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The yukata is mostly put together. It just needs a collar. K should be able to knock his out quickly tomorrow. His hakama are hemmed, I still need to do mine.

The Marshall "Make your own Japanese Clothing" book is a bit of a mess. Sure, everything is there, but it's a pain to make sense of the instructions.


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Sep. 1st, 2007 08:22 am (UTC)
Have you looked at Dobson's "Making Kimono..."? I'm trying to decide if I'm going for something for Furcon.
Sep. 1st, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC)
I've got both.

Dobson is a great reference and has cool stuff on embellishment, but it's pretty much instructions for a "standard size" kimono.

You'll need to use the Marshall if you want to make something for yourself. Marshall starts with measurements to scale up all those rectangles to a reasonable size. Using the Marshall book, it's theoretically possible to make a kimono pattern to fit anybody.
Sep. 1st, 2007 10:33 pm (UTC)

Just what I need. More books. I'll do it AFTER the move.

I have already got some nice pseudo-brocade that after today at the Games I'm looking at for a kilt, however...Gotta see if it'll look any good with pleats, though.
Sep. 1st, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)
If you decide to do it, you're going to need a ton of yardage, probably twice what a standard pattern would specify. I could barely fit my yukata pattern on 5 1/2 yards of 45" wide fabric I'm going to guess your pattern layout is going to be something like 9 yards. If you're going to do brocade, you should plan for a lined kimono, and get some nice cheap muslin (or nice silk habotae perhaps) to line it.

BTW, make sure that if you do this to ask me to give you all the notes on where the instructions in Marshall are vague and confusing.
Sep. 1st, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, there is a folkwear kimono pattern, but you would probably have to scale it up anyway, and it hasn't got all the details that the Marshall does.
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