Wrap Skirt with Frilled Edge from Stylish Skirts

on August 4 | in Books, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 137 Comments

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Sato Watanabe, author of many popular Japanese sewing books, has a new book out in English! Stylish Skirts: 23 Simple Designs to Flatter Every Figure shows you how to make 23 different skirts, with the style and ease we all love in Japanese sewing designs.

Use your own measurements plus diagrams for each skirt to create the right look and fit for you! Here’s everything you appreciate in Japanese sewing books in an accessible English format with lots of photos and variations.

From the publisher:

    Stylish Skirts is the English edition of a popular Japanese sew-it-yourself fashion book which allows you to create simple yet stylish skirts that look and feel greatβ€” at a fraction of the cost of store-bought fashion. With this book, there’s no end to the kinds of skirts you can create to match your body shape, your taste in fabrics and colors, and your mood (not to mention your favorite tops, shoes and accessories)! The instructions and diagrams are a snap to follow and provide a huge variety of stylesβ€” from ultra-feminine to artfully disheveled. All 23 skirt designs in this book look great in different fabrics, colors, prints and texturesβ€”so the options are truly endless.

We have an exclusive PDF excerpt from Stylish Skirts: 23 Simple Designs to Flatter Every Figure for you to download, print and sew. Learn how to make the Wrap Skirt with Frilled Edge, then comment to win a copy of the book. We’ll select two winners (random draw, U.S. or Canada addresses only please) next week. Have you used Japanese sewing books? Have you used any of the books translated into English? Do you have successes, tips, questions, thoughts on Japanese sewing books?

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137 Responses to Wrap Skirt with Frilled Edge from Stylish Skirts

  1. amanda says:

    I have used Sato’s other books. They styling is so simple and lovely, but i have to modify the sizes!

  2. Britiney Slaughter says:

    I’ve never used Japanese sewing patterns. How fun!

  3. Rebecca says:

    Yes, I really enjoy looking at the japanese sewing books and have several. A bit afraid to do more than use as reference for embellishing. Love the zakka style. Have not tried japanese clothing books yet due to the limited sizing options. I would like the chance to try this book. Thank you

  4. Helen says:

    Already pinned! Looking forward to this project!

  5. Samantha says:

    I have a few Japanese books- all in English and only small handicrafts. Very exact instructions!

  6. Karrie Smith says:

    Super cute. I can’t wait to see the rest of the skirts!

  7. KateS says:

    Thank you for the chance to win this book. Would love to try it and will start with this skirt!

  8. I have never tried any Japanese sewing instructions but would LOVE to try using this book. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the skirt & sweater in the large picture!!! Thank you for this opportunity!!!

  9. Melanee says:

    I have always loved looking at Japanese books. Would love to try one in english to get myfeet wet!

  10. 10Ashus says:

    I always loved the fashions in the Japanese style books. Language was a barrier. I am a sewer who needs the instructions. I hope this translated version is a success so that there will be more books translated. Thank you for the gift of the lovely skirt pattern download.

  11. I just love Sato’s books, and have several. This is another lovely design and I can’t wait to get the book in my hands… if I don’t win it, I’ll have to buy!
    – Thanks for posting!

  12. Julie says:

    I have never used any of the Japanese sewing books, but have admired them greatly. I’m very excited to see one in English! Would love to try out the skirt patterns in this one.

  13. Kim G says:

    I’d love to win! I love the other “Sew Stylish” Japanese books!! Fingers crossed!

  14. MW says:

    Thanks for posting about this book and pattern! I’ve been looking for a good wrap skirt pattern for a while now!

  15. teri pastorino says:

    i have made one shirt for my daughter from a japanese sewing book and i loved. it was like a puzzle though. i think if i did it more often it would be pretty easy. i absolutely love the pattern styles in the books.

  16. Viveca says:

    Thank you so much for the chance to win such a cool book. I’m back wearing skirts on most days (after years of working a job where it was not practical). I’ve been looking for patterns that use measurements since I am “vertically challenged”. I have a bit of experience with Japanese crafting books and have wanted to try a sewing book. Fingers crossed.

