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Home > Miscellaneous > Hakama Sewing Patterns
by J. Akiyama <Send E-mail to Author>

Round Earth Publishing has a hakama pattern as well as other patterns such as kimino, hapi, haori, tabi, and futon as well as publishing books and videos on aikido and related subjects. You can reach them at:

    Round Earth Publishing
    http://www.round-earth.com
    PO Box 3855
    Merrifield, VA 22116
    (703) 641-9169 (8-6 EST)
    (703) 573-9012 (FAX)

Folkwear Patterns also, until recently (May, 2000), had a hakama pattern (Folkwear 151) but it has gone out of print. Folkwear patterns was bought out by Lark Books and Fiberarts Magazine back in 1998.


Carol Shiflett (<71021.744@compuserve.com>) has a few suggestions for current owners of the Folkwear 151 pattern For use in wearing in aikido, Carol has the following suggestions:

  • Do not measure from "small of back" -- put on your gi belt and measure from top of that (where of course the backboard will sit).

  • Do not use their crotch cut-out instructions. Because this design is for a formal court garment designed to be worn over a kimono, the crotch is at the knees. For Aikido wear, it must be cut differently. Get a pair of your own pants with comfortable (not skin-tight) fit. Measure the length of the back seam, add an inch, and use that for the vertical drop "J." Or just measure off your current (or a friend's) hakama. Same for backboard.

  • Hand stitching -- backboard better made via a casing without all the fiddling. And Stitch Witchery saves hours of hand stitching and breaking needles by machine stitching over pins.

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