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Traditional Kimono Pattern Search

Susan_Pinpena | Posted in The Archives on

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I’m in search for a traditional Japanese kimono pattern. Any suggestion where I can purchase one? Thank you.

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  1. Cassandra_Lems | | #1

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    Kimonos are basically just large rectangles of fabric sewn together in a particular way. The sizes of the rectangles depend on the measurements of the person who will wear the kimono. Folk wear Patterns has a kimono pattern I have used, but you really don't need a pattern, you just need good instructions. I highly recommend John Marshal's book, "Make Your Own Japanese Clothes: Patterns and Ideas for Modern Wear." I just checked Amazon.com and the book is still in print.

    1. Valarie_Pearson | | #2

      *Try http://www.patternshowcase.com they have a wonderful selection of patterns company's. see Saber, Design..

      1. scholastica_dunleavy | | #3

        *THe Kinokuniya Bookstore at 10 West 49th Street, New York, N.Y. 212-765-7766 or 765-1461 has a large sewing section. (They are near Rockefeller Center and should be a stop for everyone interested in dressmaking). All of the books are in Japanese, of course, but the schematics are understandable by any sewer. The photographs and books are quite beautiful and you will see those wonderful dressmaker details that seem to be missing from what I call the "new box patterns: - that is, no refinement of line. I vividly remember that they had several books on making the traditional kimono. They also sell a magazine, called "Dressmaking" which has the schematics for about 60 outfits; one of them is usually a kimono. YOu might also try writing to the cultural attache to the Japanese embassy in Washington, D.C.Thirdly, try "profusion.com" the search engine and use the "phrase" option to see if you can pull up "sewing a kimono." "bookfinder.com" might also be a source.Good luck.

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