Folkwear 113 Unisex Japanese Kimono



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Buy the 113 Unisex Japanese Kimono sewing pattern from Folkwear. This pattern is for a yukata, an informal, unlined kimono for men and women, 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 of three sleeve styles – a casual yukata sleeve for women and more formal widths for both men and women.

Instructions are included for shibori dyeing, sashiko embroidery, and for making an informal obi or sash. The pattern also provides extensive notes on history and fabrics, along with traditional and modern ways to wear this garment.

This sewing pattern is available to buy in the following formats:

– PDF (available to download immediately after purchase). What is a PDF?

– PDF pattern + Printed A0 copy shop (We print out the A0 pattern sheets, but you’ll need to download the digital instructions, as we don’t print these. The PDF files will be emailed immediately after purchase, and the A0 pattern sheets will be dispatched next working day). What is Copy Shop?

Note if purchasing copy shop printing: Some of the pattern pieces are divided across two A0 sheets. The two sheets will need to be joined with no overlap. 

Suggested fabrics: Medium or lightweight cotton, rayon, or silk. Yukata kimono are often blue and white, or, more recently, of other colourful prints.

Fabric requirements: 13″-15″ (33-38 cm) wide fabric: 12 1/2 – 14 1/8 yd (11.44 – 12.92 m) // 28″ (71 cm) wide fabric: 6 1/2 – 7 1/4 yd (5.95 – 6.64 m) // 36″ (91 cm) wide fabric: 5 1/8 – 5 5/8 yd (4.7 – 5.15 m) // 45″ (1.15 m) wide fabric: 4 1/4 – 5 yd (3.89 – 4.58 m).

Fabrics with nap, pile, or one-way design are not suitable for this garment. The traditional tan or kimono bolt (about 14″/35.5 cm wide x 12 1/2 yd/11.4 m long) may not be long enough for tall people, although you can make a shoulder yoke from another scrap of fabric.

Sizing: Sized for men and women up to 6′ tall.

PDF pattern includes: Instructions; print-at-home pattern (49 pages); 36″ wide copy shop file; A0 copy shop file.

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Additional information


Cottons, Drape

Make time

All day

Sewing level

Confident Beginner

Pattern format

PDF, PDF pattern + Printed copy shop (+£7.00)

PDF Printing

49 Pages

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