  17. Kathy H says:

    This book looks wonderful.I love that the book has been converted from Japanese so that so many others can enjoy. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy! Be blessed…

  18. Kathy says:

    This skirt is absolutely adorable! I can’t wait to start working on it!

  19. Jenifer says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I have tried a few Japanese sewing patterns … mostly nani iro online patterns. They’re … interesting ! πŸ˜‰

  20. Donna says:

    I really like this wrap skirt- it reminds me of a favorite wrap skirt I had way too many years ago to tell :).

  21. Kristen says:

    Thank you for sharing this book! I’ve been looking for some good skirt patterns. So far these look great!

  22. Mary Ellen says:

    I love Japanese sewing books! They seem intimidating at first, but if you follow the measurements exactly, the pattern pieces will come out perfect. It takes more sewing experience if they aren’t translated into English. I would make a muslin first, though. Love this book!

  23. Jess says:

    I’ve gotten a couple books out of the library but never actually made something from them. Still on my bucket list.

  24. Anna Gerard says:

    I used the Sew Chic Kids book for the first time the last couple weeks. I made two pairs of shorts for my boys…I loved it! The simplicity of the instructions just did it for me. I felt more…fearless or something.

  25. Theresa M. says:

    This skirt will be perfect for work! Hope to win the book so I can make more!

  26. Megan says:

    I really like the first skirt pictured!

  27. Christianne McCall says:

    Oooh! Want to make this!

  28. Lexie says:

    Love that skirt on the cover! Looks like a fabulous book.

  29. Terrie says:

    Thanks for sharing the Wrap Skirt pattern! This looks like a great book; thanks for the chance to win πŸ™‚

  30. Elizabeth says:

    Is this giveaway still going on? Because I LOVE this book and want it! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the pdf, it’s super cute!

  31. Carmen N says:

    I’ve never used Japanese sewing books … I have a hard enough time with English books πŸ™‚

  32. Mandi says:

    I’ve never used a Japanese pattern, but would love to give it a try. Perhaps 23 skirts, one every two weeks, for a year…

  33. Lindsay Hamilton says:

    Such awesome pieces! I’m jumping back into a lot of sewing and this would be a great addition.

  34. Stephanie says:

    I have a book of Japanese dresses I have yet to try. This has inspired me to get it out.

  35. Mama Lusco says:

    I have not used Japanese sewing books before. Cute skirts!

  36. Georgia says:

    So cute! I’m going to try this today.

  37. Juju says:

    never used a japanese sewing book, but would love to try, they look awesome!

  38. Betty says:

    I checked out SHAPE SHAPE 2 from the library. Although many of the clothes were interesting, they weren’t my style. I did like one of the skirts though. This skirt pattern you’re sharing is nice as well. Thanks! It’s going on my to-do list.

  39. Ginger says:

    I’ve never used Japanese sewing books because the language barrier scared me. This new book looks great.

  40. Jen says:

    I love Japanese sewing books! But am a little daunted and have not done a pattern yet. I’ll try this one!

  41. linda schiffer says:

    The idea that these skirts will complement any body shape is attractive to me since I am, um, zaftig to say the least. πŸ™‚

    Would love to win a copy of this book!

    πŸ™‚ Linda

  42. Sarah says:

    I lived in Japan when I was a teenager, and I used Japanese pattern books then, in Japanese. I’ve never used one in English.

  43. Judi says:

    I’ve never used a Japanese sewing book, but this one would convince me!

  44. Marilyn S says:

    I bought a different book, but haven’t made anything out of it yet. I love how they use simple shapes and create cute styles. Thanks for the chance to win!

  45. Audrey says:

    We don’t own a Japanese sewing book…yet! But we’d love for our first one to be about SKIRTS!

  46. Anya says:

    Love it!! I’ve always been intrigued by the Japanese sewing books!

  47. I like this clothing, it’s just spectacular! The camel hued fur matches properly, excellent.

  48. Stacia says:

    I have yet to use a Japanese sewing book, but I have been wanting to try. I’m always drawn to their patterns.

  49. jm says:

    I have several Japanese sewing books. Would love to have them translated!

    This skirt books looks great!

