Japanese Sewing Books

This year I resolved not to buy any clothes in order to (1) save money, and (2) channel my shopping energy to sewing. But it seems that the meagre shopping fund I should save with this resolution is just being poured into acquiring sewing books and cheap fabric.

For some reason, I am willing to shell out big bucks for books, but not for fabric. Actually, my fabric stash isn't as cheap at it would be if I shopped at op shops -- but where to find op shops in Sydney?

Still, I have not let myself buy nicer fabric, because I'm afraid of making wonky garments in beautiful fabric. I don't think I can bear the disappointment.

Ah, but sewing books are possibilities. I can sit and leaf through them and imagine how my sewing would magically turn out perfect and gorgeously photographed, too.

And the best ones are the Japanese books!

The garments are easy-breezy, and the photographs are amazing. My favourite is the Stylish Dress Book series. No back-breaking slouchy couture poses by "fierce" models. The Stylish Dress Book contains images of vulnerability, solitude, quiet desperation, heartbreak, on-the-verge-of-a-nervous-breakdown and whimsical wonderment (eh?)

Stylish Dress Book 1
ISBN 9784579111855

Stylish Dress Book 2
ISBN 9784579112265

Happy Homemade Vol. 1
ISBN 9784579112425

Nani Iro – Colourful Fabric Dress Book
ISBN 9784579111831

Style Dress Book
ISBN 9784579112678

ISBN 9784579110438 - to buy


  1. There are lots of op shops in Sydney, but I don't know if they sell fabric. You could try Vinnies at Newtown, Burwood, Marrickville. Then there's a small op-shop in Petersham.bDepending on which part of Sydney you're in. Or search https://vinnies.org.au/centres-national



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