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by IG Team
Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Rules & Forum Etiquette
Topic: Advertising, Selling & Trades
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Re: Advertising, Selling & Trades

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by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Sarcasm-hime

Has probably been posted before, but this yukata sewing tutorial was useful for me: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~weyrbrat/Japan/yukata/
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Byakkojo My mother measured me with my arms slightly extended at an angle (not straight down or parallel...I thought this was done to make room for ease or something.) I would say my shoulders are rather square (not sure if they're wide.) They don't slope, they're straight. But I have a wider body ...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Clio Hmmmmm - The size of your yukata would still be just what the actual measurements are: length to suit one's height and the wrist to wrist distance for the full width of the garment across the top. Were you personally measured with your arms out straight, parallel to the floor? Not down to your...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Byakkojo Oh, I think you may not be measuring wingspan correctly! :? And your dad is talking about another measurement, not Kimono Wingspan. Wristbone to wristbone is as long as you need - not finger tip to tip or to the thumb knuckle. Unless you have extra-extra long arms for a person who is about...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Sarcasm-hime

Many kimono can be let out at the shoulder seam as well, if there is enough in the seam allowance there. So you can get an inch or so extension that way.
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Clio Oh, I think you may not be measuring wingspan correctly! :? And your dad is talking about another measurement, not Kimono Wingspan. Wristbone to wristbone is as long as you need - not finger tip to tip or to the thumb knuckle. Unless you have extra-extra long arms for a person who is about 5' ...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Byakkojo Oh I apologize. I misunderstood. Still, I have to start paying better attention to what things cost. Sometimes it's not worth making on your own (even if I do want to customize things). :P This is an iromuji. *sigh* I'm still not sure I can get it. My wingspan (total) is around 58 in. The ...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Sarcasm-hime What I meant was to give you an idea of what the 'proper' stuff is like, so you can hopefully find something for cheaper that's similar. Casual kimono can be worn without ohashori, so it would measure from your shoulder to the tops of your feet at least. For fancier kimono, the length ...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Byakkojo I suppose when you put it this way it'd be easier to just buy some things but again, not made of money (it's the shipping that's killer). Plus I'm just a creative type and like to personalize things. :lol: I'll continue to make what I'm able to. I want to supplement wherever I can if possi...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Sarcasm-hime

12" sounds fine for obi width. For lining you want something close-woven and moderately stiff. I believe the obi stiffener from Japan is a very close-woven thick cotton that's been starched, if that helps. A stiff sew-in interfacing would also work.
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Byakkojo I was trying to avoid buying anything from Japan since shipping is so high. I had planned on using a Western bolt with quilt cotton or something of that nature; basic stuff. Nothing too textured or synthetic. I also do not have existing kimono. I have one obi..a nagoya I believe, far far to...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Sarcasm-hime Seam allowances depends on the obi material. I have a couple of hitoe obi which are woven in a stiffer manner and don't have the seam allowances sewn inside; it's just folded in half and then the edges are whipstitched together. For lined obi, I think 1cm seam allowance is normal. But ...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

James Liz, I'm afraid I don't understand your question; how do you mean "double" the okumi? It's fine to construct the collar from different sections of fabric; it's the collar cover that matters more in that regard. Byakkojo, although I've never seen one, there are (or were) wearable kimonos made ...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Byakkojo Question, and this might sound strange but, has anyone ever tried making kimono out of paper? :? I've run upon something labeled as "hinagata" (why I don't know) which often appears to be a kimono made entirely of some kind of paper. A fully constructed/completed kimono that hangs closed o...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Liz Oh, dear....I am making a kimono using a 15" wide roll of silk and have cut out the sleeves, and the two front/back sections. I have a long piece of fabric where the two okumi will come from and am wondering where is the fabric for the collar????? If I double the fabric for the okumi, I will ha...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Liz The flowers are a different color & dyed + clustered in different places = tsukesage or houmongi hitoe. There is a pattern of dyed flowers at the bottom that is in 4 panels with other smaller "bouquets" at different areas, such as on the sleeves and at an upper back section. I wish I could post...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

