Review+Giveaway: Sweet Dress Book

12 Aug

Laurence King really has cornered the market on these cute little sewing books, haven’t they?

Sweet Dress Book

Their newest offering, Sweet Dress Book by Yoshiko Tsukiori, is just as saccharine as the title suggests. Beautifully photographed (guys, there is a FLUFFY CAT in like half the pictures omgomg) and illustrated, the book includes 6 patterns and enough variations to make a total of 23 different outfits.

Sweet Dress Book

Each pattern incorporates a different technique – french sleeve, no darts, straight-cut, pants and playsuits, raglan sleeve, and with darts – and has three variations to make a full range of clothing. This being a Japanese pattern book, the instructions are laid out differently than standard sewing patterns – there is a list of steps and a numbered illustration (or two, or three!) to show how everything goes together. I don’t think the patterns in this book are nearly as complicated as the ones in Drape Drape – a confident beginner should be able to navigate their way through these.

Sweet Dress Book

While the patterns in the book aren’t necessarily my cup of tea, style-wise, it’s still really fun to flip through for inspiration. The model is freakin gorgeous and I love the way the letters are illustrated to look like ribbons. Sweet, right? Oh, and the book also includes a recipe for cupcakes. If anything, I will definitely be testing that one out… for science.

Sweet Dress Book

Before you go nuts with the credit card, I should mention this book isn’t available to the public just yet. It will hit the market on 8/20!

Laurence King has generously offered an extra copy for one of you lucky peeps, so let’s have a giveaway! If you’d like to enter to win your very own Sweet Dress Book, simply leave a comment on this post and let me know your favorite sweet. This giveaway is open worldwide and I will close the comments next Monday, 8/19, at 9 AM CST.

Good luck!


235 Responses to “Review+Giveaway: Sweet Dress Book”

  1. Katharina August 12, 2013 at 9:05 am #

    Ooooh! I would love to win, the book looka great!
    Lauren, I love your blog, btw. Keep it up!

    • Katharina August 13, 2013 at 2:38 am #

      My favourite sweet – chocolate. In (almost) every variation.

  2. Victoria Callas August 12, 2013 at 9:07 am #

    Count me in! My favorite sweet must be cupcakes (can’t stop thinking about them now as you’ve mentioned them… damn)
    And thanks for this opportunity ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. jen August 12, 2013 at 9:11 am #

    my favourite sweet? oh gosh that is like choosing between children!!!! I LOVE cookie dough… and popsicles… and gummi bears… oh and I’d be rude to leave out cake… and ice cream. poor ice cream being left out.

  4. CharleyGynn August 12, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    This book looks beautiful! Good review too! I have Yoshiko Tsukiori’s “A Stylish Dress” and it has to be one of my favourite sewing books. I just love the simplicity of the patterns. Count me in for sure. My favourite sweet has to be either a sherbet lemon or a chocolate eclair depending on the mood. Ooo just thinking about chocolate eclairs right now actually, Yummy. xx

  5. Janet August 12, 2013 at 9:21 am #

    Sweetees? MMMMMmmm I love brownies and date squares. The book looks fun!

  6. Erica August 12, 2013 at 9:21 am #

    I’ve had my eyes on this darling book. I make a tasty turtle cake that I MUST have every year for my birthday. YUMS! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. ette August 12, 2013 at 9:26 am #

    Oh, this book looks wonderful.
    I would so love to win a copy!

  8. docksjo August 12, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    I have one of her other book and love it, and would rely like this it seems just as beautiful as mine. My favorite sweet is homemade vaniljkola or salt lakris.

  9. Anna August 12, 2013 at 9:28 am #

    Oh cool giveaway! I love Japanese sewing (and knitting!!) books. My favourite sweet… hm, tough one. I’ve been craving cheesecake lately..

  10. peneloping August 12, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    Aww! I love the pattern II dress in gray with the pockets ๐Ÿ™‚ My favorite sweet would have to be cream puffs, especially if you buy them frozen and only thaw them halfway!

  11. dandeliondrift August 12, 2013 at 9:34 am #

    Yay…thanks for the giveaway. So hmm….a favorite sweet….that’s hard to pick just one. I think I would have to say simple birthday cake. I love it!

  12. kelly August 12, 2013 at 9:34 am #

    Hands down, my favorite sweet is a cupcake with lots of icing.

  13. lindseystrange August 12, 2013 at 9:35 am #

    Ice cream, definitely ice cream. I love that blouse with the capelet for sleeves!

  14. mrsmole August 12, 2013 at 9:35 am #

    I love the red one on the cover…so perfect for hot days and fitting hot brides in their dresses!

  15. ruth August 12, 2013 at 9:36 am #

    looks like a fantastic book, full of lovely easy to wear shapes.

  16. Vairรซ Gwรฎr August 12, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    Sticky toffee pudding for me please!

  17. Kristiina August 12, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    My favourite is chocolate with hazelnuts, lately more dark chocolate than milk chocolate. But really almost everything goes. This book looks interesting and full of ideas.

  18. grabill August 12, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    I love cherry pie! And sewing books ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Carolyn August 12, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    I can’t choose just one sweet!

  20. MontanaDesigns August 12, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    This like this book already! My favourite sweets are M&Ms, that’s chocolate… Skittles then!

