Ebook: How to Sew Japanese Sewing Patterns

Everything you need to sew your first Japanese sewing pattern.

No Japanese skills required

Start my sewing journey!

Video Book Review - Happy Homemade Sew Chic

13 Dec 2013
Author Language Genre Sizing
Yoshiko Tsukiori English Women’s casual clothing UK 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16

List of Garments (20 in total)

  • Tops x 6
  • Dresses x 8
  • Skirt x 1
  • Pants / Shorts x 3
  • Jackets x 2

Yoshiko is the author behind the extremely popular Stylish Dress Book series. It’s nice to see her books slowly being
translated to English, using Western sizing.

Happy Homemade Sew Chic suits the absolute beginner to dressmaking. The designs are extremely simple, many consisting of
straight-cut styles. This means instead of a sewing pattern, rectangles are used to construct garments.


Design L - Straight-cut Sarouel Pants

These harem pants are featured on the cover of the book. I really like the ethnic vibe of this relaxed pattern. The cropped length is just perfect to wear with summer sandals
and flats. You can see over on my blog, Sew in Love, I’ve made myself a pair: Harem pants made from batik print fabric.

Design S - Sleeveless Blouse with Frill

This blouse is a great way to show off a great, floral fabric. The ruffles are much easier to produce than they look.
You’ll become a master of gathering fabric once you’re done making this piece!

Design T - Double-cuff Bermuda Shorts

The cuffs and belt loops make these shorts suitable for casual outings. The elastic waistband is cleverly hidden by
wearing a smart belt. It’s nice to have comfort whilst still achieving a tailored-look.

Design S & T Happy Homemade Japanese sewing pattern book


Whilst the designs are not as exciting or unique as her other books, Happy Homemade is a great introduction to Japanese
sewing patterns. Whether it’s your first Japanese sewing book, or your first foray into dressmaking, you’ll definitely
find success with this book.

Thank you to Tuttle Books for providing the book for this review.

Author: Rin Gomura-Elkan

Rin is a sewing lover living in laid-back Australia. Born in Japan, she has a passion for making Japanese crafts accessible to a worldwide audience. She helps women live a more creative and meaningful life on her blog, sewinlove.com.au