The good folk at Tuttle Publishing provided me with the newly released Stylish Party Dresses by Yoshiko Tsukiori to review (with a spare copy to give away!). Of all the books I've received (apart from She has a Mannish Style - which I already had in the original Japanese), this is the one that has most excited me. Yoshiko Tsukiori will be well known to anyone who has sewn from a Japanese pattern book. She created the extremely popular Stylish Dress Books and the Happy Homemade series. The styles suit so many people.
This books carries on the same simple style with a twist of quirk that those books do and with the quintessential Tsukiori styling and the addition of some unbelievable wallpaper I find the patterns hard to resist. There are easily a number of dresses (and a jumpsuit) that I will make up from this book.
The book is primarily dresses and comes with full size pattern pieces - which need to be traced and seam allowances added. Which is pretty standard for Japanese books. This is the English translation and the instructions seem to be ok with a diagram to assist. There are also quite a few how to's. I am currently making up Mini Dress with Raglan Sleeve and haven't had any problems so far (but I've had to take a mini break as our extension work took over). I hope to finish this weekend if I find a place to sew. After I do that I'll be able to report back, but I am confident that they are of the same standard as the other Yoskiko Tsukiori books.
And I am completely fascinated with this one below!