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
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 (<email@example.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
- 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.