Happy Homemade Sew-along // round-up, winner and many thanks!

PHEW!  We made it to the end of the sew-along.  Today is the day we wrap it all up.

I am sooooo amazed by all the different hoodies that were made during the sew-along!  I loved seeing all of the ‘in progress’ pics and getting feedback and questions along the way.  And the finished hoodies are all so awesome and SO different!  I love the variety – it’s amazing how one pattern can be interpreted in so many different ways!

Meg and I have rounded up all the hoodies that were in the Flickr group (as well as a few from Instagram) and are sharing them on our blogs for everyone to see.  But FIRST, I’ll just go ahead and announce the winner of the sew-along PRIZE, since you all are probably dying to know if it is you 🙂

A big thank you to the wonderful sponsors of our giveaway prize:

Happy Homemade Sew-along GIVEAWAY!

The winner is going to receive:

$30 gift certificate to Miss Matatabi
$30 gift certificate to Girl Charlee
2 yards of fabric from Imagine Gnats
AND . . . 
Secret gifts from Meg and Cherie!

 

And the randomly selected winner is (drumroll please) . . .

L Poel Pull-over Parka

Lucinda P. who made this awesome hooded DRESS from an upcycled button up shirt!

Congrats Lucinda!

Seriously, all of the hoodies are all so unique and original, I loved seeing each new picture being added to the group.  Links to the original photo are below each collage and start with the picture in the top left corner and go clockwise.  Half of the hoodies are here and the other half are on Meg’s blog, so be sure to check out her post too!

One of the fun ways that people remixed the hoodie was by playing with contrasting fabrics and color blocking.  I love all these combos!

Happy Homemade Sew-along Round up! // you & mie
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It’s all about the details in this group of hoodies . . . floral binding, embroidery, applique, piping, added ties . . . such unique touches!

Happy Homemade Sew-along Round up! // you & mie
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I also love the simplicity of these solids and classic stripes and polka dots.  They really let the design of the pull-over shine.

Happy Homemade Sew-along Round up! // you & mie
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And in the last group, we’ve got some comfy looking hoodies made from knit fabric and a couple of fun floral fabrics too.

Happy Homemade Sew-along Round up! // you & mie
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Be sure to check out the rest of the hoodie parade HERE!

I want to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the sew-along!!  I’m really glad that we were able to sew together – even if you didn’t get to finish your hoodie yet, that’s ok!  I had so much fun.  I especially loved hearing people tell me that they were always too scared to attempt a Japanese pattern and that this gave them the final push to try it.  That was the whole point of the sew-along, so I’m happy that we were able to do this together!

And definitely a big thanks to Meg, my co-host for the sew-along.  Definitely could NOT have done it without you, Meg!  You’re a rock star!  But I think we all already knew that.

Ok, so before I really wrap this up, I wanted to ask you guys for any feedback you have regarding the sew-along.  Who knows if I’ll do this again, but I’d love to hear what you thought – even if you didn’t participate in this sew-along at all!

What did you like?  What didn’t you like?  How was the pace?  The timing of the sew-along?  Anything you want to see more of?  Was there anything particularly helpful or still way too confusing?  Would you want to do another sew-along?  Another pattern from this book?  A different Japanese sewing book?  Any suggestions?  I’d love to hear it!

Alright friends, that’s a wrap on this sew-along.  Time for me to catch up on some sleep 😛

Happy Homemade Sew-along // elsie marley and you & mie

See the rest of the sew-along posts here:

Announcing . . .
Where to buy the book
Hoodie Inspiration
Mixing it Up
Fabrics
What you’ll need
Schedule and Sew-along Prize
Day One
Day Two
Day Three
Day Four
Day Five

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Happy Homemade Sew-along // the hoodie

Did you finish your pull-over for the Happy Homemade Sew-along!?  Today is the day you want to get your pictures into the Flickr group!  Be sure to do that by the end of the day.  Someone asked me what time “end of the day” is and I don’t have an exact hour, but basically by the time Monday finally slips away from this earth, try and have your pictures in the pool.  Or before you go to bed tonight – whatever.  Then check back in on Wednesday for our round-up and to find out if you’re the winner of the sew-along prize!!

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Pull-over Parka // you & mie

Though you’ve seen my hoodie throughout the sew-along, I thought I’d share some pictures of it finished and on my daughter.  It’s always one thing to see a garment on a hanger and then another to see the actual fit on a person.

