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Japanese Pattern Book Giveaway!

Hello Dear Readers – Comments on this post are now closed. Winner announced tomorrow! Yay!

There must be something in the air this week because I too am giving away two japanese pattern books that I was given from Laurence King Publishing (Lauren’s hosting her own Drape Drape giveaway – now you have 2 chances to win). Yay! I received a sweet surprise email from Laurence King Publishing about trying out their recently translated japanese pattern books. After working my way through some emails, I finally responded (bad me!) and asked for Drape Drape and Pattern Magic for Stretch Fabrics. Both include very interesting and beautiful designs and ideas. And to boot they’ve been translated into English!

The basic idea with these books is that there are sloper patterns provided that you can manipulate. The slopers are all on one big sheet at the back of the book – like all other japanese pattern books. All instructions are provided for how to recreate the designs in the book too. The designs are quite fascinating and its really interesting to see how the pattern is manipulated into creating these contemporary looks.

Now I love me a good japanese pattern book, but I have to be honest and say that I find most of the designs from these books non-functional for my everyday life. Many of them aren’t really my style either. Yes, there are several that I think are gorgeous and all of them are interesting, but ultimately not for me. Now remember, this is pretty big time stuff for me to say too – do you recall this post? It’s OK that I know what my style is and what it is not. Am I right or am I right?

But that’s not to say that these beautiful books don’t have their value and that they aren’t your style, because they just might well turn out to be. Want your very own copy of Drape Drape or Pattern Magic for Stretch Fabrics? Both are in pristine condition and ready to be used! All you have to do is leave me a comment!

To win both books:
Leave a comment on this post saying just how much you want these and you might just win! Giveaway is open until Friday February 15, 2013! From there, I’ll contact the winner and ship them off in the mail. Giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere!

  • Diane @ Vintage Zest - I’d love to win these! I’m beginning as a sewer (see past projects here: http://vintagezest.blogspot.com/) and although it’s a fun hobby, it can be expensive when you’re starting out!

    I have some patterns bought for $1 while on sale, but nothing as fancy as these books! Fingers crossed!ReplyCancel

  • Judith - i would LOVE to win these, I’ve been following your sewing adventures, and am starting to feel like a bigger challenge might not be so overwhelming. I’ve been adoring Drape Drape from afar for a long time, but been too scared of the japanese-ness. What an amazing competition!ReplyCancel

  • Becky - I LOVE the look of those books, it’s something I’ve always wanted to try but the lack of English put me off, I’ll have to put them back on my list for next Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - The dress pattern is particularly gorgeous. I’d love one of these books; Japanese patterns seem to make so many amazing shapes.ReplyCancel

  • Myrna - What fun. I’d love to win those.ReplyCancel

  • All set - Hi… What a fantastic give away…I would really like to find a lot of inspiration in one of these books… It would really give me a boost in drawing my own patterns…ReplyCancel

  • Linda - Would love to add to my collection!ReplyCancel

  • Tara D - I super duper wanna win! I’ve been teaching myself how to sew off and on for two years and this year, I’ve made it a goal to make at least one piece a month (I made two last month and maybe will make three this month). I’m pretty set until June, so I need more patterns/inspiration!

    Please and thank you!ReplyCancel

  • longredthread - I’d really really really like to win this book. I love Japanese patterns!ReplyCancel

  • Katherine - OMG!! Those are two books I’ve been eyeing FOREVER!! And now they’re even in English!!!

    I think my excessive use of exclamation points speaks for itself.ReplyCancel

  • Alicja Wigglesworth - I would love, love, love to win these! They look fabulous. The other Japanese pattern books I’ve seen look fantastic, but I was scared off by the lack of English :) I need instructions!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - Pick me! Pick me! I just started rebuilding my wardrobe. My only good clothes are maternity wear :( And the patterns in the book are just what I need to get out of the mom look big time!ReplyCancel

  • lynaeve - I have had my eye on these books for a while now. thanks for the chance!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie - Those designs look amazing. I would love to get my hands on these books. Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Julie C. - Oh I want this soooo bad: I will you give you my first born… Oh wait what??!! Well maybe not but I still want this pretty bad! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Woerner - Since I became disabled I have gained a huge amout of weight and in order to find clothing that looks right, and not being able to shop like I used to, I have decided to go back to one of my hobbies and make my clothing. Needless to say, I have not kept up with all the altering methods used today.
    This book would definately be a big help with this task. I desperately need this book for assistance. If I win, there isn’t words to express my gratification.ReplyCancel

