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Here is a tutorial that I've meant to do for a while now, but really pushed to have finished before school started.

This is basically how I draft my kimono/yukata and faki-mono outfits (flip through my gallery for examples of some of them). A lot of people seem to have problems with them, and I had a lot of requests for this tutorial, so I hope you all appreciate the 8 hours it took to do this (and in a PDF, no less!)

This is really detailed, so that if you're new to sewing, you can follow it! If ~kellin could follow it, I have no doubt anyone can do this! So give it a try!!

I tried to document every step that you need to do as clearly as possible, so you shouldn't get lost! With lots and lots of technical illustrations!

:star: You may also find my Pre Tied Obi Tutorial [link] useful in addition to this one, so check it out! :star:

I think there could still be a few spelling/gramatical errors floating in this, so I'm sorry about those! Also, this is the first time I've made a PDF, so please be kind and let me know if there are any issues - I've checked and re-checked it through, but if I did something weird, please let me know. I'm still new to using InDesign (most of the work was done in Illustrator) so there may be some issues there :D

I would ask that you do not sell anything you make with this tutorial. I know that there isn't a way to enforce this, so I'm appealing to your conscience.

Any questions? Just ask! I'm always glad to answer!

If you make something from this tutorial, throw me a link so I can see! That's the reason why I do tutorials, to see what other people can come up with!!

(c) 2007 Samantha Lemieux [link]
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dana211 Featured By Owner May 25, 2017  New Deviant
I tried to go to your web site listed at the top of the page (beanime.com) but it said the domain was for sale. Did you change your web site?

Dana
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taeliac Featured By Owner May 25, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm sorry!

I actually haven't been able to make any cosplay or stuff like that any more, so I just let the domains go. I've been meaning to update all of my deviations, but haven't had a chance ^^; Since I moved to Japan, fabric (and space!) is really expensive, I didn't think anyone would want to commission me for anything!
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dana211 Featured By Owner May 27, 2017  New Deviant
Wow! Congratulations on your move to Japan! My son is planning to go there in a year or two to teach English, and is currently getting his TEFL certificate. I wish you the best of luck with whatever you are doing over there, and (in spite of your not doing it any more for commissions) REALLY appreciate the tutorial. Thanks loads!
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taeliac Featured By Owner May 29, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
It is really fun! Best of luck to him - if he needs any advice, let me know! That's what my husband does (and I did for a while, too) first at a cram school and now at a board of education.
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alexkhaos Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016
Awesome tutorial, I thank you lots!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Way late reply, but I'm glad you like it!! <3
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mewichigo343 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I hope you are proud of this cause it's great and very useful too
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skyslullaby Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016
Would I be able to use this to make a Sango cosplay?
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DuhPockyNinja Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Say if I am trying to make this, but a sleeveless version, are there any changes to the making of the main body of the kimono?
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taeliac Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
There really shouldn't be. Before you finish the arm holes, though, try it on and see if they're too long for what you're wanting it to look like.

For example, it may hang close to a tshirt in length over the edge of your shoulder, so if it needs to be shorter, mark it with a water soluble pen or chalk to where you want it to be. Pin it back, even, with safety pins before you cut it just to be sure it'll work for your outfit! But otherwise, nope, no major changes!
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DuhPockyNinja Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you ! it worked perfectly
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miezukuri Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016
You probably explained this in the tutorial, and I just didn't understand it, but I have a question pertaining to the notches cut in the sleeves: How deep in do you cut the notches, and how wide should they be at their bases (the widest points)?
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nymphina Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016
Is this for male of female?  
I dont know much about Yukatas and Kimonos but I do think theres a female and male version.. something about the sleeves being shorter for males? 
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
It kind of depends. For yukata, they're actually both about the same length - I have a couple laying around I just looked at, and the men's is almost the same length as the women's, and the difference may be in size or age of the garment. The real difference is women's are open on the inner sleeve part, and men's aren't, but this tutorial is more for a generic one, and truthfully, leaving it closed both prevents accidental slips, and is just easier to do.

If you mean full on kimono, then men's and women's sometimes vary - for shorter sleeved styles, they're both nearly the same, again, but young women wear something called a "furisode," which has the incredibly long sleeves. Those are only worn by young, unmarried women, so that's definitely a case of them being different lengths!

