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20 February

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    Feb 20, 2012, 11.56 AMby cottonrose

    Dear Nahoko, Lucky me, I am finally going to visit Japan end of March for my 40th wedding anniversary and my husband’s 70th birthday. I saw your featured member article and naturally read it all. I copied all of the information about where to buy fabric and gave it to my travel agent here in Brisbane who then contacted the representative in Japan. They have included a trip to all of the fabric places that you mentioned in our itinerary now. Without you, I would not have known any thing like this. Sewing and fabrics are just so much a part of my life. ( I got a sewing machine as an engagement present ) I am so excited. I will see Tokyo, Kyoto Kobe Kanasawa oh my spelling is shocking Nagoya. It all sounds wonderful. My husband was in the Merchant Navy many years ago and visited Japan regulary when we lived in England. He is looking forward to going down memory lane. Thank you so much for your lovely article.

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      Feb 23, 2012, 03.40 AMby nahoko

      Happy annivesary and birthday to you two :) I’m so happy to know my article could help someone somehow… :) and hope you have a wonderful time in Japan!!! P.S. say hi to your old lady Mrs. Janome too :D

27 January

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    Jan 27, 2012, 12.53 AMby gloryblumen

    Hi Nahoko,

    Hope to get some inspiration from you….. keep up your excellent and beautiful work. Glory (San Juan, Puerto Rico) Would love to visit Japan someday :)

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      Jan 29, 2012, 02.47 PMby nahoko

      Thanks, Glory :)
      I’m looking forward to seeing your project! and hope to visit Puerto Rico someday too!

21 January

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    Jan 21, 2012, 07.50 AMby woman

    HI Nahoko! :D I have a question I was wondering if you can help me with… I bought a Japanese sewing pattern magazine (Female), and looking at the pictures I see that the clothes are quite loose-fitting. I was wondering if that’s the general style, or are the models just wearing the wrong sizes? Because my friend sewed some patterns from Burdastyle where the clothes looked loose-fitting but when she sewed it to her size, it was very close-fitting. You’re one of the few Japanese I know online so I thought I’d take a chance and ask you.. hope you can give me some advice? :-)

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      Jan 22, 2012, 07.19 AMby nahoko

      Hey! I can totally understand you, it’s a big question for me too, why we find so many “waistless” design in Japanese sewing books?? Actually I needed to make alterations to not a few Japanese patterns. And I think the answer for your question is the former one. It’s not general style for all Japanese people but I need to say it’s true that there are not a few people who like this kind of style, maybe because it covers our waistless body shape, flat chest or pot belly…? and also it’s possible to find kimono (It’s not loose-fitting but absolutely waistless!) culture in the bottom of our aesthetics…? And there is one more considerable reason that Japanese pattern books or magazines are not for people who like to sew or learn to sew but rather for everyone including total beginners, and “easy to make” is often their biggest theme. loose-fitting or waistless design doesn’t require zipper or button opening and it means maybe a lot…? I guess…

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      Jan 23, 2012, 08.19 AMby woman

      Thanks Nahoko! You not only gave me an answer but you also gave me an insight into your culture, which I deeply appreciate! Although I must say I’ve never really seen any Japanese people with pot bellies or waistless bodies, everyone in Japan generally looks fit and trim to me haha! (except maybe sumo wrestlers but that’s different) I will take your advice on possibly making alterations to fit. I love Japanese sewing magazines, and actually I grew up watching my mom sew most of her wardrobe from old Japanese sewing magazines called Lady Boutique (sometimes I still buy it now for her when I see new issues). One difference I noticed from the old Lady Boutique vs the Female magazine I bought is that LB teaches u to draft according to your measurements but Female uses standard S/M/L sizes. I guess their target audience are different, and as you mentioned the “easy to make” theme probably applies to Female too :) Anyway, thanks so much again!! :D

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      Jan 24, 2012, 01.36 AMby nahoko

      hehehe, I hope I could somehow help you :) and I’m looking forward to your new project from Female :)

13 November

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    Nov 13, 2011, 12.09 AMby Rikamekko


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      Nov 14, 2011, 05.38 AMby nahoko


30 March

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    Mar 30, 2011, 06.23 AMby nessys

    Hi Honey – my computer has been down for about 3 weeks so haven’t had a chance to check in with you to see if you and your loved ones are alright. I am glad to hear you and your family, friends are all ok. Such a terrible situation. I too keeping you in my thoughts and prayers xxx

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      Apr 4, 2011, 03.45 AMby nahoko

      thank you soooooo much :) I’m ok and my sewing machines didn’t get damaged!! but maybe it takes more time to start sewing again, even if I really want to do it…;(

16 March

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    Mar 16, 2011, 03.43 AMby lepetithoot

    Hi, Nahoko! I know we don’t know each other personally but I just wanted to write in and see if you were doing ok after the tragedy in Japan. Please let us know! You and your family and friends are in my prayers. Hoping you’re safe.

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      Mar 27, 2011, 03.07 PMby nahoko

      Thanks a lot for your warm message and prayers!! Today is the third Sunday and it’s my first time to be here after the tragic earthquake in Japan. I’m ok and my family and friends as well! but we still have lots of serious problems and I’m still in shock… I feel a huge sense of loss, fear, sadness… but anyway I’m ok! thank you again!

13 March

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    Mar 13, 2011, 03.40 PMby seazoo


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      Mar 27, 2011, 03.20 PMby nahoko


27 January

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    Jan 27, 2011, 01.08 PMby seazoo


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      Jan 28, 2011, 10.34 AMby nahoko


23 August

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    Aug 23, 2010, 11.23 AMby nessys

    Hey Nahoko! I have three chickens myself and I love your photo with the ducks!

    After I saw your Bird dress – I went on to Ebay and found a whole lot of Japanese Dress Pattern Books! I am starting to think you have started a new addiction for me!! Husband is worried! They are all so beautiful. I I’m hoping that if I buy one I can work the dresses out with just the patterns and diagrams and my friend’s very rusty Japanese to help! Thank you so much for opening up a whole new world for me!!

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      Aug 25, 2010, 04.03 AMby nahoko

      wooow, three chikens! how nice!
      yeah, I’m sure the patterns and diagrams are enough for you ,and soon it will be a real addiction… :) you should try! I’m looking forward to see your project with japanese patterns.
      and now I’m intersted in Collete Patterns, I love their designs. but I don’t know if it makes sense to me that I will pay tax and shipping fee and so on…