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Japanese Yukata or Kimono Pattern (Robe)

D.J._Locker | Posted in Patterns on

I have been trying to find a pattern for the Japanese Yukata, a very comfortable robe.

It is my understanding that this is not a tissue paper pattern. There are written instructions on measuring and sewing this robe.

All of the pieces are just rectangles sewn together. This part I could probably figure out on my own, but I am not sure how the neckline is done. I would like instructions that would give me an authentic robe.

I would like to make some of these for Christmas gifts…so time is ticking and I can’t find the instructions.


Thanks so much….D.J.

P.S. This is my first time posting a message…please send your replies to :
[email protected]


  1. lin_hendrix | | #1

    Hello D.J.

    Yukatas are basically a summer weight kimono, without lining in a cotton fabric so a kimono pattern or instructions should work.

    I've taken apart quite a few old kimonos and there are no curved or angled cutting lines; the sloped neckline is folded up inside the neckband rather than cut. The back neck is not curved. Apparently the Japanese were loath to actually cut fabric, any excess was usually folded into the neckband or taken up into an extra large seam.

    Try these two web sites for patterns.




    1. Nancy_in_NM | | #2

      *I just rediscovered an article on Asian design that appeared in Threads issue 78. It was written by Linda Lee of The Sewing Workshop. She mentioned a book called "Make Your Own Japanese Clothes" by John Marshall, published by Kodansha International, which has "schematics for authentic Japanese garments". I've occasionally seen this book in Borders, but your best bet is probably one of the on-line sources

      1. marie_bucuvalas | | #3

        *Folkwear has one, adults and kids sizes - compared to John Marshall's instructions it seems authentic ( I have both patterns and the book) Larkbooks.com I think. Lark.com? Something like that...I use the telephone when ordering from them. Habit. Marie

        1. marie_berman | | #4

          *I have used John Marshall's book, and recommend it because you aren't restricted by arbitrary pattern sizing. All garments are based on real body measurments, as this is the traditional way. You can customize for tall, short, wide or thin figures. The pattern drafts are EASY! Even if you haven't drafted patterns before, give this a try. It's fun.One piece of advice, try this out in muslin or paper before cutting the actual fashion fabric. This way you can check your math and measurements and then sew the finished garment with confidence.

          1. Jacque | | #5

            *My mother has been wearing a cotton Kimono for a robe that she was given at a hotel in Japan years ago. It is totally worn out and I would like to replace it for her. I can't seem to find just a simple cotton Kimono. I live in Dallas and could use help locating this item. I don't sew!!

          2. lin_hendrix | | #6

            *Hello Jacque, Try these web sites for kimonos and yukatas. I've had the best service from the first two:http://www.yokodana.com/http://www.kyotokimono.comhttp://www.nbstore.comhttp://www.charm.net/~kimono/index.htmlhttp://www.netwiz.net/~susanf/--lin

          3. Angeline | | #7

            *Try Folkwear #32113 on their website:http://www.larkbooks.com/home.nav/fw/index.html angeline

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