The other piece that's a little different is a men's juban, a more popular summer outfit (although a lot of girls wear them, too), which is a kimono top and a pair of shorts with it. Those have straight sleeves instead of the hanging boxes like yukata, and no obi, or just a sash tied around the middle versus a folded/tied obi.
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LuvAllPokemon Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so great omg I love this. THank you!!!!!!!!!!!! :squee:
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taeliac Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
No problem! I'm just glad to help ;P
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xxstarfallxx Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
How much material would I need if I were making a kimono dress as opposed to kimono shirt, but with furisode sleeves?
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0--Blank--0 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for making this! I can't find very many good tutorials on this
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SparkleGal180 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015
After step number 6 with the sash, I'm not too sure about how to attach the sash to the kimono..?
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SakuraGalaxy Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Student General Artist
So far this tutorial is the best one i could find, but, i got kinda of confused at the sleeves part. when you connect the notches of the sleeves
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Little-Snow-Terror Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks so much for the tutorial! i'm downloading it rn! XD my Soul Reaper uniform needed an under kimono and i've been looking forever and a half for a pattern/tutorial on making one. you're such a life saver!!! now I can go to my comic con next sunday in my cosplay happily!!!! Taiga and Minori (I miss you hug) [V1] 
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Mrpaws Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015
I do not understand what is meant in step 6: "cut two or three widths of fabric 8"-10" long". That means i need to cut 2 or 3 fabric pieces that are 45" long and 8-10" wide? Thanks!
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taeliac Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yep! Just use the width the fabric comes in (usually, 45" or 55" or 60"), and cut strips of it about 8" to 10" wide, so, like this if it makes more sense!
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chaos-shadow Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015
I guess I didn't comment earlier. Used your tutorial to make my Momohime cosplay and it came out pretty successful. Now using it for another cosplay in the making. Thanks!
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taeliac Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hooray! I'm glad to hear it!! <3
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ChimeraKitsune Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You are officially my hero! I've been looking ALL OVER for a detailed, yet easy to understand, kimono/yukata pattern ... and here you are, being my saving grace! Thankies muchly!
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haruruhinata Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
Nice tutorial! Thanks for sharing. :D
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taeliac Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Any time! I'm glad you like it!
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WintersIce Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
I don't think I can express my thanks enough! This is an amazing tutorial, and I can't wait to use it to make my own yukata.
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SoulsOfTearDrops Featured By Owner Edited Nov 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Very helpful tutorial but I have a question. How would you use this pattern in making a wa loli outfit? Specifically one where the body ends like this in the front. Thank you.
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ReikoTheWerewolf666 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I suggest not using the word 'loli' to describe lolita xD
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taeliac Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's a little trickier to make, because the hem flares out at the bottom. However, one way you could try it is to cut it a bit longer and cut those points into it. So think instead of the bottom being straight like this __ you cut it in a V shape to get the points :3 that may work for you!
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janchoux Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
This was really helpful and easy for me to understand. i'm going to my first NYCC so i really wanted cosplay and i'm using this as a guide since i'm trying to do a human ver. of Okami Amaterasu. Anyway this really is a BIG HELP~~~~~~ THANK YOU SO MUCH //tosses sparkles of thankfulness//
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taeliac Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yay! I'm so happy to hear it!! I actually really want to do a rendition of that, too, one of these years :giggle: Great minds!! :highfive:

If you do make it, shoot me a link to a picture! I'd love to see it - it's still one of my favorite games EVER!
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deviousPortraits Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! I'm getting into costuming for myself and my boyfriend, because we go to a lot of cons, and this is super helpful! I hope you don't mind that I downloaded it? I'm often away from internet access so it was more worthwhile for me to downloads again~
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Cleo84 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 19, 2014
Thank you for this.

I'm going to try this pattern for my next cosplay for which I need a Yukata. This is the first understandable tutorial I found that doesn't need to sew on the shoulder lines and helps to get the correct meassurements. I just have to convert the measurements to cm for reference.  
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jadenjessejim4evr Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the awesome tutorial! Totes using this for my Ryuuhou cosplay~ ;D
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Warlord-of-Noodles Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
This is JUST what I needed thanks^^
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NUCLEAR-ASS Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you very much for this! I've just very recently started on cosplay and this is like perfect! Thanks again!
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HeinrichArsenau Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
It's not what I was looking for for my cosplay but thank you for posting this. I'm sure there are many people helped by this that don't express their gratitude.
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Abraxas3d Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Going to use this pattern to make a kimono for my daughter. Thank you for posting!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hooray! I'm glad to have helped! If anything is confusing or whatnot, let me know and I'll try my best to help!!
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burritoki Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
I'm going to try using this tutorial to make my birthday furisode, thank you for making such a comprehensive tutorial!
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1azyryan1 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love that I've found this! There's a character I love who's main outfit is a kimono and I want to cosplay her so bad. Hopefully this tutorial can assist me in making it once I get around to doing the cosplay >w<
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GuardianOfRealms89 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is awesome! I love kimono's and I would love to make one, so this will be used in the future! Thanks!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hooray! I'm glad to be of help!! It isn't a traditional kimono, or the "correct" way to make a Japanese one, but I'm hoping soon to take apart one I just purchased and resize it to fit me (the down side to being over a size 16 in Japan - nothing like this fits my boobs!) -- I'll take pictures and point out the significant differences and post them, they might be helpful if you want to make a more realistic kimono :3
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GuardianOfRealms89 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It may not be the most traditional way, but it's kinda a first step for those who would like to make their own kimono, so it works! And I know what you mean about sizes xD So true! But oh my goodness, that would be amazing! I can't wait to see what exactly the differences are, or if it is pretty similar. And thanks again! >w<
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TOUYAdex Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Student Photographer
This is great! Thank you sooooo so much!! :)
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