Make Your Own Japanese Clothes: Patterns and Ideas for Modern Wear

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Kodansha International, 1988 - Cooking - 130 pages
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Classical elegance. Loose-fitting comfort. Versatility. Functional design. These are just some of the reasons why traditional Japanese clothes have captured the imagination of modern fashion designers and stylish dressers around the world.

Making Japanese clothes is surprisingly simple. Patterns consist of virtually all straight lines, and the non-body-conforming shapes require no darts, buttonholes, or zippers.

Here, in this creative sourcebook, is all the information you need to sew authentic Japanese clothes or to design your own Japan-inspired fashions:



Step-by-step instructions for making 14 select traditional garments, from the luxurious wedding rove and the classic kimono to the informal hanten jacket and practical field pants


Detailed patterns that can be adjusted to fit any size


An introduction to the basic building blockssleeve shapes, collars, hems, linings, and paddingso creative sewers can design their own fashions


Over 40 sketches with many more suggestions for modern variations on the classic garments


A choice of authentic Japanese techniques or simplified methods that achieve the same look


How to use any width fabric, whether narrow Japanese fabric or standard Western widths


Sources of Japanese fabric and sewing accessories


Care and storage guidelines


Fabric suggestions, ideas for creative wear, historical information, and much more!
 

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User Review  - k2togger - LibraryThing

Excellent detailed illustrations - photos, drawings, diagrams. Loaded with information on the history, how to make, how to wear kimono and other traditional Japanese clothing items. Totally nerd-worthy amount of information! Read full review

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I could use smth more clear... but it's ok :)

Contents

Japanese Tools and Stitches
4
Making the Pattern
10
The Basic Elements
19
Padding
20
Linings
24
Sleeves
29
Hems
34
Collars
36
Wraparound Tops
82
Vests
90
Slacks
97
Obi Sashes
102
Tabi Socks
108
Care and Storage
117
Care
118
Storage
120

The Garments
43
Kimono
44
Outer Robe
55
Maori Jacket
69
Hanten Jacket
76
Metric Conversion Charts
125
Sources of Supplies
126
Further Reading
128
Index
129
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JOHN MARSHALL, who studied traditional dyeing and garment construction in Japan for five years, is a textile artist and fashion designer.

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