Generation Simple Modern
We surveyed a whole team of fashion-loving women to see if the pretty styles in Simple Modern Sewing work for everyone. They do!
Here in the book department at Interweave, we covet every Japanese sewing book that comes our way. When we learned we'd be publishing the English-language version of Simple Modern Sewing: 8 Basic Patterns to Create 25 Favorite Garments, by Shufu To Seikatsu Sha (originally published in Japanese as Sewing Naturira), we were thrilled.
Japanese garments and Japanese craft books have a beautiful aesthetic that many sewists respond to: graceful, clean silhouettes, gorgeous natural fabrics, comfortable fit, and a perfectly imperfect wabi-sabi sensibility. With a little care and basic sewing knowledge-and, in this case, the help of our translation!-it's not hard for Westerners to use these books. Simple Modern Sewing is the perfect starting place for anyone who's intrigued by Japanese sewing, with a full-size pattern insert, metric and imperial measurements, English-language text, and many clear illustrations to guide you through the steps.
The garments in Simple Modern Sewing are true to Japanese style, but much more versatile than you might expect. I surveyed members of our book team with a 30-year age range and tons of individual style about what they liked and how they'd wear it, and everyone had a favorite that inspired them. With your sewing skills and your own fabric and color choices, you can make these designs to suit your style, whether you live in a creative, fashionable world, have a busy schedule of family and kids, or gravitate toward the classic and understated.
Why not make yourself a whole wardrobe of these easy, perfectly designed garments? Then send us a picture of your own unique styling and tell us why Simple Modern Sewing works for you!
*Elaine Lipson is an Editor for Interweave Books and a frequent contributor to Stitch.