This Stylish Wraps Sewing Book by Yoshiko Tsukiori has been on my desk for a while now. I love this one, in fact, it's probably one of my favorite books I've received from Tuttle Publishing. But, I couldn't help but think of fall every time I looked through it, so waiting until September to review it just felt right.
Probably my very favorite wrap in this book is the grey poncho shown on the cover in the photo above. The bow gives it a little something special. I could imagine wearing this out over a dress.
Another wrap that caught my eye was this hooded stole. I'm a big fan of hoods, and I will never tire of plaid.
Another hooded wrap, but a little more formal than the last, is this hooded cape. Tell me this doesn't say grown-up Red Riding Hood?
Maybe you'd just like a little something to dress up a jacket or fall top you already have? This faux fur collar is just the thing.
This little bolero can do double-duty with a clever drawstring option.
This quilted vest uses the same pattern as the coat on the page before it, and while I like it the way it is, that means you have the option of adding a hood. I saw some pre-quilted apparel fabric at the fabric store the other day that would be perfect for this.
This simple jacket would coordinate with so many different outfits.
I like this visual example of the different fabrics appropriate for these patterns.
The next page includes a size chart which reveals, sadly, that these patterns will only work for a rather small (both in number and size) group of wearers. I found that pretty disappointing, especially given that many of these styles would be great for a variety of bodies. If you have some intermediate sewing skills, I think most of the simple patterns could be easily adjusted, but probably a little tough for a beginner. I wish they'd included a more inclusive range.
The pages of instructions look easy to follow. I like that they threw in a few drawings and photos.
I found a little Easter egg when I reached those pages that I hadn't noticed. The instructions are included for knitting the hats and mittens shown with some of the wraps!
Full-sized patterns are included in an envelope in the back of the book, but they're printed on both sizes so I think tracing is the smart way to go here. I bought a roll of white paper years ago (similar to this one on Amazon, affiliate link) just for this kind of thing.
It's been some time since I attempted any garment sewing, especially for myself. But the projects in this book feel very doable, and with getting the sizing correct being my biggest issue, I feel like there are a few things here that have some room for error. I'm off to start tracing a pattern!