  21. smonakey August 12, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    Chocolate. I would sacrifice my child for chocolate if you caught me at the right moment.

  22. Clothilde August 12, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    Oh, how I love Japanese sewing books, they’re always so darling (and so easy!). My favorite sweet is anything with peanut butter cups in it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  23. angela August 12, 2013 at 9:52 am #

    I have two of their books and would love to have this one! I guess my favorite sweet is probablyl ice cream although you have me thinking about cupcakes now too ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Melanie August 12, 2013 at 9:57 am #

    What a great book … Thanks for the chance to win …
    My favorite sweets is peanut butter cups, since I eat lots of the I usually just make them myself instead of buying …

  25. Colleen August 12, 2013 at 9:59 am #

    First things first. I love ice cream but I think I wouldn’t be able to live without a dense and very plain pound cake with real ingredients. Also: yeast cinnamon buns.

    I do hope you’re feeling better.

  26. Jessica August 12, 2013 at 9:59 am #

    My favorite sweet would have to be ice cream. But I do love me some cupcakes! ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Liberty Hall August 12, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    I know those clothes aren’t at all you (and I love your style) but oh they are mine, I’d really like the book! My favourite pudding is creme caramel, oh yummmmmy and my favourite candy is a hard candy specific (I think) to the UK, rhubarb and custard.

  28. Tatiana August 12, 2013 at 10:02 am #

    Caramel is my favorite sweet, thanks for the giveway!

  29. Nicole August 12, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    My favorite sweet would hands down be cinnamon rolls with cream cheese based icing. mmmmmm

  30. Linda Armenti August 12, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    Fave sweet is Pecan Pie.

  31. hannah August 12, 2013 at 10:06 am #

    If we’re talking sweet as in dessert then definitely pavlova. Yum. If we’re talking sweet as in sweeties I do have a fondness for haribo ….

  32. Anonymous August 12, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    I think it would have to be cheesecake with chocolate sauce. Oh or peach cobbler! Such a cute book!

  33. Felicia August 12, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    Oh, what a cute book! For my favourite sweet it’s a tie between chocolate and salt liquorice, yum! ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. heathermltn August 12, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    I think it would have to be cheesecake with chocolate sauce. Oh or peach cobbler! Such a cute book.

  35. KellyBrown August 12, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    Oooh, pattern V, raglan!

  36. powell2317 August 12, 2013 at 10:19 am #

    Gorgeous, I love the Japanese pattern books & patterns. My favourite sweets of all time are Rainbow Drops. Yum.

  37. katie August 12, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    Cats and sewing and Japanese? GIMME! That aside these look much more earable than some of the other ones I’ve seen. The blouse in gorgeous.

    My favourite sweet thing is fizzy sour laces

  38. Linda Nelson August 12, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    Any kind of chocolate! Book looks great…thanks for the giveaway chance.

  39. Miss Horan August 12, 2013 at 10:30 am #

    Apple crumble-warm with ice-cream. Yum! Love your blog.

  40. sunshinysarah August 12, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    Fave sweet has to be lemon sherbets! Cute book btw, are you tempted to make anything?

  41. nothy August 12, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    Ice cream – any flavour. Oh I love all tops this book. Thanks for holding this give-away.

  42. Seattlerain August 12, 2013 at 10:48 am #

    Pattern VI with french darts has me interested, though it just makes me think of the Macaron dress. And macarons from Hiroki in Seattle. I’m not into technicolor macarons- just a good old chocolate one with chocolate ganache. Oooo.

  43. Carrie August 12, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    I taught myself to sew using Japanese pattern books! I would love to win this… My favorite sweet is a jar of Nutella.

  44. Nora August 12, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    Any combination of chocolate and peanut butter. I can’t behave responsibly around such things.

  45. teacupchild August 12, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    Cuteness! These books are exactly my style. I own one Japanese pattern mook still in Japanese, and I have to say that even untranslated they are totally usable. I love the step by step, diagram/photo heavy approach they take. Plus the body build they’re designed for seems to suit mine, as US patterns are usually waaaay too wide across the body.
    It’s too bad our local bookstore appears to have only bought surplus back issues for super cheap and doesn’t actually regularly sell them. Mine is from 2009, and no new stock in sight. :<

    Fangirling aside, my favorite sweet is puto! It's a kind of rice cake. Soooo good with cheese.

  46. A. M. C. B. W. (@AMCBW) August 12, 2013 at 10:57 am #

    My favorite sweet right now is a drink I had a a local pub/brewery/distillery that was fresh citrus juices with maraschino liqueur and rum. MMMmmmm.

  47. Dee August 12, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    Did you deliberately choose a difficult question, or do I have too many favourite sweets? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think I’ll have to say chocolate coated caramels or toffee of some kind. The books looks absolutely gorgeous and if I don’t win it I might just buy it when it comes out. ^^

  48. Ioanna August 12, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    My favourite sweet is DARK CHOCOLATE!!! These patterns seem totally my style!

  49. Angelica August 12, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    Oh, this book is so cute! I have a huge sweet tooth. My favorite sweets would have to be key lime truffles.

  50. louise tomlinson-sylvest August 12, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    My favourite sweets are apple cables! And I love the look of this book!!

