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11  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: Simplicity Kimono Pattern 5839 on: January 12, 2005 09:07:26 PM
I only knew what was "wrong" with it because I've made quite a few kimonos off of Japanese patterns in my time. Otherwise, it really does look more authentic than any other kimono pattern you're going to find.

Good luck with yours! Post a picture so we know how it turned out.
12  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Simplicity Kimono Pattern 5839 on: January 12, 2005 03:31:57 PM
Here is the pattern:

Here is the completed project:
Design detail: (Black = 1970s Japanese Kyoto Silk, Red = Rayon/Silk blend from Ginny's Fine Fabrics)

My review: This pattern actually LOOKS the most like a Japanese kimono pattern that you can find outside of Folkwear, which makes me very impressed with it. It has the correct neck band, and the sleeves are open at the right places.

Some issues I had with its authenticity:
It is missing some seams that would be found on a real Japanese kimono.
It has shoulder seams, which are a big No-No. However, if you want to correct this, you can take out the shoulder seams by changing the patterns. I left the shoulder seams in because I was using two directional fabrics.

It is not long enough to be a real Japanese kimono. It doesn't have length allowance for tucking up the kimono to make the "pillow" that sits under the obi. To make it authentic, when you add pieces 1A and 2A (I believe; the front and back extensions are what I am refering to), add them so that the finished kimono will be exactly your height from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet.
If you are confused as to what I am talking about, click this link to see an authentic Japanese kimono:
Notice the little bit of fabric sticking out beneath the obi (belt). This is how the kimono should look on your body when correctly worn. Check out a website on kimonos for how to correctly fold the fabric under the obi.

On the directions for the pattern itself:
The sleeve directions are a big strange, otherwise the directions are well-illustrated and largely easy enough to follow. When you reach steps 7 and 8 of sleeve construction, I found it easier to turn the sleeve right side out and put it on like I would wear it, then pin the lining to the sleeve as it would appear in the finished product and sew based on my pinning rather than the directions.

I didn't like the pre-packaged obi directions, so I made my own based on images of obis that I had found on the internet. It is not shown in the images because it isn't finished yet.

Overall approval: It isn't exactly authentic, but its close enough if you want to have a kimono that would be acceptable for Japanse cultural events. It won't look like you just put on a vaguely kimono-like bath robe, which is always good. The directions are easy enough for a beginner, but a beginner might not want to line the sleeves. The sleeve lining was really the only part I had complications with.

3.25/4 stars.
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What is this? (unusual corset) on: November 16, 2004 08:46:22 PM

I recently came across this article of clothing that is soon to be incoroprated into a gothic (maybe EGL) cosplay. However, I'm interested in seeing if anyone can tell me more about it. From the boning and lacing it seems to be SOME kind of corset, but the high back is unlike anything I've seen before. The pink color makes me think it wasn't a sliming device designed for old women... it's torn where it goes over the shoulder blades, making it look like something else used to be attached to it that is no longer there.

Front: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v...at/IM002620.jpg
Side: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v...at/IM002621.jpg
Back: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v...at/IM002622.jpg

It looks almost like it was part of one of those pink lace-up high fashion dresses that were all the rage in Vogue about two or three years ago, but I have no idea why someone would just throw out part of such an expensive outfit, so I doubt that's the case.

Even if no one knows anything about it, it's still going to look great with a gothic outfit once I finish fixing it up. It needs to have those tears repaired and there's a possibility I'll remove the back, but otherwise I think it's going to end up paired with a blank and pink ankle-length skirt with petticoat for volume.
14  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Altered Barbie Fairy Doll on: September 05, 2004 09:58:40 PM
The best thing I've personally found for coloring wigs is sharpie pens. I don't know if this works on what they use in barbie hair, though.

I really love the clothes... such a nice use of texture! The eyes kinda weird me out, though, but that's more of a personal preference thing.
15  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / OOAK Volks Doll Paint Job (Anime Doll) on: September 05, 2004 09:56:53 PM
The clothes are still in progress, I just thought I would show off the paint job (the doll comes without any facial features or any of the scars, ect that you see in the image and the sword was originally unpainted as well)

16  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: anime dollies (aka UFO catchers) on: September 05, 2004 09:53:37 PM
Chii's eyes did turn out really well... I posted some UFO catchers myself a awhile back, it's interesting how we both are making the same type of doll but our end designs turn out so different...

Have you considered making more clothes for Chii or are her clothes permanently attached?
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: What type of fabric is in this picture? on: August 30, 2004 01:31:55 PM
Thanks, but I believe that the cotton T-shirt I have is going to actually work... I will post an update if it doesn't.

meexie is my hero, because the tea dyed the fabric to the perfect skin tone, even if it turns out to be the wrong material for the project. ^_^
18  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Oh no! It's androgynous and naked! on: August 26, 2004 08:23:53 PM
Aw, it's so scary-cute and little...
19  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Any Volks/Azone/Deleter/Dolfie or Action Figure Customizers? on: August 26, 2004 06:49:08 PM
I was looking for other people with an interest in action figures as opposed to more cutesy baby dolls... most of the net resources for doll making are aimed at making the later. Talk to me!

I love Volks and Deleter doll bases, even if Deleter is INSANELY expensive and the Volks webpage is incredibly slow about shipping.
20  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Where to buy tiny buckles, belts, eyelets.... on: August 25, 2004 03:02:39 PM
I work on dolls slightly smaller than barbies, and was wondering if someone could tell me where they order tiny eyelets for miniature corsets or bodice lacing, and tiny buckles for belts and shoes. Thanks!
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