Phew! Looks like the Japanese Sewing Book Series is already over! I’m sad, but so so grateful for my awesome guests for all of their hard work! I didn’t even realize it until halfway through the series, but this was the first time guest posting for three of my guest bloggers (Sanae, Frances and Robin). Bet you couldn’t tell though, huh – they were all such pros!
And I’m super grateful for all of you for joining us! YOU are what made it all worth it!
Thanks to everyone who entered the sewing book giveaway. I LOOOOOVED reading your comments, and even though I won’t be able to respond to every one, I was really excited to hear that people are feeling more confident about trying Japanese patterns, or that some of you never knew about Japanese patterns before the series. I’m glad that so many of you learned something new, or have bookmarked the posts to reference when you’re sewing. When I had the idea for this series, I wanted to do something fun, but also something that would be really informational and serve as a great resource for seamstresses for a long time to come. I’m hoping the series was a success!
You should have received an email from me :)
And for those of you who didn’t win, check out Kristin’s post for some ideas for where you can buy your own!
After sewing from a few Japanese patterns myself and reading through my guests’ awesome posts, I think the greatest lesson that I’m walking away with is to just GO FOR IT. It’s super intimidating at first, but pick a simple pattern and use some not-so-expensive fabric and just take your time to work through it. Trust your sewing knowledge and instincts. Refer back to this series or look things up online. See how it goes. And then try another pattern. Things will already feel a little different the second time. And I’m pretty sure that by the third pattern you sew, you will start to feel more confident, the patterns, words and diagrams will start to look more familiar, and your eye will be trained as to what you need to look for.
This Thursday, I get to share with you a really fun project that I got to be a part of, and though I won’t say what it is yet, I will say that I sewed my third Japanese pattern for it and I’m really proud of how it came out! And if I can do it – you can do it too!
So here are the 5 posts from the series, in case you missed them or want the links all in one place. A HUGE thanks again to my wonderful friends and guests, Kristin, Sanae, Meg, Frances and Robin for making this series everything that it was!
I had so much fun with this series and I feel like there are so many of you out there already sewing with Japanese patterns or interested in starting, that I’ve been thinking about a way to do another series (in the way future) with more of a community aspect – a sewalong perhaps? Anyone interested? I’d love your thoughts!
Until next time, happy sewing!