Seam across the back of a kimono?

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Seam across the back of a kimono?

Post by IG Team » Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:11 am

TwoSpiritYuki

Okay so looking around on Ichiroya I found this-

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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 (Christmas from my mom...)

Neither one of them have it....
I've sew one or two before for my little brother after studying a whole lot of pictures and what not. All straight lines, not a prob, but I thought the body panels were two long pieces, not two stopping at the shoulder blades and 2 more where those left off. :? Have I been doing it wrong the whole time, or is this specific to particular kimono?
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Re: Seem across the back of a kimono?

Post by IG Team » Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:12 am

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It's normal and found in all kimono. I guess except uchikake.

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Re: Seem across the back of a kimono?

Post by IG Team » Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:12 am

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.

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Re: Seem across the back of a kimono?

Post by IG Team » Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:13 am

Kokoro

As stepan_san said, it´s part of the "safety precaution" for kimono :)

I have a "half" exception in my closet:

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It only has a half back seam as you can see in this picture:

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It seems as if something went wrong when measuring where the parts of the design should be and when sewing this was the only way to get the 2 parts of center mon and the skirt design together.
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Edit:
No not all kimono have one, but most :)
I have looked through my collection and found this examples without:

kakeshita
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tomesode
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Re: Seem across the back of a kimono?

Post by IG Team » Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:14 am

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:

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(from this thread)

I, too, have some lined kimono without it, but they are quite rare. I made my first hitoe kimono without it, which led to many problems (and I felt so stupid since I knew that there should be a back seam but decided to leave it unsewn anyways since I did not think the whole sewing process to the end before making such decision), but now at least I know how important it is... :sigh

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