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Blouse from "Sewing Lesson" book by Machiko Kayaki

Added Aug 3, 2010

by olya

Chicago, Illinoi...






Machiko Kayaki is my favorite Japanese pattern book writer: I like the cute, classic styles, and the patterns fit me with minimal alterations (I wear 38 in Burda’s sizes and 11 in Japanese sizes). I made quite a few things from these pattern books, but my latest project is this blouse made from some left-over shirting material from another project.

Here is a link to the book on yesasia:

Material Notes

Cotton shirting purchased from AK Fabrics in New York.




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Casual, Classic
Cotton, Shirting, Silk



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    Aug 3, 2010, 08.00 PMby Anna Aasbjerg

    Your blouse is sooo lovely!( and so is your nautical dress!!) I love japanese sewing patterns too and just purchased Stylish Dress Book no. 1. My main concern is: I’m a Burda size 36 and I’m 5"9,5. What japanese size can I use and how are the lengths of sleeves and dresses compared to Burda? I imagine shorter? I hope you’ll take the time to answer my questions. It would be a great help! :-)

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      Aug 3, 2010, 09.52 PMby olya

      Hi! Thank you very much for your nice comment.
      When picking the size from Stylish Dress Book, look at the chart that’s right before the instructions pages and match it to your bust measurement (in cm). The dresses are fitted in the shoulders and bust and loose in waist and hips. You may need to extend the shoulders, as they are kind of narrow. You may need to take in the side seams at the hem tapering to nothing at the armholes. I actually find the dresses in these books to be too long (I am 5’7), so the best thing to do is to measure the pattern down from the waist mark on the side and see if it’s long enough for how you normally like to wear your dresses/skirts (the looser the dress, the shorter it needs to be in order to look good). As for sleeves, I haven’t made anything with a full sleeve from these books, but the ones I have made look ok. Note that I almost always make a muslin before sewing with my “real” fabric, which I strongly recommend.

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      Aug 4, 2010, 10.46 AMby Anna Aasbjerg

      Thanks a million for taking the time to answer my questions! :-) It’s worth so much to get proper advise, so most errors can be avoided :-)

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    Aug 3, 2010, 05.40 PMby marvage

    Love this blouse! It looks great on you.

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