Japanese kimono vary widely in degrees of formality. This pattern is for a yukata, or informal, unlined kimono for men and women of all sizes, usually made of cotton. All traditional kimono are cut and constructed in the same way, with variations only in length and in the style and width of the sleeves. Front and back are cut together, with no seams at the shoulder. Narrow panels create an overlap at the front opening, and a triple-folded and reinforced neckband extends below the waist. This pattern offers a choice among three sleeve styles - a casual yukata sleeve for women and more formal widths for both men and women. Optional designs and instructions for Shibori dyeing technique and Sashiko decorative running stitch are included in this pattern, as well as a variety of authentic crest designs with embroidery instructions. Extensive notes on history and fabrics are given, with traditional and modern ways of wearing this timeless garment, including directions for an informal obi or sash. Suggested fabrics: medium or lightweight cotton, rayon, or silk. Yukata kimonos are often blue and white, or, more recently, of other colorful prints. Fabric requirements: 4 1/4 yards to 5 yards of 45" wide fabric. Japanese Kimono pattern by Folkwear, Mens & Women's sizes up to 6 ft tall.