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Unread 02-26-2011, 05:15 PM   #1
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Making a Kimono - Pattern

A lot of anime cosplays require kimonos, such as Rin from Inuyasha, Temari from Naruto Shippuden, or Ichigo from Bleach. Kimono patterns can usually be found in the 'costumes' part of a patterns book. The one I used for my Rin cosplay is the Simplicity 4080. I found this pattern easy to make and very simple. It is a simple kimono pattern, obi included. Sizes range from 6 to 22. I bought this pattern at Fabricville, although eBay is as good a place as any. Here are a few links to some of the best ones:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Simplicity-Patte...em45f5eb e1be

http://cgi.ebay.com/SIMPLICITY-4080-...em564292 092c

http://cgi.ebay.com/Simplicity-4080-...em56402a 3ec9

http://cgi.ebay.com/PATTERN-Simplici...em3a630f 116c

The sizes of these patterns vary.
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Unread 02-28-2011, 08:29 PM   #2
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When I made my Bleech squad member uniform I used Folkwear Patterns komono pattern. I think it is more traditional. Also, they have a pattern for the hakama.
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Unread 02-28-2011, 11:27 PM   #3
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Yeah, I find myself disgusted by most commercially available kimono patterns fro msewing stores because they're so innacurate (shoulder seams, too long a collar-band, no back seam, etcetera). It's actually easier to not use one, since kimono are basically just eight rectangles. Failing drafting, I second folkwear.
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Unread 03-01-2011, 05:57 PM   #4
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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.
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Unread 03-02-2011, 05:58 PM   #5
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I am a newbie at making kimonos, and the Simplicity pattern just worked really well for me for making my Rin cosplay. Next time I make something similar, I'll look into the Folkwear pattern.
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Unread 03-22-2011, 11:44 PM   #6
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I used the simplicity pattern. Sad it's not 100% acu. BUT there are NO ZIPPERS! Everything is tie, pretty much.
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