  • Catherine M - Just started getting into working with stretch fabrics, LOVE them, so would be great to have something more inspirational than t-shirts to aim at!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - Yes please! I’ve been wanting to try one of the pattern magic books.ReplyCancel

  • julie - i have been eyeing these for a while!!
    I would love to try them out!!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - i’m excited that these have been translated into english. i love that dress especially with the hip pleats.ReplyCancel

  • Kayleigh - I’ve been wanting to try out Japanese pattern books forever! Many of them look ideal for me, since I am a stick-shaped lady that likes wearing not-so-fitted clothes :)ReplyCancel

  • Candice - I have recently completed beginning and advanced flat pattern classes offered by the fashion department at a community college in this area, and would love to have these books to study and practice my skills.
    Thanks so much for offering this giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • Aase - I would love one of these books! Very fascinated by the whole drape-conundrum :) Also, very fascinated by Japan after my first trip last year…ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Harrington - Thanks for the giveaway- I have always wanted to try a Japanese pattern book but have been too nervous to take it on. But with these already translated, I would be excited to give it a try!ReplyCancel

  • Tara D - I’d love to win these just to expand my knowledge of draping and fabrics. It’s always good to push outside your comfort zone to then reel back in to see what you can use from what you learned.ReplyCancel

  • Verónica - I am a spanish textile conservator but in this moment I´m trying to start another activity. Since I have no projects I started to look for pattern making , sewing etc and I am very scared about to start sewing so I continue looking for information books etc I would like to have the courage and only start to make patterns… and may be these book could help..ThanksReplyCancel

  • Lesley Baldwin - Oh, I want, want, want! I have the first 2 pattern magic books and have made a few full-sized garments and a few more mini garments just for practice. I looooove the process involved in creating all of these. These two books are next up on my list of books to buy so I’d love to just win them instead! :)ReplyCancel

  • Yasmin - OMGosh! These are beautiful! I’m new at sewing, but I hope to be able to sew like this one day! Owning these books would be owning my goals!!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    God bless,

    YasminReplyCancel

  • Rachel - I want to win these books so badly. I want to learn how to work with a sloper and I love the beautiful draped designs.ReplyCancel

  • Nia - I would LOVE to win these books! I’ve been “eyeing” them for a while, and I just love the designs, especially the ones in the “Drape Drape” book. At first I didn’t really think the designs were that wearable, but after reading the blog “Handmade by Carolyn” I felt inspired. She makes beautiful, wearable clothes using these books.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - Wow! These are gorgeous pattern books. I agree that some of these are more art than wearable but I’d love to be able to add a dash of Japanese fashion to my wardrobe. I love knit tops but I’ve not been brave enough to work much with knits so Pattern Magic for Stretch Fabrics would be just the thing to inspire me to try.ReplyCancel

  • Clio - What a wonderful giveaway! I’ve been on a drapey, gathered knit sewing binge for the last month. And since I recently decided to go on a “frosting diet” (sewing wise), practical in real life is not a problem for me. ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Kate - I am just starting to get totally into stretch fabrics. I love them! My teenage girls and I would love to learn how to drape. Please!ReplyCancel

  • Sali Olson - Oh my goodness I have coveted those Japanese Pattern Magic books for quite some time! Please please please pick me!
    Totally love your site and ideas BTW
    Sali Olson aka MomOmaReplyCancel

  • PerlenDiva - I can’t believe you’re giving away these awesome books! They’ve been on my wishlist forever and I’d love to give a Japanese book (or two) a try, especially since in English they are bound to be much more understandable ;-)
    ConstanceReplyCancel

  • Coralee - These books look really neat and interesting and beautiful. I would love to win them!ReplyCancel

  • Hanne - This is awesome! I really love everything from the pattern magic series but haven’t tried them with stretch fabrics yet… It would be so cool to try!!!ReplyCancel

  • Brandy - Wow, this is such a great opportunity! Most patterning books are not cheep let alone given away! I am very interested in these books for the simple reasons that I love to make clothes and manipulate patterns to make new and stylish designs.ReplyCancel