  51. Anonymous August 12, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    Believe it or not Hershey sugar free chocolate !!! Enjoy !!! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Love the book. I just might be able to sew something i can wear out of the house. Lol. TY

  52. Deanna August 12, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    Chocolate chip cookies!

  53. charissa August 12, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    So it’s a dress pattern book, with a kitty, and a cupcake recipe?! Someone in the Japanese publishing world has been reading my mind. Eery!

    My favourite sweet is any kind of baked cakey thing; I am a total sucker for sweet breads. Thanks for hosting this! : )

  54. Iris August 12, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    I’d love to enter into the draw. One of my Stylish Dress Books includes a recipe for cookies. I have yet to try that out though.

  55. Melissa August 12, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    Icecream (any flavor)!
    I’ve been wanting to try a Japanese sewing book and it would be fun to win my first one.

  56. Patty August 12, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    Thanks for such a great giveaway! Great cover, great designs, kitties… only thing missing, my fav dessert – a slice of lemon cake!

  57. Shawna August 12, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    Ooh, this book looks awesome! I love cute flowy dresses. My favourite sweet would have to be a huge calorie bomb of vanilla(cake, ice cream-really not picky) with caramel and white chocolate. and blackcurrant candies. With a side of cheesecake.

  58. djalison August 12, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    Hot damn, I’m addicted to these books! Can’t wait to get my hands on this one. Favorite sweet: red velvet cupcakes

  59. Wanda Stewart August 12, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    I would love to win the book. My favorite sweet is pattern II and choclate :).

  60. jackien August 12, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    Chocolate fudge! this looks like a nicesewing book I would love to win.

  61. Krystal August 12, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    Hands-down, my favorite sweet is my grandfather’s key lime pie. Yum. Adorable book!

  62. Jenn C August 12, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    My favourite sweet is cookies! Get that from my Granddad ๐Ÿ™‚

  63. Sophie August 12, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    mIne is a sort of pear mousse with… hot chocolate sauce (homemade for sure )

  64. Topshelf August 12, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    my favorite sweet is Haagen DAzs pineapple coconut ice cream

  65. Melissa August 12, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    I love fluffy puffy cats!!! and I love Crรจme Brulee! Hence i would love this book…

  66. BeingZhenya August 12, 2013 at 11:50 am #

    I’d love to win the copy of this book! My favorite sweet is definitely ice cream!

  67. joellestlaurent August 12, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    macarons!!! yes. i’m super intrigued by japanese sewing books but i fear i’d look like i’d be wearing a potato sack in one of those designs…. but a cupcake recipe in a sewing book? i LIKE that!

  68. Alexandra August 12, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    My fave sweet is a Canadian creation called moose tracks ice cream!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  69. Robin W August 12, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    Warm brownies and vanilla bean ice cream! What a cute little book!

  70. Julie-Ann G (@Darqpsyke) August 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

    My favourite is Werther’s Original I can eat a whole bag of these in one sitting (and I have).

  71. conniya August 12, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

    I would love a copy of this book! I don’t eat much dessert anymore since I went vegan (it’s been one year this month!), but my favorite sweet is chocolate brownie almond say ice cream by So Delicious. Kind of expensive but so worth it.

  72. Katy August 12, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    Nice pattern book! I haven’t tried a Japanese pattern book yet, but I’d love the challenge. Favorite sweet?? Great rice pudding or bread pudding.

  73. Trisha M August 12, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

    I would love this book! My favorite sweets are double fudge cream cheese brownies. Yum!

  74. Tracy August 12, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

    My favorite sweet is oatmeal cookies. Also, what kind of cat consents to being held and photographed like that?!

  75. Pam August 12, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

    Ice cream is my favorite sweet – rum raisin, chocolate chip mint, etc. I have several Japanese knitting books I love – though I’ve only ever knit one garment (twice) from them – the famous Am Kamin sweater. The pictures look so beautiful and so carefully made and peaceful.

    • Tracy Cottis August 12, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

      Sherbet fountains!

  76. SewSleepy August 12, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    ok I have a really sweets tough so I’m choosing two Palma violets and Reeces Peanut butter cakes although technically candies in the states so I get to pick a third plum crumble nigella style with lots of custard

  77. Nicole August 12, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

    Warm from the oven chocolate chip cookies with walnuts….

  78. Patricia August 12, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    This book looks adorable and I’d love to win a copy!
    I’d probably say that my favorite sweets would be dark chocolate truffles, those kinds with the creamy filling and that have powdered cocoa on the outside. My more down to earth self has to mention chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream as a favorite too, though. ๐Ÿ™‚

  79. Ashley August 12, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    Such a cute book!

    My favorite sweet? Gummy bears. Especially the red ones ๐Ÿ™‚

  80. Sally August 12, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    Gimme a pecan pie. Now!

  81. tabicakes August 12, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    Chocolate Cake is my fave. Thanks for the chance to win.

  82. stitchesnpearls August 12, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    I allways wantes one of these! I am so in! ๐Ÿ˜€ I think my favourit sweet must be chokolate. All kinds!

  83. Alli August 12, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

    What a cute book! I love my aunty’s energy bars — I can eat the entire recipe in one go!

  84. johanna@projects by me August 12, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

    Pick me!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Because I have found something so good it’s incredible! Try these, and don’t forget the salt. Deeeeeeeelicious!!!!

  85. Jodie August 12, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    I’d love a copy! Count me in. My favourite sweet….chocolate brownies! YUM!

