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Kimono Tutorial - Part 2

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Here's the second installment of my kimono tutorial.

Hit the download button to see the tutorial at it's full size!

Part 1 - Measurements [link]
Part 2 - Choosing fabric
Part 3 - Kimono pieces [link]
Part 4 - Sewing the sleeves (coming soon)
Part 5 - Sewing the body and attaching the sleeves (coming soon)
Part 6 - Attaching the collar and finishing (coming soon)

Oh! And one more thing! I just found this neat website for figuring out your kimono size. Under the waist measurement put in the part of your body that is widest (hips, bust or waist) to get better results: [link]

Still, it might be best to take some measurements for your arms and such just to be safe since everyone's proportions are different.
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kigurumigirl's avatar
The download image does not work. :(
Yanagi-no-Yume's avatar
Hello. ^^ I would like to ask one question- is it possible to find in an average fabric shop anything that can be used to make an obi (female, but nothing too fancy), or is it an item of clothing that just has to be bought, not made?
Kurokami-Kanzashi's avatar
Your best bet is probably to buy an obi or at least a bolt made for obi as it can be difficult to find something stiff enough to fulfill that role properly. Check out www.ichiroya.com.
SoulofSacrafice's avatar
I plan to eventualy make a kimono, so thank you for this. A LOT! :)
littlekatz's avatar
hey can l ask what kind of kimono do l buy off ebay
Kurokami-Kanzashi's avatar
Depends what occassion you'll be wearing the kimono for.
littlekatz's avatar
umm for a cosplay theg l just really want to wear it but l get no wear to wear it without cosplay me not try to be rude
Kurokami-Kanzashi's avatar
In that case, you just have to look for something that suits your character. You can even find some nice kimono for 99 cents on ebay. ryujapan99 and ichiroya are reputable sellers to buy from. You can also check out this online store: [link]
littlekatz's avatar
hey can l ask what kind of kimono do l buy off ebay
tatsuhi's avatar
I was ondering if you could answer another question I had. I have a kimono I'm working on seen here: [link] and I've been looking for a fabric to use as the base to "paint" the motif onto. I was wondering if ou know any sites that sell bolts of fabric for kimono in one toned colors without prints or anything on them? sorry if this is kind confusing and sorry for asking so many questions
Kurokami-Kanzashi's avatar
You can get plain bolts from Ichiroya.com: [link] Just look for bolts with the word Iromuji in the title. Those bolts may have woven patterns, but you can also find ones that are completely plain.
tatsuhi's avatar
wow thank you! ^.^
tatsuhi's avatar
I appreaciate this for the tips on buying fabric, but I had a question, about how much length should there be to a bolt for a furisode?
Kurokami-Kanzashi's avatar
Well, it can variate a great deal. Standard kimono (not fursode) are usually about 1000cm - 1200cm. Regular kimono (not furisode) with hakkake (skirt lining) are usually about 1400cm. So I think furisode bolts are usually about 1700cm -1800cm, but those are hard to find. If you're looking to buy fabric for a furisode, your best bet is to buy a karinui.
tatsuhi's avatar
soo how much of that is the hakkake would you guess? and I have my reasons for wanting to make it from scratch(I'm obstinant^^)
Kurokami-Kanzashi's avatar
Well, karinui are still working from scratch. You have to unstitch them firts before you actually sew them together. :)

To be honest, I don't know how much of a furisode bolt would be hakkake, or if they include hakkake at all since I've never bought a fursode bolt. You can buy bolts of hakkake fabric off of Yahoo Japan Auctions in almost any colour you desire, though. They're usually about 5m long.
tatsuhi's avatar
ok thank you, but I was asking how much length we need in hakkake, sorry that it was so misunderstandable
Kurokami-Kanzashi's avatar
Usually, I make my hakkake 20 - 30 inches high. Hikizuri require higher hakkake than regular kimono.
AndromedaRising's avatar
i have found a yukata that i am interested in but i do not know if its good quality for the price can you help me? heres the link [link]
Kurokami-Kanzashi's avatar
Ichiroya generally has good quality items. Their item descriptions are really accurate. I must mention, though, that this kimono is not a yukata - it's a houmongi. Yukata are always unlined and always made from cotton. They are the most informal type of kimono. The kimono in your link is a houmongi, it's lined and made from silk. Houmongi are semi-formal kimono, so you'll need to invest in a fukuro or maru obi to wear with it. This kimono is also from the Taisho era (pre world war), so you'll have to be careful when you wear it. The fabric is likely a little weaker than a more modern kimono.
AndromedaRising's avatar
thank you!i dont think i can afford investing in a houmongi now thank you so much for the advice! in my mind beacause im 14 i would want a sturdyer yukata so i wouldnt have to worry about ruining it
Kurokami-Kanzashi's avatar
If you're just starting out with kimono - definitely go for yukata. They're a bit easier to dress in. So it will help you get used to wearing the kimono. Also, yukata are easier to clean and repair if you need to.
AndromedaRising's avatar
ok thanks whats a komon? and whats a omeshi?
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