SuperGrouper Thanks for your help! I made a cheap "test" kimono first and learned a lot, but I did not add the collar cover (Han-eri?) to it. I think I will find a nice white fabric to use for the silk one. I agree that both front pieces should be symmetrical, since there won't be a lot of fabric l...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Liz Thanks for your help! I made a cheap "test" kimono first and learned a lot, but I did not add the collar cover (Han-eri?) to it. I think I will find a nice white fabric to use for the silk one. I agree that both front pieces should be symmetrical, since there won't be a lot of fabric lost in ma...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

muhvi I would make the panels same size. Making the left side narrower than right side would result in unsymmetrical kimono construction, and while it might be not so apparent at the hem, I would guess it would make the kimono top part strange and difficult to wear. If you need to make the hem wide...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Liz My question concerns the width of the panels when making a kimono. Last year while visiting my nephew in Japan, his mother-in-law gave me a roll of 15" silk. Now I am attempting to make a kimono, have finally figured out how to cut the panels so that the pattern matches. The pattern goes from t...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Byakkojo Sure はじめての和裁 DVDつき手習い帖 [大型本] I believe this translates to Hajimete no kimono or "First time making kimono". But let me say this. The DVD shows the traditional method of constructing kimono. The sewing is shown being done by hand (and I think the woman measured the material before starting....
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Rabellaka I have the Folkwear pattern, but I have not successfully made a kimono that I can wear. I make costumes as a small business, so right now I'm concentrating on cosplay to learn how to make kimonos better. I've made Jedi costumes for years, which is basicly a kimono with narrow sleeves, so ...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Byakkojo Well a karinui seems like it would save me the trouble of having to cut it up but I'd still need the pieces to fit my personal body stats. I'm 5'3", but body structure is wider, muscular. I don't know much about karinui and if there are kanji marked on it, it's likely that I won't be able ...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

gienahclarette Might I suggest buying a cheap karinui and learning from that? I made the mistake of buying a karinui instead of a completed kimono once and took it upon my self to line it. I learned a lot about kimono construction, and it gave me a very good idea of whether or not I'd want to inves...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Byakkojo For Xmas, I got a book on sewing kimono that came with a DVD. It's in Japanese unfortunately but it does have detailed illustrations and lists. It not only features instructions on how to sew a hitoe kimono (or I guess a yukata too) but also includes directions on how to put in lining, how...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Byakkojo I think I'm just going to place any helpful info in this thread and I hope others are able to use it too. I don't know if there is a difference to using a Japanese bolt or Western fabric bolt, but am I correct in believing that the fabric you must use should be 2x your height + maybe 10cm ...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

utsusemi Super Grouper A lined kimono is really not the best to begin with. Its what I have done, sigh. I am quite sure, you can do it. Is it possible that the order of construction is the problem ? Back seam, side seams and okumi. Same with the lining. Iron it all carefully. If you have those gold...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

SuperGrouper If you have a kimono that does not break your heart when deconstructing, do it slow and with some sheets of paper on which you can make sketches and make notes along the process. This will really help you, as you know then when copying that you are copying a professional. Those notes w...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

GoldenPhoenix Your absolute best bet for learning to sew kimono is taking them apart and making tons of notes. That's how I figured most things out. I drew diagrams of everything as I deconstructed them and reasoned the order in which seams would have had to be completed to achieve that particular ...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Byakkojo If you have a kimono that does not break your heart when deconstructing, do it slow and with some sheets of paper on which you can make sketches and make notes along the process. This will really help you, as you know then when copying that you are copying a professional. Those notes will ...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

utsusemi If you have a kimono that does not break your heart when deconstructing, do it slow and with some sheets of paper on which you can make sketches and make notes along the process. This will really help you, as you know then when copying that you are copying a professional. Those notes will ...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Byakkojo Ok so this is kind of like an update? Just wanted to get some opinions if this sounds like I'm on the right track. Total number of pieces for unlined kimono : 8 2 sleeves 2 body panels 2 okumi panels 2 collar pieces (1 for reinforcement) Construction sequence body -> okumi -> collar -> sle...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

bibanan

Boy have I got a link for you!