  86. Denise August 12, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    The fabric used for the cover blouse is so pretty!

    My favorite sweet is my grandmother’s fruit dumplings!

  87. ssmith05 August 12, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    I love banana pudding…and your blog ๐Ÿ˜‰

  88. Britta August 12, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    OMG!I love this book!My favourite sweet?My banana icecream!!!!

  89. therainbowrevolts August 12, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    Ohh, I love Japanese dress books! I’ve either seen this one or one very similar to it around, the silhouettes are so lovely. I also like that they have variations, I tend to tweak patterns to include variations as I make them, so it’s nice if an option already exists for what I want to do (especially since my on-the-fly edits don’t work half the time…). My favorite sweet is Marzipan! Especially if it’s covered in chocolate or shaped like a small fruit ๐Ÿ˜€

  90. grtescp August 12, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    oh, I am such a huge japanese pattern fan… I would love to be included in the give away… and if I don’t win, I will drown my sorrows in avocado, banana and honey smoothies!

  91. Heather Lou August 12, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    That last one has a bit of a caped Sherlock Holmes in a giant dollop of frosting feeling that I rather enjoy. And even though I’ve entered approximately 800 contests for this publisher I’ve not yet to actually WIN one of these books and I am nighty curious about their famed instructions….

  92. Kim August 12, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    Hmm favourite sweets.. Its a difficult battle between chocolate and sour sweets! I think chocolate wins.. Please count me in for the give away, I would love to try another japanese book, Ive only tried patterns from Drape Drape..

  93. sewcookgardenrepeat August 12, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    Easy: peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies. And I’m off sugars right now so I would literally kill someone for one. ๐Ÿ˜

  94. Tiffany August 12, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    That looks like a great book and because the patterns are so simple they would be easy to personalize and reshape. My favorite sweet is a peanut butter cookie, or dark chocolate.

  95. VictoriaR August 12, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    I just love these books. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  96. Lou August 12, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    Oh that’s easy! For biking and hiking – Sour Jelly Snakes from the Natural Confectionery Company, for running – Bassetts Jelly Babies, for sitting down with a cup of tea (spot the Brit) – anything from Hotel Chocolat, or macaroons brought home from Paris (him indoors got lots of points for that one)!!

  97. Rachel August 12, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    Reese’s Pieces are my favorite sweet! I have always wanted to try a Japanese sewing book!

  98. Hazel August 12, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    Such a lovely giveaway! My favourite sweet has to be Percy Pig’s from Marks and Spencer! Could happily eat only them for the rest of my life!

  99. Anonymous August 12, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    My favourite sweet any made of apple!

  100. Nadia Mehdi August 12, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

    Oooooh!!! Me me me!!! Haha, this book is so beautiful. I love all the simple lines. Hmmmm, I think my favourite sweet would have to be nectarine ice cream. I know its not technically a sweet but it is sweet! There’s a new ice cream bar in Edinburgh making it – Mary’s Milk Bar. It’s amazing!

  101. Nykied August 12, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    Mmmmm… Mint choc chip ice cream if you mean desserts, Parma Violets if you mean sweets (purple, sort of fizzy sweets, like powdered Lifesavers) :0)

  102. Michelle August 12, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    The book looks beautiful! My favourite sweet is definitely pavlova with fresh berries.

  103. Ruth August 12, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    Jelly babies every time for me ๐Ÿ˜Š really cute book!

  104. Gen August 12, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    I love sweets…definitely a TimTam straw! So indulgent!

    Book looks amazing…thanks for the review.

  105. Sanne August 12, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

    Please enter me the giveaway!
    And I love EVERYTHING with chocolate! But if I have to chose, I’d probably go for chocolate chip cookies… mmhhh… gotta make some… or maybe blueberry cupcakes?

  106. debycoles August 12, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

    Such a sweet and cute look to this book, thanks for sharing. If I had to choose a favorite sweet, I think I would go for the Fruit Salad and Black Jacks penny chews I used to get at the corner shop when I was a child, in a plain paper bag with the corners twisted. I never feel such joy these days as I did handing over my pennies and holding my hand out for my bag of penny chews.

  107. Xenia Katie August 12, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

    Brownies. BOOM! That book needs to be mine ๐Ÿ˜‰

  108. Lelie - A Bouquet of Buttons August 12, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    I is a lovely book. I was checking it out, but if I can win it, that would be even better ๐Ÿ™‚

  109. bridget August 12, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

    I love these pattern books! I’ve used the children’s one and the patterns are so simple and beautiful, my favourite sweet would have to be pavlova with strawberries and passionfruit!

  110. Steph August 12, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    I love the look if this book! My favourite sweets are flying saucers and beer bottles!

  111. Rachael Telford August 12, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    I don’t know that I can choose one. I have such a sweet tooth! Maybe Laffy Taffy, or Dr. Pepper.

  112. Katie August 12, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

    York Peppermint Patties, yum yum!

  113. alligatortoe August 12, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

    Omg I love these books! I have the Stylish Dress Book and I just LOVE it!! My faaavorite sweet (and it’s HARD to narrow it down) has got to be cupcakes, particularly peanut butter & chocolate OR funfetti… or strawberry shortcake! ๐Ÿ™‚

  114. Carrie August 12, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    Oh goodness, where do I begin with my favorite sweet?! If we’re talking store-bound I’m a HUGE sucker for golden oreos. Homemade? My mom’s applesauce spice cake.