  • Magali - I’d really love to get the chance to look closely at these books, never been able to buy those interesting japanese pattern book (not in my budget). I really love to work with knit fabric, so it would give me new ways to manipulate it.ReplyCancel

  • VictoriaR - I have admired these books for a while. I have spent quite a bit of time in the Japanese bookstore looking at all the Japanese pattern books. They are lovely and I’d really enjoy owning them. Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Ann - I would lurve to try these books!!ReplyCancel

  • Robin - I would love to win these books. I have several Japanese pattern books-they are great inspiration. Thank you for the opportunity.ReplyCancel

  • Mai - I’d love to try some of the garments in these books – I only started making clothes last year and it’s really clarified for me what my ‘style’ is i.e. what I enjoy wearing and what is comfortable and appropriate (for my figure, colouring, age, lifestyle!) and I’m loving the loose, drapey-yet-structured look expressed in these books..! all best, MaiReplyCancel

  • Sheila - Wow, I’ve borrowed these (and others) from my local library a few times. My daughter wants to make the Apple Peel pants in the Pattern Magic Stretch Fabrics over spring break – it would be great to win these :) Thanks for the Giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • sara - I’ve really been wanting to try out a few patterns from drape drape, especially an asymmetrical tee which has been all over the net. I hope I win!ReplyCancel

  • Noe A. - I don´t want these books, I NEED THEM!
    I love everything japanese and fabric related.
    I own Pattern Magic I and actually tried some of the ideas in that book. I think the most attractive feature of these books is that they provide construction ideas, instead of garment ideas, that you can apply wherever you want to.

    Great giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • blacklabel - im so intrigued by these.i promise that if i win & feel the same way about them as you, i will pass them on via a giveaway too! 2 chances to win is extra cool!ReplyCancel

  • samantha - Awesome!! I really miss Japan and I’ve been working on my apparel sewing skills very hard like a good girl. I’d love to win and make something by the end of 2013.ReplyCancel

  • melanie - I’vealways been so intrigued by Japanese pattern books, especially the Pattern Magic ones. I would love to give them a try!
    thank you for this giveway!!ReplyCancel

  • Rae Hatfield - I have had my eye on these books for forever! I absolutely love Japanese style. Hope I win! Rae

    rhtfld@gmail.comReplyCancel

  • LM - I would LOVE to win them! besides the fact that I never win anything I have always wanted to try out one of those fancy patterns…they seem airy and floaty. Anyway, I’d love them and i appreciate your generosity!ReplyCancel

  • silvia - I want both these books more than…. Swiss chocolate studded with honey nougat. I know!

    Great giveaway and thanks for the chance.ReplyCancel

  • jennifer - Yup – I want ‘em :). Am especially intrigued with the idea of playing with knit draping. Thanks for sharing your windfall!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay Henderson - These pattern books look amazing! I really love the grey top that is draped in different ways. Japanese style has always fascinated me and I love their culture. Thanks so much for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Hambone - I have the original Pattern Magic book, and I think I would get even more use out of the stretch fabric version! I’m so excited about this giveaway. Thanks for hosting it.ReplyCancel

  • thisblogisnotforyou - Aww, my heart skipped a beat seeing this giveaway!!
    I was looking for a good pattern book on the weekend and couldn’t decide which one to order… I loved the drape drape also also stumbled upon the other one several times…

    but as always…in the end my wallet had to decide and I heavy heartedly chose the new Burda Vintage Sewing book (which is also great btw)
    …love that these books are finally translated!

    But since I’m never successful with giweaway I probably have to buy it myself anyway ;)

    Thanks for sharing this awesome giveaway! XReplyCancel

  • Eleni - I would love to have one of these books.I m new in the world of sewing patterns and these books look ideal to help me in this adventure.Thanks for the hope to win.ReplyCancel

  • Linda T - I’ve been wanted to try some of these patterns for a while, but never purchased the books. I’d love to be included in the drawing!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah L - Both of these books are on my wishlist. I’ve been going crazy with kids clothes and need to make some things for myself. I’ve been on a Japanese search for the past week, going crazy looking for everything I can find. I love the style.
    not sure if I can pull it off at 32 but we’ll see. If not, I’ll just make them for my 13 year old. Thanks so much for the giveaway. I’m new to the online sewing community and am very impressed with the character of everyone. It’s refreshing to find a place of supportive kind helpful people. Thank you all. My quality of life has improved by reading your stories.ReplyCancel

