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Tutorial: Make your own hakama by taeliac Tutorial: Make your own hakama by taeliac
:star: If you are having problems still with this PDF, I'm sorry that there isn't anything more I can do to help - yes, it is an absolutely huge file to download, because it is full of photographs of many of the steps. Be patient.

:pointr: You need Adobe Acrobat Reader or similar to view this PDF :pointl:
:pointr: Also! This is a big file (almost 40mg) compressing it was causing problems with it being downloaded, so I'm reuploading it without any compression~

:star: Please, if you make something with this tutorial (or any of my other one's), send me a link to it - I really want to see it! :star:

OMFG. Okay, I've been working on this on and off for the past week, and really wanted to get it posted before I leave for the weekend. Not to mention, it has been my most requested tutorial, too. And, I have to say, I'm very happy with it.

Just like my kimono pattern tutorial, this is my methodology for creating (fake) hakama for cosplay purposes.

:pointr: The pictures for this were taken while I was working on my Mai from Avatar: The Last Airbender commission, and that is where I got the methodology down.

It is long, and you do have to do math. Read through the whole tutorial first, before attempting to make it, so you understand the points.

As with all of my tutorials, they're wordy, because I want you to understand everything that you are doing. I abhor tutorials that are "and then do this, and then do this, and then this, and then you're done," especially for things that are sewing based off of measurements. You need to understand what you are doing.

This also may be more advanced than some peoples sewing skills are at, I would tag this as a "MEDIUM" tutorial, in terms of difficulty. You need to know how to hem something, press something, and what words like "seam allowance" mean.

These are not historically or Kendo accurate hakama, so there is no need to point that out to me in a comment - I know, that's why the word "fake" is on the preview image!

If you do want to make more historically accurate hakama, Folkwear has a hakama pattern available, just do a google search for it. These are meant to be more dramatic and stylized for cosplay purposes, because for many applications, traditional hakama are no where near as full as they should be.

There are two different styles described in this tutorial - ones that have elastic in a waistband for comfort, and where the hakama aren't going to be seen, and ones that have side slits and ties to close them, so they look more accurate to traditional hakama (they do not, however, have a backboard - you're going to have to figure that one out on your own if you want to add one)

I would ask that you do not sell anything you make with this tutorial~

I know that there isn't any way to enforce this, but if I do see this happening, it's going to keep me from writing or making other one's, or even deleting what I have done already, okay?

I'm appealing to your conscience.

© 2009 Samantha Lemieux/Taeliac Studio
Do not edit in any way, repost or redistribute without permission. DO NOT STEAL!
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Verbophobic Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2019  Hobbyist Writer
I do have a question about this, for the sizing along the top you have 4", 6" pleat, 3" 6"pleat and so on, do you do a length of that entirety? So 11.5 is the length to cut across the top or do you cut 23.5 which includes the pleats? 
iljdpotcrms Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2016
Do you have a picture of the final product by chance? I want to see what these look like in real life! Thank you!!
Erentry Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016
I'm not able to download the file. I know its 6 years old now, is it still available?
taeliac Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
Huh, it should still be there! I'll take a look when I'm not on my phone, and if it's causing problems I'll reupload it when I get to work on Tuesday - the original is still on my laptop, that I left there ^^;
Avisska Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016
I can't see the buttom with download ;___; Can u help me? where to click to get this pdf?
taani11 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016
download button is on the side
luzpulpeiro Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you!!!!!
Wraith-Flametail Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Heya! Just wanted to let you know that I used your tutorial to roll me through making my own set of hakama. I loved the combination of demonstrative photos and thorough explanations for everything, so thank you for posting it! I made some changes since I'm a bit more interested in utility than accuracy, but here is a link to the one I made based on your instructions! :3

KinGBaKeRo Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My first sewing job i think since highschool... will do share the results of my endeavors using this great tut.. (hope i dun fail again hahah)
taeliac Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe, don't worry! You'll be able to do it, and even if you don't follow my steps perfectly or whatnot, 90% of sewing is just learning to improvise :giggle: I kind of wish I was joking, but it's the truth! So, even if you mess up, you can fix it and no one but you will know :3
SailorSenshiAmber Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Hi! I have a couple of questions which I hope you won't mind answering

So, I need to make a hakama which has a back board, ties and side slits (where the slits are, there is white underneath showing through)
For a backboard I would need to make an elastic type and I'm happy to sew fake ties on, but then I'm not sure about the side slits. I was wondering if you could give me some advice on this situation. Do you think it would work if I sewed the white bits on the side?

