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Japanese Patterns

Discover the charming garment designs and intuitive instructions of patterns from Japan.
Threads #181, October/November 2015

Even if you don’t read or speak Japanese, you can learn to work with Japanese pattern books. It’s all a matter of interpreting the symbols, identifying the necessary fabric and notion requirements, and understanding the clear and simple instructional diagrams. This article by Véronik Avery from Threads #181, Oct./Nov. 2015, describes how Japanese book patterns differ from other commercial patterns, offers tips on using them, and tells you where to acquire the books. Soon, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them.

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  1. user-3384640 | | #1

    Where I can find the pattern for the black skirt showing in your article?

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    emkay96 | | #2

    It's available in "Unique Clothes Any Way You Want," by Natsuno Hiraiwa. You can order the American title, "Shape Shape" from Interweave. It's available on Amazon from third-party sellers.

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