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Exploring the World of Japanese Men’s Pattern Books

Detailed illustrations and patterns make these volumes excellent sources for sewable and wearable men's garments.

Dec 07, 2018
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If you’ve ever sewn menswear, you probably know that the number of commercial men’s patterns available is nowhere near the number of women’s. An entire blog post could be written about why this is so, but suffice it to say that there’s little available beyond the basic pants, shirt, pajamas, and hoodie patterns. Things are improving somewhat with the growth of independent pattern companies, however. A sign of the times perhaps: It’s easier to find a men’s cosplay superhero costume pattern than a classic men’s overcoat pattern. If you’re open to adventure and enjoy a challenge, I encourage you to explore the world of Japanese men’s pattern books. There are more than half a dozen of these pattern books currently in print, each of which includes 10 or more individual patterns. I own six books (shown below) and, so far, have used them to make two pea coats, one work jacket, and two pairs of pants. My cotton twill work jacket is made from a pattern in Toshio Kaneko’s Men’s Clothes for All Seasons. I made my coated-cotton pea coat from a pattern in Ryuichiro Shimazaki’s men’s coat book. I made a second version in…

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  1. User avater neucarol December 13th

    Clear, concise, great photos.
    Instructional, fun read.

  2. grblt December 13th

    Yes, thanks ! Regards from Paris.

  3. hadassah53 December 12th

    I was surprised and pleased to see this article. I have long been a fan of Japanese sewing for women (enough to purchase all 5 volumes of Bunka Sewing School). Didn't even know there were books for men. Thanks for such an informative article and for covering all areas of sewing.

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