http://kurokami-kanzashi.deviantart.com ... 0#/d17xed7

I was trying to find out how to make a Hikizuri and found this person on deviantart! I'm definitely trying this out!
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Joshua Well today I followed my own advice and took apart one of Shinei's $4 specials. Wish I had done it sooner...but then this was the first one I was happy to do that with, so there! Primarily my intent was to remodel a women's awase Kimono into a man's hitoe which of course meant a nearly full ...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Byakkojo Haha we must think alike. :] I have recently started to shop for fabric material at Goodwill. I found a nice bedsheet and actually made an azuma bukuro from it (unfortunately it's a tad off because of the lack of seam allowance, but still functional. I still have some left.) Yes sadly thos...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

bebemochi A thought about muslins that might help -- for real muslin can be kinda pricy depending on where you are. You can go to Goodwill and get sheets to work on things. Just wash them in hella hot water and color safe bleach and you have nothing to worry about. And if you buy prints you think a...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Byakkojo Thanks. I think I got really ambitious and somewhat impatient. I tend to get that way about a lot of things. I see an idea, think "That's not so bad I can do it" then get sorely let down when I find out it takes more than I thought. :oops: While it's still not easy for me how to sew it tog...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Devo I also agree with sewing simple things- it's how I've started. I started off making han-eri. Really really simple- but can take your kitsuke to the next level look wise. Then, I began to move onto obi- which is where I am now. It's like a han-eri (as in a rectangle) but more involved due to th...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Byakkojo Right. I've probably been in a state of denial about learning to sew. I find it all amazing but simultaneously intimidating. It's a wonderful useful skill to have. I would like to be able to myself and not rely on my mother (who doesn't feel assured unless she has a lot of instructions and...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

SuzumeOdori Honestly, if you don't know how to sew at all I would take the time to do about half a dozen non-Japanese sewing projects. Start with really easy things like pillowcases, move up to elastic waist skirts or sweatpants, sleeveless shift dresses, etc. For virtually anyone, choosing a total...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Byakkojo Er yeah...I have taken note of that. Unfortunately I cannot sew (machine or by hand.) I hope one day I can learn enough to understand the basics and how to go about it. It seems to be almost unanimous that one should get a reference kimono. I suppose I'll make it a short term goal to obtai...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Joshua

As has been said on this site before.....in the end the best option is to buy cheap examples of what you want to make, and use them as reference pieces. Then you know how it went together, and can smack any critics round the ear with them.
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Byakkojo I'm like you. I learn better from someone showing me than reading the words. Everybody has different ways they learn best. I'm a visual person. :bunbun: I also have to see the whole construction visually in my head before I begin or it never turns out right. Yes. Often times even when I fi...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Chiisana Hato

I'm like you. I learn better from someone showing me than reading the words. Everybody has different ways they learn best. I'm a visual person. :bunbun:

I also have to see the whole construction visually in my head before I begin or it never turns out right.
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Joshua One of the reasons I have been buying kimono (on the cheap mind you) is to get a look at how they are really made, and to get a feel for what the finished item should be like. One of the first things that struck me is the differences between the real thing, and what the reference books tell ...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Byakkojo rubyminky : I don't really have anything to show. There was a thread around here where someone posted about a book where you can sew kimono with a machine which right now I'm more than okay with since other than the technique it's still better than say what you'd get from a Western pattern...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Devo FWIW, Byakkojo , I have the same problems. I've seen tons and tons and tons of articles, pictures, videos, etc. on how to make kimono, and I still am nervous to try. Nor am I sure I've got it all down. For myself, personally, I am going to buy a bunch of cheap, per pound fabric (sold by the po...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

James John Marshall's is probably one of the worst descriptions of how to make a kimono I've ever seen. Here's the thing. I don't really believe there's a "traditional" way to make kimono. There are Japanese sewing techniques, Japanese sewing tools, and methods that Japanese professionals use when ...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Sarcaism-hime I strongly suggest buying the Folkwear pattern if you're struggling with figuring out how to do it on your own. It will probably be easier to work with the pattern as a starting point and make any necessary adjustments. It doesn't show how to make a lined kimono, but for hitoe it shou...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Cicada13 Maybe I have to accept that I just can't craft or sew no matter how hard my determination is. Utter nonsense. Kimono can be tricky, but I made my first one, a lined one no less, in about three days. It's not great. In fact it's probably not wearable. But I learned a ton, and the next one w...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Rubyminky Have you got partway into making the kimono - I could understand you getting stuck on the collar! - or are you stuck on the cutting out/measuring part? Also are you making a yukata (easiest) or attempting one with a folding collar or lining (harder)? I know the feeling of getting annoyed ...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Byakkojo That's probably a strong case. And I'd probably make it a life's goal to go study how to make them traditionally. Still I've seen several well made kimono on the forum that probably didn't take but a few months to put together (though it's possibly they were working out kinks long before t...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Re: Making kimono construction easier to understand