  • Beth Galvin - Oh yes I am soooo interested in both of these books. They are just the kick in the creativity that I need these days.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - On all the sewing blogs I read, I keep seeing people talk about Japanese sewing books. I’ve never tried a pattern from a book before. That, combined with the new serger I got for Christmas has me dying to try new knit patters! I’d love to try the tee-shirt pattern with the ruched shoulders.ReplyCancel

  • Gwendolyn LeLacheur - I enjoy looking at these interesting drafts and seeing how the patterns are manipulated. Sometimes one design detail will be just the spark I need to create something one of a kind.ReplyCancel

  • maggie - I would love to win these books! I’ve been interested in them for a long time, they both look inspiring.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - This would make a lovely gift, thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - I would love to win these books! Ever since I saw Dixie DIY’s version of one of the dresses I’ve been interested in the books!ReplyCancel

  • Laura D - Hm. Looks useful!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Davis aka Knitters-Delight - I sew want both of these books. LOL. I have not have my sew-mojo as of late and am hoping a little Pattern Magic (and Drape Drape) could get me out of my slump.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline - Totally my style! I would love copies of these.ReplyCancel

  • Lacie - It would be a dream come true to try these techniques in my sewing. I love the complex lines against a simple silhouette, or the reverse, a complex silhouette with simple grounding touches. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Frankie - I would love to win Drape Drape. I have heard such great reviews. I have the first Pattern Magic and use it all the time. Thanks Frankie :)ReplyCancel

  • Julie - Yup, I too would love to win those books! I’m in the midst of designing my wedding dress (!!) and those looks are exactly the type I’m looking for -it’d be awesome inspiration for what might be my most important sewing project yet!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel-Lou - I want these books even more than Beyonce wants those unflattering photos wiped from the internetReplyCancel

  • Eva E - I would simply LOVE to win those books!!
    Specially the Drape drape one. Its style just suits me right!!! Plus I’ve realized recently that I am finally pregnant and these patterns would drape perfectly my incipient belly ;)ReplyCancel

  • Hanna - How exciting! I rarely enter things like this but I have been saving inspiration images from these books for ages. The construction is just fascinating and a lot of these designs are universality flattering!ReplyCancel

  • Jewels - What a great give away. I have Pattern Magic l & ll and love love these books. I am always up to new draping challenges.
    Thank youReplyCancel

  • Kate Tsoukalas - I love these styles and would definitely use the patterns! Also, I’m enjoying your blog and am inspired to create more every time I read your posts!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael K. - Ooh, I’ve been drooling over these books for years now!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - Oh, these books are on my wishlist! I would love to try out so many of the designs in these.ReplyCancel

  • Diana M - WOW! I would love to win these books. I love the Japanese styling of the patterns. I once tried to make a dress from the Drape Drape 2 book, and it took me three goes to get it right because I can’t read Japanese. At least they didn’t go to waste though – I got one dress (eventually) and 2 interesting tops!ReplyCancel

  • Carolina R - Amazing giveaway id love these books

    Littlemamameow at gmail dot comReplyCancel

  • Pk - Lovely giveaway!
    I have planned to get those books for quite some time now, and it would be just fabulous to get them now!ReplyCancel

  • Zane - I’d love to win! After lurking at blogs, I am re-learning sewing. Hope to finish my first DKNY Vogue dress and my first Japanese kids pattern this month.ReplyCancel

  • Tatiana Di Maio - Thanks for the giveway, I am really interested in those books…ReplyCancel

  • mokosha - i would totally want to win one of those.. i think i can make them work for my style :)ReplyCancel

  • Tatiana Di Maio - Yeeee! Lovely books, and interesting patterns! Thanks for the givewayReplyCancel

  • Zrinka - These are great! Thanks for the chance! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Seamstress Erin - I’m very curious to check out the books. I’m not convinced they’re my style either, but I’d really love to give them a close look-through so I can understand just how they make the fascinating shapes!ReplyCancel

  • Molly - So many cool designs so little time, those books look seriously awesome!ReplyCancel

  • theperfectnose - I’ve got both of them already so please don’t enter me in the Giveaway (I had a spare of Stretch Fabrics which I also gave away) but just wanted to comment to say the Drape Drape book actually has full-sized patterns in the back. No idea what sizes are included in the English version but pretty sure the Japanese version had three sizes. Cheers for setting this up.ReplyCancel

