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

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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.

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Overview


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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568364933
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/15/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 853,391
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Posted May 12, 2009

    The "go to" guide for making traditional Japanese clothes.

    I searched high and low for a traditional Kimono pattern and could only find one for a costume that was not traditional to say the least. Then I heard about this book, and went on the hunt for it. I couldnt have been happier with it. I am already to the point where I have almost completed my first Kimono now, and I am moving on to another one of the articles this book tells you how to create patterns for.
    There are some parts of this book that can get a little confusing for beginners, but if you are really into doiing this, then like me you will be able to understand it with relative ease.
    This book covers just about everything you could dream of regarding traditional Japanese clothes i.e., making of the pattern to fit your measurements, as well as the measurements you will need, styles and which are worn by what sex, different non-traditional mods, as well as even showing detailed illustrations as to how the pieces go together.
    All in all, I would have to say that this is THE go to guide for anyone serious about making traditional Japanese clothing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2002

    wearable artists take notice

    Wonderful instructions for simple and classic styles that make wonderful canvases for wearable art.

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