I have never made a kimono, but am very interested. My first question would be a detail description on how to cut out the fabric. or better yet a pattern. I have read the information on the back cover of the May issue of Threads, but I need more information.
I was recently escorting my daughter at an Anime/Manga convention (kids under 13 have to be accompanied by an adult guardian at all times) and noticed some interesting clothing, specifically the big pants with pleats (hakama).
So I did some searching with Google and found a couple of places with instructions on constructing Japanese clothing (often related to role-playing). Here are a couple:
A very good book is "making kimono & japanese clothes .The author is Jenni Dobson.
I made my daughters wedding kimono and found the simplicity pattern#5839 very difficult to follow. The above book was very helpful. I did buy it in Canada.
Good luck Deni
I haven't tried making a kimono, but I've found the directions of most of the common patterns VERY difficult to follow. If I had not been sewing for 60 years I would have not been able to finish several projects. I just had to figure it out for myself. I should get a job writing instructions.
I have been sewing all my life also and have made all kinds of garments and such. The kimono pattern threw me for a loop. I would rather have made a wedding dress from scratch. However I did get my daughters kimono made with the help of a book. Thank you for your comment.
Thanks for your help!
Folkwear patterns has a basic kimono pattern, also a haori pattern. And either McCalls or Simplicity had (recently) a pretty-authentic looking kimono pattern.
That said, if you want to make a really authentic kimono, be aware that kimono fabric (yes, there is specially woven fabric for kimono) is only about 14" wide and pretty expensive. And the sewing methods are very different from western-style sewing methods (because kimono are designed to be taken completely apart for cleaning).
Try to find the book "How to Make Japanese Clothing" Its by John Thompson (I believe)
Edited 3/29/2006 2:28 pm ET by Bel Argent
I too recommend the book on making Japanese clothing. It contains precise directions on cutting pattern and fabric pieces to create various garments. The directions are written clearly.
Edited 3/29/2006 7:57 pm ET by LasVegasKitty25
Thanks for your help!
Thanks for your help. I will try to find the book.
There's a book by John Marshall that explains how to draft patterns for Kimono and other Japanese clothes. The link below is to the book on Amazon.com, the other link is to John Marshall's webpage. -- He had a couple of articles in Threads many years ago (one about traditional Japanese cushions, the other about kimono).
Hope this helps!
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