Chiisana Hato Let's put it this way. Kimono makers spend years learning to make kimono properly as apprentices. I think there is a lot more to making kimono than just the technical aspects. I think you sort of have to feel the kimono as you make it in relationship to the wearer. This is something t...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:23 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Making kimono construction easier to understand
Replies: 53
Views: 7114

Making kimono construction easier to understand

Byakkojo Hi. I have to confess I'm frustrated and confused about how to make kimono. Kimono may seem easy but it doesn't always feel like it. I did not want to post this thread because I didn't want to seem like a dummy. But I thought maybe it was for the best. I feel like though this forum provide...
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Lengthening sleeves of 2 kimono
Replies: 5
Views: 695

Re: Lengthening sleeves of 2 kimono

Whitethistle

it was bout 35 cm of "extension" :kawaii: your guess was very close
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Lengthening sleeves of 2 kimono
Replies: 5
Views: 695

Re: Lengthening sleeves of 2 kimono

Gikuyu

Woah this is amazing ! How much length did you get from the furisode ?? 0.o looks like as if its 30cm longer or so ^^
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:16 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Lengthening sleeves of 2 kimono
Replies: 5
Views: 695

Re: Lengthening sleeves of 2 kimono

Whitethistle

:) more pics of that kimono as soon as I stop procratinating :lol:
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:16 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Lengthening sleeves of 2 kimono
Replies: 5
Views: 695

Re: Lengthening sleeves of 2 kimono

Cloverrain

Good job on both Whitethistle It looks really good.
I'm especially drooling over the second one, what a beauty! :drooldrool:
by IG Team
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Lengthening sleeves of 2 kimono
Replies: 5
Views: 695

Lengthening sleeves of 2 kimono

Whitethistle I don't think I've posted these two little sewing projects I've completed months ago :coy: First one was a strange kind of kofurisode I bought from Shinei. It's synthetic and had perfeclty square sleeve ends. When I saw it in person I noticed the extra lenght of fabric was stuck and se...
by IG Team
Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Silk thread against synthetic thread
Replies: 14
Views: 1078

Re: Silk thread against synthetic thread

aethyreal I don't do much sewing but I can tell you that my aunt is an avid quilter and she firmly believes that mixing synthetic and natural fibers is bad for long-term wear and tear on the piece. Something about synthetic fibers weakening or abrading natural fibers... No personal experience with ...
by IG Team
Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Silk thread against synthetic thread
Replies: 14
Views: 1078

Re: Silk thread against synthetic thread

Joshua

I use pure cotton thread for pretty well everything, but I sew more wool and linen than silk. I am not sure how important colour is in kimono though, most seams are hidden under a little fold so the stitching is invisible.
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Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Silk thread against synthetic thread
Replies: 14
Views: 1078

Re: Silk thread against synthetic thread

utsusemi

I sent a pm to Yukkochan and asked her about the thread for sewing kimono. this is her answer:
Yes hand sewing thread is thicker than mishin thread indeed !
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Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Silk thread against synthetic thread
Replies: 14
Views: 1078

Re: Silk thread against synthetic thread

Kokoro I once bought a big lot of Gütermann yarn and I use their polyester and silk thread depending on the fabric for both hand and mashine sewing. I never had problems with it. What you should do when shopping thread is is take your fabric with you and choose the exact or nearest colour you could...
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Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Silk thread against synthetic thread
Replies: 14
Views: 1078

