Folkwear Patterns - Japanese Kimono
About the Japanese Kimono
Japanese kimono vary widely in degrees of formality. This pattern is for a yukata, or informal, unlined kimono for men and women of all sizes, and is usually made from cotton.
All traditional kimono are cut and constructed in the same way, with variations only in length and in the style and width of the sleeves. The front and back are cut together, with no seams at the shoulder. Narrow panels create an overlap at the front opening, and a triple folded and reinforced neckband extends below the waist. This pattern offers a choice among three sleeve styles: a casual kukata sleeve for men and women, and more formal widths for both men and women. This unlined informal yukata can be worn at various lengths: as a dress, coat, or robe, and there are directions for an informal obi, or sash.
Optional designs and instructions for Shibori dyeing technique and Sashiko decorative running stitch are included in the pattern, as well as a variety of authentic crest designs with embroidery instructions.
Cloth Edit stocks Sashiko needles and thread, specifically with this pattern in mind.
The pattern also provides extensive notes on the history of the kimono, along with traditional and modern ways of wearing this garment.
The pattern is printed on high quality white tissue paper, and contained in a generously sized zip-lock bag. There is plenty of room for your traced pattern and needlework notions in the bag also.
Make your yukata kimono in light or medium-weight cotton, rayon/viscose, or silk. Yukata kimono are often blue and white, or other colourful prints. A traditional tan or bolt is about 14" (35.5cm) wide and 12 1/2 yards (11.4m) long. The traditional bolt may not be long enough for tall people, although you can make the shoulder yoke from another fabric.
If you are planning to dye fabric yourself, see 'Kimono Lore: Fabrics' inside the pattern before buying yardage. Fabrics with nap or directional print are not suitable for this garment.
The size range for this yukata kimono pattern is a small women's, to a large men's size.
Level of Difficulty
There is no specific level of difficulty stated on the pattern, although the construction is straight forward, and the instructions are clear.