Monday, December 15, 2014

Sew Sweet Handmade Clothes for Girls Book Review

Recently I received Sew Sweet Handmade Clothes for Girls in the mail. I was pretty excited to receive another Japanese sewing book. As much as I love to make big over the top dresses for my daughter her clothes preference is more laid back. She loves clean lines and she loves to layer.

First I wanted to tell you a little about the book. Author, Yuki Araki is one of the most recognized names in the growing sewing-for-children movement. The mother of two daughters, Araki has become a DIY sewing favorite because she knows what young girls want. They like to wear stylish clothes that also let them play with ease. Moms adore the relaxed aesthetic of Araki's simple mix-and-match play clothes and accessories, and young girls are happy wearing them because they're both cute and comfortable.

Best suited for girls from two to five years old, the sewing patterns in this Japanese sewing book are simple, casual, and look good on any girl. Araki provides westernized patterns in four sizes, plus diagrams and instructions for twenty-two pieces. Simple lines give kids room to move, and the classic styles look good on any frame.

I included a picture of the 24 pieces that can be made using this book. I really love the separates included in this book and even some mommy and me patterns!

I decided to make my daughter the camisole dress that is shown on the cover for two reasons. One it is usually hot here in AZ so this is the perfect summer dress and two it is so easy to layer this piece for colder days. I let her pick the main fabric and she chose this cute cat print that I had bought to use for the new baby.

I used bias tape to do the top of the dress and I omitted the faux wrap skirt. It is a great project for beginners and it only took me 30 minutes to sew it up. The tucks in the front give it a nice little detail. Just a note on fit. My daughter is tall and thin and she usually wears a size 6. I made her the size 7/8 and it fit her a tad short. Next time I would add more to the length.

1 comment:

  1. What a fabulous top, love the look of this book, I am dying to start sewing some clothes for my 2 and 4 year olds, but never know where to start.... Lucy x (