I’m very proud to offer you my first blog giveaway ever at Line of Selvage!
I’ve sort of known about Japanese pattern books for a while. Peter has mentioned them a few times at Male Pattern Boldness, and of course MainelyDad has created an entire blog inspired by them in the men’s sewing blogosphere. But the books I knew about didn’t catch my interest, and some (like the Pattern Magic series) looked too fiddly and “out there” for me.
Two things inspired me to look further.
Local blogger Chuleenan Svetvilas is the coordinator for the Bay Area Sewists meetup, and I follow her blog C Sews. She’s been doing some Japanese pattern book projects lately, and that woke me up to the idea that there is quite a lot of diversity in the kinds of projects you find in these books.
Secondly, reader Corey let me know there is a Japanese pattern book out there with men’s trouser patterns, including a pattern for selvedge denim jeans (a future project — I have a Pinterest board for planning here).
That was enough for me. I went to Kinokuniya Books in San Francisco on a sunny Saturday morning during the Cherry Blossom Festival, and scoured the shelves. They had dozens of pattern books with great looking projects — for women.
There were exactly three men’s pattern books on the shelf. Two were by the same author, Shimazaki Ryuichiro: Men’s Coat (scroll down the page after clicking the link) and Men’s Apron. The Men’s Coat book I knew of, having been the inspiration for the Japanese Pattern Challenge blog. The Men’s Apron book was an interesting curiosity, but I have no interest in sewing aprons.
I did, however, find this very interesting book of casual clothing patterns for men.
I’ve seen the book listed online as Men’s Wear, but the only English on the front cover says Easy sewing for men’s. It’s part of the “Heart Warming Life Series” (I just love Japanese culture).
It has a selection of casual tops, pants, and jackets. There’s also a few bonus projects (labelled “Special Recipe”) for children’s wear, and some accessories.
There are seven master patterns, and the various garments are all made as stylistic variations. Pattern E for example, is a sweater pattern that makes two different types of sweatshirts as well as a cardigan:
The patterns come bound in the back of the book, but separate easily from the book binding. You trace out the pattern you need from the multi-size patterns provided. From what I understand, you need to add seam allowances, 1 cm in the case of most Japanese patterns.
Each project comes with sewing instructions. If you can’t read Katakana (I certainly can’t) it might help to have some prior sewing experience.
Here’s some projects I found interesting.
There’s a full review of this title, with lots more photos, over at japanesesewingbooks.com.
Update: Entries to the Giveaway are now closed. Thank you everyone who participated!
The store had two copies, so I bought the second for my very first blog giveaway!
To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this article. I’ll make a random drawing from everyone who leaves a comment through the end of day Friday, May 8, 2015. The winner will need to provide a shipping address via private email; I’ll pay for shipping worldwide.
Though it’s not required for the giveaway, I’d love it if you could leave one or more of the following things in your comment:
- Tell me what topics you’d like to see me cover on this blog.
- Tell me what you’d like to see me do for my next sewing project.
- Give a link to your blog, Instagram, or Pinterest for all of us to check out.
Wishing you all the best of luck!