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Topic: A Kimono, in all of its glory!  (Read 7184 times)
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« on: April 15, 2006 07:09:06 PM »

Oh yeah, I got tired of all of the cosplay / anime ripoffs, and the wraparound summer dresses (not that they aren't cool in their own right), and I made a kimono. A traditional Japanese kimono. With the robe itself, obi, and obi-jime. I used the 4-rectangle pattern... which, in all honesty, isn't 4!... and I sewed it using my lovely royal blue floral jacquard. The obi is made from my dark rust paisley cotton. Hell, I even learned how to put it on right for the justice of honouring its tradition and for taking pictures of it without shaming either it or myself. Heh, having a boyfriend who's lived in Japan helps me understand these things. Would you like to see pictures?
Bam! Here they are!

The front:

The obi:

And the drop-dead-gorgeous sleeves:

I think it's beautiful. What do you think?
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« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2006 07:12:47 PM »

i think it is beautiful, i was watching america's next top model [season three] and really wanted a kimono, maybe i'll make one too. but later...
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2006 07:49:59 PM »

Beautiful - I love the fabrics you used.

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« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2006 07:53:24 PM »

I love it. Where did you get the pattern?

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« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2006 08:00:03 PM »

You did a great job but even better, you showed respect for traditional culture! It might be of modern fabric but it is still a lovely ancient garment!  Do you wear it around the house for lounging or what? How long did you have to make the obi to tie the bow? Yes, it is beautiful and you look awesome modeling it!

« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2006 08:06:57 PM »

That is awesome.  I am a huge fan of Japanese culture after having lived there for several years.  I do have to note one thing: Young, unmarried woman traditionally wear long sleeves that reach to their ankles.  Regardless, it is very cool that you made the real thing!

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« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2006 10:57:52 PM »

I agree, it is indeed beautiful. Lovely fabric.

And thanks for not cropping your head off in that first pic! You look great. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2006 01:06:12 AM »

Excellent work  Smiley
Funny, whenever I saw a kimono in an anime I would always see these skin tight white sleeves about an inch longer than the kimono sleeve. I suppose that isn't really part of the ensemble, is it?

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« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2006 04:58:39 AM »

Aobsolutly beautiful!  The bow in the back looks great, the color choice was great, crafted together wonderfully.  How can you get better than this?

« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2006 06:56:57 AM »

Lovely.  The color is gorgeous on you.
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