Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Advertising links

Yes, I'm adding links to Amazon products (at the bottom), only to make it easier for folks to find books, etc. on topic. They usually do have the best prices, so if you see something you like, click on it!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Make your own doll and kimono

Here is a web page that shows you how to make your own cloth doll and appropriate garments. It's a 19" doll, but the patterns could be scaled down and adjusted. The instructions are pretty thorough and there are lots of pictures! Nuno Dollmaker

First post of new blog!

Introduction: In 1995 I started buying bales of vintage kimono and re-selling them. They are pretty tiny, but some people bought them to wear, and some just for the fabric. I started getting requests, mostly from men, who wanted larger garments for martial arts, re-enacting, other pursuits that required proper, formal Japanese garments. Also my son had taken up an obscure martial art, Iaido, and required hakama. This all eventually led to doing a Folkwear pattern (#151) which was very gratifying! Now, I 'm working on creating period garments for 1:6 scale dolls (including mandolls), and I'd like to share what I've learned with others. I also have a small collection of traditional Japanese dolls for inspiration, and I will be putting up their pictures as soon as I can.