Today I review Adult Clothes of May Me Style, by Michiyo Ito, published this year. There are 31 designs in all. 4 blouses, one tunic, 5 one piece dresses, 2 bags, 3 drawstring skirts, 3 elastic waist pants/shorts, 1 coat, 1 camisole dress, 2 vests, 1 cardigan, 1 manteau, 5 accessories (2 wristlets, 1 fur collar, 1 lace collar and 1 shawl), 1 dressy top and 1 dinner dress. I am reviewing only the designs that I like. If you click on the Amazon link, you can view a slideshow of some of the other designs that I have not included here. All patterns are included in a tear off appendix at the end of the book. The sizes range from S, M, L to LL. There is more information on their blog website : May Me blog and their Facebook page : May Me. As far as I know there are 2 May Me publications. I will review the other publication another day.
On the cover is a striped sailor collar top. I like how the front neck is not the usual V neck, but a U shaped neck. I also like the boxy shape of the top.
This navy V neck tunic has a pleat at the back bottom. It is worn with the pants that are featured below.
A simple A-line shift dress. A dress couldn't be simpler than this. It does not even have darts.
There are 2 versions of this tunic style dress - with short sleeves or gathered short sleeves. I would sew this to wear as a tunic on weekends.
The 2 long pants are from the same pattern, both elastic waist, different lengths and the shorter black version had a outside vent at the hem. I am very interested in sewing the pants because they have slimmer legs than the usual elastic waist pants. I think the khaki version will look cute with the bottom lined in a contrast plaid or floral which will show when it is folded up. The culottes has side pockets, flat front and elastic back waist.
The 2 vests look like they are from the same pattern.
This manteau looks like a cape in construction, no sleeves with a hood. Here you also see how the culottes look like when worn on a model.
The red dressy top is a variation of the sailor collared top featured on the cover, minus the collar. It is worn with the vented black pants featured above. I really like the simplicity of this dressy outfit, so I am definitely going to make both the blouse and pants in some yummy luxe fabrics. The V neck dress is a colour blocked variation of the navy tunic featured above. This version has a lined bodice. You can also see the fur collar accessory.
This book appeals to me because of the simplicity and clean lines of the designs. I can't read Japanese but I think the designer, Michiyo Ito, has been featured many times in Cotton Friend. If I am not mistaken, my Crisp White Top from Cotton Friend is one of her designs. Hope you enjoyed this book review!