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Making Kimono & Japanese Clothes [Hardcover]

Jenni Dobson
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Feb. 1 2005
Any dressmaker, quilter, or embroiderer who has ever felt inspired by the elegant design of Japanese clothes will find everything needed to start stitching in this comprehensive and luxurious sourcebook. In addition to colorful photos and illustrations that provide a history of the kimono and other Japanese garments, there are patterns, practical diagrams, and instructions for assembly. Each style receives loving attention, with something for everyone: kimonos for men, women, and children; mompe, the traditional trousers worn by both sexes; the short versions of kimono known as hippari and jimbei; and waistcoats, including a child's chan-chanko. The information on decorative stitching, adding motifs, dying the fabric, silk painting, and the Japanese sense of aesthetics provide invaluable guidance in constructing the final piece.

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"Beautifully illustrated throughout, it contains a brief history of Japanese dress along with a guide to Japanese design. This is an ideal book for those who love the timeless appeal of these beautiful garments." Sewing World, January 2009. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Jenni Dobson is a quilter, teacher and writer. She teaches a number of workshops on both quilting and kimono-making. She is the author of several books on quilting, including Reader's Digest Patchwork, Quilting and Applique. She also writes articles for several magazines and wrote the pamphlet Sewing a Kimono for Euro Japan Links Ltd (suppliers of Japanese materials). Lives in Loughborough, Leicestershire.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An Exercise in Frustration Jan. 24 2010
By robkamm
The patterns and drafting information contained in this book are terrible and unnecessarily complicated. The scale drawings do not show complete measurements which results in unnecessary extra work. The construction instructions are to say the least lacking. The instructions for the haori have you jumping back to sections 1 to 4 of the kimono instructions but tell you to disregard the majority of the instructions contained in 1 to 4, then have you jump forward to another section before returning to the haori instructions . . . what a mess! You are required to use fabric pieces which haven't been illustrated or even mentioned in the cutting layout. I am a highly experienced seamstress and pattern drafter -- I do not recommend this book to anyone.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Offers little guidance on "Japanese-y" clothing Dec 22 2006
By C. Law - Published on Amazon.com
It was too brief, too cursory, with just an overview of colors, motifs, design strategies. It was a helpful how-to for sashiko embroidery decorations, hanten and hippari (the more "folksy" traditional garments in Japan), but not helpful for instructions on how to re-line my haori. The author barely mentions adding a lining in passing, without really going into depth on how to do it, not even a "repeat steps 3-6 with lining fabric and sew on the reverse". And her section on making an "obi" was pathetic (and that's being kind) for something that resembles a heavyweight wrestler's championship belt. It's good for the beginner who is completely unfamiliar with Japanese garments, but you will soon crave more depth after reading it.
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rather Dissapointing July 27 2007
By firefrostadept - Published on Amazon.com
I currently use this book as a way to keep kittens from digging through things. The cover is gorgeous and has several nice images of traditional kimono. It is also useful for a basic jist of patterns. What this book is most useful for is making American Kimona or kimono inspired wear. It does not offer much in the way of history or in the making of traditional formal wear. I would recommend making yukata from this book, but I could not recommend using this book, especially not exclusively to make traditional kosode or furisode. A very useful book for Japanese inspired clothing. I think this book would have been much better billed for what it is and what it is good at, rather than displaying a cover and title giving the impression that it will help you make something that beautiful rather than something earthy and crafty.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Making kimono and Japanese clothes June 2 2009
By Zarabeth - Published on Amazon.com
This is a book of wonderful ideas and creative information! It would be suitable for some one who sews and quilts just a bit or one, like me who has been sewing and quilting for years! I recommend it highly! If you'd like a source of antique kimono and fabrics here is my favorite place: [...] the owners are sweet, kind and helpful and they also have a an interesting and informative e-newsletter! and they are in Japan!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Directions are sparse, inadequate, and unclear June 13 2013
By naware - Published on Amazon.com
The directions in this book are sparse, inadequate, and unclear. I checked this book out at the library. I wouldn't buy it. I wouldn't even use it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad March 30 2010
By R. L. Young Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Easy to understand... mostly. The writing could use some clarity. In an early section, the author explains the use of body measurements as a basis for generating patterns. However, in the later sections on using those measurements for a specific type of clothing, it's not always clear which measurements are employed. It's not indecipherable, just bulky. Also, it would have been nice to have had a hakama section.
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