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11  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: "make it so!" on: November 02, 2010 05:33:25 PM
Oh my gosh!!!
He's precious and his costume is fabulous!
Songbyrd ^_^
12  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Odd Couple: Furby and AstroBoy on: November 01, 2010 09:23:10 PM
Oooo, so cute ^_^
I can't take my eyes off of that Furby!!
Total awesomeness!
Songbyrd
13  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Candy Corn Pudding - Quick Halloween Treat! on: October 29, 2010 07:02:00 PM
Now that's a great idea and they look real yummy too ^_^
Songbyrd
14  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: I Made A Yukata...Sorta on: October 29, 2010 04:51:47 PM
Thank you so much everyone ^_^
Though it was a challenge I had a lot of fun learning about Yukata-Kimonos and obis.
My daughter wore her kimono to her high school today.  She got a lot of compliments. 
She went to the campus store owned by a lovely Japanese couple.  The store owner looked at her then called his wife over and said "Yes, she is wearing a kimono!"  When she went to pay for her things they complimented her on her kimono and obi and the tiko style of which she wore it.
She learned a lot about Japanese culture and traditional clothing...and so did I ^_^

Thank you again for all your thoughtful comments.
Songbyrd
15  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / I Made A Yukata...Sorta on: October 28, 2010 06:46:09 PM
Hi all ^_^
This is my first time posting anything that I've made.
I recently made a bunch of stuff for my teen daughter who is crazy about all things Japanese.
She asked for a yukata which is a kimono worn during the summer for festivals and such. 
I used these sites as guides to make hers:

http://www-personal.umich.edu/~weyrbrat/Japan/yukata/index.html
http://bryn-gwlad.ansteorra.org/articles/as/kimono/

She wanted her kimono to be lined so I guess I really can't call it a yukata Tongue
Essentially the garment is comprised of many rectangles sewn together.  If I only constructed the outside it would have been a cinch but since it was lined it was almost a nightmare with those split sleeve and split sides.



Oops, gotta watch that bottom hem

The obi is made of brocade from Jo-Ann Fabrics and was a big pain to sew because it just slid beneath my presser foot.  Even my rollerfoot didn't seem to help and I don't have a presserfoot regulator. 
She choose a tiko (drum) knot here.
I also made all the accessories for her kimono...except for the tabi (spit toe socks) and geta (wooden sandals)  I let Ebay take care of some of that because I couldn't see myself breaking out the scroll saw and shellac in a pinch.

Oh well, hope you enjoyed my little offering.
Songbyrd ^_^ 
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Made my Own Yukata on: October 26, 2010 02:42:07 PM
Oh so very cute!!  I love your choice of fabrics and color.

I made a yukata-like kimono for my daughter for Halloween.  She is 5'7".  I didn't want to take a chance at buying one from the net only to find out that it was too short so I made her one.
I say yukata-like because she wanted it to be lined and yukata aren't lined.
She choose a purple print quilters cotton because we don't have access to yukata material...at least in such a short time.  Perhaps we'll fabric paint some cherry blossoms on it at a later time.
I used this site for a tutorial:

http://www-personal.umich.edu/~weyrbrat/Japan/yukata/index.html

I didn't use the Kise or other traditional Japanese sewing techniques or it would have taken waaay too long.

I also made her obi out of satin brocade in two colors so she could wear it either way (sewing satin was a big pain in the butt)

I'll have to include pictures when she's all put together.
It is true that it is a bunch of rectangles or blocks sewn together and were it not for needing a lining would have been super quick to put together. 
Perhaps we'll have an unlined one made for next summer.
Songbyrd
17  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: I have a Q about fabric??? on: October 25, 2010 10:33:12 PM
I hope I'm not too late in responding.  I realize thsi thread is nine months old.

I recently made my teen daughter a yukata because she's crazy about almost anything Japanese (including Bleach)

I used 100% cotton fabric from Jo-Ann Fabrics mainly used for quilting (she loved the color but the print was very plain) I might talk her into having a bit of fabric painted cherry blossoms on the sleeves, shoulders and hemline.
She wanted to wear it on Halloween (during cooler weather) so she wanted it lined.

I scoured the internet for any info on yukata and found this site and read and reread the info...then I did a bunch of alterations and did my own version. 

http://www-personal.umich.edu/~weyrbrat/Japan/yukata/index.html

I also made a wide obi out of satin brocade in fuchsia pink and white about 10 foot by 9 inches.  She could tie it herself and watching YouTube on how to tie an obi was very helpful.
A "cheater" obi makes so much sense especially since you have three girls.

Good luck, I hope your kimono's turn/ed out well.
Songbyrd
18  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: alice in wonderland wig and makeup test on: October 25, 2010 09:14:57 PM
Oh my gosh!!!  Soooo cute Mad Hatter!!!  Your makeup and costume test looks great!!  You all look so good!!!
Songbyrd
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Black velvet skirt with flowers on: October 19, 2010 03:18:16 PM
Ooo pretty!  Looks great on you!!
20  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Children's Book Cover Paintings on: October 08, 2010 08:48:12 PM
Oh wow!  Those are awesome!!
Brings back old memories of when my not so little ones were...well, little ^_^ and I was a volunteer aid.
Hope your having a good school year!
Songbyrd
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