Re: Silk thread against synthetic thread

utsusemi I´m sorry that I cannot help you with the dtex info, but I´ve noticed that Japanese use for kimono sewing silk thread which is thicker and softer than thread avaiable in the west. Also a friend of mine is a seamstress and she recommended to me polyester thread for sewing silk ( patchwork )...
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Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Silk thread against synthetic thread
Replies: 14
Views: 1078

Re: Silk thread against synthetic thread

peachchanvidel I'm pretty glad I found this thread (pun not intended *cough*), because that's exactly the infos I needed. Today I saw shinei having loads of silk-threads in a lot of colours and I thought I could get them for my Karinui - but I don't really want to. I have about 35 synthetic overloc...
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Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Silk thread against synthetic thread
Replies: 14
Views: 1078

Re: Silk thread against synthetic thread

muhvi Peccantis - Thanks, I'll remember that next time when I start sewing next kimono :) . Nothing going on now, haven't seen nice, wide bolts for cheap enough price :( . I did consider ordering thread online, but with shiny rinzu it's hard enough match the fabric and thread even when you have the...
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Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Silk thread against synthetic thread
Replies: 14
Views: 1078

Re: Silk thread against synthetic thread

Peccantis Dear Muhvi-san, try a more arts-and-crafts type of shop, the type quilters would go to. I could swear I remember one shop I visited not so long ago, in Itäkeskus (maybe) or Eurokangas Tammisto even, had a nice collection of silk sewing thread. The Novita shop in Soukka, Espoo doesn't hold...
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Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Silk thread against synthetic thread
Replies: 14
Views: 1078

Re: Silk thread against synthetic thread

Lumikettu Thanks guys! I'm going after a silk one, but I doubt that I will find a good color... :( I feel such an idiot... I've been studying clothing for 4 years now and I need to ask for something like this, but this is my first time working with silk and making a kimono from a karinui so I want ...
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Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Silk thread against synthetic thread
Replies: 14
Views: 1078

Re: Silk thread against synthetic thread

Kokoro

Silk for silk.
If the fabric is stretched to much by accident the silk thread will break before the fabric tears, that´s the idea behind it :)
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Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:50 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Silk thread against synthetic thread
Replies: 14
Views: 1078

Re: Silk thread against synthetic thread

muhvi When I was starting my fist kimono sewing project I would have preferred silk thread, but all the fabric shops around here had so lousy selection of silk threads (just the basic colors) that I had to settle for synthetic. I have sewn now two kimono and made a few ones bigger, no problems with...
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Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:50 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Silk thread against synthetic thread
Replies: 14
Views: 1078

Re: Silk thread against synthetic thread

SuperGrouper I didn't vote, but I've read that in traditional kimono, they use 1 strand of weaker-than-the-fabric thread, so that if there's tension then the thread will break before the fabric tears. So, I guess whichever is the most delicate? :? If it's a fancy kimono, it would be a disaster if i...
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Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Silk thread against synthetic thread
Replies: 14
Views: 1078

Re: Silk thread against synthetic thread

Ame

I'm no pro, but I've heard that silk thread is better since it will have the same "stretch" as the silk fabric, while a synthetic one will me much stiffer, prone to break and possibly damage the fabric.
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Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Silk thread against synthetic thread
Replies: 14
Views: 1078

Silk thread against synthetic thread

Lumikettu

I would like to ask your opinion on which thread to get to sew my silk karinui into a maiko hikizuri. I've been thinking which thread to get since they both have their pros and cons, but I would like to make sure which would be the correct choice. Thank you for your help!
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Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: Administration Announcements
Topic: Bug and Error Reports
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Bug and Error Reports

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Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: User Guidelines
Topic: Posting & Sharing Your Photographs
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Posting & Sharing Your Photographs

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Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: User Guidelines
Topic: Internet Meme - No External Memes Use
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Internet Meme - No External Memes Use

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Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: User Guidelines
Topic: Posting & Sharing Other People's Photographs in GeiMaiko, Kimono, Japan Threads
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Posting & Sharing Other People's Photographs in GeiMaiko, Kimono, Japan Threads

These rules and guidelines are for posting and sharing of images in the following forums and their sub-forums: The Flower & Willow Word Kimono & Kitsuke Japan For posting images in the various auction threads - please visit here: ##Insert thread link## With the onset of social media and image sharin...
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Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:41 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Kimono and obi repair: Embroidery materials
Replies: 5
Views: 721

