Inuyasha's kimono consists of several parts which are modelled after traditional Japanese clothing, in particular the haori and hakama. Making an Inuyasha costume is simple with sewing patterns for a traditional kimono, haori and hakama. The haori is a short version of the full-length kimono and the hakama is a loose-leg pant commonly recognised from martial arts like aikido. Moderate adjustments to the sewing pattern will result in the desired Inuyasha kimono effect.
Cut out the pattern pieces that you will need from the sewing patterns. Take a moment, before cutting, to note whether the patterns specify seam allowance. If the seam allowance is not included in the pattern, leave an extra half-inch on all sides for seam allowance when sewing.
Start with the white costume pieces. Using the haori or kimono pattern pieces (see tips) pin the pieces to the white fabric and cut them out. Fold the haori sleeves to make them more fitted than the wide kimono sleeves. If desired, make a hakama of white also as a sort of "undergarment."
Set the white pieces aside, labelling them if necessary, and use the pattern pieces with the red fabric.
Pin the pattern pieces to the red fabric for the haori (top) and hakama (bottoms), unfolding the haori sleeves so the red sleeves are wide. Extra length may be added to the ends of the sleeves to make them extend beyond the wrist.
Sew the white top together, following the instructions on the pattern, adjusting for the narrower sleeves. If sewing the white hakama too, stitch up the open sides to the waist-ties so the white hakama trousers do not have wide openings (which would be quite revealing).
Pin together and sew the red haori (kimono top) following the pattern instructions. If desired, leave the very top of the shoulder seams open, simply stitching each side separately with a hem stitch (fold fabric under and stitch) to keep the top seams from fraying. Sew the sides and bottom of the shoulder seams to keep the sleeves in place.
Thread the ribbon into the yarn needle and stitch in even intervals along the hem of each red sleeve, if desired. The finished pattern should be evenly spaced, dash-like stitches along the sleeve openings, about an inch from the very edge of the sleeves, as seen on Inuyasha's kimono top.
Sew the red hakama (trousers) leaving the traditional openings at the sides to reveal the white trousers worn underneath as on Inuyasha's costume. When stitching the bottom hem of the legs, leave part of the hem unstitched for about a half-inch to insert a drawstring or elastic.
Inuyasha's pant legs are loose or baggy but closed around the ankle. Insert either a cord for a drawstring or an elastic; stitch the elastic, if using, to form the "fitted" hem.
Put on the Inuyasha costume starting with the white pieces. Wrap the front of the white top left side over right, in traditional Japanese fashion, and tuck the white top into the white trousers, if using.
Put the red top on, also wrapping left-over-right; then secure by tucking the bottom of the shirt into the red hakama trousers. Tie the hakama trousers at waist.
If there is no haori pattern, don't panic! Simply cut out the kimono pattern (full-length) and fold the pattern pieces for the front and back so the length is right; the bottom of the shirt/top should fall below the tops of the thighs making it easy to tuck into the trousers.
Tips and warnings
- If there is no haori pattern, don't panic! Simply cut out the kimono pattern (full-length) and fold the pattern pieces for the front and back so the length is right; the bottom of the shirt/top should fall below the tops of the thighs making it easy to tuck into the trousers.
Things you need
- Kimono pattern (preferably with haori pattern included)
- Hakama pattern
- White fabric
- Red fabric
- Sewing machine
- Cord for drawstring at bottom of pant legs
- Red ribbon (optional, for edges of sleeves)
- Yarn needle (optional, for putting ribbon through sleeve fabric)