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Songbyrd
« 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 ^_^ 
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« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2010 06:47:31 PM »

THIS ROCKS!!! I love it!!! Awesome job.
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« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2010 08:21:55 PM »

This is really beautiful, and well done! Congrats on a great project!
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« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2010 08:37:51 PM »

This looks great! I love that you even made the obi. I made some yukata for the children's play at my church. Even though they didn't have splits in the side or sleeves, I can't imagine trying to line them. As soon as I find a way to blur out the kids' faces, I'm posting them here. Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2010 10:52:31 AM »

This looks fantastic!!! Smiley))

I really like the purple color and the obi is beautiful. Great job!
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« Reply #5 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.
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