1st Japanese Sewing Week - Get ready!

Hi everyone! I am so excited to make this announcement! Get ready for the very First Japanese Sewing Week

The Love for Japanese Sewing Patterns

I have been in love with the Japanese aesthetic, sewing patterns and all their lovely craftiness since 2007, when I bought my first two Japanese sewing mooks (crafty books with recipes, or instructions if you prefer). By that time I also started to buy Japanese fabrics, specially cotton and linen blends with kawaii prints. Since that my love for all things Japanese sewing & crafty related has grown. 

I knew I was not alone and over the last couple of years I was able to find lots of other people that share the same passion for Japanese sewing patterns and aesthetic. That was when my lovely friend Monica, who blogs over Adirondack Inspired, and I joined to create a Facebook group where we could all share our Japanese makings and help each other out with... the Japanese wrinting. :) Fortunately there are already several books translated to English but the vast majority is still in Japanese. 

So, this week a bunch of Japanese sewing pattern lovers from all over the world (Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Portugal, UK, Spain and Japan!) are joining together on a tour to show you lots of kids and women clothes made out of Japanese patterns!

Judging by all the teaser photos I was sent so far this is going to be an AMAZING week! 

And if you would like to join our Facebook group just send us a request over Japanese Sewing Patterns on Facebook! 

This Tour's Line Up

Make sure to stop by each of the blogs that will be participating for a daily dose of outstanding inspiration! Here is the participants line up:

Monday Nov. 16th 

Tuesday Nov. 17th

Wednesday Nov. 18th

Thursday Nov 19th

Friday Nov. 20th

Saturday Nov. 21st

Sunday Nov. 22nd


There is giveaway running along with this tour on all of the participants blogs, thanks to our amazing sponsors - Tuttle Publishing and Urban Sew fabric shop! Thank you so much for your generosity!

Tuttle Publishing has an amazing collection of Japanese sewing and crafty books translated to English! I am so grateful that they commit themselves as a company to translate all these Japanese books. You can see their Japanese sewing pattern books here. They are running great discounts for these books at the moment so grab a couple for your Japanese sewing books addiction collection! :)

Urban Sew has a wonderful selection of the best Japanese fabric brands, such as Lecien, nani Iro, and Kooka. See them all here! They also sell many great non-Japanese fabrics, that include warm wools and flannels - perfect for this season!

There will be three four (!) lucky winners among all of our lovely readers. Each winner will win one of the following prizes: 

  • 1st winner- one Japanese Sewing book from Tuttle Publishing
  • 2nd winner- one Japanese Sewing book from Tuttle Publishing
  • 3rd winner- one Japanese Sewing book from Tuttle Publishing
  • 4th winner-  a $40 fabric voucher from Urban Sew 
All you have to do is to try your chance by entering the Rafflecopter bellow. The more entries you validate the more chances you have to win! The giveaway will be open from Nov. 16th to the 30th.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Link up party!

We know that there are thousands of Japanese sewing pattern lovers out there! So if you are one of them and would like to join the fun this week there is a link up (at the bottom of this post) where you can link anything you have made during 2015 using a Japanese sewing pattern. Or anything you will be making this week and until mid December! We would love to see it! 

Make sure to also share your makings and blog posts all over social media! Use #japanesesewingweek #japanesesewingbooks and also #JSWTuttle if you are using one of Tuttle Publishing's books!

By linking up your Japanese creations you can win the following prizes from our wonderful Japanese sponsors - Miss Matatabi and Emi who blogs over Just Add Fabric! Thank you for your generosity! Each sponsor will pick one winner for their prize. Winners will be picked after the link up closes, on Dec. 15th. How about that for a great Christmas present? :) 

- a $50 fabric voucher from Miss Matatabi, one of my top 3 favorite fabric shops, based in Japan! Frances has the most amazing fabric selection that includes lots of Japanese fabric brands/designers, of course. 

- Two Japanese sewing books in Japanese! This is generously offered by my lovely and uber talented blogging friend Emi, an American lady with Japanese genes living in Japan, who blogs over Just Add Fabric.

Go on, and link your Japanese creations! 

An InLinkz Link-up

Happy Japanese sewing! :)


  1. This is so exciting! Thank you Sara for organizing the coolest sewing week ever! Can't wait to see what everyone is making! ;-)

  2. I've pinned so many Japanese patterns, but never had the chance to make one yet. I am really going to enjoy this series. And thanks for the chance to win a book.

  3. I bought the Simply Black book a few months ago and have drooled over every single pattern but I've not been game to try any yet. Perhaps this blog tour will give me some confidence and inspiration to have a go.

  4. What an exciting tour! I cannot wait to see what everyone will be making.

  5. Well, if there's one thing I love, it's Japanese sewing books! Looking forward to following the blog tour and seeing everyone's creations :)

  6. I can't wait! I love Japanese sewing patterns and am looking forward to discovering more!

  7. This would be great! Can't wait!

  8. I can't wait to be inspired by everyone's patterns!

  9. Ive never tried any japanese patterns, great to learn about some here!

  10. Que ótima iniciativa! Eu nao só adoro os livros japoneses como também a cultura. Nao me uno al grupo de fb porque nao consigo atender tanta rede social, mas esta bem poder recomendar o grupo. Abraço desde España!

  11. Thanks for organizing this, Sara! I'm so happy to be offering 2 sewing books for the party! I've posted my makes in the link-up -- but just because I wanted to join all the fun and not to enter for the prizes, obviously!!!


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