  50. Carla says:

    I have not used any Japanese sewing books before. I knew they existed but not really what they were. The reviews seem to indicate that sizing can be a bit hard to figure out but I would love to give it a try.
    Thank you for the chance to win the book, and for the free skirt pattern.

  51. Sarah says:

    I have never used a Japanese pattern or book but am in love with these skirts! I like that it uses our own measurements!!!

  52. Tina C. says:

    I have not used Japanese sewing books. I do have some japanese fabric tho i’d like to use…

  53. Robin E. says:

    I have never used Japanese sewing books before, in English or otherwise. I have, however, long loved European sewing patterns, whether in English or not (although I find it easiest to sew non-English ones if it’s a related language like German).

  54. Kayla D says:

    I’ve never used Japanese patterns! This would be fun to play with!

  55. krystina says:

    I’ve never tried a Japanese sewing book! I love the wrap skirt pictured above!!

  56. Connie Cain says:

    Have not used any Japanese patterns, but I love the look! Would love to try. πŸ™‚

  57. Wendy says:

    I’ve used 2 Japanese style sewing books that were translated in to English. I love the illustrations but wish the sizes were larger — this book looks promising since it uses your own measurements.

  58. sangeetha says:

    WOW this book really covers a variety of skirts. Inspiring

  59. Dolores Holler says:

    Never heard of Japanese sewing books….the skirts are darling!!

  60. Mel says:

    I’ve made a tank top from a Japanese pattern book but nothing more complicated than that. I think it would be a real bonus to be able to use your own measurements, I will definitely check out this book.

  61. Kimberlee says:

    I am drawn to the Japanese craft books, but I’m so intimidated because I am not that experienced at sewing to figure them out. I can barely figure Barbie patterns!

  62. NC Matheson says:

    No I have not used any Japanese books. Curious about all the excitement I have read on the subject though.

  63. Lee says:

    The wrap skirt looks great! I do not own any Japanese sewing books but I have read a lot on blogs lately about how everyone loves them!! thank you!

  64. andoc says:

    I’ve never used Japanese book, but I like this.

  65. Honora says:

    I love the simplicity of the designs in Japanese sewing books. I’ve made quite a few different pieces!

  66. MelodyJ says:

    I have not used any Japanese craft books. But I want to do so.

  67. Denise says:

    I purchased a Japanese pattern book recently, got the pattern copied and cut out, but discovered I didn’t have enough of the linen I’d purchased to make the pants. Love the straightforward and classic patterns included in the book, and will try again when I have enough fabric.

  68. kim t. says:

    I’ve never used a japanese sewing book, but I’d love to try this one ~ so pretty!

  69. Laura says:

    I have not used Japanese sewing books before, but ironically I just ordered 2 from Amazon and I hope that I like them. Thank you for the Pdf and the contest.

  70. Linda m says:

    I am sorry to say I have never used a Japanese sewing book. That design is beautiful!

  71. Marta says:

    The skirt is darling! I have two Japanese sewing books, but still haven’t tried anything from them yet. I will soon, tho, since I recently became obsessed with sewing clothing!

  72. Roseanna says:

    I love skirts and this one is beautiful, going to give it a whirl!! Thank you!

  73. Patricia says:

    I made a ruffled jacket once from a Japanese sewing pattern book. The diagrams and patterns were pretty easily understood, however for me the sizing was scary. I went up size from medium to large, but it is a little big. Better than too small though!

  74. MarjoryW says:

    I love the wrap skirt. I have not used any of the Japanese sewing books or translated ones, but I love some of the styles in the ones I have seen. I would love to win this English version.

  75. MKat says:

    I have’t tried Japanese patterns yet, but this looks like agood one to start with!

  76. judy says:

    I have a couple of Japanese sewing books (bags), some knitting books, and some beading books. I’ve used them mostly for inspiration but haven’t made anything out of them. This skirt pattern looks really easy and adaptable for sizes. I’ve been looking for a pattern for use as a cycling skirt!

  77. Cyndi says:

    I haven’t tried any yet, but I am loving that wrap skirt!

  78. Serena says:

    I love the striped box pleat skirt (seen in the preview on Amazon)! I love my Japanese sewing books. The thumbnail sketches are the best.

