Slender Silhouette by Otani Hiromi, Review + Giveaway
Name: Slender Silhouette. Easy to wear clothes for adult ladies. 大人の服―すっきり見えて着やすく、よりきれいに
Author: Otani Hiromi. 大谷 ひろみ
I chose this book for the April, 2012 giveaway based on the results of the last week’s poll and comments left on previous reviews of Japanese sewing books (in the general vein of ‘I love the styling but I wish the clothes were more fitted/ weren’t sacks’). Well, rest assured this book takes care of all that.
All of the garments are classic styles designed for adult women (read, women who prefer their clothing to have a defined waistline or some hint thereof) cut in flattering silhouettes like the classic A-line.
The 15 styles (13 garments, a shibori dyed scarf and corsage) form a wearable work-safe wardrobe comprised of a Fifties-style shell top and sleeveless blouse, a shirt, a mock wrap dress, an empire waist dress, a yoked skirt, a coat, a suit (jacket + pencil skirt) as well as two casual jackets and a yoked skirt with a flared A-line silhouette.
The sizing is in Japanese women’s sizes 9-15 (bust size 82-91) and the size tables include what appear to be finished measurements for all garments. The instructions are in Japanese with clear, easy to understand illustrations.
There’s also a tutorial for a very pretty shibori (intricate Japanese tie dye done with stitching instead of tying) scarf/ shawl included. Happily, it’s sewing machine-friendly.
This is a brand-new book with patterns still attached. To participate in this giveaway, please leave a comment on this post and on any other post(s) in this blog. Giveaway ends on the 30th April, 2012. Best of luck!