  115. Sofie August 12, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

    OMG I love the organza top with the ties… pattern V I think, and the shirred jumpsuit! CUTE! Please enter me in the giveaway!

  116. Pamela August 12, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

    I am becoming obsessed with these books. Custard ice cream is my favorite sweet thing, but the “without darts” top would be my first project from this book.

  117. cjgal August 12, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

    I want a free sewing book with a cupcake recipe and fluffy kitties on every page! Pick me!

    • Ellen August 12, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

      I would love to win this book! My favorite sweet- chocolate chip ice cream with peanut butter cup topping. (Oops, does that count as two?)

  118. Katie August 12, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

    I would love to get my hands on this book! My favorite sweet is what I just ate… a bunch of chocolate chip cookies!

    • Tyan August 12, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

      I would love to win this! Very fun!

  119. Nay August 12, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

    Oh cute! I actually don’t like cupcakes or cats, but I love dresses and cheesecake!

  120. Iryna B. August 12, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

    I’d love to win this book!
    And my favorite sweet is plain vanilla merenque.

  121. macinic August 12, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    Individual dark chocolate self saucing puddings (with real espresso coffee & chunks of bitter chocolate – fresh from the oven of course) with real vanilla bean icecream, a dollop of double cream and scattered with fresh berries – nom nom nom!!

  122. Gauss August 12, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

    I would love to win! These Japanese sewing books are amazing, and the patterns usually fit me well.

    My favorite sweet… I’d have to go with chocolate pudding, I think.

  123. Amy Mayeny Mayen August 12, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

    Oreos….God forsaken Oreos. I’d love a copy of this book! Thanks for the review, I’ll keep an eye on it. I’ve never used a Japanese pattern before, so maybe it would be a good place to start:)

  124. Kathleen August 12, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

    This book is perfect with dark chocolate!

  125. Marchelle August 12, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

    Ooh this looks gorgeous. I can’t pick a favorite sweet. I love to bake and I love so many different sweets. Lately though I’ve been going cuckoo for these Martha Stewart Lemon Glazed cookies:

  126. Bec Stitches August 12, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

    Red Velvet BROWNIE with buttercream icing> DO IT, you will eat like 20.

  127. Cara August 12, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

    I think it would have to be lemon meringue pie. Or maybe french vanilla cheesecake. Can’t decide. I just love dessert.

  128. Megan August 12, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    Oooh lovely! I’d read it and eat chocolate

  129. Rachel August 12, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

    I’m a sucker for those “build your own” ice cream shops. The toppings, oh the sweet sweet TOPPINGS!

  130. Beth N. August 12, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    My new favorite sweet: zucchini cobbler bars. I found them in a blog (Taste & Tell) and have had a plethora of zucchini lately. They’re delicious and even if you aren’t a fan of zucchini…it tastes like apple! ๐Ÿ™‚

  131. Debbie August 12, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

    The book looks great and I liked your review of it!

    My fav sweet? Anything that involves chocolate!

  132. JENB August 12, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    Erm…well…gosh i don’t know…erm..okay…baked lemon cheescake..totally decadent but the citrus gives it added zest ;op I would love the book, and the outfits and the cat..if you can mange that…ta!

  133. Mari August 12, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

    Love your blog. Would enjoy the book as it is my daughter’s style for sure. Chocolate chocolate chocolate – doesn’t that say it all.

  134. Nerissa August 12, 2013 at 11:35 pm #

    I’m in! Never tried one of these Japanese sewing books before.

  135. SuBoo August 12, 2013 at 11:35 pm #

    Anything chocolate-y fits the bill – right now for some reason it’s Mars Bars…. yuummmMMMMmmmmMM! ๐Ÿ˜€

  136. Chelsea August 12, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

    My favorite treat is good old fashion banana pudding!!

  137. Themakeparade August 13, 2013 at 1:37 am #

    When you say sweet I’m guessing any form of pudding or dessert…. Just to widen my choice. Has to be traditional British rice pudding or spotted dick.

  138. Michelle August 13, 2013 at 2:17 am #

    Would love this book. My favorite sweet is brown sugar cinnamon toast. A breakfast weakness. Thanks for the chance to win!

  139. Louise August 13, 2013 at 2:22 am #

    Thanks for the giveaway! Would love to win this book. My favourite sweet would have to be chocolate!

  140. bron August 13, 2013 at 2:54 am #

    What a beautiful book, I would love a copy. As for a favorite sweet – would have to be a wine gum!

  141. Diya August 13, 2013 at 3:01 am #

    Thanks for the giveaway:) I love japanese dress favourite sweet is Rabdi(Indian delicacy)

  142. Ela Sews and Doesn't Sleep August 13, 2013 at 3:37 am #

    Thats a really lovely book. I have been admiring the japanese dress books for a while now, but haven’t gone around to get one. So thanks for the opportunity to win it! My favourite treat is lemon cake with a frosted icing, yummy.

  143. Izz August 13, 2013 at 3:43 am #

    What beautiful photography! I’d love to win it! My favourite sweet is a sherbet lemon.

