People, the holidays are upon us! To celebrate the holiday season, in addition to the recent 4-year anniversary of this blog (yay!), I thought it might be fun to host a giveaway. Up for grabs is a brand new copy of She Wears the Pants by Yuko Takada, a Japanese sewing book that was released in English earlier this year. If you’ve been eyeing this book and didn’t pick up a copy earlier in the year, now’s your chance!
To say that I’ve had fun sewing projects from this book this year would be an understatement. I made three pairs of Sarrouel Trousers, which you either loved or hated… mostly hated. 🙂 Although one was a muslin, I wore the two subsequent pairs a lot this summer and had a great time prancing around town in such unique and funky garments. (Click on the photos below for the corresponding blog posts.)
I also made a Velour Blouse, which sadly didn’t get a ton of wear due to my fabric choice. This top really needs to be made in a knit (as the pattern recommends), and my woven version was a little too restrictive around the shoulders. Like all patterns in the book though, the top is finished beautifully, inside and out.
I’ve included a photo of the Table of Contents below, along with a few of the finished garments from the book, so you can get an idea of what’s included. There are a total of 19 sewing patterns (although 2 are repeats: the Square Top and Semi-flared Culottes) and 1 knitting pattern for a scarf/belt combo. The original title of the book was “She Has a Mannish Style,” which I think suits the patterns well. Are you a mannish type of gal? I certainly am!
Note that the size chart is fairly small, typical of Japanese sewing books. My measurements are 36″ bust, 29″ waist, 37″ hips, and I fit into the Size L nicely. You may be able to grade up a bit, but use caution if you’d need to grade up more than a size or two.
The book includes two large pattern sheets in an envelope on the inside back cover. Fair warning, there is a lot of overlapping on these sheets. There are signs along all 4 edges of the sheet pointing to the various pieces for each pattern, which I found to be really helpful in decoding the dizzying array of overlapping lines.
While the style of these patterns may not be for everyone, I found the patterns to be professionally drafted with some special details and designer touches. The garments use interesting construction techniques and are beautifully finished. I was pretty impressed with the book, and I am hard to impress. 🙂 I had some issues with the instructions for assembling the pockets on the Sarrouel Trousers, but overall I thought the book was a good value for the money, especially compared to the overwhelming array of sewing books geared toward complete beginners that are heavy on fluff and light on technical content.
All right, on to the giveaway! 🙂
First things first, I am hosting this giveaway of my own accord. This post is not sponsored, and no one asked me to do this. There are no affiliate links in this post. I purchased this book with my own money after seeing a copy on the shelf at my local independent bookstore. Since I will also be paying for the shipping myself, this giveaway is open to shipping addresses in the continental United States only. Consider it a holiday gift from me to you, simple as that!
To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post. Some suggestions for what to share:
- What are you sewing for the holidays this year?
- What sewing projects are on deck for the new year?
- How many pairs of dropped-crotch shorts do you think I’ll sew in the new year?? 🙂
The giveaway will be open through 11:59 pm EST on January 1, 2016. So, you have lots of time to enter! The winner will be chosen via random number generator, and I’ll announce the winner on Monday, January 4, 2016.
Discover New Sewing Blogs!
Since a giveaway is a great time for lurkers to de-lurk, I hope the comments on this post will be a great resource for discovering new-to-me (and new-to-you) sewing blogs. Lurkers, I want to meet you! 🙂 I think all sewists would agree that we love to discover new blogs, meet new sewing friends, and stalk their sewing progress.
In particular, if you have a new or small sewing blog, don’t forget to leave a link to your site and your first name (so we can say hi). Don’t be shy! I’m nosy and like to meet new people. 🙂
Please note: You do not need to have a blog to enter the giveaway, and you can also leave a comment sharing your blog even if you don’t want to enter the giveaway or don’t have a US shipping address (just let me know in the comment). If you don’t have a blog and want to link to your Instagram or other social media site, that’s cool too. The point is to introduce yourself and share your sewing projects.
Happy Holidays and good luck!
Wishing you all a joyful and relaxing holiday season, from my home to yours. Here’s to another great year of sewing!