Pullover

I made my hoodie in size 2, based on my daughter’s measurements.  Looking at other people’s pictures in the Flickr pool, I probably could have gone a size up so it would last her longer, but at least she’s got a sibling who will grow into it eventually as well.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Pull-over Parka // you & mie

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Pull-over Parka // you & mie

The modifications I made were adding the kangaroo pocket, lining the hood and also adjusting the shape of the hood slightly.  Meg mentioned the hood being too small, so I also angled the straight edge of my hood forward and then I rounded out the back of the hood a little.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Pull-over Parka // you & mie

I think that it helped, but even still, there’s something a little strange about how this hood fits and the shape. I think it has something to do with the very open and low neckline.  When the hood is up, you can see how it starts at the shoulder, as opposed to closer to the neck like I’m used to.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Pull-over Parka // you & mie

But besides that, I really love the hoodie.  In these pics, they are styled a little more appropriately for fall, but I like the versatility.  It can be layered for the cooler months, or paired with shorts and a tank top for warm weather, or thrown over a bathing suit as a cover up.  And I love that it looks great on all kids, boys and girls.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Pull-over Parka // you & mie

The main fabric I used is double gauze that I bought at Bolt back when I visited Portland in 2013.  I’d been saving it for who knows what.  I have to say, I LOVE the way it looks as a hoodie, but part of me is really sad because I don’t think Yuki will wear this and I really really love the fabric.  The first time she saw the hoodie she said she liked it.  Then when it was time to put it on she said she didn’t like it.  When I said that it made me a little sad to hear that since I had worked so hard to make it for her, she said, “Well, I LIKE it, I just don’t want to wear it.” 😦 Hah!

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Pull-over Parka // you & mie

But this is basically how Yuki feels about it.  Sigh.  Maybe her sister will wear it someday…

The lining and drawstring were made with double gauze that I bought from Imagine Gnats.  It doesn’t actually match the color of the red stars, but close enough!

You guys know that I love double gauze.  It’s really soft and comfy.  Feels warm but still really breathable and perfect for hot weather.  I wish this hoodie fit ME!

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Pull-over Parka // you & mie

Anyways, it has been soooo exciting seeing all the of the hoodies pop up in the Flickr group!  I love how they are all so different!  Everyone put such a unique spin on it with their choices of fabric and other modifications.  It’s so great and really makes me happy that people actually participated!  Thank you SO much to everyone who sewed along!  Be sure to check back in on Wednesday!!

Happy Homemade Sew-along // elsie marley and you & mie

See the rest of the sew-along posts here:
Announcing . . .
Where to buy the book
Hoodie Inspiration
Mixing it Up
Fabrics
What you’ll need
Schedule and Sew-along Prize
Day One
Day Two
Day Three
Day Four
Day Five

Happy Homemade Sew-along // day five

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Day Five // you & mieIt’s the last day of the Happy Homemade Sew-along!!  So excited to finish up our pull-overs today!  I know that some of you have already gone ahead and finished your hoodies, and some people are just getting started, and that’s totally fine!  Move at your own pace, you still have the weekend to finish up.  Or if you’re done early – go ahead and make another one!  🙂

Today, we’re finishing up with steps 5 and 6.  If you prepped the hems back on Day 2, these steps are super fast.  But even if you didn’t, it shouldn’t take us long to finish this puppy up!

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Day Five // you & mie

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Day Five // you & mie

Fold the edge of your sleeve towards the wrong side 1 cm and press.  Fold again, this time 2 cm, enclosing the raw edge and press.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Day Five // you & mie

Pin and sew along the folded edge.  Repeat with the other sleeve.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Day Five // you & mie

Fold and press the bottom of the pull-over the same way you did with the sleeve (but don’t pin and sew yet).  If you haven’t already, attach your strip of fusible interfacing to the center front of your pullover, just above the higher of the two fold lines.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Day Five // you & mie

Find and mark the center of your pullover by folding it in half and finger pressing or ironing a little crease by the interfacing.  Using that center mark, measure 1.5 cm to either side and mark your buttonhole placements.  I transferred my markings to the right side of my pull-over and sewed from that side since it tends to look nicer.

If you are not familiar with making buttonholes on your machine, there are a few more detailed directions on page 59 that may help.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Day Five // you & mie

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Day Five // you & mie

Fold the hem back up, pin and sew along the folded edge.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Day Five // you & mie

We’re almost there!!

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Day Five // you & mie

Attach a safety pin or bodkin to one end of your cotton tape/drawstring material and thread through one of the buttonholes, all the way around the hem, and back out the other buttonhole.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Day Five // you & mie

Tie it up and you’re DONE!