  144. Angie H, August 13, 2013 at 3:51 am #

    My red velvet cupcakes and red vines licorice…not together though. Hehe

  145. Amy August 13, 2013 at 3:59 am #

    Rhubarb and custard sweets, yummy!

  146. Jennifer Wood August 13, 2013 at 4:06 am #

    Oh dear, I have such a sweet tooth….but I suppose one of my favourites, because it is so odd, is a spaceship. Do you have those in the US? It’s basically two rounds of sugar paper stuck together with sherbet inside. I loved these when I was younger and because they were only a penny you could by tonnes with your pocket money!

  147. Louise - There She Sews August 13, 2013 at 4:10 am #

    I find these Japanese pattern books really cute! And my favourite sweet has always been Cola Cubes ๐Ÿ™‚

  148. Silvia - MadameRenard August 13, 2013 at 4:29 am #

    I live in sicily, an italian Island. It’s famous for its sweets… people bake dozens of different kinds of sweets, so it’s difficult to pick up one for me ๐Ÿ™‚
    But my favourite are called “paste di mandorla”, a white and soft cookie made of almonds, sugar and orange essence. yummy!
    Thank you for this giveaway!!!! Amazing book!

  149. Cupcake Ilse August 13, 2013 at 4:51 am #

    Wow, this book looks awesome!
    I really love cupcakes and chocolate and macarons and crรจme brรปlรฉe and pie and …!
    I love it all ๐Ÿ™‚

  150. Simona Barlow August 13, 2013 at 5:20 am #

    I really like the top on the cover. Sweets hm…… Carrot cake and english cheese cake ๐Ÿ˜‰

  151. cathy August 13, 2013 at 5:52 am #

    chocolate pistachio ice cream!

  152. Whitney A. August 13, 2013 at 5:57 am #

    I am head over heels for mint spelt brownies. I think they must be the best thing ever.

  153. Bea August 13, 2013 at 6:27 am #

    M&m’s , just can’t get enough.

  154. violicious August 13, 2013 at 6:30 am #

    I love these books because of the diagrams. Am I the only weird-o? I would use the heck out of this book, thanks for the givewaway! My favorite sweet these days is eclairs. I have discovered they are easy to make which is dangerous!

  155. ZoSews August 13, 2013 at 6:40 am #

    Caramel slice! Get in ma belleh.

  156. Janey Moo August 13, 2013 at 6:41 am #

    Right now it’s macarons. Tomorrow it will be something different. And different the day after! I have a super sweet tooth.

  157. ldolan25 August 13, 2013 at 6:51 am #

    looks like a great book! thanks for the give-away! My favourite sweet (dessert) is homemade apple crumble, and my favourite sweet (candy) is strawberry bon bons. Nom nom nom ๐Ÿ™‚

  158. Cameron August 13, 2013 at 6:58 am #

    Does whipped cream count? If yes, than that is probably my most favorite. If I need to pick a desert that wouldn’t be humiliating to eat in public, I would pick rhubarb pie (with lots of whipped cream!). This book looks like it would be a good first toe in the Japanese sewing book pool!

  159. Abbe August 13, 2013 at 7:24 am #

    What gorgeous photography!! Can’t beat a book with cupcakes and cats ๐Ÿ™‚

  160. Sam August 13, 2013 at 7:28 am #

    My favorite sweet is homemade cake batter ice cream! We got an ice cream maker for a wedding gift and it’s pretty much all I eat now.

  161. sewcraftlive August 13, 2013 at 7:30 am #

    Brownies and vanilla ice cream!

    • Louise P August 13, 2013 at 8:28 am #

      I’d like to be included, The book sounds divine, like tarte au citron.

  162. Sarah Hodgson August 13, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    My fave sweet is Rowntrees Fruit Gums but now that I live in Canada, I don’t get them that much. They are such a UK exclusive. I actually have a few Japanese sewing books from Japan and they really helped me learn to sew as I could only use the pictures. It is so nice to see them translated into English. The photos and design of these books are quite beautiful.

  163. mirza August 13, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    I’d really love to win that book! My favorite sweet has to be chocolate “fondant” cake. So good and it even provides me with my daily magnesium needs. I have no shame in eating that stuff ๐Ÿ™‚

  164. Becca August 13, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    Looks like a fun book. Umm, yeah…I don’t think I can pick just one sweet treat. My favorite sweet treats are Tiramisu, ice cream and dark chocolate. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  165. Sparrows&Spools August 13, 2013 at 10:40 am #

    Chocolate chess pie! Thanks for the giveaway ๐Ÿ™‚

  166. loumar August 13, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    Salted caramel from Godiva. Yum! (Thanks for doing the giveaway!)

  167. Chanel August 13, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    New rule: every sewing book is required to come with a tasty recipe!

  168. Laura Lambert August 13, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    Gorgeous stuff! I love chocolate cornflake crispies.. mmmm ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope I win this!!

  169. Aline August 13, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    Wow! My favorite sweet is actually not that sweet at all: (double) salted liquorice (typical Dutch thing I guess, called “drop”). Truly love it.

  170. Clare August 13, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    Sarsaparilla drops for me! or pear drops…. or milk duds…. oh no – don’t make me choose!

  171. Amy August 13, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    Cookies every day!!!

  172. Rachel August 13, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    I love a sewing book with patterns to illustrate specific techniques! Gives me a list of things to tick off. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lemon tarts are my favourite, heavy on the “tart”. Okay, that and Mini Eggs.

