Speaking from having made a Hanatarou outfit and several random garments just for fun, and being in the process of making a Kenshin outfit, let me first say that commercial patterns for period garments are almost always much more complicated than they need to be. You don't even really need a pattern. All you need is a set of measurements, and some know-how.
Measurements that you'll need are shoulder to a bit below the knee (call it A), shoulder to middle of your sternum (call it B), around the widest part of your torso with some extra (call it C), neckbone to wherever you want the sleeves to end (call it D), waist to just above the ankle (call it E), and your waist measurement (call it F).
Cutting list for kosode/kimono/black and white upper garments:
2 fronts measuring A x C/4-4 inches
2 backs measuring A x C/4
2 front extenstions measuring A-B x 7 inches (you'll cut a right triangle off each, with the perpedicular edges measuring 7 inches and A/2, respectively)
2 sleeves measuring 2B x D - C/4
1 collar measuring A + 18 inches x 7 inches
Cutting list for hakama:
2 front panels measuring E x 2(C/3)
2 back panels measuring E x C/3
1 gusset measuring 8 x 8 inches
1 front sash measuring 6 x 3F+20 inches
1 back sash measuring 6 x F+30 inches
Cutting list for haori:
exactly the same as kimono/kosode, only without the front extenstions and the collar is 2A + 8 inches x 7 inches
Overall, the hardest part of assembly is pleating the hakama-- the rest is fairly straight forward. I've found this site
to be quite useful for directions, if you need them.
Originally Posted by SpazItUp
Hey it's cosplay, people sew things to their pants all the time! =D
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