have gotten far because you live by lots of hills, and since motherhood i am flabby and have no cardio.
    but yeah. thanks.

  19. melissa f. says:

    i can’t believe i mixed up your and you’re. i also wanted to add that i’m all for YOUR flitting about during the work week. it is nice to be a lady of liesure (and a lady who lunches) every so often. i’m done now.

  20. Cinnamon says:

    I have to go to our local Mitsuwa and beg them to have it for me. This book seems fabulous. Fabulous! And I have the perfect fabric just waiting for that dress on the bottom left.

  21. Alicia P. says:

    Love the dress. Love. It.

  22. Jessica says:

    Hi! I found your blog thru ie today. I love these shirts & dresses! Beautiful.

  23. Marianne says:

    Hi again, Mariko,
    I’ve read through your comments on this post, and it seems this book is in Japanese? The blouses/dresses are so cute, I wish I could decipher it. I did a quick search on the internet for Machiko Kayaki, but could not find any books–is there a place to buy them online?
    I am ignorant!! thanks.

  24. Sarah says:

    Awesome!! I want to mnake that shirt-dress in the lower left. So cute!

  25. Lynn says:

    Question! I know these books have the paper patterns in them to trace off. What I wanna know is if they have the old-school “draft your own” instructions–you know, measurements to change a sloper into the style? Because I am a chunky girl. :)

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