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A bit more on the Japanese...

The worst thing?

If the silk was 60" wide I would have an opportunity for a much more efficient pattern lay-out. Drop a whole two yards by laying out the kataginu panels next to the leg panels... At least I think I could lay it out that way.

Have to see what I've got for other possible materials for the test run (beside quilted silver lame...).

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fr_john
Aug. 15th, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
How do the Japanese lay it out? Most Japanese fabric comes something like 16 inches wide.

I made somewhat simplified hakama for Benedict (I left off the back board and used web belting for the ties) I think I skimped a little bit by making the pleats a little less deep, too.
bovil
Aug. 15th, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
How do the Japanese lay it out? Most Japanese fabric comes something like 16 inches wide.

Japanese costume (in traditional Japanese sizes) is based on 14"-16" wide fabric. One of the attributes of hakama was "panels." A 2-panel hakama used 2 lengths of 16" wide fabric per leg. 3-panel and 4-panel hakama were, of course, more voluminous and luxurious. A 4-panel hakama with a 36" outseam would use 8 yards (4 panels x2 legs x36") plus an additional yard or two for the himo.

Of course, when making something in our sizes, for the scale to look right, we've got to scale up the "panel" width (probably to about 18" or 20"). Not so big a deal for hakama when they're being cut in 2 pieces per leg or one piece per leg (instead of panels) but definitely important in cutting upper garments.
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