  • Yana - Ohh, I would LOVE to win! I’ve been eyeing these off at my book store but not game enough to buy them in Japanese. But a translated version would be just great. I have a couple of Japanese sewing books already and I love them. The draping is something I haven’t tried yet and I would love to give it a go!ReplyCancel

  • Kirstan - ThEse have been in my amazon basket since I started sewing….no idea what I would have done with them Pre translation!ReplyCancel

  • Paris - How wonderful! Would love to win these!ReplyCancel

  • Carlee McTavish - I would LOVE these books! I’m just about to dip my toes into sewing with knits before I start the mad men dress challenge, so it would be cool to try using the pattern magic book to create something very interesting. Plus, even if I don’t make anything I would wear, as a drama teacher it would certainly come in handy for costumes!!!!! Hurrah! Thanks for the giveaway, Sunni! :)ReplyCancel

  • Lara - I love them both! Japanese books are the most amazing pattern books that exist. I wish I had it all!ReplyCancel

  • Natasha E - I’ve been trying to win these books in every giveaway they have for the last few months. Not sure why I want them so much. I j u s t d o.ReplyCancel

  • Karen - Oh my goodness, I have been reading so much about Japanese pattern books online lately and would love to finally get the chance to try some out!

    Thanks, KarenReplyCancel

  • Ingrid - I would LOVE to win one of these to help me use up all my lovely knit fabrics. I have been particularly inspired by some recent blogs featuring these amazing Japanese clothes.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - Um, Sunni, I want these books a kazillion!!ReplyCancel

  • Felicity - Thank you for putting up this giveaway. I’m eyeing drape-drape!ReplyCancel

  • sewsable - I’d love to be in to win, I’m just getting into pattern drafting again and some of those photo’s look wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - Drool! I’d love to make that shirt with the gathered sleeves for me.ReplyCancel

  • Maria - I want these books so much that I will send you a book that I have on Japanese Culture as a thank you! A gift for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • ebony h. - Japanese pattern books, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.I love thee to the depth of your bias cut drapeyness. I love thee freely. I love thee fully. I love that you appeal to my style and suspect you’d make me feel sexy. I love thee with passion put to use on my machine. Dear pattern books, come to me….ReplyCancel

  • Kat - A few years ago my husband and I had the chance to go to Japan and we spent an entire day in craft and fabric stores in Tokyo. I looked through drape drape and some of the Pattern Magic books. I loved them but was worried I would never use them if I bought the original Japanese versions, so I didn’t buy them then. Now, I would REALLY love to win these! Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline - I’d love to win these books! Thanks for the opportunity!ReplyCancel

  • Ella - Both are on my amazon wish list, but unfortunately not in the budget right now, so please count me in.ReplyCancel

  • Gillian - I love anything that makes me think outside the square when it comes to fashion and sewing. I also think that these books would be ideal for putting my technical skills to the test as well. So, YEAH, I’d love to win either of them.ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - I love the look of drape drape and pattern magic. Japanese fashion is so interesting- really a different take on clothing…Thanks for the giveawayReplyCancel

  • Sam - They are such great books! I have Pattern Magic 1 and 2 and love both.

    It would be grand to try some new tricks…

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    SamReplyCancel

  • Ashley Akers - Im a huge fan and have been reading your blog for several years. I would love to own these books! I haven’t had the opportunity to sew from a Japanese pattern book yet but have coveted them from afar.ReplyCancel

  • Cher - I would LOVE these! They’ve been on my Amazon wish list forever!ReplyCancel

  • K Lyons - I absolutely adore clothes that are a little edgy or quirky, so I usually make my own. I’ve haven’t yet tried any patterns from a Japanese pattern book, and I am completely intrigued!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Your readers can have a third chance to win if they want. I’m also hosting a giveaway for Drape Drape this week on my blog thanks to Laurence King as well. The post is here: http://sewwell.wordpress.com/2013/02/09/paisleys-and-drape-drape-review-and-giveaway/

    (No need to enter me into your giveaway. Just figured I’d spread the love.)ReplyCancel

  • Kat H - Oh, I would love to win these! I’ve been wanting to get my hands on them for ages – I was even looking at them in a specialty bookstore today, but couldn’t justify the $50 price tag on each of them…… I really want to try making that top with the ruched sleeves and sides (I think it was in Pattern Magic for knits?)ReplyCancel

  • Doori - Hi, I would love to win those books. I own a few Japanese pattern books, but have been too scared so far to try to unravel the sewing instructions.

