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For the millions of Americans who sew their own clothes, here is a pattern book unlike any other. The author provides all the information needed to make 15 Japanese garments, from kimono to two-toed socks. Pattern layouts, fabric suggestions, and sizing instructions accompany each project and there are valuable tips for care and cleaning. This is the stand out pattern book of the year for homemakers and crafts people.

136 pages; 7" x 10"; 8 pages color photographs; stitched binding; over 500 line drawings.

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 source book, 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 robe and the classic kimono to the informal hanten jacket and the practical field pants
-detailed patterns that can be adjusted to fit any size
-an introduction to the classic building blocks - sleeve shapes, collars, hems, linings, and padding - so 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 can 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!

John Marshall, who studied traditional dyeing and garment construction in Japan for five years, is a textile artist and fashion designer.

Continuously in print since 1988!