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Japanese Sewing Books

14 Jun

The other day Amazon Italia delivered me two beautiful Japanese sewing books (in English!).  They are full of really great skirt, dress, shirt and pant patterns.  The books are really well laid out and the patterns explained in a very understandable manner (not the case for a lot of sewing books).

The book’s  styling and photography is really beautiful and the material used for the patterns really shows off the unique Japanese fashion sense.  I’d love to get my hands on some of those thick linens they use in a lot of the patterns.  They mention that a lot of the linens are actually Italian but I’ve have yet to discover where you can actually find them in Italy.The book Simple Modern Sewing always offers three variations to one pattern.  That way you can almost always find a style that suits you and your body type.  This checked top above will definitely be one of my first projects.Wish me luck.


Mme. Zsa Zsa’s Allemaal Rokjes

7 May

Last week my in-laws arrived in Italy for a long week-end.  It was really wonderful to have them here.  We went for walks, ate at restaurants, gardened, shopped, lazed around the house and, most importantly, went to my daughter’s first play (in which she was AMAZING of course).

As usual my mother-in-law came bearing many gifts.  Belgian chocolate, brown sugar, Flemish TV series for the kids, beautiful fabric  and a wonderful sewing book for me.

The book is called Allemaal Rokjes (All Kinds of  Skirts would be the rough English translation) and is written by Mme. Zsa Zsa.  Yes…it is written by a woman who calls herself Mme. Zsa Zsa!  Just that alone would make me buy the book.
There are many different skirt patterns and styles to choose from for both girls and  women. This frons rokje above is one of the first on my list to make.  It has a jersey waist band. How comfortable would that be for frolicking children?

The photos are really fun and quirky with a circus theme throughout.  I love how the instructions are hand drawn and the  patterns are all so easy to follow and understand.  I’m not sure if the book is available in English but it’s worth learning Dutch just to be able to use it.

I have a feeling that might be the famous Mme. Zsa Zsa in the photo.

One of the things I love about this book is that it includes the patterns for every single skirt featured.

This Madame Zsa Zsa seems like a very cool lady.  Take a look at her blog here.

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