Review: The Dress 2 by Shinohara Tomoe

The book I’m going to review is called The Dress 2 by Shinohara Tomoe. In Japanese the title is ザ・ワンピース 篠原ともえのソーイングBOOK 2. I haven’t brought the first book but I think book 2 has more nicer dress designs.
I first came across Shinohara Tomoe on a Japanese kid TV show called Miitsuketa! The second time was on a Japanese craft TV show; teaching your how to make a sew a scarf.
Tomoe is very talented. Can sing, can sew and make accessories.

In Japan they call dresses as one piece. When I was smaller I loved wearing dresses but as I’ve grown up, now I prefer the comfort of pants. I brought this book, so I can make the dresses I would like to wear.

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The picture above is the content page. I love how it has a picture of each dress. Makes it more easier than flipping through the book isn’t it?
Because of EGL influence, I’m a big fan of the A-line skirts/dress.

The spotty dress is nice for summer days. I wondering if it’ll make a good maternity dress.

It’s always nice to have a little black dress. Above would be nice to add to the work outfits.

The yellow dress has a nice retro look. But I wondering if you’ll need a peticoat under it. I like the raffle sleeves.

After the pictures, the book moves onto the patterns and how to put the dress designs together. This book has good designs to follow.

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At the back of the book, it comes with fold out patterns for the dress.

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In conclusion, the dress book has different designs for all occasion, from business to casual.
I look forward in trying these patterns out and create my own dresses. It’s finally spring in Australia, so it’ll be a good time to create some new dress for the hot summer days.

Author: Shinohara Tomoe / Cho
ISBN: 9784579116034
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Review: Otome no Sewing Book 7 (Handmade Lolita Fashion Clothes)

This is my first sewing book review and I hope you'll enjoy this post. I'm planning to post more sewing/craft book reviews in the future.

Today we're looking at Otome no Sewing Book 7 (乙女のソーイングBOOK 手作りのロリータファッション). I have book 4 to 7. As of 2018, they have released book 12.
I've stopped buying this series after book 7 because EGL's patterns are similar and doesn't change much.
If you buy 2 to 3 of the books, you'll get most of the designs. But this is just from my point of view, you're welcome to buy more of the series to get design ideas.
When I first came across this series I was excited because it was a magazine that was dedicated to EGL outfits. Gothic & Lolita Bible is nice to look through, but the pattern tutorials were more for bags or accessories.

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 This is the content page. It lists the outfits in order. See below for some preview pictures of outfits:

This is the content page. It lists the outfits in order. See below for some preview pictures of outfits:

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 This outfit reminds me of little bo peep

This outfit reminds me of little bo peep

 This book has more sweet lolita designs.

This book has more sweet lolita designs.

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 After the the outfit previews, it has selected tutorial tips. It's helpful to get the fine details in the outfit.

After the the outfit previews, it has selected tutorial tips. It's helpful to get the fine details in the outfit.

 This was a tutorial on the little bo peep hat.

This was a tutorial on the little bo peep hat.

 This was a tutorial putting an outfit together with a zipper.

This was a tutorial putting an outfit together with a zipper.

 At the end of the magazine they give you the hold out patterns for the dresses and assessories.

At the end of the magazine they give you the hold out patterns for the dresses and assessories.

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In conclusion, book 7 has more sweet lolita theme dresses. I do like this series and the step by step picture tutorials is good. If you're looking for ELG dress patterns, this is the book for you.
(This series calls itself a book, but it's more like a magazine, I really want to refer this as a magazine and not a book).

Author: Lady boutique series
ISBN: 9784834739800
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Otedama (お手玉)

Recently I've been making otedama bags. It's like happy sacks, a small bag filled with beans. It can be used for juggling or to play a game which is similar to jacks. Otedama is a Japanese children's game, which uses 5 bags. 
I have a lot of spare material and thought these were really cute and a fun project to do on the side. All 3 otedama bags are different sizes because I wanted to see the end result. But I've settled on the smallest size because it's a nicer fit in my hand. Traditionally these bags are made with silk kimono material but I don't have any, so I've stuck with cotton material which is just as pretty.
All bags are hand sewn. Sewing machines is faster, but sometimes it can't get into small tricky corners. I don't mind hand sewing, I prefer it because I find it more enjoyable. My stuff toys/plushies are hand sewn too. It's good to practice your basics.

I'm planning to make a few more otedama bags to put on the store. So you or your family/friends can enjoy the bags too \(^-^)/