How about some tips on sewing from a Japanese sewing book? First, the books do come with patterns, but the patterns are all squished onto a big piece of paper, which can be very confusing and disorienting.
So the first step is to trace all the pattern pieces. Now, before you cut them out, remember to add seam allowances! You won’t need to add them to every side, however, because some of the patterns will use bias tape edging or be cut on the fold. So, you need to study the diagram for the particular pattern:
Your pattern piece will look something like this:
Some other things: many of the patterns use bias tape for edging. You can buy a bias tape maker, but I don’t seem to have one the right size, and I’ve been too lazy to hunt one down, so I just make my own. You can also just buy packaged bias tape. They even have bias tape with sticky tape on it so you don’t have to pin carefully. If you want to make your own, cut strips 1 3/4″ wide on the bias. Fold in half and press, then open the strip back up and fold in each side to the center and press. Also, you won’t find pattern pieces for the bias tape edging, so you’ll just have to study the pattern diagram and instructions to see if bias tape is used.
I guess that’s all I can think of for now. If you have any questions or your own tips, please feel free to leave them!