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Finding Apailana
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finally got the rest of my sewing supplies, so I worked on the mock-up for the kimono and the base layer for the obi today.

All the fabric together:



I got everything in scattered places in Japan and India in my travels, but if you'd like specific directions, I'd be happy to answer questions.

Finished kimono mock-up:



The obi is a tube of canvass (8" wide) with some significant overlap in the back, that will be hidden by the 'drum' loop. I hope to make it adjustable, for fluxuations in my waistline.



The obi is clearly modeled after a Nagoya-style obi, with a drum loop in the back. To achieve that on a real obi, you use a little hidden 'pillow' under the top of the loop, so I'll probably wind up doing something like that here too, since it seems to sag on its own. The loop is also 8" wide.



I also cut strips of my velvet (velveteen?) for the collar and pinned them in place for this demo. They are 4.5" wide, folded in half, to give room for tacking them down underneath. I only have 1 m of this fabric, so I used the full length in three pieces. While that is enough for the two edges of the skirt, it doesn't quite go around the full top. The raw edges are hidden by obi, but I may take some purple fabric I have lying around to complete the edges for neatness sake.



A close-up of the collar.



Next is patterning and mocking up the under kimono to make sure all of the collars play nicely together, before I start working in the real fabric.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks so good, Jenna! Very Happy I can't wait to find the rest of the fabrics I need and then start my own. But first I really need to use some of the fabric I've got lying around for other projects. Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More progress!

I have the kimono more or less finished now:



I think one of my favorite parts is the lining, a tissue silk that I picked up in Chennai as well. I know most people won't see it, but I love knowing that it's there.



Here is a close-up of the sleeves before I attached them. To me, it really looks like she uses the velveteen as piping, not anything satin, so that is what I used. It gives the piping nice fullness and sheen.



Next up is lots and lots of pleats. I think I have a system I like for the pleats on the under-kimono sleeves, but we shall see how it works out.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful!!! Amadalia Leia Buns
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love seeing your progress. Very Happy
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