  79. HeatherK says:

    I don’t have any Japanese sewing books, but I’ve done a couple of patterns. Love the simple, organic feel of Japanese style. Can’t wait to try this skirt for myself!

  80. Karen H says:

    The wrap skirt is adorable. I have purchased a few Japanese sewing books and magazines. I find them very inspiring. I’ve made a few things…. and many more are on my “to do” list.

  81. D Herrmann says:

    I haven’t yet! Can’t wait to try the pattern and then I will say yes I have πŸ™‚ thanks for the opportunity to try the pattern.

  82. Jenifer says:

    Love this skirt!!

  83. Elena says:

    I have a few Japanese sewing books and have made a top and a skirt from a couple of them. They are written in Japanese, but I had no trouble following the illustrated instructions. I primarily relied on those since I don’t read Japanese. I really love the design aesthetic and finished product.

  84. Nancy Owens says:

    Darling skirt! I lived in Okinawa Japan for. 3 years but unfortunately never connected with sewing books or guru’s . I saw a lot of crochet & knittingr magazines, but my tasts have changed and look forward to this skirt book.

  85. Beatrice says:

    I ‘ve bought several of the Japanese design books but have yet use them.

  86. SFLAG says:

    I have some beautiful Japanese beading books, untranslated. What’s great about the ones I have is their illustrated directions are SO clear, they are easy to follow without any of the verbiage at all!

  87. Margo says:

    I’ve never used a Japanese sewing book, though I’ve admired the patterns. This one looks great if you can use it to draft your own patterns!

  88. Tori says:

    I am new to everything. I would love the opportunity πŸ™‚

  89. sophie says:

    I have some japanese books for ribbonwork (not translated) that I have used a lot and have several sewing books on my wishlist. I’ll definitely try the wrap skirt and would love to win the giveaway book. In summer, I live in skirts!

  90. Cheryl says:

    I have never sewn using a Japanese sewing book, but this one is on my list to get and try.

  91. Jess says:

    I’ve gotten a few Japanese sewing books out of the library, read them, jotted down the patterns that I want to try – and then they were due back at the library and I didn’t get them out again.

  92. Karen B says:

    I haven’t used Japanese sewing books, but I have used Japanese knitting books. The translations I’ve seen have been a bit rough, but the pictures and diagrams have helped me through.

  93. Megan says:

    I’ve never used a Japanese sewing book, but I have been very tempted by some of the patterns I have seen in them.

  94. Sara says:

    I have never used a Japanese sewing book before but the pictures always look so beautiful!

  95. Amber says:

    I love myJapanese sewing books! I have two about sewing bags

  96. Cindy says:

    What a cute skirt! Thanks for the giveaway.

  97. jenny says:

    ive never used a japanese pattern OR an article of clothing…but i love the looks of these skirts.

  98. The skirt on the cover looks so lovely. This would be such an amazing resource!

  99. Veronica says:

    I have not used Japanese sewing books or patterns. I love their designs, but have been terrified to try and follow a foreign pattern, when I have troubles following one in English at times! Thank you.

  100. Ramona says:

    I have never used a japanese sewing book before but would love to try one now that they are being translated into English. The wrap around skirt is gorgeous. Can’t wait to make it!

  101. Amanda says:

    I have never used a Japanese sewing pattern before, but this book looks lovely! πŸ™‚

  102. Kate says:

    This looks like a great book. I’d love to have it.

  103. Emily V says:

    I practically live in skirts (we live in a hot climate). These look lovely.

  104. Teresa W says:

    This skirt is adorable. I cant wait to try it out. πŸ™‚

  105. Becky says:

    Just downloaded the skirt. Can’t wait to give it a shot!

  106. Heidi G says:

    I haven’t ever made any Japanese patterns but I love the simplicity. This skirt is awesome… thank you for the pattern!

  107. nique et says:

    Ive never used Japanese sewing books but would like to try. Thanks for the opportunity

  108. jane d says:

    Would love to win the book! The wrap skirt is really nice–I’d make several!

  109. Judy says:

    I have not used any Japanese sewing books before and I love the skirts that I have seen so far from this book. This is definitely a book I would enjoy having in my library of sewing books.

