japanese craft books and sizing

Aloha! I’m glad you are finding the sewing tips useful. Some of you asked about sizing in the Japanese sewing books. In the books I have, the patterns seem to come in 3 to 4 sizes. Each pattern comes with a little sizing chart that indicates the finished dimensions. The following is for a dress:

The measurements are in centimeters. I usually make the smallest size, and so far the sizing seems to be relatively accurate. I usually have to make things shorter than the pattern, since I am 5’2″ (on a good day). Hope that helps! Now get sewing, y’all!

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7 Responses to japanese craft books and sizing

  1. Terry says:

    Gosh, thanks for the info. I think, I think, I can handle the patterns a little better.

  2. sandy says:

    Speaking of Aloha!, I have a book that I bought from Hakubundo, a japanese book store here in Hawaii, the name is Hula Dresses & Accessories. It is filled with muumuus. I hear hula is a growing trend in Japan. I thought this was interesting so I bought it. You have given me new interest to actually try to make some of these. Thanks for sharing all your expertise!

  3. katrin says:

    that was exactly what i thought when i saw the different measurements for the same size. it

  4. Sara says:

    Wow, thanks for all this great information! I love all the stuff you’ve made from the Sewing Lesson book. Any thoughts on where I can get a copy of Sewing Lesson? I tried to look for it online but it just took me to a bunch of Japanese websites I can’t read.

  5. Amanda says:

    Thanks for the tips on dealing with Japanese patterns! Very helpful indeed! So far I’ve been only brave enough to do Japanese crochet patterns, this will help me make the jump to clothing.

  6. Alison says:

    So how tall are you on a bad day?

  7. Diane D. says:

    I think it’s so funny you said you’re 5’2″ on a good day! I’ve always said I’m 5’1 and three quarters on a good day. Here’s to standing up straight!

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