Introduction: Kimono

A Japanese Kimono I made for my World Civilizations Honors project. Complete with dickey, robe, obi, sash, knot and bow.



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    2 years ago

    how did you make the obi? what were the dimensions?

    really nice
    a little off for true traditional kimono but unless you actually study this sort of thing you would not see the non traditional features

    Wow...I have been wanting to make a "proper" kimono for the longest time, but I can't seem to find a pattern that is close to accurate. what exactly did you use to make this masterpiece and would you be willing to share your secrets *pleading face*?

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    look up a book "make your own japanese clothes" by john marshall it has everything you need to make the patterns for traditional japanese kimono (things you wear)

    The pattern I used was Simplicity 4080, but I used a heavier material than they suggested. (Partly because I wanted something heavier in case I wanted to wear it in Halloween- October is freezing here. And mostly because I thought that material was too pretty to pass up.

    As far as my secrets go... all it really took was a ton of patients and patience and patients. And keep a seem ripper handy.
    This kimono was only the second big thing I had ever really sewn (the other being a VERY simple dress), so for someone with at least a little experience it shouldn't be that difficult.

    Oh, and I did find that the instructions were really hard to follow sometimes, so I had to ditch the directions and trial-and-error a lot of the parts. But eventually got there, so it's not impossible :)

    Simplicity's "kimono" pattern is pretty bad.. not like a real kimono at all.. a yukata maybe.. but it's actually missing some parts. But I love the fabric, it's very nice. ^__^

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    I know this. Not to mention the fabric of legit kimonos is normally actually painted on. Simplicity's pattern was cheap and convenient though. And the best option compared to others that were available to me without ordering online.