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Topic: SAMURAI costume! Well, part of one :P *4 large pix*  (Read 10987 times)
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« on: September 15, 2008 12:53:40 AM »

I recently made my boyfriend hakama out of navy cotton twill, just because I was on a Japan-everything-kick, but then I decided on our Hallowe'en costumes! Read about that on page 11 here:

After writing about it, I decided I had to share the pics Cheesy



And of course, an action shot!

My ironing board is just out of the picture, and when he couldn't give me a good samurai pose, I told him to threaten my iron Tongue

I used Folkwear 151. I had various issues with the pattern regarding step-order and authenticity AND fit. You can read a full review here:
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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2008 08:39:58 AM »

Oh my!  I love them!  Forget a costume, I would wear them everyday!

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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2008 09:17:01 AM »

Oh my!  I love them!  Forget a costume, I would wear them everyday!
I was thinking the same thing! They look really neat! I also think as someone who does not know what the real thing looks like that they look awesome and will look wonderful in the complete costume as well.
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« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2008 11:25:29 AM »

VERY well done!  I am jealous!
  I purchased the roundearth hakama pattern but I have yet to get around to making one.  I do kendo so I have hakama and keikogi, and yours is rad!  I would be proud to wear that to class.
  How long does it take to put on?  When I was first learning to dress in kendogi it took me half an hour to dress properly, and now it takes about 15 minutes to get everything tied properly and straight.  Have you considered making tekkou?  they look pretty good under the mid length sleeves of kimono, and are especially appropriate if you're wandering about in the costume. 
  I now offer one word of advice for wearing hakama:  be careful how high you lift your foot.  Its really easy to trip over the edge of the pants because the traditional footwork for kendo and aikido requires you to lift your foot very, very little, and the kakama is worn nearly to the ground to disguise the nature of your strike by hiding the position of the feet.  I can't count the number of times I've fallen on my face in the middle of keiko because i lifted my foot up and caught the edge of my hakama.  Its pretty hilarious, though. (there is a picture in the thread i made for my shinai bag, and I am wearing the hakama about 2 inches too high.  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=223298.msg2412413#msg2412413 )

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« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2008 03:09:21 PM »

Very cool. My boyfriend wants to be Jin from Samurai Champloo for a convention we're going to, so I was thinking of trying that Folkwear pattern...but your review kind of leaves me scared.  Embarrassed Are they really as hard to make with that pattern as you make them out to sound? Okay, well, yeah, probably...so do you have any better recommendations for patterns/instructions? I'm definitely making a practice pair out of some cheap suiting linen I bought before I make the real thing, at least.

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« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2008 07:03:19 PM »

Wow merricat, I didn't realize that they were so dangerous! LOL, he has no problem wandering the apartment in them, and they are indeed formal length. He says they're really comfy, too. No out-in-publicness yet, cuz he's a wimp Tongue I'm glad you guys think they're fab! I think so too, but my bf doesn't like to wear weird stuff where people can see him O.o He rolls his eyes when I wear gypsy pants or a victorian-cut vest over a sweatshirt or other bizarre things Tongue I think he's a closet-prude! But then, I DO wear a pink parka... O.o

I'm afraid I don't know what tekkou are! I'm going to go look it up. I've not researched the marshall arts very much, mostly art and fashion and FOOOOOOD (OMG I heart sushi)... OH! BRACERS! Interesting... *ponders possibilities* I may just make some nice brown ones to go with the print on his kimono-bolt (it's not a kimono yet Tongue). And I must say, your shinai bag is super cute! A fellow Anthro Club member made his bag out of old jeans. Not nearly so stylish, but very crafty nonetheless Cheesy

I can get the boyfriend into his hakama (with an incorrect knot, I only just right now found my kitsuke/"how to dress" book) in a matter of minutes, but it'll be about 10 mins to dress him head to toe once the rest of the pieces are done (kimono and MAYBE a kataginu, it depends on time constraints). It's WAAAAAY easier to dress someone else! It took me over a half hour to get into a furisode when I did it for practice the first time. I did it a few times and dressed myself the night of an event in only about 15 mins, not including hair and make-up.

Instantkarma: I think a part of my problem was the material I chose. I used a medium-weight cotton twill. It's relatively thick and heavy. The pattern actually suggests these fabrics: "crisp tightly woven cottons; linens and linen blends; ramie; hemp; silks including shantung, habotae, pongee, satin or taffeta; lightweight wool suiting." It just needs to be a fabric that holds a decent pleat (I perma-pleated these ones, no ironing evar!). And the majority of my dissappointment is in the final pleat placement being incorrect cuz of the order the directions tell you to do it. I'm just a bit a***-retentive about stuff like that sometimes. Give em a try, they may turn out super awesome Cheesy

« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2008 08:08:08 AM »

I did a Samurai costume about two years ago. I sewed up my own hakama and top (not sure of the name) and made a suit of armor out of plastic. I'll have to get some pictures to post up here.
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« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2008 08:36:43 AM »

i think i may have to design a tekkou pattern today based on the ones they wear in The Hidden Blade. (yoji yamada, yes.)  they cover the back of the hand as well. 
  On the matter of materials, the hakama and keikogi worn by the upperclassmen and my teachers are 100% cotton. (and the indigo dye is some crazy stuff, it bleeds off onto you even after you set them with vinegar for months and months.)  The hakama is very heavy compared to other articles of clothing. mine is poly/cotton and it is a BITCH to iron- but even so it weighs half of what my sensei's weighs. (he taught me the proper way to fold it using his own, when i was first starting out- its like a brick all folded up.  Thicker than denim.)  My keikogi is CRAZY thick and stiff, something like 1/8" thick unbleached cotton.  see pic:

SO!  i do not think that cotton was atall the improper choice.

ps if you would like to see a video i shot of my teacher winning a match in our tournament, in full regalia, click this link.
he (Brian) is the taller, higher voiced kenshi with the red ribbon on his back, he wins.
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« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2008 12:04:31 PM »

Oh my!  I love them!  Forget a costume, I would wear them everyday!
i would too along with some tabi shoes and tobi pants as well lol. ive been meaning to make some of my own but havnt found the right pattern yet...

« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2008 04:17:20 PM »

This certainly isn't accurate to any sort of historical anything but it is inspired by the images and fun things I found in my research:

In retrospect, as it always goes with costumes I've made, I wish I had found more time to complete the other pieces of the armor. I wish the pseudo mempo had covered my face better. I really wish I had completed the helmet to go with it! I wish I had made the haidate (the part hanging down to cover the thighs) larger. Either way, it was a fun project and it is just a Halloween costume so I try not take it too seriously.
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