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Basic Black: 26 Edgy Essentials for the Modern Wardrobe Paperback – 28 Aug 2014
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"BASIC BLACK: 26 Edgy Essentials For The Modern Wardrobe by Sato Watanabe [...] with patterns, instructions, and diagrams translated to English. I am liking this one readers! There are cute, fitted, and very wearable styles. YAY!!! Now fitted isn't something I normally associate with Japanese Pattern Books so let's just say I was very pleasantly surprised when I opened this book, thinking it was going to be the typical potato sack/jumper/ smock type stuff from some of the other books I've looked at and sewed from. No. Not at all. There are several things I can't wait to sew for Fall [...]" --Sew Country Chick blog
"I'm a total sucker for a Japanese sewing book and Tuttle's latest translated offering doesn't disappoint. Basic Black by Sato Wantanabe contains 26 different designs, including as the title hints a lot of useful basics." --Ideas and Inspirations blog
"This book is fantastic! As I flipped through it, I kept thinking "Oh, I want to make that! And that one! And definitely that one! [...] I declare Basic Black a winner! [...] I'm obviously way too smitten with the Basic Black book to part ways with it" --Sanae Ishida blog
"The 26 patterns in Basic Black, cover blouses, vests, jackets, skirts and dresses and there really is something in here for everyone, even if you don't wear black! [...] I think you will all find something to like in this book [...]" --Top Notch blog
"As a person who loves Japanese clothing design but never wears black clothes I was intrigued [...] If you love colorful clothes, don't be discouraged by the title! [...] The designs in this book are beautifully constructed (or perhaps deconstructed) with elements of smart tailoring and great details including angular criss-cross darts, asymmetric hems and necklines, quilting, pleats, and hand embroidered panels. It includes patterns for A-line dresses, skirts, jackets, waistcoats, blouses, two fabulous coats and a gorgeous cheongsam. As the title suggests, they do all look stunning made up in shades of black but I think would also look good in brighter colors." --IvyArch blog
"The title of the book is Basic Black, and needless to say, all the garments featured are black. Have no fear if you are not a fan of wearing black though because, with these essential patterns in hand, you can create your own wardrobe in your own favorite colors." --Japanese Sewing Books blog
"I'm so excited to add Basic Black, another lovely Japanese sewing book by Sato Watanabe, to my collection! [...] I always feel good when I wear black, so I was excited to hear about Basic Black: 26 Edgy Essentials for the Modern Wardrobe. I wasn't disappointed. True to Sato's style there is a pattern in here for everything--26 in fact! Yep, that's right-- 26! Tops, dresses, jackets and more. The fabrics are interesting, and the designs are more body flattering than most of the other Japanese sewing books you see on the shelves. Basic Black is another great English edition of a Japanese sewing book." --Very Shannon blog
"Basic Black is one of Sato Watanabe's most recent book to be released in English. I love Japanese books and black [...] I chose Basic Black because the patterns really appealed to me. Unlike other Japanese books, it mixes loose-fitting garments and more fitted silhouettes." --Sewing Princess blog
Sew chic, dark-toned clothes with this stylish sewing book and add a touch of originality to your wardrobe.
basic black is the English edition of a classic Japanese sewing book which provides sew-it-yourself Western-sized patterns for 26 basic garments, along with detailed, easy-to-follow diagrams and instructions. Author Sato Watanabe has published many books that are favorites among Japanese sewing fans. in this book she shows you how to make truly professional-quality pieces easily and inexpensively at home.
DiY Sewing designs include:
- Lace Shirred blouse
- Tiered Sleeveless Dress
- Zip-up Vest with High Neck
- Frilled Shirt in Charcoal
- Flannel Short Coat
- And many more…
Simple lines make these garments perfect for women of all ages and all sizes. This book includes a complete western-sized sewing pattern for each design that is easily adjusted to fit your body form. The understated, graceful designs in this book are ones that you'll come back to again and again. See all Product description
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To make each garment you have to trace out the relevant pattern pieces and add seam allowance. The instructions for making each garment are minimalist but adequate with a little thought eg I have made the top part of garment F and had to really think about how to add the darts into the bodice pattern as they are not on the pattern ( eventually realised that when you have the first top dart line, found by 2 points on a line making the first dart everything else fell into place). Although not a total novice sewer I haven't made clothes since I was a teenager.
The patterns aren't to way out but have subtle interest points that will lift these classic designs into something special.
Finally, I want to say something about sizing, although the patterns are expressed as XS, S, M, L the measurements given are for the final size of the Garment, not your body size. Having made a shell of the top of garment F in the L size (I would normally be 14) I suspect a little caution should be exercised if you are larger than size 14 as the L might not be very large at all. Not having made a full size dress I couldn't comment on length although as most garments only have pattern pieces for the top with arrows indicating the direction of the skirt piece each item would be easy to change based on your own height.
I love this book and would probably make most of the patterns in it - and of course as you are in charge you don't have to restrict yourself to black!
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