Blogs and social media are raving about Yuki Araki—one of the most recognized names in the growing sewing-for-kids movement. The mother of two daughters, Araki has become a DIY favorite because she knows what young girls want. They like to wear stylish clothes that also let them play with ease. Moms adore the relaxed aesthetic of Araki's simple mix-and-match play clothes and accessories, and young girls are happy wearing them because they're both cute and comfortable. Best suited for girls from two to five years old, the designs in Japanese Sewing book Sew Sweet Handmade Clothes for Girls
(in English) are simple, casual, and look good on any girl. Araki provides patterns in four sizes, plus diagrams and instructions for twenty-two pieces, including:
- A shoulder-tie camisole top and dress
- A classic smock shirt and dress
- Four variations of a basic elastic-waist skirt
- Shorts and easy-breezy kid-style leggings to pair with any top
- Button-front and pullover tops
- An adorable bucket hat
Moms will love dressing their girls in these economical and easy-to-make clothes. Nothing could be simpler—or sweeter.
Yuki Araki has written several books on fashion and making clothes for younger girls. Her online shop "Kanon" features original fabric designs as well as patterns for her original women's and children's clothing.