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Day Five // you & mie

So, what do you think!?  How did it go?  Do you like the pull-over?  Was it easy to sew up?  Will you use this pattern again?

I have yet to try this on my little one, so we’ll see how the fit is and if she approves, but I think it’s adorable and I hope she wears it!  I’ll try and take some pictures of her wearing it over the weekend and post them on Monday.  Be sure you get pictures of your finished pull-over (on the hanger or on a model – either is fine!) and add them to the Flickr pool by Monday, June 23 to be included in our round up and a chance to win the fantastic sew-along prize!!

I’m loving all the in progress and finished sew-along pictures popping up on Instagram and on Flickr.  You guys are doing an amazing job!  And I suspect we’ll see a lot more added over the weekend.  Can’t wait!  I’ll check back in with you on Monday.

See the rest of the sew-along posts here:
Announcing . . .
Where to buy the book
Hoodie Inspiration
Mixing it Up
Fabrics
What you’ll need
Schedule and Sew-along Prize
Day One
Day Two
Day Three
Day Four

Happy Homemade Sew-along // day four

Happy Homemade Sew-along // Day Four

It’s Day 4, and today we’re tackling the trickiest part of constructing the pull-over.  Meg is going to take us through attaching the hood to the pull-over and finishing the neckline.  My advice, take your time!  And once we get through today, it’s totally smooth sailing till the end.  Check out Day 4 HERE.

See the rest of the sew-along posts here:
Announcing . . .
Where to buy the book
Hoodie Inspiration
Mixing it Up
Fabrics
What you’ll need
Schedule and Sew-along Prize
Day One
Day Two
Day Three

Happy Homemade Sew-along // day three

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Day Three // you & mie

Day Three!  So we’ve prepped our pattern and cut our fabric and we’re finally ready to sew!  Today we’re going to be doing steps 1-3 of the Pull-over Parka from Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Kids.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Day Three // you & mie

The steps are pretty basic, so our work should be fairly simple for today!  Just a note:
ALL SEAM ALLOWANCES ARE 3/8 IN (1 CM) unless otherwise stated.

Now, a kangaroo pocket is not part of the pattern, but I really wanted to add one, so I thought I’d show you how to do that.  If you’re not adding a pocket skip down to Step 1.

Yesterday, Meg talked a little about drafting the kangaroo pocket.  You can either cut out one and fold the edges over, or you can cut two and sew them right sides together and then top stitch that onto the hoodie.  I opted for the latter just because it seemed easier.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Day Three // you & mie

Pin your pocket pieces, right sides together.  Sew all the way around leaving a 3 inch opening at the bottom.  Clip the corners off.  Turn right side out and press.  If you want, you can top stitch the pocket openings (diagonal lines), though this is mostly just for looks.  Then pin the pocket onto the hoodie (make sure to leave room at the bottom of the hoodie for hemming) and sew along the top and the bottom edge.  Be sure to backstitch at the ends to secure openings.

Alright, moving along to . . .

Step 1. Sew sleeves to top

If you haven’t already, transfer markings from your pattern pieces to your fabric.  You’ll need to know which side of your sleeve attaches to the front of the pull-over and which attaches to the back.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Day Three // you & mie

With right sides together, line up the “front” of the sleeve with the front piece of the pull-over along the armhole.  Pin and sew with a 3/8 in seam allowance.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Day Three // you & mie

Trim and finish the edge with a serger or a zig zag stitch.  Press the seam allowance toward the sleeve.  Repeat with the other sleeve front.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Day Three // you & mie

Now we’re going to repeat the same steps with the back.  With right sides together, line up the edge of the “back” of the sleeve with the back of the pull-over.  Pin and sew.  Finish the edge and then press the seam allowance toward the sleeve.  Repeat with the other sleeve.  Now both sleeves and the front and back of the pull-over should all be attached.

Step 2. Sew sleeve and side seams

With right sides together, fold the pull-over at the shoulder and bring the sides and sleeve edges together.  Be sure to line up the seams at the bottom of the armhole.  Pin and sew a continuous seam along the sleeve and side.  Repeat on the other side.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Day Three // you & mie

Finish your seam allowance and press towards the back of the pull-over.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Day Three // you & mie

Turn right side out and press.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Day Three // you & mie

Woohoo, the body of your pull-over is constructed!  Set that aside.

Step 3.  Sew hood

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Day Three // you & mie

With right sides together, pin along the top and back curved edge of the hood.  Sew, finish edges, turn right side out and press.

