I Love Tops I Love Pants

I Love Tops & I Love Pants - Yuko Takada

Loooong overdue post! A few months ago I bought a couple of Japanese sewing pattern books called ‘I Love Tops’ and ‘I Love Pants’, both by Yuko Takada. The books feature tops and pants that look pretty casual and comfortable. I’ve been very happy with a couple of tops and one pair of pants that I’ve made from them. So it looks like I will continue making other patterns from these books.

Top A is called ‘Half Sleeve Peplum Cut & Sewn’. In Japanese patterns, the term ‘cut & sewn’ means that the item is made from knit fabric. I have no idea why that is.

Half sleeve peplum cut & sewn - I Love Tops
Half sleeve peplum cut & sewn - I Love Tops Half sleeve peplum cut & sewn - I Love Tops

The next one is Top I: ‘Drop Shoulder Cut & Sewn’. This is my favorite! I think the shape is pretty relaxed, the neutral colors makes it very easy to match, and the seamlines keep it quite interesting.

Drop Shoulder Cut & Sewn - I Love Tops

Drop Shoulder Cut & Sewn - I Love Tops Drop Shoulder Cut & Sewn - I Love Tops

From the I love Pants book I made Pants L: ‘Dot Sarouel Pants’, except that my fabric has no dots as you can see. The pattern has very wide waistline and the pants are kept on the waist by using belt. I think it would be somewhat uncomfortable so I inserted wide elastic to the waistline and eliminated the belt loops.

Sarouel pants - I Love Pants

Sarouel pants - I Love Pants Sarouel pants - I Love Pants

  • Top A: Half Sleeve Peplum Cut & Sewn, size M
  • Top I: Drop Shoulder Cut & Sewn, size M
  • Pants L: Dot Sarouel Pants, size M

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  • Susan S

    Up until the late 1960’s, most ready to wear knit tops and sweaters were knit on a machine in the same shapes as hand knits and joined or “knitted” together. Eventually the industry developed sweater fabric by the yard as well as sergers/machines that could finish the cut edges so they didn’t ravel. The yardage would be cut in the same way as wovens and then “cut and sewn”. Since “cut and sew” is now the standard way of constructing a knit garment and “knit to shape” is rarer, you don’t hear about “cut and sew”.

  • Jen l

    Nice pieces! I am particularly intrigued by the drop shoulder top. I’ve also noticed that Uniqlo refers to knit garments as cut & sewn. I’ve always thought that it referred to the machine function (like a serger) during production. Thanks for sharing – I’m going to check my local Japanese bookshop for the tops book!