That Simplicity pattern... I wince a little whenever I see it, to be honest. I don't mind people using it for costume purposes (as long as I don't have to deal with it myself), but if you're looking to make a historical kimono, it is just as wrong as a medieval tunic with a zipper up the back, and to people who are familiar with the source period, just as annoying and offensive.
I'm seconding the Folkwear patterns. They're a bit pricey, but they're meticulously researched and very user-friendly, and come with lots of extra information on sewing and finishing techniques. If you're short on cash, there are very good tutorials online that walk you through making your own pattern. Kimono are neat like that, since they're entirely made out of rectangles. I'm personally a fan of this one
, since it also includes alterations for men's kimono, and for making atypical ones, which is useful for a lot of anime characters.
Something else I've found useful is a book called Make Your Own Japanese Clothes, by John Marshall. It has drawn out pattern/cutting diagrams for a whole bunch of garments, and a really neat sizing method where you plug your measurements into a formula in order to get the size of the pieces of fabric you're cutting out.
Originally Posted by SpazItUp
Hey it's cosplay, people sew things to their pants all the time! =D
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