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nemesae
06-16-2003, 02:05 PM
*a little off-topic but: YAY! I finally have my own compu in my bedroom given the update (router) to handle internet so I'm no longer dependant on the family computer :D)*

does anyone know how to make a good kimono (the one Japanese people dress for matsuri and so... not the swordsman type (such as inuyasha)), how much fabric is needed and how to fold the kimono to fit? I've heard about every kimono is one size, but I really don't know how to make one and I really want to ^_^"

Koumori
06-16-2003, 02:11 PM
This has been a popular topic on these boards, and I know there have been threads about it in the past. Folkwear sells a good yukata pattern that can be modified for other types of kimono. The major pattern companies all have some version of a kimono pattern, but their seaming and piece shaping is not as authentic. I usually need 5-6 yards each of fabric and lining, depending on the type of kimono I am making.

A woman's kimono (note: these rules don't apply to yukata, which is what are worn for matsuri and other festivals) should be as long as she is tall. When you put it on, you will need to take a tuck at the waist and tie it (this gives the "fold" that you will notice showing below women's obi.

For detailed pictures of how to put on a woman's kimono, go here: http://www.asahi-jc.com/kimofaq3.htm - this does not cover the obi or undergarments.

Romann
06-16-2003, 11:25 PM
You can also check out Simplicity's 5839 pattern. There is a longer kimono and a shorter one as well. I'm not sure how close they are to being traditional, but you can compare it with Koumori's site link above ^^

Hitomi chan
06-18-2003, 03:28 PM
here is a link where is a pattern of a kimono, but is in spanish, although the pattern is in english
http://www.geocities.com/conan_kun1986/hacer_kimono.html

ParnsAngel
06-25-2003, 10:30 PM
Butterick has a good kimono pattern that I've been using for...all my kimono needs ^^ Its 6698, mens and womens, and its very easy to follow ^^

AmazonPrincess
06-25-2003, 10:36 PM
This has pretty much all the info you should need, http://www.japanesekimono.com/index.htm

and Buttericks pattern is pretty good (look for it at JoAnn's when they're having a dollar a pattern sale! yay cheapness!)

I've been wanting to make a kimono as well, but my main problem has been finding fabric I want to use for it.

nemesae
06-26-2003, 03:23 AM
Unfortunately where I live (holland) I can not order any simplicity or butterick patterns and I don't have a creditcard to order them online :s Thank you for the links, I'll start working on my kimono as soon as I've received my paycheck (kind of broke ^_^")

Blackusagi
07-02-2003, 09:58 AM
hiya. I had a lady that use to make clothes professionly do my kimono with the simplicity pattern and it sucked. I didn't complain to her and wore it since she wasn't charging me for it. just dont use the simp pattern. you can also find the patterns at denverfabrics.com nad pastpatterns.com. I think they ship outside the u.s

Yumeko
07-03-2003, 07:39 PM
also have you considered looking through theactrical costume pattern books? There is where I got the pattern for my kimono, but unfortunatly the book I have only had a finished illustraition and the pattern pieces. NO written instructions. If you want I can scan the book pages for you and e-mail them to you or post them here on the forum...let me know either way

Satine
07-07-2003, 08:53 AM
I found a great kimono pattern on geocities once.. and for the life of me I cannot figure out where it is.. I'll still have it on file..

Found this though:
http://www.geocities.com/anne_liese_w/Japanese/japmakekimono.htm

And of course:
http://www.costumes.org/pages/asiancostlinks.htm#Japan
It's a big page so it'll take a while.

Not sure if this is useful too:
http://www.storyanime.com/Links/Kimono.htm

HitenMitsurugi
07-08-2003, 11:37 AM
here's a site i found with how for make a hakama, I searched the site a little more and found this:

http://luxnova.home.mindspring.com/samuraigame/yukata.html

hope it helps!!!!!!!!!!

yakineko oni
01-28-2004, 08:03 PM
I found this awesome book-
"Make Your Own Japanese Clothes", John Marshall, ISBN 0-87011-865-X. It ran me about $30, new. I would highly suggest it for anyone who is interested in traditional japanese clothes. They have a couple of patterns for kimono (although they make reference to another book, specifically on kimono), and the patterns give one a good understanding of how the whole process worked. It's also really fun to read.
(it's also full of funny pictures! ^_^ )

hope that helps someone (and that it's okay to post book references in a forum)...

Seraphims
01-28-2004, 09:15 PM
I didn't think the kimono pattern simplicity had wasn't bad. I understand the concern about the profesional who made it badly.... but you can always adjust it to look better. As far as finding a brocade... They send those out to most fabric stores in the fall. When I worked at Hancock they did at least. It'll probably run you about $10-$15 a yard. Your best bet is to order it off the internet.

Skullez
01-29-2004, 06:18 PM
* how to fold the kimono to fit? I've heard about every kimono is one size, but I really don't know how to make one and I really want to ^_^"

I know how to fix the kimono for ya! =^.^= i saw it in a cool book and decided to post it on my site.

link he come to town ! come to save the princess Zelda! (http://www.geocities.com/spooky_cosplay/kimonohowto.html) hope this helps!

chibi_kitsune
01-29-2004, 06:32 PM
Butterick has a good kimono pattern that I've been using for...all my kimono needs ^^ Its 6698, mens and womens, and its very easy to follow ^^





yah, that's the pattern I used for my kimono. It's a great pattern!

chibi_kitsune
01-29-2004, 06:35 PM
Unfortunately where I live (holland) I can not order any simplicity or butterick patterns and I don't have a creditcard to order them online :s Thank you for the links, I'll start working on my kimono as soon as I've received my paycheck (kind of broke ^_^")

Maybe you can have someone buy it and ship it out to you, just mail them the money.