I noticed that a few people plan on adding lining to their hoods.  If you are adding lining, skip the next step and continue with the lining directions below.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Day Three // you & mie

If you’re not adding lining, you need to hem the front edge of the hood.  There are specific directions at the bottom of page 42, but it is a basic double fold hem.  Fold the edge of the hood 1 cm towards the wrong side.  Unfold and tuck the raw edge under, within the fold, and press.  Top stitch along the folded edge to secure hem down.

If you are adding a lining to the hood, you’ll need to cut out 2 hood pieces from your lining fabric, then sew them together like you did with the hood from the main fabric above.  Press.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Day Three // you & mie

Place the main hood and the lining hood, right sides together, lining up the straight edge.  Pin together and sew with a 3/8 inch seam allowance.  Flip hood right side out so that lining is inside the main hood.  Press the edge of the hood and roll the lining in slightly so that it is not visible from the outside.  Top stitch along the straight edge of the hood and baste the two layers together along the bottom curve to make it easier to attach to the hoodie tomorrow.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Day Three // you & mie

And you’ve just completely steps 1-3!  Tomorrow, we will attach the hood to the pull-over, add the elastic and finish the neckline, which are probably the most difficult steps in the whole process.  But Meg will walk us through those steps on Day 4!  How is your sewing coming along so far?  Have you been sharing your pics on Instagram (#happyhomemadesewalong) or Flickr?  Just two more days and we’ll be done with our hoodies!  I can’t wait 🙂

Happy Homemade Sew-along // elsie marley and you & mie

See the rest of the sew-along posts here:
Announcing . . .
Where to buy the book
Hoodie Inspiration
Mixing it Up
Fabrics
What you’ll need
Schedule and Sew-along Prize
Day One
Day Two

Happy Homemade Sew-along // schedule & the prize!

Happy Homemade Sew-along // elsie marley and you & mie

We’re getting sooooo close!  This is the last post before the sew-along starts, I promise!  Just wanted to let you know what the schedule was going to be for next week and give you a little bit more info about how to participate and what you might win if you do!!

So here’s the breakdown for next week . . .

Happy Homemade Sew-along: June 16-20
Day 1 (Monday): Trace pattern pieces and add seam allowance
Day 2 (Tuesday): Cut out fabric and prepare
Day 3 (Wednesday): Sew sleeves and hood
Day 4 (Thursday): Attach hood
Day 5 (Friday): Finish!

Meg and I are going to be switching back and forth with our posts.  I’m going to be covering days 1, 3, and 5 and Meg will be doing days 2 and 4.  But don’t worry, it won’t be confusing!  Come to either blog each day and we’ll tell you exactly where to find the information you’re looking for!

How to participate:
  • Sew with us or at your own pace
  • Share any in progress pictures on Instagram (#happyhomemadesewalong) or the Flickr group
  • If you have any questions, leave us comments and we’ll try to get back to you as soon as possible
  • Photograph your finished pull-over and add it to the Flickr group!
Sharing your finished pull-over:
You can add photos to the Flickr group at anytime, but if you’d like your picture included in our round-up or entered into our sew-along prize giveaway, be sure to do so by end of the day, Monday, June 23.  That way you have the weekend to finish up and photograph your pull-over!  *Please only upload photos that you are comfortable with us sharing on our blogs.*
And, of course, the prize!
One sew-along participant will be randomly selected from the Flickr pool to win an AWESOME prize package!
Happy Homemade Sew-along GIVEAWAY!
$30 gift certificate to Miss Matatabi
$30 gift certificate to Girl Charlee
2 yards of fabric from Imagine Gnats
AND . . . 
Secret gifts from Meg and Cherie!

RIGHT!??  Ok, I hope you’re pumped!  I know some people are still waiting for their books to arrive, others still need to go fabric shopping.  You still have a few days to gather your stuff, wash and dry your fabric, and clear your schedule and sewing space!
See you on Monday!
See the rest of the sew-along posts here:

Happy Homemade Sew-along // what you’ll need

Everything sew-along:
Announcing . . .
Where to buy the book
Hoodie Inspiration
Mixing it Up
Fabrics

*UPDATED TO ADD MORE INFORMATION AT THE BOTTOM*

Oooh, the sew-along starts in less than a week!  We’re in major preparation mode now and today I’m going to talk about what materials you’ll need to make the pull-over parka.

But first, did anyone try out some hoodie ideas with the sketch I provided last week?  Yuki and I had fun coloring a few in and trying some different combos.