    Thanks a lot for the opportunity to participate in this give-away.

    DooriReplyCancel

  • Francesca - I would luuuuurrve a copy of either of these books…. especially the stretch fabrics one – but the other looks interesting also – I get what you mean about style and I echo much of what you said in this and the other post – I love 50s styles but never do them with the petticoat, much more ewearable that way – and I would never bother with the hair stuff, too much like fancy dress…. I just chopped my hair into a late 20s style bob inspired by you and am loving it!ReplyCancel

  • little betty - I want drape drape most of all. To think that comfy clothes could be more fun is intriguingReplyCancel

  • issy - I’ve had e great (mis?)fortune to flock through a couple of Japanese pattern books owned by a friend. I’ve absolutely fallen in love with Japanese design and have these books firmly on my wish list to start sewing some for myself!

    To win them would be a fabulous introduction to these techniques and the intricacies of Japanese designs,ReplyCancel

  • Kristina - I would love to win those. I have been trying to get my hands om some japanese patternbooks, but the bookstores and libraries here does not seem to think there is a market for that. :-(

    Kristina . Nordenhof @ gmail . com (denmark)ReplyCancel

  • Milenushka - Oh, Sunny, I really really want them!!!! I am so into draping things right now, this will be perfect!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lee - I’ve been eyeing off both of these books for quite some time, but was a bit too intimidated to follow through and actually buy… here’s my chance to be brave.ReplyCancel

  • Paunnet - I own patterns made in many different countries, but I still have to try Japan, and I’d really love to!
    Thank you so much for this giveaway, Sunni!ReplyCancel

  • Milena - I love these garments and they ARE my style, so the books would have a nice home here :-)ReplyCancel

  • Anne - Looks like a couple of gorgeous books! Making one of items may be slightly out of my comfort zone – but hey – aren’t you gonna go there once in a while :)ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - Oh yes please! I’ve recently rediscovered sewing after making my recpetion dress for my wedding. I would so use these books! I had made a sloper in the past and need to relearn to make one now to help me alter for my 5ft tall frame! And I love the style of the second one, as this sewing adventure is in part for mo to find what my style is.ReplyCancel

  • Cari - I would LOVE to win these books!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - I would love to win these books! The draped shirts look amazing! ~KellyReplyCancel

  • Helena Ashbridge - I would really love to win these books so I don’t have to try to (unsuccessfully) recreate those beautiful tops without help or hope. I NEED it!ReplyCancel

  • Phoebe - What a great giveaway! I’ve had my eye on these pattern book for a while. I agree, there is something in the air, and I want in on it! Thanks for posting your projects, it inspires me to one day share the fruits of my labor! Thanks, and keep up the great work!ReplyCancel

  • Toni Mehraban - I’m a beginner/intermediate sewist and I think that these books will help me with construction and fitting.ReplyCancel

  • Hueisei - I admire Japanese pattern book! I really love to have this book. Please pick me!ReplyCancel

  • Lizzy - I’ve been so curious to try these books! They are on my wish list and I keep hoping I will receive a copy for my birthday or Christmas. No such luck…. yet…ReplyCancel

  • Salma - Oooooh! I’ve been dying to try out drape drape, I absolutely adore the designs in it! I didn’t know they had a pattern magic for stretch fabrics, its so exciting! Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Torsha Ingraham - I would love these books because I love your blog and from what I’ve seen, you have great taste and you learn very well. I’m from The Bahamas (but currently in Miami). I love Pattern-Making and Draping! I’ve heard such great things about Japanese pattern books and I would be honored to own one. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - These books looks so interesting! I’ve only seen them in Japanese at the Japanese bookstore (go figure) so I’d love to review them in English. Thanks for hosting this great giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Paula - I would love to win these books, especially because I have not yet tried to sew with stretch fabrics. Thanks for the chance!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot comReplyCancel

  • Liliana - I would love to win this giveaway – I especially like the second book, it looks really interesting!ReplyCancel

