I have a few favourite books. Books that I love, that I've kept for a long time, return to and never get bored with. Among them are two Japanese books about pattern construction, Pattern Magic vol 1 and vol 2.
They are both full of projects that make me want to immediately get my roll of pattern-paper, rulers and pencil out and get busy! Do you want to make a dress with a bunch of knots in the front? No, then maybe a top with a collared cowl-neck might be something for you? Or a jacket or shirt with a necktie incorporated in the collar? That one has been posted on Burdastyle recently, look at it here.
I have only one problem with Pattern Magic, really (except that the books are in Japanese, but that's a small problem thanks to the very clever, very instructive, very Japanese pictures that show the different pattern construction-methods step by step), it's impossible to choose what project to begin with!
Like these bows for example, which one is the nicest? I can't decide. It's actually an even draw between three of them for me... pick a straw?
I bought my copies on the internet, from a site I can truly recommend, Yesasia, fast shipping and great service; my books were shipped from Germany and arrived within a week.
I've noticed that Yesasia sell many Japanese sewing-books that are not on Amazon.com, so it's worth a look for those who search for Japanese pattern-books (or manga, or clothes, or movies...)!
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