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!