  • Gjeometry - Ooooh, what a wonderful giveaway! I have both of these books (actually all the drape, drape’s 1, 2 and 3) and the pattern magic books on my Wish List on Pinterest. I don’t own any of them yet, but would love to have them to try my hand at their method of pattern drafting. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - I’d love to try out some “Drape drape” patterns!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael R - What a cool giveaway! I’d love to win these books.ReplyCancel

  • Romina - Oh my… I would LOVE to win these books, since I don’t own ANY pattern book, everything I have made is from self drafted patterns and a few Sewaholic, but never had the chance to give it a try on books. This could be a really good chance to give it a go :)ReplyCancel

  • Ola - Pick me, Pick me! I would love to have both books!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - I LOOVE Japanese pattern books – they’re so inspiring!!! :) I so want to learn more about fabric manipulation, and the Pattern Magic books are do brilliant for that ^_^ReplyCancel

  • Susan - That Pattern Magic book looks so awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Sally @ thequirkypeach - Oooooh I would love either book – I have recently discovered the awesomeness that is sewing with knit fabric and I would love to get some inspiration and try out some of these patterns! LOVE!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - I have several Japanese pattern books, but neither of these- I would love to add them to my collection! And it would be especially cool because they are in English, I’ve just had to muddle through with the diagrams in the others :) Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Pigs and Bishops - I’m so excited to see these have been translated! Those clothes are very much my style, especially the top pictured in your post worn in several very different ways. It’s garments like these that inspired me to start learning how to sew.

    I’ve seen a few patterns from the Drape Drape series on Nikki-Shell’s blog and I adore them, but my pattern-reading skills aren’t advanced enough for me to work without instructions (alas, I can’t read Japanese). How fantastic is it that English versions of Japanese sewing books are becoming more common.

    Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - Who doesn’t love a giveaway!! Sewing has always given me so much pleasure even when things don’t turn out and finding your blog and shop have made sewing that much more enjoyable and I’m not just saying that to win! It is honestly the truth! Thank you for your generosity and all your hard work! xx lacurlie at hotmail dot com:)ReplyCancel

  • Karina - Ive been a huge fan of translated japanese sewing books and have been dying to get my hands on these knit books. Ive used the previouse pattern magic books as creative excersis that help you think outside the box. Ive been dreaming on how to use knits more creativly and I feel liket hey can be more adapted for every day wear.ReplyCancel

  • shel - Hello! I just searched “gathered bust” and found your beautiful and creative blog and decided immediately to subscribe to it from my usual blog subscription website! And then I found I was just in time for this wonderful chance for a book. I just started sewing and hope this year I can sew some pretty dresses for myself. I borrow most of the sewing and fashion books from the local libraries and each time I always take more than 5 of them. It’s great! But also a pain having to bring them back (also because they are sooooo heavy together lol). I wish I could own some of the really valuable books. The photos you posted about the books look very attractive. I always love the feminine drapes and pleated elements. Thank you for the wonderful event and thank you for the generosity of sharing your creative ideas for free on the blog!

    Shel xxxReplyCancel

  • melanie - Ooo I hope I win … I’ve wanted to make that dress that dixie diy made from the book since she posted it …
    But kinda feel “scared” because I know zero about “draping” and minimal knowledge of sewing with knits … although I read that its not a book about how to drape …ReplyCancel

  • Sewing Sveta - I am looking on this books pretty long time!%)) I want to try them pretty much!%)ReplyCancel

  • debora - drape drape is on my wishlist for a long time! would love it in english, makes it a lot easier ;-)ReplyCancel

  • saro - Oh my goodness, I’ve been thinking about these books for a long time. It would be such a treat if I won them! I promise to send you some photos of what I create once I do, I already have some fabric I want to use!ReplyCancel

  • Laura Isabel - I.Love.These.Pattern.Books. Probably the stretch one more than drape drape, which doesn’t necessarily work for my body type, but I love those uber modern knit tops.ReplyCancel

  • Mahnaz - God, yes! I would love to win one of these. I’ve been eyeing them lustfully for some months now, but since I’m only an intermediate sewer, and a student, I haven’t had the courage to try them out yet. Love your blog by the way, very helpful and inspirational.ReplyCancel

  • Jessie - After working for a not-for-profit for eight years my pocket book is generally lacking when it comes to buying extras, including books and especially sewing books. I love, love , love sewing but all the tutorials and patterns I get are generally free, which is why I LOVE Sunni. These books are right up my ally when it comes to style, tailoring and technique. I would learn a ton from these and they are not available at my local libraries. So there is no way I could own these unless I win. Please, Please, wishie, wishie.ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany - Oh Sunni this is the best! Although these slopers are probably too small for my plumpness, I’d love the challenge of making them fit my frame (especially that divine cropped jacket on the front cover!!).

