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Stitch Wear Play Book Review & GiveawayBy MadelineL on 7/31/15 11:38 AM

Stitch Wear Play is a great Japanese clothing sewing book that features 20 designs just for children. Designer and author Mariko Nakamura continues in the Japanese tradition of designing clean and uncomplicated clothes for everyday wear. The book is straightforward and a good choice for any sewist who is looking to make simple, no-fuss clothing for the youngest members of the family. Mariko devotes most of the book to spring and summer garments although there are some autumn/winter garments too. Her designs are loose and comfortable – these fashions go from classroom to playground to summer camp with ease!

Stitch Wear Play begins with full size pattern pieces of the 20 garments located in an envelope on the inside front cover of the book. We then see a catalogue of boys’ and girls’ clothing separated into “spring/summer” and “autumn/winter”.

The spring/summer patterns are superb. These are the kinds of clothes that your child can wear to the playground, to a nature walk, to the beach, or just for hanging around at home! As for the autumn/winter collection, the jackets are cute and practical for colder weather. The other items are also aesthetically pleasing but might only work for families who live in temperate climates.

After the picture catalogue, we get to the meat of the book: the instructions. Her instructions are concise yet complete, and easy to follow. For the intermediate and advanced sewist these garments are delightfully hassle-free; for the advanced beginner Mariko includes separate instructions for certain techniques such as building an armhole, making box pleats, gathering, and various stitches.

At the end of the book, Mariko includes her pattern size chart. Her patterns come in four sizes: 1, 2, 3, and 4, which roughly correspond to US RTW children’s sizes 4, 5, 6, and 7.

All in all, this is a great book for Japanophiles, people who read Simply Sewn and wish to make a matching wardrobe for their children, intermediate and advanced sewists who want an easy pattern book, and advanced beginners who want to expand their horizons.



One lucky PatternReview member has the chance to win a copy of Stitch Wear Play!

To enter, simply post a comment below telling us what type of garment you would like to sew for your child.

Book Giveaway will close on Midnight EDT on August 7th, 2015.




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We were given a copy of Mariko Nakamura’s Stitch Wear Play by Interweave/F + W for this giveaway.

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QuiltsShoots&Leaves said... (8/1/15 8:27 PM) Reply
I'd love to make the little gathered pedal-pushers for my granddaughters ages 4 and 7 months!
mlsews said... (8/1/15 7:16 PM) Reply
Not sure what I'd make first. Japanese patterns run small on my kids so I don't know if they would fit my daughter and my little one is just under. Of course he might fit in the 4 and I could make that great jacket. Miss Japanese clothing- we moved back from Japan a year ago.
BluePaloVerde said... (8/1/15 5:51 PM) Reply
These are lovely patterns. I made the Striped Dress for my grandaughter... beautiful if I do say so, but far too small for her. Be sure to check the measurements (all of them) before sewing!!!
Lirianna said... (8/1/15 3:59 PM) Reply
I would love to sew one of these beautiful dresses for my 5-year old granddaughter!!
janedoe0a said... (8/1/15 11:30 AM) Reply
I would love to make that cover dress for a certain five and a half year old. It's adorable! Great for fall and I've got the perfect fabric for it in my stash--and gosh, I do need to work on my Peter Pan collars. Thanks for a great review!
dianelwilson said... (8/1/15 10:53 AM) Reply
Makes me wish my teens were little again!
teddysclj said... (8/1/15 9:49 AM) Reply
With 7 grandkids, this book would receive a big welcome!
ehashley said... (8/1/15 7:29 AM) Reply
I love that dress with a drop waist but those capri's with the tie at the calf are so adorable too!! Thanks for the giveaway!! Fingers crossed!
Slouchy said... (8/1/15 5:24 AM) Reply
For those of us down under, how large is a US RTW 7 in boys? I'm hoping my 8yo who fits Australian size 10 will fit these as he is a enthusiastic and somewhat serious little karate apprentice and lover of all things Japanese including outfits, gyoza, ramen and kakagiri. I'd be happy to learn how to grade up for him. It's so hard to find interesting boys' clothes for post toddler pre-teens. And his imagination is huge! So such a shame ... Looks like this book helps meet that gap!
jenleeC said... (8/1/15 1:02 AM) Reply
With 9 little nieces and nephews this pattern book would be put to very good use! I love the Japanese aesthetic and the predominant use of natural fibres.
Alpine Queen said... (7/31/15 7:37 PM) Reply
I've got two baby grandsons I'd like to make things for so they'll know I exist, as they aren't local. I'm not sure what's current these days, so some modern ideas might keep me out of trouble.
tenderbuttons said... (7/31/15 5:58 PM) Reply
the lavender colored top for my daughter...and then scale it up so I can have one too
margob said... (7/31/15 1:31 PM) Reply
I'd like to try out the boy's raglan jacket to make a spiffy jacket for my son!

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