This pattern should make it quick and easy.
Before I embarked on this project, I searched online for ideas and patterns for kimonos. I decided to go with the commercial pattern because I just want to get on with it and know it will fit. I didn't want any hiccups. It's so much easier just to cut and sew something that has been measured accurately and tested before being put on the market. Sometime in the future, I may try the other way for me. I can fuss around with it until it is right.
There is a delightful site at http://www.oocities.org/kimono_kimonos/index.htm. I found it by googling along with many others, some including directions and patterns for making a traditional kimono.
My friend loves bright colours. This kimono will be used as a dressing gown, so the cotton fabric will be perfect as it is practical and washable. I tried to find traditional Japanese kimono fabrics on line, but did not have much success. If anyone knows of a source, please tell me.
This is the fabric I will be using.