    Thanks!!
    TiffReplyCancel

  • lsaspacey - Oh my oh my do those look incredible. The clothes in the Drape Drape books are MY style so owning them would allow me to construct my own avant garde wardrobe, and start weeding out my more conventional stuff. Thank you for the opportunity to own that book!ReplyCancel

  • Jaclyn Reynolds - Wow, I’d love to read these!!ReplyCancel

  • cathy v - I really, really want and NEED these. thanks for a great giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • Jill - Mmmm, been wanting to get my grubby little hands on these books! It’s even better that they’re available in English now!ReplyCancel

  • Blogless Anna - Great giveaway. I’d love to win :)ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany - Ack, am I too late? This is what I get for having your blog in my fav list rather than in my reader. I love these books! I’ve been telling myself I can buy them after my husband and I settle on a continent and I can really set up in full sewing swing again. (Global adventures are awesome, but not for maintaining a personal library…) Thanks for hosting the giveaway. :)ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa - I would LOVE to win! Japanese pattern books are SO amazing I just drool over them whenever I see them! Thanks so much for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Aishah - I have just gotten into sewing and I really think these books can help me further develop my skills! :)ReplyCancel

  • susan smoaks - I would love to win this. Japanese patterns are beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

  • edenZ - These have been on my list for years! Unfortunately the library doesn’t have them and I’ve been a bit scared to buy them without getting a chance to look at the first.ReplyCancel

  • Jane - I’ve admired the creations from this book and I’d love a copy! Thanks for the give-away!ReplyCancel

  • Thanh-Minh Pahm - My first book of Japanese pattern book name “Dress Making” that I bought when I was living in Vietnam was in 1965,
    I have learned to make my own pattern and have been sewing and designing since then, now that I live in the US, I really missed all that.

    I am addicted to buying fabric and patterns. I love the Japanese inspired styles.

    I tumble on this website during my lunch hour …and submitted this …you never know…I may be lucky !!!ReplyCancel

  • Forrest - I would love to win these! I’ve never done any sewing like this and it would be so interesting to learn! Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • PetitePear - I find the creativity of these books so fascinating. It almost doesn’t matter whether the designs are wearable or not (though I’m sure I can find a few that I would wear). I think of them as exercises in pattern manipulation and thinking outside the box.ReplyCancel

  • Carolina - *eeek* i need these in my life. I’ve been currently learning on how to make and manipulate slopers.. plus big fan of japanese designs.ReplyCancel

  • Martha - These look great! I’ve never seen any in person before. I find the pictures of the designs very inspiring, though. I’d love to win them!ReplyCancel

  • Meh-Ki White - I’m a beginning seamstress and so far all of my projects have been for the Fashion Design competition at my school, but I really want to start making my own clothes so that I can honestly get more experience and look good while doing it. I think that these books would really help give me that boost that I need!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - Oooooooh! That would be awesome. I’ve got Drape Drape 2 but haven’t made anything from it yet because it’s too intimidating w/o English instructions.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Horwitz - Thank you Sarai! I just discovered your fashionable blog thanks to her mention of it in The Colette Sewing Handbook. I can’t wait to hit your archives, but this contest stopped me dead in my tracks. I do have a Pattern Magic book, but sadly I have found it very difficult to use due to the language barrior. Sake is about as much Japanese as I speak. So, you had me at “And to boot they’ve been translated into English!” Either copy would have a lovely home here with lots of other sewing book siblings to keep her company. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Juliana - Goodness! You don’t know how much I would want this. I’m young, and just starting in this beautiful world of sewing, creating patterns, and designing. The lack of pattern magazines/books in my country is unbelievable. These would be just perfect for me and my mom who helps me :)

    Thank you for doing this!ReplyCancel

  • Suzie - Sweet! I would love to have these books, I love a sewing challenge! Always up for learning something new to stretch my sewing knowledge.ReplyCancel