Links to free Japanese sewing patterns | How About Orange

April 10, 2012

Links to free Japanese sewing patterns

The other day I spent some time poking around Japanese Sewing Books, the blog of Yifarn, a mom of two girls in Singapore. Like many of us, she adores Japanese sewing books for their distinctive aesthetic. Along with articles on how to use the books and a glossary of common terms, the website offers lots of links to free sewing patterns.

Yup, they're all in Japanese, but it's possible that clever sewists might have enough to go on to make some of the projects. I'm definitely not one of those people, so I'm content just to admire the pictures. The projects above can be found here, here, here, and here. Also useful: quilters can find free patterns in English here.

25 comments:

Amy said...

Thank you for sharing these! You have become my resource for all things awesome, btw. It sounds a bit hokey, I know, but it's true. :)

Grandma G said...

Hmmm... those could be a fun challenge!

Mum

Cindy said...

Thanks for sharing! I am obsessed with foreign sewing patterns. I an advance sewist, so if the pictures are well done I can usually follow along. Google Translate is great help too. I have a few links to some Japanese sites on my blog too and found one that looks similar to Pinterest. It's amazing what you can dig up online :) Cindy

Anonymous said...

There are a number of machine translation tools out there. Google Translate is an easy tool to help turn beautiful Japanese script into mostly discernable English for us not so cleaver sewists!

Translation of the grey tote title:
Pocket tote bag of plump
Was plump with a pocket of tack
♪ tote bag is a little larger

Jessica Jones said...

I think everyone needs a pocket tote bag of plump. Preferably with a pocket of tack. :)

kamielandodille@hotmail.com said...

Thanks!
I'll try the grey bag.

Grandma G said...

Want me to make you one of those, Jess?

Mum

Amelia said...

Hi ,thanks for sharing the link. Really appreciate it. Have a great week ahead.

Nina said...

The Nani Iro site has tons of pretty patterns but it looks like you have to draft the pattern pieces yourself from their diagrams... And then follow the instructions in Japanese. Not sure I can cope with all that!

Audrey - This Little Street said...

Thanks for sharing these! Just what I needed :)

Live a Colorful Life said...

I have a fabulous hard-to-find Japanese book about hexagons, called Patchwork Lesson. Interestingly, the titles of each project are in English. Everything else--Japanese.

Evelisa (NY) said...

I do see they are all in Japanese but there are alot of pictures if your feeling daring and ready for an adventure I think these would be great to try.

Emilie said...

lovely, thanks !

tere said...

I love when your mom leaves a comment!! About this, thank God for google translate!

LimeRiot said...

I have a hard time following sewing patterns in English so I'm sure I would be at a loss with these books.

I'm very happy to admire the wonderful photos instead :).

Su. said...

Lovely patterns!
Su.
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rilojane said...

Oh, How About Orange, how do I love thee?
Thank you for yet another bunch of great links.
Racing off to grab my best plump-worthy fabric...

themissymom said...

The Google Chrome auto translate option for these patterns was really funny!
I like seeing the blogs in other languages, kind of nice to know there are others all around the world that love the same things I love!

CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 3 post on Apr. 11, 2012. Thanks again.

yifarn said...

Hi Jessica, Thanks for the mentioning my blog on yours! Hope you guys find it useful!
Oh and yes Google translate is pretty funny :)

elisabeth said...

Thanks for posting these. I love the minimalist/ cute Japanese craft style.

Marie-Christine said...

Oh, this is a great blog, and that list of free patterns is to die for! Nobody should be at all intimidated by these patterns - I don't speak a word of Japanese, but the diagrams are very clear, and all the measurements are in centimeters and in roman numerals.

tina.t said...

thanks for your blog. i allways come back and find interesting, creative ideas :)great link.

خياطة وتفصيل said...

It looks beautiful! thank you so much :)
http://sewingbreakdown.blogspot.com/

K O K h r said...

many thanks for sharing <3<3

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