Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A こんにちはfrom Charlotte!

こんにちはここのシャーロット、ただあなたに私の新しい衣服を褒めちぎるために! 私が損耗が初めてに何かをしたので歓迎される変化であるので、海賊行為で永遠にそうだった。 私は、まだ今日早く服装全体が織物のたった数個の山と、いくらかの筋道〔糸/スレッド〕だったと思うことができません。 それは、本当にそれらがそれに心を決めた時誰かが何をすることができるかを示します! 最もかわいらしいものではありませんか?
Switching back to English over here. Feel free to run that bit of dialogue though an online translator, it comes out weird, with a capital weird. It's almost nothing like what I originally typed, but serves me right for using an online translator to translate it into Japanese in the first place.
The word of the day was kimono, or at least the word of the afternoon was kimono. The morning was spent organizing, not my work room, which sorely needs it, but my computer, which needed it too. I worked on organizing and managing the doll sewing patterns that I have stored away on there. I managed to rename some, delete some doubles, and get a lot of them in the right spot. So, hooray for that! It's certainly nowhere close to completed, but it's certainly a start on getting it done. Each little thing counts right? During my work I was also looking at pictures of things online. I managed to stumble across a photo of a vintage Barbie sized doll kimono, that I wanted. Like literally I was lusting after it, I covet it. But it wasn't for sale, and a Google search turned up nothing. It was vintage, so I'm sure it would have been expensive. But there's another alternative, I can make one! Or at least try to make one.
So that's what I set off to do. I have been toying around with a Barbie bathrobe pattern a few weeks back, trying to make one, and work out the kinks (which you never saw), so I'm not jumping into this completely, I've already dunked my toe into the water (and brrrr, it's cold). I started off with some research, I wasn't totally happy with the sleeves on the pattern I was working with, plus I wanted to see how close to the actual I was working with. I found a site that was a really helpful, not for just on how to make a Kimono, but also what goes on under the kimono. I've found this site before when I was trying to make underwear for Chatty Cathy, but had forgotten all about it. At that time making a kimono was a distant reality. Stumbling across it again was really a godsend. I learned a lot from this site, and it was really helpful guiding me in what I made today. Here's the link for everyone interested; Kimono Website
Using the website as a guide I started off with the petticoat. This is really simple, so simple in fact that I didn't bother using a pattern for it. I just used my fabric with the doll. It's just a rectangular piece of fabric. I used the last of my white broadcloth for this. I just hemmed up each side and attached a length of ribbon along one of the sides. I made sure that the ribbons could tie around her waist. It's kind of very similar to a sarong. Not sure if did it correctly, but I think that it looks just fine. I reinforced the seams, and put glue on the ribbon so it wont fray and boom it was done.
Next I moved on to the "Juban", or the underwear. (Learned that term from the website.) This is just another kimono. This was good because this gave me another chance to practice the pattern before I used my better material. I used my white calico for this, I would have used white broadcloth since it's thinner, but I didn't have any left, but calico works fine. This is basically just how the pattern goes together, I didn't do any modifications. I saved those for the actual kimono. I just had to do some seam reinforcing and it was done. Oh, I also used some more ribbon to tie it shut, all that needed was some glue to keep that from fraying. I just love making an outfit that doesn't require sewing snaps, like really love it.
For the kimono itself I started doing some modifications. One of them was the length. The original pattern falls about mid-calf when hemmed, I learned that real kimono's should hit the ankle. This was an easy fix, I just added about an inch to the bottom of the pattern, and solved. Other than that I wanted to change the sleeves. From my research I knew that the longer sleeves were for unmarried women, so they technically wasn't right for Charlotte... since she is married. But I wasn't one to let thousands and thousands of years of tradition stand in the way of what I thought was pretty, so I modified the pattern. I used the rement kimono I have as a guide for how the sleeves should look. It was a simple modification since the original pattern was just a rectangle. I just extended it a bit longer. Sewing this Kimono was really easy. I mean I had some issues, but for the most part it's entirely straight sewing, not a curved edge in sight. These are my third and fourth attempt at it, and they came out nice. I did have some issues with part of the collar not being as long as it should be on one side, but that just means that side is always going to be tucked under when it's worn. So, if I have it folded on the wrong side, please don't tell me, I can't change it. How do you like that fabric? I found it at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago and just fell in love with it. I knew I had to have it, but since I couldn't think of a project for it's bold pattern I put it back. The other day I thought it would look wonderful for a kimono, so a half yard came home with me. I just love it! All it took to finish it after the initial sewing was reinforcing the seams, and cutting off the excess threads. I love not having to sew on snaps!
With all the initial sewing of the kimono and underthings complete it was time for it's first official try on. I was curious to how it would look since there were a lot of fabric in there. I was worried that it would make it look bulky. What works for a person, sometimes doesn't on Barbie. But it didn't look bulky at all, it actually looked really nice. Since it was just a try on I grabbed a ribbon that I had in the trim bag to mimic the look of an obi before I can make one. Big mistake, I really like how it looked. Like really liked it. I think that I'm once again going to buck tradition and use this for my obi, and when I get tired of it I can make a real one.
Other than that that's it. I reinforced the seams and trimmed the threads in it. It's really simple to do that with a kimono. I've been playing with it all evening. Unfortunitly I don't have any shoes that work with it. Does anyone know where to get some kimono shoes for Barbie? I have yet to find a place that had them.

2 comments:

  1. So awesome. I remember loving to look at the website with the kimono pattern and other patterns. I want to make a kimono for my mom's doll one day. Charlotte looks beautiful in hers. As for the right now shoes, I know there is a Licca doll that has them with a kimono because I accidentally bought one. LOL! Long story. But the kimono fits my Liv doll really nicely. I need to take it off of her though it's been on for a while and it's blue. Eek, I hope she's not stained. Now I'm scared. LOL!

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  2. Kimono's are disgustingly easy, (and I know mine aren't correct), this is literally a Barbie bathrobe pattern lengthened.
    And I would like to hear that Licca doll story. And yes, beware staining!

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