View Full Version : Kimono Help Please!!!

06-20-2010, 05:19 AM
I'm making these kimonos for a cosplay for my friend and me.



I was wondering if anyone knew of some good basic easy to sew kimono patterns that I could use for these costumes? It's really urgent as well. Thanks so much!

06-20-2010, 07:30 AM
Making your own pattern is really easy and free.

It's just a bunch of squares and rectangles - nothing very complicated, and you can find "how to" guides on-line !

If you need a pattern, check local stores - some of them have at least decent patterns for kimonos (I have never used them, just going on what I remember from looking).

06-21-2010, 03:53 AM
i tried useing a kimono pattern ONCE.....didnt work out....it made no sense had odd pieces and overall just gave me a headache.....last time i ever used a pattern to make a kimono.....of any type....@kelley is right your bette roff makeing your own pattern, theres a lot of tutorials online

06-21-2010, 02:25 PM
The Simplicity pattern (http://www.simplicity.com/p-2096-costumes.aspx)is pretty accurate; the most accurate AFAIK is from Folkwear (http://folkwear.com/113.html).

There's a thread on making kimono here: http://www.immortalgeisha.com/ig_bb/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=12567

06-21-2010, 09:42 PM
I used this pattern (http://www.dementia.org/~djl/sca/japanese/patterns.html) for my bleach kosode. To make a women's kimono you would just elongate "A" to your feet instead of your knees and change the sleeve length a bit so it is longer then a normal sleeve. The pattern worked really well. I did have some trouble sewing the neckband to the kosode, but it came out fine in the end.

06-22-2010, 09:21 PM
Here's what I use- its a pattern that Folkwear had a couple of years back, but is more like a tutorial:
Its easy to understand and only requires basic math. Just start with that page and click through to see the rest of the instructions. The "pages" are also numbered in case you get lost or confused.

07-14-2010, 10:11 PM
Sorry but I can't help but point out that thoes would be considered yukatas not kimonos ><
Also, do to the nature of their design all of them are easy to sew ^^ but if you want an actual pattren ASAP going to your local fabric store is probally your best bet.

I've actually made a dress by modifying a yukata pattren slightly and completed it within approx. 2 hours. [there was a lil hicup in cutting out the fabric xD] So you should have minimum issues if required to complete them quickly.

oh yeah...and unless your a corpse, don't wear the right side on top >v<

07-22-2010, 12:26 AM
Sorry but I can't help but point out that thoes would be considered yukatas not kimonos ><

Yukata are kimono. Kimono = 着物 = "worn things" and is a generic umbrella term for all traditional Japanese dress (anachronistically ~ for all dress). Yukata, haori, happi, etc. are all technically kimono.

The cut is the same reguardless.

No need to pick nits :)

07-22-2010, 09:26 AM
here are a few great books on amazin that are very useful !
you needent a pattern, like someone said, its alot of rectangles! XD



07-22-2010, 03:18 PM
I've used the simplicity one and must say it's easy. The sleeves seemed a little long for me but I tend to have short somewhat stubby arms ;.;

09-13-2010, 11:24 PM
I used the Simplicity costume pattern and it came out lovely. There's a strange way it gets you to twist the sleeve that had me scratching my head, but once I figured that out it was smooth sailing.

09-22-2010, 04:02 AM
I'll add my support to the Simplicity pattern, my Yukina costume was made with it. It's definitely the best of the commercial patterns, and quite easy to follow (well, as much as patterns are ever easy to follow).