Re: Kimono and obi repair: Embroidery materials

maikofan128

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Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Kimono and obi repair: Embroidery materials
Replies: 5
Views: 721

Re: Kimono and obi repair: Embroidery materials

maikofan128 No, I don't think that's it. It is not thread, it is thicker, like a gold covered ribbon and it is (I guess) sewn on ( how do you conjugate the verb for sewing XD I am never sure?) with thread to the kimono. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qZdxnEZF00c/Upkm1_aedxI/AAAAAAAAAnQ/1pXekxvnzzw/s1600...
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Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:39 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Kimono and obi repair: Embroidery materials
Replies: 5
Views: 721

Re: Kimono and obi repair: Embroidery materials

Wisteria_Gardens

By ribbon do you mean thick gold thread that looks like a very find thread wrapped with gold foil?

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Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:39 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Kimono and obi repair: Embroidery materials
Replies: 5
Views: 721

Kimono and obi repair: Embroidery materials

maikofan28 Hi I've been searching for this info in the forums and can't find the name for it but I wanted to know what the name for the little gold... ribbon(???) used in the embroidery is and if anybody knows where I can get some of it so that I can redo the embroidery of a furisode I bought in th...
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Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:32 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Shichi-go-san 3yo Boy Hifu Set [IMG Heavy]
Replies: 5
Views: 918

Re: Shichi-go-san 3yo Boy Hifu Set [IMG Heavy]

Kouhiko utsusemi , all of the fabrics are Western width fabric. The kimono is sayagata patterned, I call it brocade for lack of a better word, it is woven with thick threads of silky rayon. I believe the fabric was made in China, bit it was years ago that I bought it. Gikuyu , Yes, he always gets e...
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Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:30 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Shichi-go-san 3yo Boy Hifu Set [IMG Heavy]
Replies: 5
Views: 918

Shichi-go-san 3yo Boy Hifu Set [IMG Heavy]

Kouhiko My son is now three, I am currently making his ensemble for Shichi-go-san. I am updating my progress on my blog, including construction tutorials (I figured it may be helpful for those wanting to try sewing awase, bare in mind, mine is a child's kimono) I will cross-post some pictures here,...
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Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:23 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: DIY Yukata Scans [IMG Heavy]
Replies: 14
Views: 6263

Re: Pattern Scans (formerly Cosmode May 2008)

Tzippurah More scans of children's jinbei patterns from Cotton Friend July 2010: http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/af150/tzippurah1/092.jpg http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/af150/tzippurah1/093.jpg http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/af150/tzippurah1/094.jpg http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums...
by IG Team
Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:22 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: DIY Yukata Scans [IMG Heavy]
Replies: 14
Views: 6263

Re: Pattern Scans (formerly Cosmode May 2008)

Tzippurah A few more pictures from other issues of Female, using essentially the same patterns: http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa34/desertacacia/Female/070.jpg http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa34/desertacacia/Female/071.jpg http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa34/desertacacia/Female/072.jpg...
by IG Team
Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:22 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: DIY Yukata Scans [IMG Heavy]
Replies: 14
Views: 6263

Re: Pattern Scans (formerly Cosmode May 2008)

Tzippurah Here are some yukata and jinbei patterns from Female May 2007: http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa34/desertacacia/Female/ommtaobook-taobook8om-0058.jpg http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa34/desertacacia/Female/mmtaobookc-taobookc9m-0059.jpg http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa34/dese...
by IG Team
Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:20 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: DIY Yukata Scans [IMG Heavy]
Replies: 14
Views: 6263

Re: Pattern Scans (formerly Cosmode May 2008)

Tzippurah Here are some more scans of a similar method of making yukata from a Hawaiian Japanese magazine: http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa34/desertacacia/Kimono%20patterns/04.jpg http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa34/desertacacia/Kimono%20patterns/09.jpg http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/a...
by IG Team
Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:19 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: DIY Yukata Scans [IMG Heavy]
Replies: 14
Views: 6263

Yukata Pattern Scans [IMG Heavy]

