Retrospective is Stylish!

This vintage style dress which was posted on burdastyle’s project page in May this year got me started on a four-month search for the Japanese sewing book ‘Retrospective is Stylish’.

‘Retrospective is Stylish’ by Yoshiko Tsukiori showcases beautiful dresses, blouses, skirts and suits from the 1950s to the 1970s. I love Japanese sewing books and retro designs so it must be a PERFECT sewing book for me! I guess many people loved it too as the book was sold out and I couldn’t get a copy anywhere. I was also informed by kinokuniya that the book is out of print and no longer available.  After months of searching and waiting, I was told by an etsy seller in July that she had a second-hand copy of the book for sale but after I responded with some questions, I didn’t hear from her again. I guessed the book has been snapped up by another buyer. A week ago, I did another search on etsy and this time a positive search result came up! Lilymeru had a new copy of the book for sale! I bought it immediately and thanked the seller profusely for listing it. She replied to say that I am very lucky as the book was all sold out in Japan and she managed to get this last copy from the publisher! I am TRULY SUPERNATURALLY BLESSED! The shipping cost from Japan is also very reasonable 🙂  I received the book yesterday, couldn’t put it down and wanted to immediately make all the dresses in it! Just a few images here to share my excitement!

You can also check out the lovely garments others have made from this book at Japan Couture Addict. This beautiful yellow dress is my favorite. It’s named Birdy and there is more info and images of it on the La poupee qui fait non blog by its very talented creator.

Have a fabulous week everyone!