Wardrobe Essentials: Japanese Styles for Everyday

It’s pretty safe to say that I am on a roll with sewing everyday casual clothes for my wardrobe. I found a blouse on Pintrest from a Japanese sewing book one day and ended up falling in love with the simplicity of the styles. I have found 3 books that I really like so far.

Stylish Dress Book: Wear With Freedom by Yoshiko Tsukiori Tuttle Publishing

Happy Homemade: Sew Chic by Yoshiko Tsukiori Tuttle Publishing

Simple Modern Sewing by Shufu To Seikatsu Sha

The books are translated into English  with easy to follow instructions (for advanced beginner) and have western sizing. Styles are fast to sew and comfortable to wear. Most can be made from start to finish in a couple of hours.  Here are some of the styles I’ve made to date. I have been wearing the heck out of them.

tylish Dress Book Wear With Freedom Book

Stylish Dress Book: Wear With Freedom Book

 

Stylish Dress Book View E instructions. I like the pleat but think I will use different sleeves next time.

Stylish Dress Book View E instructions. I like the pleated design but think I will use different sleeves next time.

Stylish dress book View E with pants.

Stylish dress book View E with pants.

Stylish dress book style E back

Stylish dress book style E back

Simple Modern Sewing drawstring casing

Simple Modern Sewing

Simple Modern Sewing 3c model from Book

Simple Modern Sewing 3c model from Book

Simple Modern Sewing 3C instructions

Simple Modern Sewing 3C instructions

Simple Modern Sewing 3C has a cool crossover sleeve detail (like a baby tee) I ended up tacking the flaps together though.  The neckline is wide enough without the flaps.

Simple Modern Sewing 3C has a cool crossover sleeve detail (like a baby tee) I ended up tacking the flaps together though. The neckline is wide enough without the flaps.

Simple Modern Sewing 3C

Simple Modern Sewing 3C with drawstring waist

Simple Wardrobe: Simplicty 1620 and Sew Chic

Simple Wardrobe: Simplicty 1620 and Sew Chic

Sew Chic View E, Simple Tunic with Ruffle Sleeve

Sew Chic View E, Simple Tunic with Ruffle Sleeve

Sew Chic view E

Sew Chic view E

This is style J modeled in the book Sew Chic

This is style J modeled in the book Sew Chic

Easy instructions with diagrams for Sew Chic Style J

Easy instructions with diagrams for Sew Chic Style J

Sew Chic Style J tied in the back

Sew Chic Style J tied in the back

Sew Chic style J Jacket tied

Sew Chic style A worn with pants

Sew Chic style A worn with pants

Sew Chic Style C

Sew Chic Style C

Sew Chic Dress C book

Sew Chic Dress C book

Sew Chic style C worn as a dress.

Sew Chic style C worn as a dress.

Sew Chic Style C with style A sleeves. The patterns are interchangeable so you can make lots of variations of the styles.  Sometimes I wear pant with the dresses

Sew Chic Style C with style A sleeves. The patterns are interchangeable so you can make lots of variations of the styles. Sometimes I wear pant with the dresses

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Wardrobe Essentials: Make it Easy Simplicity 1620 and Sew Chic

Not too long ago re-making my wardrobe seemed pretty far-fetched. At my rate it would take forever. I got to thinking about what I wear on a daily basis. I realized that most of the patterns in my stash were more tailored than what I would typically choose for an easy, fuss free day.

Now this might be a Midwest thing but truth be told, when I’m not working, on an outing, or going to church you will most likely find me in some knit pants with t-shirt or jeans with t-shirt. I know, I know, I need to mix it up right?

I started looking for easy chill clothes and found Simplicity 1620. It is a simple wardrobe that has pull-on pants, a dress, tunic, short 2 piece jacket, long 2 piece jacket and a sash. No zippers, no buttons, no fuss. Fast and Easy sewing.

Simple Wardrobe: Simplicty 1620 and Sew Chic

Simple Wardrobe: Simplicty 1620 and Sew Chic

I bought linen blend fabric in different colors and got to sewing. I made no major alterations since the patterns have a lot of ease. In about 3 days I had made:

  • 2 pairs of pull on pants
  • 3 shirts
  • a short jacket
  • a long kacket
  • a dress
  • 2 sashes
  • Bolero jacket (from Sew Chic Japanese sewing book)
    Wow that's a lot of lint. Beware when you are drying Linen/Rayon blend fabric. You may want to clear the lint trap a few times while drying.

    Wow that’s a lot of lint. Beware when you are drying Linen/Rayon blend fabric. You may want to clear the lint trap a few times while drying.

    Linen/Rayon blend fabric. Very soft and drapey. I didn't even need to iron it.

    Linen/Rayon blend fabric. Very soft and drapey. I didn’t even need to iron it.

    Simplicity 1620 long jacket with 2 sided sash and brown pull-on pants

    Simplicity 1620 long jacket with 2 sided sash and brown pull-on pants

    Yellow top. I used the box pleated side. (Pattern calls for tucks)

    Yellow top. I used the box pleated side. (Pattern calls for tucks)

    Close-up of pleat detail. I also top stitched with a simple running stitch.

    Close-up of pleat detail. I also top stitched with a simple running stitch.

    Simplicity 1620 dress with sash

    Simplicity 1620 dress with sash

    Simplicity 1620 dress with short jacket

    Simplicity 1620 dress with short jacket

    I finally figured out what to do with 1/2 yard of this cool linen fabric I bought a few months ago

    I finally figured out what to do with 1/2 yard of this cool linen fabric I bought a few months ago

    Simplicity 1620 Tunic. I made one large pleat instead of 3 so that I wouldn't obscure the print as much

    Simplicity 1620 Tunic. I made one large pleat instead of 3 so that I wouldn’t obscure the print as much

    Simpicity 1620 tunic

    Simpicity 1620 tunic

Happy with the result I kept looking for more. Unfortunately I didn’t find too many more simple wardrobes like this one in the Big 4 pattern catalogs. Thank goodness for Pintrest though. I discovered Japanese clothing patterns.

My goodness. There are so many simple, easy to wear designs and they have started to publish them in English! My favorite Japanese designer at the moment is Yoshiko Tsukiori. I have her book Happy Homemade Sew Chic: 20 Simple Everyday Designs. Love it!

Simple instructions with diagrams. Jacket has only 3 patterns pieces

Simple instructions with diagrams. Jacket has only 3 patterns pieces

Simplcity 1630 dress with Sew Chic Jersey Style Bolero

Simplcity 1630 dress with Sew Chic Jersey Style Bolero

 

There are a few base patterns (graded up to American sizes) that have a bunch of style variations to mix and sew. The instructions are easy to follow with lots of diagrams. So far I have made the Jersey Style Bolero jacket. It only takes 3 pattern pieces to make. Easy, Peasy. I have more patterns cut out ready to sew. I will continue exploring  Japanese clothing style for sure.