Make Your Own Japanese Clothes: Patterns and Ideas for Modern Wear Paperback – Jun 1 1988
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J Marshall is a Kodansha International author.
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First, Marshall assumes you also own The Book of Kimono by Norio Yamanaka. While Marshall will tell you how to draft patterns for the kimono, he tells you to go to the other book to find out how to =wear= the garments. Yamanaka's is a wonderful book, but I consider this sales-racketeering by the editors, allowing author sloth to force another book in the line. If you don't already know how to wear kimono, get Yamanaka first so you can even decide if you want to wear it, let alone sew it.
The section on Japanese sewing tools was interesting, but time might have been spent addressing how to do these jobs with tools you could find in ordinary Western sewing stores, and how to select Western fabrics (like don't use slinky for an uchikage), since so much time is spent on making Westernized/modernized variants on the trad kimono. 4ex, you can make a 3rd hand out of a strong little coffee bag clip, a length of cord, and a necklace hook rather than paying $8 + S&H on-line.
The largest flaw is the structuring of ideas.Read more ›
If you want easy pre-fab Japanese clothing, buy it from an import store or make it from the myriad patterns commercially available. Some of those patterns were created by the author of this book, but others come with all the cheater Western shortcuts, for people in a hurry to waste a lot of time and money. If you want to understand how to make custom Japanese clothing using authentic sewing techniques, this book will show you the way in the most economical fashion. Commercial patterns of all the garments in this book would run over $100. The book includes history and illustrations to fuel your creativity with potential design and fabric choices.
Give this book a chance to impress you. It's a bargain at any price.
Overall I'm happy with this book after looking everywhere for traditional Japanese kimono patterns. I was able to successfully complete a kurotomesode (formal black kimono) thanks to it.
For anyone in historical re-enactment societies like the Society for Creative Anachronism, by all means purchase this book, but don't expect to be making pre-1600s accurate clothing with it. You'll not be that far off, but little things, like sleeve attachments, will make all the difference between a modern kimono and "period" kataginu. The book is an excellent place to start, but you'll need to search elsewhere for the details to make it accurate for classical Japan.
The instructions may seem a little daunting at first, certainly to the inexperienced sewer. If you're used to making clothes from modern tissue or paper patterns, this book may challenge you initially. The biggest bonus of this book is that the patterns for each of the items are designed to be made specifically from measurements you take. No more fussing with fitting and sizing after the garment is sewn together. With a little patient reading, the trick of creating outfits from measurements as they do in this book may actually become your preferred way of making clothes. You'll wonder why more companies don't make instructions this way, especially if you're a novice.
In addition to very good fabric layouts (described for modern fabric widths as well as traditional ~14-inch-wide), the book in unsurpassed in describing the finishing techniques for modern kimono.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Though I had understood that Asian clothes are designed on different principles than Western clothing, I had never understood what the principles were, this excellent book is... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Fly
I take it from some of the critical reviews of other shoppers that... some of us might be confused about the definition of Kimono... Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2003 by Lindsey A.
I was not happy with the information in this book. I was looking for simple pantsuit type oufits; short tops and ankle-length pants. A simple kimono design would have been nice. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2002 by Jeanajoan
Has some helpful information but there seems to be too much emphasis on westernizing the kimono look. Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2001 by Keri
I would like to start by letting all who got here by looking for a hakama pattern know that they have not found one. Read morePublished on June 7 2001