  173. Ana August 13, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    Aw! I love the patterns! So cute! My favorite sweet, yum, i’d say Milka chocolate ๐Ÿ˜€

  174. Eryn August 13, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    Ooo! I would love a copy! So pretty!

    Hmmm… I have a thing for those strawberry shaped marshmallows. Also gummy worms.

  175. schneewittchen (@bklynschneewitt) August 13, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

    I love Japanese sweets! I love the traditional tea ceremony sweets and how they change with the seasons.

  176. Maria August 13, 2013 at 7:51 pm #

    Well, seems that ‘sweet’ isn’t restricted to just candy so, I do love cheesecake but for something extra special I’d pick frozen chocolate-covered key lime pie (on a stick of course!). Very yummy!
    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  177. Elle McQ August 13, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

    Cats and sewing just go so well together. Thanks for the giveaway, count me in! Favourite sweet… red velvet cupcakes!

  178. emmadoyle79 August 13, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    I love this range of books, I have one for kids outfits (I think it’s the same publisher anyway) and I just can’t wait for my daughter to grow a bit so I can sew outfits for her! I love the Sweet dresses book – as for my favourite sweet? Got to be marshmallows, the lovely light, melt in your mouth, like eating a cloud, type of marshmallows!

  179. Tracy August 13, 2013 at 10:13 pm #

    Exciting giveaway! My favorite sweet is fruit pizza!!(or, as my friend refers to it, sugar cookie on acid)

  180. Ybat August 13, 2013 at 10:37 pm #

    What a great giveaway. I love these books and hope I win this one. My favorite sweet is peanut butter cups.

  181. Shannon August 13, 2013 at 11:39 pm #

    Anything caramel! Love the blog!

  182. knitmo August 14, 2013 at 7:59 am #

    A frozen Hershey bar smeared with peanut butter and a glass of ice-cold milk.

  183. Misabel August 14, 2013 at 8:27 am #

    I love real pectin jelly beans – grape flavor is best!

  184. Mary Beth Reeves August 14, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    I would love to make a dress for my daughter who is expecting our first grandbabies; twin girls to make an appearance around Thanksgiving!! I think she could wear them especially after babies when loose clothes that are PRETTY make new moms feel better! favorite sweet, my mama makes white cake with cream cheese icing spread into rosettes flavored with almond extract! heavenly!!

  185. Olivia August 14, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    I love the blouse on the front cover and I love your blog.
    Thanks for the giveaway !

  186. misscrayolacreepy August 14, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    My favorite sweet… I have too many to list! One of my favorites is pie, any kind of pie. I’m a dessert addict!

  187. Krissy Marie August 14, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    Whole Foods’ vegan apple pie is the best sweet EVER–vegan or otherwise!!!

    I would love to win the book! But if not, perhaps I can console myself with pie!!! (Damn, totally craving it now!) ๐Ÿ˜€

  188. Philippa August 14, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    My favourites are coffee cake and flapjack but I do like classic English puds like jam sponge & custard too (this is the reason I will never be slim!). Actual sweets and chocolate I am not really interested in! Thank you for the giveaway, I think would like to make the blouse with the cape style collar.

  189. Charlotte August 14, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    Oh the book looks beautiful! My favourite sweet has to be strawberry laces. I can quite happily sit and eat an entire packet in one go! ๐Ÿ™‚

  190. Eleyna August 14, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

    Oh wow! Count me in please!

    I love cheesecake!

  191. Trinity August 14, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    I love anything with dark chocolate in it, on it, whatever. My favorite combos are chocolate caramel and sea salt, chocolate and mint, and chocolate and raspberry.

  192. Catherine August 14, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    Love your, er…, irreverence. And would love to win the book.

    • Catherine August 14, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

      And favorite treat is Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream. Check out the Salty Caramel.

  193. Rita August 14, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    That book looks fun!
    My favorite sweet would have to be a molasses cookie. If I’m super PMS-ing, then it’s a bag of Pepperidge Farms Mint Milano cookies, a hot chocolate and 1/2 a box of Sees Candies.

  194. Amanda August 14, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

    Rice pudding with black rice and coconut milk. Yes please to the pattern book!

  195. Sox August 14, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

    My favourite treat =butter tarts.
    This looks like a wonderful book to play with! Thank you for holding a giveaway, and thank you for allowing me to enter!

  196. Haruka August 14, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

    I like chocolate chip cookies. I enjoy reading your blog.

  197. Gina! August 14, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

    Ooh this book looks cute, I love the sweetheart neckline of pattern R. My favorite sweet is definitely sour patch kids. I love the combo of sour and sweet ๐Ÿ™‚

  198. MaryLou Corrigan August 15, 2013 at 1:33 am #

    Simple and sweet! Love the examples from this book…

  199. lydigann August 15, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    Definitely brown butter Rice Krispie treats. I could eat the whole batch by myself! The book looks cute and I’m glad it has some tops too!

  200. marie August 15, 2013 at 10:10 am #

    i love japanese pattern books, and would love to add this one to my collection!
    thanks for the giveaway. ๐Ÿ™‚

  201. Lauren August 15, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    Ah great give away ๐Ÿ™‚ if I have to choose it would be carrot cake. Although I’m on a bit of a diet at the mo, so this is killing me! Haha. Love your blog by the way Lauren.

