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Unread 04-17-2015, 11:48 PM   #1
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Traditional/Historical Kimono Pattern?

I've been looking for a traditional/historical kimono pattern (NOT a yukata; it must be a fully lined kimono with an obi) but just can't seem to find one. Can anyone help me with this? At worst I'd also be fine with simply a tutorial that would help me draft a pattern and sew it, but I would love an actual pattern for one. Thanks!
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Unread 04-17-2015, 11:56 PM   #2
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Folkwear makes a good kimono pattern. A bit pricey and you have to buy online since they're an indie company, but it's WAY better than the "kimono" patterns offered by the big companies. It comes with lots of instructions for traditional embellishing and techniques, but doesn't come with pattern pieces for lining (but it's super easy to just add one in yourself if you know a little bit of drafting/pattern altering).

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When you say "historical" are you looking for any particular era? Be aware that modern kimono and obi only superficially resemble the garments of earlier eras, and even the term "kimono" is only a couple hundred years old.

The Folkwear pattern is probably your best bet if you don't want to do a lot of research and reconstruction.
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Unread 04-20-2015, 12:57 AM   #4
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That pattern seems great, thank you!
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Unread 04-20-2015, 01:06 AM   #5
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Oh shoot okay so it says that it comes with a pattern for an informal obi. Does anyone know if there is a pattern for a formal one? Also, I'm not very knowledgeable about kimonos, but would a juban be made using the same pattern? What are the differences aside from its purpose?
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Unread 04-20-2015, 01:13 AM   #6
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Unless you have someone to help you tie (and learn) a super elaborate obi you might want to look into making a faux obi. Similar look, MUCH less time and effort when dressing
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Unread 04-24-2015, 12:56 PM   #7
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Kimonos were one of my favorite parts of my art history course work. This isn't a pattern but The Book of Kimono: The Complete Guide to Style and Wear is a great book with great explanations and information about all different types of kimonos from history. They explain how patterns work. One of the more interesting styles is the long dress from 1860-1910.

So not really a pattern but a great resource

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