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Kimono Tutorial - Part 3 by Kurokami-Kanzashi Kimono Tutorial - Part 3 by Kurokami-Kanzashi
Here's the third 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 [link]
Part 3 - Kimono pieces
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.

***Please note: I've left the lengths of most of the collar pieces blank for now because I'm still fidgiting with those.***
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dark-lady-69 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018
Will this get finished? O.O
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Nana-ko-Seto Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2017  Student General Artist
Are you going to finish this tutorial? I really need the rest!! lolll
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themaidenraven Featured By Owner Edited Jun 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It is a nice tutorial, however, it is difficult to read. The print is very small and zooming in just turns everything into a blurry mess. Also, Black is the best color to use when making something other people have to read.
I could guess as to most of what I was reading, however, I could not make out what that last part said, about the body lining length in the yellow print. Something about AC/AD - ? cm. Is it 40, 50, or 90 cm?
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Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016
I'm not sure if you tried it, but try hitting the download button and then zooming in.  The text is quite clear to me.  The colour coding is simply to match the measuring instructions with the parts of the kimono.  I believe the section you're looking at reads:  

"Pieces UC and UD - (body)
Width - bolt width
Length - length of AC/AD minus 90cm
(sample measurements = 30cm X 255cm"

Hope that helps!
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themaidenraven Featured By Owner Edited Jun 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, that was the part I was having trouble reading, thank you. I did try what you suggested but it didn't help so I tried downloading it to see if there was any deference and there was. It made a huge difference and the whole picture blew up so I can see it clearly now. I know the picture is color coated to match the instructions and its a great system, I use it myself. But for reading small print, dark colors work the best. I would've gone with a  purple or green instead of yellow. I think you're doing a good job other than that and I hope to read the rest of the tutorials you create. Best of luck.
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Kurokage1 Featured By Owner May 1, 2016
Will you finish part 4 5 and 6 ever?
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GGDoll Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
Kurokami-Kanzahi 
Thank you very much!
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ms-fidm-diva Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely love your kimono tutorial. I want to make a yukata for this summer. I was wondering if you knew of any good resources on sewing one step by step?
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Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015
Thanks!  Unfortunately, there aren't many resources available in the west that show how to sew kimono correctly.  I've heard people give John Marshall's book good reviews, but I've never actually tried it myself:  www.johnmarshall.to/6-resume.h…
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chloe1horses Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Any chance we'll get parts 4-6 anytime soon?
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crimsonmimi Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
I must say, this is a wonderful tutorial! It's lovely to look at and easy to understand! By far, it's the best kimono tutorial I have ever seen! :D How I wish you had the time to finish this... :D Just letting you know that it is still being used. :D
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Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
Thank you very much!
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Gwendolinh Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I don't quite understand the 3 parts of the collar, does someone else?  is it AH is the outer collar, AG is the inner collar? and UG is what? like a interlining? Or is it AH is the outer collar, UG is the inner collar, and AG gets cut in half and added onto AH as an extension?
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Kactress Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great tutorial so far :) Do you know when part 4 will be posted?
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xxice-maidenxx Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student General Artist
can you post the other parts on how to sew a kimono? i really want to make one.
oh, and if i want to make a traditional hikizuri-style kimono, what should i do? how long should the bolt be? how long should the sleeves be if i want to make a furisode? and do you know any other websites besides ichiroya?

sorry for all of these questions, but i really want to make my own kimono. ^_^'
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Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
I won't be posting the final parts for this tutorial since I don't have time to finish them, but everything you need to know is already there. This pattern is for a furisode, so the sleeves are long enough for your purposes. The additional length you'll require for hikizuri is menioned in part one. You'll need more than one standard kimono bolt to make a hikizuri - especially if it's going to be a furisode.

