I'm so excited, I just ordered two more Japanese pattern books. This one called "Stylish Girls' Clothes" and this one which seems to have a couple different names depending where you shop. YesAsia calls it, "Fashionable Dress for Girls".
I can sometimes get into a bit of an obsessive phase about things. Like the beginning of 2010 when I joined not 1 but three virtual quilting bees.
I'm definitely in the same boat with these books. I just can't stop buying them - and making things from them. All the patterns are kind of similar, but there's always a cute little variation that I decide I just can't live without - a pintuck here, a slightly more curved collar there, a pretty trim on a skirt here, sweet little pockets there. I could probably figure out some of the alterations myself, but it's just not as much fun.
I do keep wondering in the back of my mind what I will do when Addie grows out of the sizes I have. The patterns are so precious to me, I can't fathom getting rid of them even if I can't use them. What do you do with patterns and homemade clothes that your kids have outgrown?
Anyway, back to the books I chose, I've been stalking two Japanese Sewing Flickr groups. This one which is for any Japanese sewing, and this one which is specifically for kids. If you're in the market for a book and can't decide which one to buy, I find that this is a good way to figure it out. The contributors often include a link to the book or their blog post discussing the book or the ISBN for the book, so if you like one of the photos, you can usually figure out which book it came from.
These are a few that inspired me to select "Stylish Girls' Clothes":
I think this blouse from flickafish is the sweetest thing ever, but that book seems to be out of print. I think I could make the blouse from "Stylish Girls' Clothes" without the collar. I should see if I can find some of that sweet gingham.
I know I had a really great reason for wanting to buy the second book as well, but I can't find the photos right now to support it. Check out the second photo in this Etsy listing though. Love the whole outfit.
When I'm being obsessed, I love to drag other people in with me (lessens the guilt, I think), so I hope you're considering buying a book, too. I think these are the best sources for the books (that is if you live in the U.S.):
1. Kinokuniya Book Store in San Franscisco. There's nothing like seeing the book first hand and being able to look at every single page. Since I live almost as far away as you could from San Fran and still be in the same country, that's kind of limiting, so . . .
2. YesAsia. This is good if you already know which book you want. I haven't seemed to be able to find a great way to just browse. Right now, if you spend over $39, you get free shipping. (Come to think of it, that might have been my compelling reason to buy the second book.) This is where I ordered my two latest books from, but they estimated about 4 weeks for delivery. That's a long time for my impatient self to wait.
3. Pomadour24. I love this Etsy seller. She has a great selection and several photos for each book as well as a nice description. The prices are about the same as YesAsia, but I was turned off by the almost $10 shipping fee.
4. SuperBuzzy. I ordered my copy of Happy Homemade Volume 5 from there last year. They have a good selection, and you can order some fabric while you're at it.