She Wears The Pants by Yuko Takada is one of the newest Japanese Sewing Pattern books from Tuttle Publishing. This wonderful book comes with 20 different designs from casual shirts, pants, and skirts that have an edgy, urban feel.
Upon first opening the book, I was a little nervous about the sizing chart. I squeak into the largest size in the book and was a bit concerned about how things were going to fit, especially based on my chest measurement. Others had assured me that the patterns in Japanese sewing books tend to be generous so I went ahead and dove right in.
I ended up adding a little key-hole feature to the blouse. As you can see from the photo, the neckline on the shirt is a little wide. Which is my ever annoying issue with most tops. Narrow shoulders and ample sized girls cause problems. Compounded by the fact that the facings were meant to be sewn from Velour. I thought a thicker knit fabric would do the trick but, I think I should have gone even thicker. It’s an easy fix for the next time I make this top.
The main fabric is a lovely jersey knit from Girl Charlee. It’s super silky and I love it paired with the black and white stripes. If you’ve never tackled a Japanese sewing pattern book, I highly recommend the books from Tuttle Publishing. Don’t let the nested patterns scare you, they’re easy to trace with this little trick.