Tzippurah Hi, I'm Tzippurah and I'm new here. I have sewn several yukata, obi, and hakama for cosplay in the past and I will probably sew many more in the future (I'm working up to lined kimono, right now I'm sewing a practice lined haori). This is not exactly the method I use, but it is a close ap...
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Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:14 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Seam across the back of a kimono?
Replies: 4
Views: 747

Re: Seem across the back of a kimono?

muhvi The horizontal back seam is also necessary for making unlined kimono. You cannot fold the seam allowances correctly and neatly on the inside without it. Like this: http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/af150/tzippurah1/DIY%20Yukata/041.jpg (from this thread) I, too, have some lined kimono witho...
by IG Team
Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:13 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Seam across the back of a kimono?
Replies: 4
Views: 747

Re: Seem across the back of a kimono?

Kokoro As stepan_san said, it´s part of the "safety precaution" for kimono :) I have a "half" exception in my closet: http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h157/Kokoro28/IMG/DSCF6890.jpg It only has a half back seam as you can see in this picture: http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h157/Kokoro28/IMG/DSC...
by IG Team
Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:12 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Seam across the back of a kimono?
Replies: 4
Views: 747

Re: Seem across the back of a kimono?

stepan_san

If I remember it correctly it's been discussed somewhere else here before...
Basically this seem works as a security as well. If you should make some wromg move that would normaly rip the fabric this seem would break instead of the fabric.
by IG Team
Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:12 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Seam across the back of a kimono?
Replies: 4
Views: 747

Re: Seem across the back of a kimono?

Quat

It's normal and found in all kimono. I guess except uchikake.
by IG Team
Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:11 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Seam across the back of a kimono?
Replies: 4
Views: 747

Seam across the back of a kimono?

TwoSpiritYuki Okay so looking around on Ichiroya I found this- https://www.ichiroya.com/item/item_images/002/115952/115952-005_320.JPG What is that horizontal seem across the back? I mean, I've never really heard of a kimono having one, but then again,as of yet I only own a juban and an uchikake (C...
by IG Team
Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:09 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: DIY Yukata Scans [IMG Heavy]
Replies: 14
Views: 6263

Re: DIY Yukata Scans [IMG Heavy]

Tsubame

I have this book (looks an earlier issue of the same series) and the instructions are nearly identical!
no children kimonos though, and more accesories.
by IG Team
Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:08 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: DIY Yukata Scans [IMG Heavy]
Replies: 14
Views: 6263

Re: DIY Yukata Scans [IMG Heavy]

Cloverrain

Looking at the scans I have the exact same book, but maybe a newer print? :unsure:

The title changed a little to yukata wo tetsukuri, ゆかたを手作り ISBN4-8347-2427-1
by IG Team
Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:08 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: DIY Yukata Scans [IMG Heavy]
Replies: 14
Views: 6263

Re: DIY Yukata Scans [IMG Heavy]

Tzippurah The ISBN is 978-4834730142 and here's the Amazon link . There are a bunch of used copies, but I'm not sure if they will ship internationally. It's out of print now, I think, but it was everywhere when it first came out- I got mine at the Sanseido Bookstore in NJ. I don't see any copies on...
by IG Team
Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:07 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: DIY Yukata Scans [IMG Heavy]
Replies: 14
Views: 6263

Re: DIY Yukata Scans [IMG Heavy]

Emi Hana Sorry to hijack you thread tzippurah , but the person making my Yukata found the following website for making a Yukata in English. It appears to be one of the correct ways of making a Japanese Yukata - I checked to make sure it was authentic and for the most part, it seems to follow your s...
by IG Team
Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:06 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: DIY Yukata Scans [IMG Heavy]
Replies: 14
Views: 6263

Re: DIY Yukata Scans [IMG Heavy]

Tzippurah I'm putting some quick English labels on some of the pages to help out someone who is having a yukata made, so I thought I would drop the first one here. I didn't translate every term as it is kind of hard to translate some of the meanings as they are so specialized like "furi," the swing...
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Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:06 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: DIY Yukata Scans [IMG Heavy]
Replies: 14
Views: 6263

Re: DIY Yukata Scans [IMG Heavy]

Kokoro

Yes, it´s the fold on the back of the kimono.

Here´s another thread about it: Seam across the back of a kimono? (viewtopic.php?f=30&t=619)