Yuki's Hoodie // you & mie

Yesterday, I posted on Instagram one of the combos I’m considering.  And I also just added my favorite of Yuki’s hoodies in the flickr group.  You definitely want to check that out.  If you’ve got a sketch, don’t forget to share it!  #happyhomemadesewalong

ANYWAYS, moving on to materials.  Do you have your fabric picked out yet?  I’m guessing that some of you do and some of you don’t.  And that’s fine!  If you’re in the latter group, we’re going to help you figure that out today!  Meg is sharing with you some suggested fabrics types and an amazing selection of prints she rounded up.  And I’m going to tell you how much fabric you need along with any other materials required for this project.  Shall we get started?

First, you need to figure out what size you’re going to make.  Here’s the size chart included in the English version of the book to help you determine the appropriate size.

Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Kids size chart

The first number in each box is in inches.  In parentheses is the measurement in centimeters.

Most Japanese sewing books follow the same format: Pictures of all the projects in the first half of the book and instructions in the back.  In the Japanese version of the book, the pull-over pictures are on page 22 and 23.

Happy Homemade Sew-along // you & mie

Happy Homemade Sew-along // you & mie

You can see the directions are on page 54.

In the English version of the book, the pull-over is on page 24, with directions on page 60.

Happy Homemade Sew-along // you & mie

Flip over to your directions page and in the top left corner is wear you’ll find a lot of the basic information that you need to begin.

Happy Homemade Sew-along // you & mie

The pullover parka hoodie is labeled pattern “S.” The first section tells us which pattern pieces we are going to need.  In the Japanese book, it also tells you that you can find the pattern pieces on “Side A” of the pattern pages.  We can skip this information for now – we’ll be diving into that part next week.

Happy Homemade Sew-along // you & mie

The next section is about the materials you’ll need.  Japanese patterns don’t really give you suggested fabrics.  Instead, it lists the fabric used in the samples in the book.  So for example, while some patterns might suggest, “light- to medium-weight fabric such as quilting cotton, shirting, linen or voile,” Japanese patterns might say something like, “floral print cotton” or in this case, “herringbone cotton” or “tartan cotton.”  This information can be useful if you want to replicate the book version, but as far as recommendations, they aren’t very helpful.  Luckily, Meg is here to help you out with fabric suggestions!

What you should pay attention to though, is the number next to the fabric.  Here it says, “40 in (102 cm) herringbone cotton.”  That first number is the width of the fabric.  Be sure that the fabric you choose is at least the same width as the measurement listed here.

Happy Homemade Sew-along // you & mie

This section has a ton of numbers, so it’s a little hard to separate what’s what, but I’ve color coded it to make it easier.  Based on these numbers, here’s what I’d recommend buying for each size (I rounded up a little).

Size 2: 1 and 1/4 yards
Size 4: 1 and 1/2 yards
Size 6: 1 and 1/2 yards
Size 8: 1 and 2/3 yards

The other materials you’ll need are:
Fusible interfacing: 2 x 3/4 in
Cotton tape: 44 in
1/4 inch wide elastic: 2 and 3/8 in

The cotton tape is used to create a drawstring at the bottom of the pull-over.  You can use twill tape, bias tape, cording, ribbon, etc.  If you use bias tape, you’ll want to sew it shut along the open edge.

cotton tape

Besides fabric and notions, there a few other things that you’ll need to gather before you can begin.

  • Tracing paper.  The first thing we’re going to need to do is the find and trace the pattern pieces we need.  You’ll want as large of sheets as possible, like this, which can be found at most art stores
  • Ruler and pencil.  I’m assuming you already have one, but since we’ll be adding our own seam allowance, you’re not going to be able to do that without a ruler.
  • Safety pin.  It will come in handy when threading the cotton tape through the casing.

Is it time to go shopping?  I’m going to start with my stash and see if I have anything there first.  Looking for fabric suggestions?  Be sure to check out Meg’s post!  She has rounded up a drool-worthy selection of prints to consider along with helpful suggestions on fabric types.

We’re getting close!  Sew-along begins in SIX DAYS!

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!

Sew Chic Kids Review & Giveaway // you & mie

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

Here’s how to enter:
– Leave a comment on this post.  Any comment will do!

Additional entries:
PLEASE LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH
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– Follow me on Pinterest and leave a comment telling me you do so.

(maximum number of entries is 3)

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!

*This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Pinterest. We hereby release Facebook and Pinterest of any liability. No purchase necessary.  you & mie takes no responsibility for packages lost by the postal service. Giveaway starts Friday, May 2nd and ends Friday, May 9th at 5pm PST. Once the giveaway ends, winners will be chosen at random and contacted within 24 hours by e-mail. This post will be updated with winners’ names. Winners will need to respond within 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen. Giveaway is void where prohibited.*