March 20, 2013

I have always had a love for Japanese textiles and design.  So when the publisher, Laurence King, offered to send me a couple of books to try out and review I was pretty excited.

The first book that they sent me was Pattern Magic Stretch Fabrics by the amazing Tomoko Nakamichi.  This book has recently been translated from Japanese into English.  The first thing that caught my eye with this book was the photography.  It’s beautiful, and moody, and artistic.  Nothing like our poor English pattern-making books who’s photography leans heavily towards tacky or overtly cutesy.

The patterns in this book are all based off of a basic stretch shirt block or leggings.  The way that she manipulates the fabric and patterns is quite genius.

You can really divide the patterns in this book into two categories : wearable (but still unique), and crazy put me in a museum.

Here are the most wearable patterns:

And here are the craziest:

I am hoping to make at least one of  item from this book up for either myself or my daughter.  I think I would learn a lot by trying them out.

Has anyone else tried any patterns from this book?  If so I would love to see a finished project or get recommendations.

Disclosure : Laurence King sent me this book to review free of charge.  This is my true and honest opinion.

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  • Reply Madalynne March 20, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Japanese patterns are so inspiring but I feel like they are a little unwearable, don’t you think? Regardless, it’s an inspirational book. I wonder if they have any tips tricks about stretch fabrics that I could apply to bra making?

    • Reply Kelli Ward March 21, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      yes i agree. i really wish they were more wearable because the ideas are really cool.

  • Reply Clio March 20, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Hmm. Are those supposed to be considered hand-shaped pockets or sleeves? Interesting.

    • Reply Kelli Ward March 21, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      your guess is as good as mine.

  • Reply Suzanne March 20, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    I”m kind of afraid for you!

  • Reply Andrea Pannell March 21, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    I’ve heard great things about this book!! I’ve been wanting to get it so I can’t wait to see what you make!

  • Reply sallie oleta barbee March 21, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    I’ve never seen that top with the bow-like detail at the bottom. It could be really pretty – especially on a little girl. Have fun with it!

    • Reply Kelli Ward March 21, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      exactly what I was thinking sallie. i could see my little girl wearing it with leggings.

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