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Mini Dress with Raglan Sleeves from Stylish Party Dresses

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Stylish Party Dresses V Mini Dress in Liberty Silk

These photos were taken alongside the Seine during my recent trip to Paris. The park where we took the photos is just outside the caravan park where we stay in Maisons-Laffitte and is a very peaceful spot, great for taking undisturbed blog photos.

Stylish Party Dresses V Mini Dress in Liberty Silk

The dress is pattern V, Mini Dress with Raglan Sleeves from Stylish Party Dresses by Yoshiko Tsukiori (pictured in the book below left). Tsukiori is the author of the Japanese sewing books which are probably best known in the UK, the Stylish Dress Books and the Happy Homemade series.

Stylish Party Dresses by Yoshiko Tsukiori

This is a really sweet little dress and a quick sew, with no darts. The pattern instructions recommend a button in the back neckline but I skipped it as the dress easily fit over my head without. The raglan sleeves are relatively hidden in the Liberty silk I used, which was purchased from Goldhawk Road for £12 per metre, but could look great colour blocked.

It was a little chilly that day, so this is how I wore the dress for most of the day, accompanied by my Unicorn Parallelograms scarf.

Stylish Party Dresses V Mini Dress in Liberty Silk

Stylish Party Dresses V Mini Dress in Liberty Silk

I love the Liberty silk, but it does fray quite a bit so seams need to be finished. It also sticks to tights so I’ve been wearing it with an underskirt, but it would be worth lining.

Stylish Party Dresses V Mini Dress in Liberty Silk

Stylish Party Dresses V Mini Dress in Liberty Silk

I suspect Stylish Party Dresses will be an equally popular addition to Tsukiori’s books published in English. It’s a lovely book which, in addition to 16 dresses, also includes boleros, tops, skirts, a slip and a jumpsuit. As with similar books (and sewing magazines, such as Burda) a number of the patterns use the same basic pattern with slight alterations. This approach means that once you have tried one version of a pattern you will have a good idea of any alterations you need to make to the alternative versions.

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Stylish Party Dresses by Yoshiko Tsukiori

In typical Japanese pattern book style, the garments generally have simple loose silhouettes, which not everyone will love, but I’m a big fan of (exhibit A, my own pattern the LouLou Dress). I think this book is particularly well presented and lovely to look at, with the garments made up in beautiful fabrics, including Liberty prints. The lighting is bright and details of the photographed dresses are fairly clear, and clarified further by illustrations on the instruction pages.

Stylish Party Dresses by Yoshiko Tsukiori

Stylish Party Dresses by Yoshiko Tsukiori

The book includes double-sided paper pattern sheets, which are stored in an envelope at the back of the book. Each pattern sheet includes a clear list of which pattern pieces it contains which I always really appreciate. Pattern pieces are overlapped so need to be traced and seam allowances added. The instructions for each pattern include a diagram showing where to add seam allowances.

Stylish Party Dresses by Yoshiko Tsukiori

Written instructions are minimal, but diagrams are included for each step, and most of the patterns appear relatively simple.

Stylish Party Dresses by Yoshiko Tsukiori

One thing to note is that the size range of the patterns in the book is quite limited. I fall between sizes 6 (bust) and 8 (waist and hips) but sized down due to the loose style of the pattern, and found the sizing accurate. The book doesn’t provide any information on the finished size of garments so you’ll need to measure the pattern pieces if you want to check the ease allowed prior to cutting out your fabric.

Stylish Party Dresses by Yoshiko Tsukiori

I’m planning to make the Gathered Neckline Dress (E) and Drape Top (I) next, which both have lovely neckline details.

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Stylish Party Dresses by Yoshiko Tsukiori

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of Stylish Party Dresses in exchange for a review; all opinions expressed are my own.

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Author: Charlotte

Sewist, crafter & blogger, based in Birmingham, England. I'm spending the year growing and gathering to create natural dyes and enhance my sewing projects. Find me at www.englishgirlathome.com

12 thoughts on “Mini Dress with Raglan Sleeves from Stylish Party Dresses

  1. Lovely fluid dress and you’re wearing the scarf again!
    I often look at the Japanese pattern books but have heard so many comments that the sizing is very small, I have been put off. I was interested to see the sizes in your book look plenty big enough to me. I shall have to have a rethink.

    • I am:) I’ve been wearing the scarf every day it has been cold enough! I’m knitting a second scarf for some variety at the moment! The size range is limited in the Japanese books but they often have a bit of ease too (like this pattern)

  2. Aha! Liberty silk! I thought the fabric looked pretty special when I admired it on Instagram! It looks beautiful. I have recently bought my first Japanese pattern book but have yet to feel brave enough to start.

    • Liberty Silk but at non-Liberty prices;) I’ve mainly made fairly simple projects from Japanese sewing books but would be a bit nervous making something more complex with the limited written instructions – I’m spoiled by indie pattern instructions.

  3. I love your dress. The simple lines in silk fabric make it drape beautifully. I really like these patterns, that book is worthy of any coffee table with the lovely photography. However, I am sadly neither the size or shape of their target market. I wish the size ranges were bigger. Xx

    • The Japanese pattern book aesthetic always appeals to me, but this one is especially lovely. It is a shame that the size range is so limited – I assume it is very influenced by the original Japanese market as opposed to the international market which the books reach.

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  6. Just coming back to this post as I can’t decide whether to put this book on my Christmas list. Have you used it lots?

    • Sorry to be slow replying. I really like it although I haven’t finished anything else yet – I have another dress in the works & a blouse pattern cut out. The patterns are loose fitting & variations on a theme, but it’s a style I really like.

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