I've had some success using these patterns recently, and I have certainly learned a lot along the way...
- It is possible to use a pattern when it is written in a foreign language. I know no Japanese. None, zip, zilch...nada. Each book (and each pattern) is like a giant cryptic crossword. I like crosswords, but I'm usually a quick kind of girl.
- Success comes from accessing the left side of my brain - a part I don't use very often.
- On the other hand, the patterns are good for encouraging a bit of poetic license when it comes to sewing too. Last night I couldn't work out the facing piece for a shirt I was making so I ended up drafting my own. The resulting success made me very, very happy!
- When it comes to making kids clothes, bias tape is your best friend
- There is something very satisfying about deciphering a patten when you are operating way outside of your comfort zone.
- As always in the crafting blog world, people are very generous with their knowledge. Label free have an amazing 6 post series on Japanese crafting - the glossaries are a godsend!
Have you tried Japanese patterns? I'd love to hear about your experiences!