I wrote a quick guide to start sewing from Japanese sewing books, and a list of Japanese sewing vocabularies ("vocabulary" is such a hard word to pronounce for a Japanese!). I am hoping that these might help people who are intimidated by books full of foreign language, or when diagrams alone are not clear enough to explain sewing processes.
Although nowadays, I mostly sew from new and vintage printed tissue patterns, my Japanese sewing books and I go way back. Ever since I started sewing my own clothes in 5th grade, I've been collecting (or buying and not being able to throw away) sewing books, and part of my beloved sewing library moved with me when I came to America.
If you are interested in sewing from Japanese sewing books, or you already own them but puzzled by their sewing instructions, these pages might be worth a look (I hope!). Also, I'd love to hear about any questions and comments you might have about Japanese sewing books!
Hover over "sewing" in the menu bar right under the blog title at the top to show links to these pages, or you can click these links here: