Making Kimono and Japanese Clothes

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A practical and inspirational book for dressmakers, quilters and embroiderers who have long coveted the style of Japanese clothes, in particular the kimono. Expert dressmaker and quilter Jenni Dobson takes you through the techniques for making Japanese clothes with simple step-by-step processes, but goes further, covering details on Japanese design and the various techniques for embellishing Japanese clothes. Colourfully illustrated with images of finished garments as well as practical diagrams and patterns for dressmaking, the author has deliberately made all the garments accessible even for those with limited experience of dressmaking, but there are plenty of ideas to inspire those more accomplished readers.
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Pavilion Books
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Published on
Oct 26, 2018
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Pages
128
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ISBN
9781849945387
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Language
English
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Genres
Design / Fashion & Accessories
Design / Textile & Costume
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