Book Report: Casual Sweet Clothes (+ Giveaway!)

Hi, guys! It’s been kind of a gloomy week around here, with people noticeably feeling down and the weather cool and rainy. It feels much later than August, almost like fall has already arrived. I still have a bit of summer sewing queued up, but it feels kind of silly- how much wear will I get out of sundresses before the season changes? So I started thinking about fall sewing and remembered I have a book to show you!

Laurence King Publishing sent me a copy of Casual Sweet Clothes to review before its release on August 26th. It includes 18 patterns, and unlike some of the Japanese sewing books I’ve reviewed before, they’re mainly for separates. There are three dress patterns, but the rest are for tops, pants, shorts, skirts, and even jackets… 5 jackets! I think you guys know how I feel about jackets… love love love ’em!

Here’s the pattern that I was immediately smitten with, “flared jacket with raglan sleeves”. I love me a slouchy jacket, and this is just the ticket for early fall. I know this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I really like it. I can’t decide what kind of fabric I would use for this- what would you use? I definitely wouldn’t do army green. πŸ™‚

While this dress would look TERRIBLE on me, I like the idea of colorblocking in two neutral colors. I’ve not really been into the colorblocking thing, but this kind of sparks my interest.

Laurence King provided a copy to give away to a US reader, yay! So if you’d like to enter the giveaway, let me know in the comments below! I’ll pick a winner with a random number generator. Let’s close the giveaway a week from today, Wednesday, August 20th at 11P EST.

OK, what’s on your fall (or spring) sewing list? What are you most excited to sew and wear in the upcoming season?

85 responses

  1. I hear you on the feeling silly sewing up more spring/summer clothes. I just started working on a muslin for a dress that will be in Liberty print that has a white background. Guess I’ll just have to break the rules and wear white after Labor Day. However, I am feeling like Fall is around the corner today. I have a few sweaters to knit and need to start planning my sewing for Fall.

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  2. I love that jacket too, what about a soft grey or navy? I also love the colour blocked dress. I saw a lady just yesterday, wearing a tunic top that was colour blocked the same way and loved it!

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  3. I need to make a replacement for my 12 year old AE corduroy coat. I have the pattern (colette Albion) and the fabric but I need to make a muslin and dye the fabric. It will be a big project but I’m pretty excited about it!

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  4. The most delicious peach color pops up on my screen while your blog loads. yum!

    Speaking of raglan sleeves, I’ve been meaning to start on a Rigel.

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  5. Ooh, count me in for the giveaway! It’s exciting that they finally published a book focused on separates – so much more practical. πŸ™‚ I like the pants in the first photo!

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  6. I would love to win this book. I am making wraps-capes-ponchos right now-just easy warm toppers for the upcoming cool weather. Love the colorblock dress.

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  7. Love the color blocking! It’s one of my favorite trends. I cannot wait for fall, it’s my favorite season (I hate feeling hot lol) and I’ve already started planning my fall sewing.

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  8. I love the white blouse for my daughter. She got recently a pair of shoes from Japan, so this would be perfect! Love the new colors and pugs!

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  9. Ok so I totally turned down a chance to review this book (busy/school/you know how it is) but this post has me really regretting that now. Some of those patterns are soo incredibly cute. I love that jersey top, that would be so comfortable to wear around and I also love the idea of colorblocking two neutrals although not necessarily obsessed with that particular dress. (Would also look horrible on me, seriously I think you’d have to be a pretty daring person fashion wise to be able to pull it off! It’s cute but just very boxy and not flattering, you know? Anyways I’m rambling. Point is that I’m going to comment and enter this giveaway because I now am kicking myself for not jumping at the chance when I got it. πŸ™‚

    Oh and I am most looking forward to making a dress out of some hawaiian fabric I got this summer!

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  10. I’m in Florida, so it’s still ridiculously hot (and humid) here, but maybe that would give me enough time to get that awesome jacket done in time for cool weather πŸ™‚

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  11. Oooh , that book looks awesome! Fall is my favorite season for wardrobing… I get to wear my blazers again. I made two new ones this summer that are waiting to be worn. On the top of my sewing list right now are some much needed basics… Having a hard time getting psyched about that right now!

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  12. Oh yeah, that jacket is nice! I can totally see you rocking that. πŸ™‚ What about a petrol blue colour?

    (Don’t enter me in the giveaway – much as I’d love this book, as you know I’m not in the US πŸ˜‰

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  13. The jacket with the hood is calling to me… but my fall sewing list is already unreasonably long. I’m most excited about using a vintage 60’s pattern with some pre-quilted modern fabric – in my mind it is amazing already.

    I’m not in the US either, so no book entry for me, thanks! But I love the colour blocked dress as is. I love recangles!

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  14. Oooh these look fun! I love that jacket as well. I’m building up quite the queue of fall/transitional pieces. Right now, working on a Named patterns Kanerva top. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. That jacket is cute & I love the idea of a mainly separates book! I’m usually in denial about summer ending because we tend to have good septembers. That said there’s a couple sweaters I want to finish. Usually I make dresses that can transition into fall easily with maybe a layer or two.

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  16. I like all the designs but especially the bateau neck top with bows. I feel like I’ve done absolutely no sewing for the season that I’m in (winter) but have done a lot of summer sewing! It’s just more fun! Now I’ve got my eye on Pauline Alice’s dungaree pattern. So cute.

    PS I’m not in the US so don’t enter me!

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  17. Hi, Please put me in for the giveaway! I really like the jacket too. How about a raincoat fabric in navy? I love navy as and alternative to black.

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  18. I’d love to win this book! I’ve always been curious about japanese pattern books but not sure I’d wear all those dresses…

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  19. As soon as I get my rain coat and my vintage Butterick John Kloss dress done, I will channel Star Wars with all my might!!! This Burda jacket (http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/quilted-jacket-092013?utm_source=burdastyle&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=bsawblog091613-quiltedjckttxt) then there’s this awesum sauce Botique hooded oversized drapey coat that screams jedi! And in honour of the bun bearing princess half the Drape Drape vol 1 book! Ok maybe just the All in One drape dress… EPISODE VII is coming! *nerd girl happy dance*

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  20. Especially with that hood i think the Raglan sleeved coat could make a very cute raincoat. Preferably made with crazy printed oilcloth

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  21. I’d love to check out this book!! Pants and jackets are all I want to make right now! I’ve had a zillion weddings to go to this summer so I’ve only really been making dresses for the last few months and I’m ready for something else.

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