  202. Katrinka August 15, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

    I love these Japanese sewing books, they are so cute! My favorite sweet are rose macarons. Really, any macaron!

  203. Kelly August 15, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    Cute outfits, fluffy cats AND cupcakes. My daughter would love this book so I could sew her some outfits.

  204. E August 15, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    frozen yogurt. With lots of different toppings, or sometimes just plain by itself. Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

  205. Anonymous August 15, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! In all forms, all temperature, I loove it

    • Sara August 15, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

      Sorry I pressed enter with my little finger by mistake, I’m the chocolate addict ๐Ÿ˜‰

  206. Cammie August 15, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    That’s such a sweet book! (yes i did just do that ๐Ÿ˜› ) My favourite sweets are Gummy bears; I literally pick them out of my friends’ bags of Haribo!

  207. Jessica August 15, 2013 at 8:35 pm #

    picking my favorite sweet is haarrddd. And you probably wont know half of what I’m talking about. But in New Zealand we have these sea shell shaped lollies (sweets, candies, whatever). They are kind of crusty (but not too crutsy) on the outside and then the inside is more soft. haha, they are hard to explain. But man alive. They are delicious.

    Now give me a book please ^_^

  208. Gjeometry August 15, 2013 at 11:00 pm #

    Oh, I have one of these type of books, “feminine wardrobe”. It’s cute, but the clothes are quite large, even the XS. The ones in this book, look to have much more shape and be more fitted so I would love a chance to win a copy. AND, this one has been catbombed. Awesomeness! My favourite sweet are brownies! Followed by a close second of chocolate cupcakes.

  209. skiingchickak August 16, 2013 at 2:55 am #

    I have been looking at Japanese sewing books for about 6 months. This one has many tops that would work in summer and layered in the winter. I would love to have this book.

    • skiingchickak August 17, 2013 at 1:50 am #

      Dang, I forgot my favorite sweet, sour straws, aussie licorice, ginger chews, and all chewing candy!!

  210. Kristin Saunders August 16, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    I couldn’t decide if anything from this book would look like anything on me, but the more I’ve seen glimpses the more I like it. As for my fave sweet….CAKE! Any kind…except coconut.

  211. Erica August 16, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    love the book and loving pattern IV…so chilled and comfy looking…sweets – sadly I cant eat seewts due to a health condition but if I could it would have to be trifle. was always my fave as a kid..:)

  212. Isidore August 16, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    My favorite sweet is DARK chocolate. LK has so many great design books, and not just for sewing. Every time I’m at my local art museum gift shop I find myself coveting another of their books. Last time it was this one:

  213. Meghan August 16, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    my favorite sweets are peanut butter cups… peanut butter+chocolate= fan-freakin-tastic!

  214. Kelly August 16, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

    I don’t eat sweets very often, but I think my favorite would be a big slice of chocolate cake with lots of chocolate frosting…yum yum. This book looks great, I would love to win a copy! I hope you are recovering well!

    • Eliza Harper August 16, 2013 at 8:01 pm #

      My favorite sweet is a cookie. Yes, pretty much any kind of cookie. Donuts, cake, pie won’t do it. Got to be a cookie that I can pick up and stick in my face. Silly really, it can be a bar cookie cut from a thing shaped like a cake and as long as it is a cookie I’m on it. But, call it cake and…well, I’ll eat it if you don’t have any cookie handy.

  215. Aneetrah August 16, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    Hmmm…a lemon bar is classic in my book!

  216. Carole W August 16, 2013 at 11:15 pm #

    Oh what a lovely book – my new favorite is raspberry pie – which my kids baked last weekend.

  217. creativewarmth August 17, 2013 at 2:47 am #

    Lovely book!. My favourite sweet is Bombombum, an spherical lollipop that in the centre. has bubble gum the problem is I only can find it in my country ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    • SewDucky August 17, 2013 at 3:27 am #

      Me too! I don’t actually like sweets, but it would have to be butter mints.

  218. Terry Kessinger (@TerryKes) August 17, 2013 at 7:49 am #

    Favorite sweet? Any homemade ice cream out of David Lebovitz’ book, “The Perfect Scoop” – amazing! It’s about as sweet as winning this great book ๐Ÿ˜‰

  219. amynguyenxo August 17, 2013 at 9:04 am #

    Count me into the giveaway !
    My favourite sweet would have to be those tiny coca cola lollies! I grew up with loving them!

  220. Sarah August 18, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    Eclairs!! Chocolate Cake!! Would love to get this book it seems like some cute things I’d actually wear!

  221. Krystal August 18, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    Great giveaway, I love milky stars. Especially straight out of the fridge to give them abit of a crunch. ๐Ÿ™‚

  222. Taryn August 18, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

    I’ve heard some good things about this book! Thank you for another great giveaway! And I just had some POP ROCKS today. They never disappoint!

  223. laurelry August 18, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

    Love this giveaway!
    Favorite sweet is cookies! Oatmeal raisin will do! om nom nom!

  224. Jo @ bubala August 18, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    I’d LOVE to win this book – it looks awesome. I have many favourite sweets ๐Ÿ˜‰ but at the moment one of the top ones would be honeycomb – homemade and dipped in dark chocolate


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