  110. Zoe says:

    I love Japanese pattern books, but I think you need a really good understanding of garment construction to get the most out of them.

  111. Casey says:

    Those are some gorgeous skirts!

  112. Rosemarie says:

    I’ve never used a Japanese sewing book, but I love Watanabe’s designs! I’m excited to try the wrap skirt and hopefully win the book!

  113. Happysuz says:

    Oh I love this wrap skirt! I am new at sewing (and a new reader to your blog!) and haven’t made anything for myself yet. Maybe this will be the first! Thank you!

  114. barbara corry says:

    I haven’t used Japanese books, but I love to sew clothing and my grandkids are really into skirts right now. I’m trying to teach them to read patterns instead of me telling them the next steps so this would be great. Thanks.

  115. Wendy says:

    Thanks for the free pdf! I have always loved Japanese pattern books, but have been to
    too intimidated to try them without English instructions. I’m glad more
    books are being published in English!

  116. fenna says:

    I have one Japanese sewing book translated to English…I have my eye on at least one project, just haven’t had the time yet to sew it!!!

  117. Carolyn says:

    What a cute wrap skirt. I’ve never used a Japanese pattern before but I find the concept intriguing to sew something just right for a particular body type. Thank you for the PDF and for the chance πŸ™‚

  118. Laura says:

    I’ve never used a Japanese pattern book but this one looks lovely. I’d love to win it!

  119. Heather L says:

    Cute skirt! I haven’t sewn any Japanese patterns…they look so cute but I’m always a bit nervous they won’t fit my tall frame. It would be fun to try though..and I guess that’s the fun of sewing for yourself…just fix it, right? πŸ˜‰

  120. marilyn says:

    No tips to share but I would love to have a copy of the book. It looks great!

  121. Jessi says:

    Very cute wrap skirt. I think I have some fabric that would work for that!

  122. Jane says:

    Aww man! Now my sewing to do list is even longer! πŸ˜‰ That book looks amazing… Love Japanese design sites, have never even thought of looking for books in translation.

  123. Letty says:

    Thanks for the great skirt pattern! What great style!

  124. Donel says:

    Great idea. The skirts looks really flattering.

  125. I hadn’t even realized Japanese sewing patterns were a thing.

  126. Barbara Snyder says:

    Wow, I love that skirt. So typical of Japanese design, simple lines with an eye-catching and irresistible twist. I have never made a Japanese pattern, but I hope to very soon (oh, please let me win one of those books!)

  127. Robyn says:

    I have always wanted to try one of these Japanese sewing books, thank you for the opportunity to win!

  128. B.J. Peters says:

    Great looking skirt! Thanks for sharing the instructions–gotta try it.

  129. Julie says:

    I haven’t ever used a Japanese sewing book, but I have looked through them with envy at the bookstore. I would love to try!

  130. Christine Burkholder cgburkholderct1 says:

    I had a home sewn wrap skirt in high school that I “helped” my mother to make for me. I’d love to try my hand at this one!

  131. Charlotte in GA says:

    Ive never used a pattern or book in a different lang. but would love to give it a try. Thanks for the chance to win and for the free wrap skirt pattern.

  132. Lisa Olson says:

    Ooooooh… Love the look of this wrap skirt. Looks so comfy. I’ve never tried any Japanese patterns, but I’m looking forward to checking out this book.

  133. Sue says:

    I love the Japanese selling patterns. I have studied them and have been wanting to try one.
    Hope I win….Hope I win….Hope I win !!!

  134. Erin says:

    I never have, but would love to try!

  135. Kathy Davis says:

    I have not used Japanese sewing books before or any other that have been translated. Would be fun to try. Thanks, Kathy

  136. Adri H. says:

    I love the style of the patterns in Japanese sewing books. I have one that I’ve used, and I love the visually illustrated instructions, but the sizing doesn’t always suit my curves. I would recommend doing, at the very least, a paper fitting for those with big differences in hip/waist measurements.

  137. Jess Z says:

    I love using my Japanese sewing books! I trace the patterns onto freezer paper and follow the instructions. I love the classic styles for my daughter.

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