Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Kids Review and GIVEAWAY! {CLOSED}

*CONGRATS to Natasha Tung, the winner of Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Kids*

You guys know that I love and adore Japanese sewing books right?  I mean, I did an entire series on them.  How to buy, decipher and sew with them even if you don’t understand a bit of Japanese.  Well, if you didn’t know that I love Japanese sewing books, now you know.  And I truly believe that anyone can sew from these sewing books without knowing any Japanese.

BUT I also truly believe that there is no reason to make things harder for yourself than necessary.  So now that the ever popular Happy Homemade Vol. 2 has been translated into English, I am psyched because, not only is this a AWESOME book of patterns, but it’s also a great way to familiarize yourself with Japanese sewing patterns without dealing with the foreign language!  Here it is, Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Kids!

Sew Chic Kids Review & Giveaway // you & mie

In this book, you get 20 patterns.  Dresses, shorts, shirts, skirts, blouses, pants, and a pullover.  There are a lot of great basic patterns that you can basically build a wardrobe from and I love that there are patterns that are for girls, boys, and plenty of gender neutral stuff.  And all REALLY CUTE!

Sew Chic Kids Review and Giveaway // you & mie

Sew Chic Kids Review and Giveaway // you & mie

Sew Chic Kids Review and Giveaway // you & mie

Sew Chic Kids Review & Giveaway // you & mie

This Pull-over Parka is high on my sewing to do list!!

The English version is very similar to the original Japanese book.  The format is the same, with gorgeous photos of the finished products in the front and all the directions for each project in the back.  The instruction pages are also laid out the same way as the Japanese book.  This part is often tricky to decipher in Japanese, so having it in English makes it a breeze.  The best part in my opinion, is that you can learn so much from seeing a Japanese book in English that you can then use to help you with sewing books that are actually in Japanese.  This book makes a great teaching tool in so many ways.

Sew Chic Kids Review & Giveaway // you & mie

Here’s a little look at a diagram from the English version of the book and the same one from the Japanese version so you can compare.  Same great drawings, but labels, instructions and hints in English!  Yes!

Another plus . . . all the measurements are listed in inches and centimeters!

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The patterns in the book come in four sizes that are labeled 2, 4, 6, 8, but be careful because those aren’t the same as typical American sizes.  They are the equivalent to 100, 110, 120, and 130, respectively, in Japanese sizes.  This is approximately size 3/4, 5, 6, and 7/8 by American standards, but be sure to use the measurement chart at the front of the book to choose the right size for your child.

Sew Chic Kids Review & Giveaway // you & mie

The book includes plenty of handy tips about sewing basics, materials and skills, for example, adding seam allowances to your pattern pieces!

Sew Chic Kids Review & Giveaway // you & mie

The pattern pieces are laid out on both sides of two large sheets.  The pattern pieces overlap, so they do require tracing (and adding seam allowance), but they much easier to navigate than the Japanese version.

Sew Chic Kids Review & Giveaway // you & mie

If you’re drawn to Japanese sewing books but are still hesitant to take the plunge, this is a really great first step.  You really get all of the great things about Japanese patterns, but without the challenge of a foreign language.  You can’t really ask for more . . .

Sew Chic Kids Review & Giveaway // you & mie

And guess what!?  The kind people from Tuttle Publishing who have brought us Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Kids are giving away a copy to one lucky reader!

Giveaway details: {CLOSED}
– Giveaway will remain open until Friday, May 9th at 5pm PST
– Winners will be chosen at random and will be contacted by email
– Open to US and Canadian residents only
– Void where prohibited

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Thanks to Tuttle Publishing for providing me with this great book to review.  Be sure to check out other titles from Tuttle Publishing (they’ve got several other Japanese sewing books in English, including 2 for women’s clothes!!) and keep up with their latest here:

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Good luck and have a great weekend!

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