The Nani Iro Sewing Studio: 18 Timeless Patterns to Sew, Wear & Love

The Nani Iro Sewing Studio: 18 Timeless Patterns to Sew, Wear & Love

by Naomi Ito


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Fresh from Japan, the much-anticipated collection of Nani Iro sewing patterns is finally available in English! Beloved by art fans and textile enthusiasts around the world, Nani Iro fabric has developed a cult following since the brand’s inception by artist Naomi Ito in 2002.
With their simple, yet artful design, the 18 garment patterns in this book showcase fluid movement and beautiful drape for signature Nani Iro style. You’ll find instructions for stitching up a wardrobe of comfortable, flowy pieces that you’ll look forward to wearing again and again, including The Basic Blouse, The Cocoon Dress, and The Everyday Jumpsuit.
Inside, you’ll find outfit inspiration for mixing and matching me-made pieces to create artistically layered outfits. Plus, take a behind-the-scenes look at the brand’s studio in Osaka for glimpse at the studio team’s favorite ways to style their Nani Iro pieces.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940552392
Publisher: Zakka Workshop
Publication date: 06/15/2019
Series: Japanese Dressmakers
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 180,915
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Naomi Ito is the artist and designer behind popular fabric brand Nani Iro. Inspired by elements in nature, she creates breathtaking watercolor paintings that incorporate brilliant colors, shades of light and water, and poetic movement. Naomi’s innovative painterly approach to textile design has been praised as “art on fabric.” The designs are printed on natural fibers, including airy double gauze cotton and breathable linen, which are perfect for clothing, and are the inspiration for the garments in this book.

Naomi has exhibited in Tokyo, Osaka, and Paris and her work has been featured in books, advertising campaigns, interior design products, and fashion accessories. She hosts workshops on watercolor painting and is the author of sewing and art books in her native Japan.

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The Nani Iro Sewing Studio: 18 Timeless Patterns to Sew, Wear & Love 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Loved all the beautiful projects this book offers! The stunning photography and easy to use instructions has guaranteed that I will be trying out all of these myself. Hip, vibrant, satisfying designs makes this a must read for any sewing fashionista whether your a beginner or already a master craftsman. 5/5 stars for a new creative masterpiece.
AnnieInNorway More than 1 year ago
The Nani Iro Sewing Studio is a tutorial sewing guide with 18 included patterns with variations included. Due out 15th June 2019 from World Book Media, it's 128 pages and will be available in paperback format. Japanese clothing design has a different aesthetic when compared to most western clothing design. It's minimalist, with strong emphasis on clean lines, natural fibres, classic (not trendy) style and pieces which work together and usually have multiple uses. It's diametrically opposed to fast/disposable fashion. These pieces fit the Japanese ethos. The included pieces are simple and minimalist (see cover). There are 18 mix and match pieces. Western sewists will want to be aware that the size ranges are much smaller than those we're used to and the max size is roughly equivalent to a US medium. For the sizes, for example, the max waist (XL) is 33.5". Many of the shirts and dresses have a -very- loose silhouette and could work without scaling up, but the fitted pieces will likely need adjustment for most users. Also worth noting, the patterns are provided -without- included seam allowances which need to be added. The fabrics pictured are gorgeous. Pure cotton, linen, and blends, most of them proprietary to the designer. There is a pictorial swatch gallery that is drool worthy and had my fingers itching to touch. There's also a picture gallery with heights and sizes of the design team showing them wearing some of the models in the book which helps to visualize the drape and silhouette of the finished garments. I did not finish any of the garments, but a close read-through of the construction notes didn't turn up any glaring mistakes in translation. The included tutorial diagrams are good, and on a par with those included with commercial western patterns. The pattern sheets for the included pieces are similar to the ones included with Burda or Ottobre magazine or other multi-style sewing magazines. I really liked a lot of the designs here and there are numerous subtle details which are not immediately apparent. The style is absolutely not fussy or fitted (some will say 'shapeless'). For me it's four stars. I can understand others being unhappy with the minimalist aesthetic.
leylaj More than 1 year ago
I love these designs, they are typical of the Japanese patterns I have used before, timeless, easily co-ordinated with each other and very simple to sew. These outfits can be worn by all age groups, shapes and sizes, and by a simple addition or subtraction of clothing, the outfit becomes something new and different. There are full sized patterns at the end of the book and a good explanation of the patterns pieces and construction. There are photo examples of clothing and fabric combinations for a different look included. Really great look and designs.