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10/15/2009

Exploring a Japanese ShirtMaking Book



 I've had this book for several months, and finally have the time to fully explore it and make a shirt from one of the many patterns that are included as separate traceable sheets.  Since I am not yet familiar with the fit of these patterns, my DH Roger will be my victim "fit model".   Of course, after I finish the shirt you will see it here along with a full review of this book.
 
I may decide to do a step-by step series of blog posts, or at least a few posts about the making of the shirt during the construction process....so stay tuned.
 
In the meantime, here is the book description from the seller, an Ebay Merchant I recommend,
SIMPLY PRETTY JAPANESE BOOKS.
Paperback: 79 pages
Publisher: Bunka Shuppan Kyoku (August 2006)
Language: Japanese
Book Weight: 425 Grams
19 Full-Scaled Patterns of Men's Shirts for 4 Sizes.

Contents:
  • The book introduces 19 styles of variety kinds of men's shirts

  • Total: 19 Full-Scaled Patterns of Men's Shirts for 4 Sizes.Paperback: 79 pages
    Size Reference:
    The book come with the full-scaled patterns for 4 Sizes: 
    SMALL (Nude): Chest 90 cm, Waist 78cm, Height 155-165 CM.
    MEDIUM (Nude):
    Chest 92 cm, Waist 80cm, Height 165-175 CM.
    LARGE (Nude): Chest 94 cm, Waist 84cm, Height 175-185 CM.
    EXTRA LARGE (Nude): Chest 98 cm, Waist 86cm, Height 185-195 CM.
     

    This book certainly seems to have it all, including several collar and cuff styles..and a whole lot more!  Here are a couple of pics of the inside pages....



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    9 Comments:

    Blogger Renee said...

    Oooohhhh - I would love more info about shirtmaking from you! I look forward to those posts.

    9:04 AM  
    Blogger meredithp said...

    Looking forward to it! Wow...look at that diagonal stripe matching job. Wow!

    9:44 AM  
    Blogger Trudy Callan said...

    I'm excited about what we will be learning from you from what you learn from this book.

    10:13 AM  
    Anonymous Theresa in Tucson said...

    Oooh is right. Looking forward to the first post and thanks for the link. Menswear patterns are even scarcer now than they were twenty years ago. Talk a bit about how you topstitch; where you sight, stitch length, foot and so on. My topstitching looks so-so, not impeccable like yours. Does the machine make a difference? Is your production machine industrial or a home machine? Again, thanks for the wonderful tutorials.

    10:39 AM  
    Blogger Summerset said...

    Very interesting! My son and husband have quite a few "experimental" shirts. (Whether they know it or not!)

    4:18 PM  
    Blogger Gigi said...

    Oh dear, I think I might need this!

    4:21 PM  
    Blogger Kathi said...

    Oh my goodness - that looks totally intimidating!!

    10:34 PM  
    Blogger gwensews said...

    I agree with Kathi--it does look intimidating! I look forward to your opinion about the fit and techniques in a Japanese book.

    7:26 AM  
    Anonymous Priscilla said...

    Look forward to seeing how it comes together. I hope you address the size difference, 98 cm chest for the X large is still small for most.

    9:09 PM  

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