I ordered a stack of books from yesasia.com a while ago (I could do a list of reasons why I love ordering from yesasia, including: the exciting "grab bag" nature of ordering a book with no real understanding of what it's about; how all the books come neatly wrapped in clear plastic sleeves, making it easy to resist "just flipping through" when I should be doing something else instead; free shipping; & how it takes so long for the books to get here that I have an actual moment of surprise & curiosity when the box finally arrives.), & here are my three favorites:
1. If you have been paying attention at all to this blog, you will not be surprised that I ordered this one. The skirts are great, although not revolutionary, but it's really refreshing to look at a skirt pattern without having to squint at it & try to figure out how it would look in a nice plain fabric instead of a garish floral or etc. ISBN4-579-110001.
2. This one is full of adorable little smocky outfits for girls in the 100-140cm size range, which, I happen to know (thank you Hanna Andersson) is exactly the size of my own little girl. Since I ordered this one solely based on the cover & the assumption that it had something to do with a. kids &/or b. sewing, I got nicely lucky. Whether I'll sew anything for her out of it before she outgrows that range, though, is another question, especially because it doesn't go in much for skirts. ISBN4-579-11054-4.
I love those little pants, though. Those are little brown polkadot cuffs.
3. By way of explaining why I ordered this one I will say that my father collects little houses, house-shaped cookie jars, village sets, old spice jars shaped like a Dutch village, whatever. And by "collect" I do not mean "oh, did I show you my five robin's-egg blue McCoy pitchers in pristine condition" or my own excellent set of polka-dot Fire King bowls, but instead I am talking about a collection, with much emphasis added. I have tended to stay away from house-themed crafts, because what I've seen tends to be a little country-kraft for my tastes (exceptions here & here), but this is the second Japanese house book I've ordered & I think this one might be the inspiration jackpot. ISBN4-14-031131-2.
This quilt is amazing. Way, way too amazing for me to actually ever attempt, but I do really love the little houses all set in a grid, with the outer rings of crammed-together houses. So much piecing! The quilts on the page before have a picket fence (but, you know, a hip wonky one) as the surrounding motif, which is cool too.
This book may also have the most impressive instruction section of any in my collection. Here it shows you how to do up a fabric house based on a photo of a real one.
And here it seems to be addressing the fact that if you do any of these projects, you will have eighty million pieces to manage, & might actually be offering some helpful tips. I don't know that I'm up for eighty million pieces, but it's far more inspiring than I ever expected a book called Houses, Houses, Houses! would be.