I bought the Japanese sewing book Simple Modern Sewing because I really liked the picture of the wrap top on the front. I have made three garments from the book now..
The long pants are made from a burgundy marl knit fabric I bought from myfabrics (85% Polyester, 10% Viscose, 5% Spandex) They have an elasticated waist. The dress is made from some Robert Kaufman cotton fabric from Plush Addict and the top fabric I picked up whilst visiting my brother from a little shop in Stratford-Upon-Avon called Sew Me Something
All the designs in this book are loose fitting, the models are all swimming in their clothes – and these are petite Japanese lady models. So I picked a smaller size than I might if they were more fitted. A thing to remember is that the patterns don’t include the seam allowance (I forgot this when making the wrap top and it still has room to spare!)
The instructions assume a certain level of knowledge and miss out some of the more basic steps. This might be a good book for an experienced sewer who wants some base patterns to adapt.
Tracing the patterns from the multi-pattern sheet can be very confusing. They are not colour coded and are very jumbled. I had real trouble with them, you can see why in the picture below!
Anyway, I’m about done with this book. I’m not that excited by any of the patterns. I wear the pants around the house but I wouldn’t wear them in public and the other two items may get worn over the summer.