(Medium difficulty level)
I love wearing and making kimonos. They are relatively easy to make and fun to paint on making a specific theme. Last 2 kimonos were a Pac-Man duel kimono (A-Kon convention 2010) and a Galaga kimono (Halloween 2010).
This year's Halloween was inspired by the most random internet meme, Nyan Cat. I especially am intertained by the raibow voming out of its butt and its antithesis, the Tacnayn, with smoke and skulls.
In this instructable, I will include supplies, measurements, "and how to" pictures with instruction through out the making of this kimono. I am not including the obi. At a later date I may post one specifically, but for now another time.
Step 1: Supplies & Fabric
- something to measure with
- measure tape
- hard surface (draw lines and to make a 90º angle)
- metal ruler
- plastic right angle
- chalk (to mark and draw lines. do not suggest pencil)
- to cut fabric with
- rotor blade cutter (makes thing OH SO EASY but not a must)
- hard surface board (to cut and paint on)
- I used a wooden board
- cardboard works
- sewing machine
- regular foot
- zigzag foot (if you want)
- fabric (cotton is the best for the rainbow and smoke stripe sections)
- thread (regular, nothing special)
- non-soluble fabric glue (make sure to read carefully if there is no mention of soluble or not)
- Acrylic paint (cheapy kind)
- 1/2" & 1/4" flat brushes (cheapy kind (Walmart, Home Depot, whatever)
FABRIC (the stripe sections can be cheap broadcloth. main front and back should be a little heavier than broadcloth)
- royal blue => 2.5 yards (60 in.) or 3 yards (45 in.)
- rainbow stripe section
- red => 0.5 yard
- orange => 0.5 yard
- yellow => 0.5 yard
- blue => 0.5 yard
- purple=> 0.5 yard
- burnt orange => 2 yards
- smoking stripe section
- dark navy blue or dark charcoal grey =>0.5 yard
- medium grey => 0.75 - 1 yard
- light grey => 0.75 - 1 yard
- white => 0.5 yard
- yellow orange => 0.5 yard
- pink => 0.5 yard
Step 2: Templates, Measurements and Plans
This kimono will be using the idea of making panels (big bunch of rectangles) by piecing together parts, like you would for a quilt, to make the whole. Once you have the whole then it is easy kimono sewing from there. Of course, add a little painting and wha'la.
Ultimate length of kimono is usually your height or longer. Longer is good. I wouldn't suggest going past 6 inches of your height.
Image 1 - general measurements
Image 2 - general kimono measurements
Image 3 - cut breakdown of the stripes of the front rainbow and back smoke
Image 4 - general break down stripe section
Image 5 - cut breakdown of the front kimono parts
Image 6 - cut breakdown of the back kimono parts
PDF - Nyan Cat kimono design
Step 3: Cutting
- I measure out the fabric with the ruler and chalk.
- I usually fold over twice and use the right angle to make sure to position the hard metal ruler at 90 degrees to make a close to perfect line.
- Use the rotor cutter or scissors.
Step 4: Putting Together and Sewing the Stripe Sections
- Cut strips according to templates.
- Sew the stripes together very close to the edge. Under a 1/4 in.
- Iron out using starch
- fold again where the sewn raw edge is on the inside and sew again just a little past 1/4 inch. So the raw edge is encased.
- Iron again
Step 5: Piecing and Sewing Together Front, Back and Main Sleeves
Front and Back from template image in Step 1 (image 1-3)
- Fstripe to F2 and Bstripe to B2
- attach F1 to F strip and B1 to B strip
- attach F3 to F strip and B3 to B strip
- Sfront to Sback X 2
Step 6: Painting Front and Back Panels
- 1 Pink rectangle
- 1 yellow orange rectangle
- 13 in. X 14in.
- Fold edges under and iron with starch in to a 11 in. X 12 in. rectangle.
GLUE - using non-soluble glue like sew glue or something used for fabric.
CHALK out design on fabric
PAINT design following design using acrylic
Step 7: Paint Stars and Skulls on Sleeves
- CHALK design first
- PAINT base.
- When painting with white, do not be surprised you have to wait until it drys then apply a second coat.
- Skulls finish with black.
Step 8: Sewing and Completing Sleeves
Image 1 - 8 : finishing off the sleeves
Image 9 - 11:
- Cut the remaining stripe sections into 2 panels.
- Finish off all edges.
- Use the sewing glue or non-water soluble glue to attach sections underneath the inside of the sleeve. Needs to be high enough fromt he bottom edge of the outer edge of the sleeve so that it looks like it is free floating on the inside.
Step 9: Finishing Off Kimono Body
- Fold width wise in half so it is now 2.5 in. X 64 in.
- I sewed it together the 2 edges (makes it easier for me)
- zig zagged the edges (serger like look)
Following the rest of the image
I really enjoyed wearing this on Halloween. If you decide to make this or gives you some ideas let me know how it went. I love hearing about other people's take. Exciting.