There's lots of kimono making information in the forums of this website: www.immortalgeisha.com :)
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bibanan Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
This is probably an odd question, but I want to make a Hikizuri. Does this mean I just pick the appropriate kimono to make and add 30 cm to the length of the kimono? Or is it not that simple?
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Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
Hikizuri are constructed a bit differently than normal kimono, so not exactly. However, if you're just using it for costuming purposes, adding 30 cm all around (so actually 60cm to each body piece aside from the front extensions) will do the trick. I've discussed the construction differences quite a bit in the hikizuri listings thread on IG.
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bibanan Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
I see, that makes sense. Thank you for the information! Can't wait to start making some Hikizuri x3
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SatanRo666 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Nice tutorial, but i have a question, if i would like the kimono long sleeved, what pieces should i modify, other than AA and AB`s length... ?
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Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
This pattern is for a long sleeved kimono. Kimono sleeves generally only get shorter than this.
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SatanRo666 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
I understand now! Thank you
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Copycatmonster Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
What happened to part 4, 5, and 6 Oo?. I want to learn how to sew a kimono so much. Please post more pictures if you have the time ^^
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BrookyCookie Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist
Do you have part 4 out yet? I can't seem to find it! D:
I'm dying to see the rest of the tutorial! :D
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Jiyake Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi ^^ nice tutorial :D Can you explain me about something?
I didin't understand where the pieces AE and AF goes on and why the piece AH is longer than AG and how these pieces will join
Thanks and sorry my bad english :D
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Laila-chan Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
maybe little more detailed images for calculator [link] [link] and overall references :)

[link] is another tutorial- I managed to het all pieces, but I am not able to sew them together. I am especially scared from collar attaching :/
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BenaeQuee Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
I just wanted to thank you for a very good tutorial on cutting and measuring the parts of a kimono. I ventured into making my first one for fun ([link]) . Being a seamstress, it was easy enough to figure out the construction. I kind of fudged the collar length based on other tutorials and pictures of real kimono. It was a fun experience and very different from my usual patterning methods. Thanks again for the very helpful information!
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Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
Looks like you did a doos job! What kind of fabric did you end up using for your kimono?
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BenaeQuee Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
It was a cotton with a slight texture to it, I loved the pattern more than anything :-)
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pandora14 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot for you efforts, it's sad you didn't have time to finish it, but thanks for making this easy-to-understand kimono tutorial, it's very kind of you.

I hope you might, in the future, have time to finish it :)
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Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
Thanks! Me too!
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vampirecheetah Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
Wow, it makes me sad that this was submitted back nearly 3 years ago. It's sad that not more of the tutorial was finished, as I would love to see it completed.
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Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
Sorry, I just haven't had the time to finish it.
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subsonica Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
Can I beg for the rest of this? Pretty pretty pleaseee?? Finally a Kimono tutorial that's easy to understand. Thanks A LOT for your effort. :hug:
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MalteseLizzieMcGee Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010   Traditional Artist
I don't understand the measurements. Bolt width makes sense (the the width of the fabric as you 've bought it), but does 2 x 115 (for example) mean to cut 2 pieces or to double the measurement?
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Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
2 X 115 means double the measurement 115cm to 230cm. There are no shoulder seams on kimono, so you don't cut two pieces of fabric to make one sleeve.
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MalteseLizzieMcGee Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thanks for explaining
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shiotakara Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
hello. just wondering when are you gonna post the next parts? thanks/
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HidoiKoroshi Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
I second the motion!
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HidoiKoroshi Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010
Thank you so much for doing this. You are absolutely wonderful.
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Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
You're welcome!
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MorgaineA Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh yes I have been looking for a certain one for myself around the house!
Now I will just make one ty ty ty
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witchpowerlove Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Professional Filmographer
i can't wait for the rest of this to finish ^_^
it would be really great to see the Sewing part ^^
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Shin53124 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist
Thank you for doing this.
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MattsyKun Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ARE YOU EVER GONNA FINISH THIS?! This the best kimono tutorial ever! Pwease? :heart:
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Xx-BlackVampire-xX Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Student Photographer
the link you sent was helpful but what do these all mean?
Yuki Take
Sode Take
Sode Take (Furisode)
Mitake
Kitake
Erishita
Mae Haba
Ushiro Haba
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Xx-BlackVampire-xX Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Student Photographer
what is a bolt? I can't figure it out
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Hiro-Akemi Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Its what fabric comes on, when you go to the fabric store to pick out fabric it either comes on a bolt or in a roll. A bolt is smaller than a roll but still pretty big. its size also depends on how wide the fabric is or how long its length.
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Xx-BlackVampire-xX Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Student Photographer
thanks a bunch
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Hiro-Akemi Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome.
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