Welcome to my sewing room.
Sewing has become an addiction as of autumn 2012. There are too many tempting patterns to try and not enough time to sew (confessions of a sewaholic:)
I like simple, classic pieces of clothing.
Pattern stores I like 海外型紙・パターン
AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND オーストラリア/ニュージーランド
Megan Nielsen (H: 172cm): I fell head over heels in love (and ordered the entire) Breakwater collection…
New Zealand ニュージーランド
Papercut Patterns -finally splurged and bought some! now just need to try them!
La Maison Victor (H: 166 – 172cm)
Aime Comme Marie – hard to not want to click to order all the patterns… but I stopped myself after Mina, Mix, Midinette, Mythique, Marche a Suivre, and Mister (pour le monsieur!) I love especially the Mina jacket, looks so simple and classy.
Les Fusettes – French pattern and fabric company
Pauline Alice – Malvarosa, Carme Blouse, Cami Dress… all on my sewing list!
Burdastyle – it really is a Candy Store for those who sew:)
Schnittchen – Germany pattern company (in German)
NORTH AMERICA 北米
Sewaholic – I really love the fact that all patterns are named after streets in Vancouver!
Thread Theory – when I get less selfish with my sewing time, I want to sew those good-looking Jedediah pants for my other half:)
Victory Patterns– another Canadian pattern designer! 🙂 I love all the patterns here.
April Rhodes – I love this style of dresses – pretty but simple and easy to move around in:)
Wiksten – I like the Wiksten tank with the tiny pocket – looks so versatile!
Custom fit カスタムフィット
Les Modelieres – custom fit patterns
Lolita Patterns – custom fit patterns
Decades of Style – interesting place to find a pattern for a vintage-style piece from the 20s to the 50s
Etsy (vintage patterns) – I have a super weak spot for vintage patterns – those drawings on the envelopes…
Free patterns 無料パターン
Sorbetto pattern (Colette), a pleated tank top, is offered for free by the chic pattern company Colette!
Sonja Dress (Salme Patterns), a cute and stylish dress.
Spit Up & Stilettos – all Women’s patterns are free! very generous. 女性用のパターンがすべて無料でダウンロードできます。
Japanese Patterns 国内の型紙ショップ
Tamanegi Kobo – instructions available in English
Sewing Books I like 洋裁本
Formal & Little Black Dress – latest sewing pattern book by Yoshiko Tsukiori, who wrote the famous Stylish Dress Books series! I love this book, from the styling of all the outfits to the style of the dresses. The title of the book says “formal and LBD” but I think the patterns will make great outfits for everyday wear to the office, in town, etc.
Stylish Dress Book – Dresses, Blouses, Pants for Everyday – I have never made anything yet from this book by Yoshiko Tsukiori, but the patterns are so cute and the photography is nice.
Exclusivement Feminin (aka. Casual Sweet Clothes) – it is a Japanese sewing pattern book by Noriko Sasahara. I love this style of clothing – simple with a hint of detail. See my version of Dress A here and Bolero O here 🙂
Burdastyle (Germany) – best in terms of fit out of the patterns I used so far
My Image (Netherlands)
La Mia Boutique (Italy)
Cotton Friend (Japan) I love this magazine. Simple and easy to match Tokyo style clothing.
Mrs. Style Book (Japan) – What an interesting magazine! it gives you directions to draft your own patterns for all the pieces in the magazine but not a pattern sheet. In each issue there is also a sheet with a few full sized patterns, so that there is something for beginners as well. Other than that, it is expected that for most of the other items you draft your own pattern, following the instructions in the magazine.
Fabric stores online I like
Anna Ka Bazaar – I want all the fabrics!
France Duval-Stalla – I wish they ship out of the EU!
Ray Stitch – very nice selection (I especially like the check patterns)
Shaukat & Company – Liberty! fast shipping!
Spoonflower – for creating one’s own fabric and buying beautiful unique ones
Fabric shops to visit in Tokyo:
Fabric shops in other parts of the world (fabric shopping should not stop when one travels:) 海外の生地屋さん
Hong Kong (香港編）
Gala Fabrics in Jordan – recommended by a hotel concierge. Expensive but high quality silks in beautiful prints. I don’t know if I will ever be brave en0ugh to cut into the pieces of silk I bought here but they are definitely very nice, Shanghai Tang-ish in quality!
2nd Fl., 186 Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Leung Kee Silk Co. in Sham Shui Po – silks at great prices! I bought many meters of different colors of crepe de chine, at prices I can definitely not get in Japan. It helped encourage me to give them business because it was one of the only places I came across in the Sham Shui Po fabric district which sell to retail customers:-)
G/F.,40a, Apliu Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Jim Thompson Main Shop (Surawong) – there were cheaper shops to buy Thai silk, but the service and the beautiful selection /high quality of the silk there was worth the price difference.
9 Surawong Rd., Suriyawong, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500