If it helps, these are the hakama I wish to make:…

Thank you so much for this tutorial!
jeanwrap Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What a terrific tutorial, thank you! Such hard work put into it, really appreciate it. :)Hug 
ShiangLi Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really detailed. Thanks. I also like how you tell how to figure out the measurements for the pleats instead of complete guess work. U_U I always end up guessing. Thank you for showing how to pin your pleats. On my last pleated skirt I dont know how many times they came out during the sewing process. Thanks. I'm going to attempt to make Rei Hino's miko outfit for an upcoming con. This helps.
GypsyOfHades Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The way you made this hakama is actually really smart! I'll make one for myself once I get the right fabric and stuff but for now, I'm busy re-vamping 3 of my cosplays and adding new things to my cosplay stuff (like a pair of nekomimi's with custom ears that I'm making to match a tail I'm making, demon horns and wings, and a few smaller stuff along the side)
Jadified Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A good number of years ago, I had my mom make me these awesome hakama to cosplay as Kikyo from InuYasha, for Halloween. I haven't looked at the pattern, to see if it's anywhere near similar to what she'd done, but those bad boys are some of the most comfortable pants I've ever worn, and I still rock them today. - And even though I'll never use it, I want to say thank you for the guide! I'm sure it has/will come in handy for others!
FuzzyMoguai Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh god thank you so much for this tutoria!!!! *0* I'm a begginer cosplayer and I was totally lost until I found this!! Congratulations for your work, you explain things very well here :333
Bearseatrainbows Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
i dont see the tutorial download
jeanwrap Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
On the right hand side under favourites it says Download :) 
Bearseatrainbows Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
i got it
Anathiell Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I find your tutorial very helpful :) but the belt part for split hakama is quite confusing for me. The belt should go arround the waist and be tied in front? How did you do that with sewing the 45inches pieces pinned in the middle to the middle seam, for some reason this is very confusing for me :( it looks like the hakama you're making should be tied on sides? Am I right? :P it seems like I need a bit of help here ^_^
Anathiell Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Never mind me comment :P
I got it all allright now :D
Awsome tutorial, very usefull! Great job!
SoraCelesDRossetteTs Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Wo.... This is amazing!! I was so worried thinking how to design my hakama/yukata for Kamisama Hajimamashita. I soooooo thankful to you! ;W;
K-Vogt Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
I made a pair of these for my daughter. She's going to dress as Yachiru from Bleach. This was my first time making anything and it was so much easier with your directions. I love your tutorials and I always look to your page first before I make anything to see if you have it. You're very talented. Thank you
sakebottleswing Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Sorry, ignore my last comment. I read further into the tutorial and figured it out!
sakebottleswing Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Thank you so much for this tutorial! It's so much easier than the other ones I've seen. How many yards of fabric did you need to use?
Yunelyon Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Student General Artist
this is absolutely awsome really. May I just ask a few things?
1) the crotch is the same for both front and back, really?
2) *because it's giving me a bit of a headache* how does it work with cm? Point is: are the 3" you talk about 7.6 cm? I don't really get this measure system......
taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Sorry! I don't work very well in metric (you should see my curtains here where I tried... they're like wayyyyy too long!) I would say, round to the nearest half cm and you should be good, seeing as they're not horribly fitting.

And the reason for them being the same is just that - they're not tight fitting. Plus, most people here just want a cosplay tutorial - I would have to charge a fortune and have people get angry with me for making it so complicated to have them draft different patterns for both when it essentially makes no difference. If it affects you, however, you can easily make the front shallower than the back, and shift the seams accordingly - again, framework, build on it ;P
Yunelyon Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Student General Artist
yeah, if one is a bit more handy with tailoring can make these little tweakings. So basically, you're saying that more or less
1" = o.5 cm? or vice versa?
igonipah Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
AKA hanyuu pants
Padawan-RaZen Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Will definitely be havimg a look at this. Would be perfect for a cosplay I'm working on :)
YashaNeko-Chan Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow its it so helpful!! quick question though, how many yards of fabric does this require (how much did you use)
SangoMirokuShipper Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Already made one before I looked at this
mashimaru-chan Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Thank you for this informative tutorial! I plan to start working on it soon.
DeviousRabbit Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
this is wonderful, thank you for posting this <3
okami-chan1023 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
How would I convert this into a Hakama skirt???
Mystery-Vitani Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Thanks a lot for this tutorial! :D It helps a lot.
Theres a thing I don't understand. Wouldn't it be pretty small when I do the one with side slits? I mean, because the starting width is less there. Or did I misunderstand something? (Wouldn't be surprising because I am not very good at English AND sewing. xD)
Lainawolf Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
OMg you are awesome
Debitos Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
:thumbsup: !!!
Fashion-Student Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Student Interface Designer
I'm afraid i cannot get it to download and really need a pattern like this for a final collection, HELP!
kahroldeegee Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Student Writer
:D thank you!
Anchimaru Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi. Thank you so much for making this, you're a life saver AND a penny saver! XD
HikariNinjaX Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
excuse me, I want to read the tutorial but the download link isnīt working =(
Akima-kun Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Did you close this? It says I don't have permission to view it......
SilfurSouls Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i hope you dont mind if i ask - ive reached the stage where you sew the seams together (bottom of page 7) and i was wondering if you could tell me - is pressing the same as ironing? and if so how much fabric do you 'press' from the pieces you're sewing together? sorry if that doesnt make sense, im pretty new to this! (As you can probably tell!)
SilfurSouls Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Rei-ko Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
thank you so much for putting this up!
MYoshira Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you so much for the tutorial! I've been looking for it a long time! x3
raveynharem Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
Im actually doing a Soi Fon cosplay this weekend and am going to use this and your Fakie Kimono to make the outfit. Cutting it close, I know. I was originally going to buy it, but the company didnt tell me it would be MAY before they got it to me. So I cancelled my order and contrived this crazy idea. Goddess help me.... XD
beanypop Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for this tutorial! I'm using it as well as cabanaeclipse's Youtube videos for my Kaze Hikaru shinsengumi cosplay. :) I really, really love that you've included such nice photos! :heart:
chasingbutterfly Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
Supercool! I love having instructions for making this kind of thing because it is either impossible to find or too expensive pre made. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I'm going to download the kimono tutorial too, wish I could afford the fabric right
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