Another tailoring: marking the pieces of an authentic Japanese kimono

This is part II of an ongoing series on wasai. Look here for part I, which deals with measuring yourself and cutting your pieces, and here for the introduction. Now that you have your pieces cut, you need to mark them, since wasai doesn’t allow for notches, and the seam allowance (SA) varies depending on… Continue reading Another tailoring: marking the pieces of an authentic Japanese kimono

Another tailoring: cutting an authentic Japanese kimono

You have read my long rant here, have examined your motivations, and are determined to actually sew the kimono? Well let's go then. First off, I want to once again specify we are going to work on an unlined kimono, or 単衣/hitoe. I think cutting is the most interesting part, as it is a zero… Continue reading Another tailoring: cutting an authentic Japanese kimono

Another tailoring: a small guide to Wasai and Kimono sewing

Why this guide After almost a decade in Japan I have had the chance to sew myself and others quite the selection of 和服/Wafuku (Japanese clothing): from さみえ/samue, to underwear, to kimono, I have made it all. Recently, though, I started making proper kimono again, a turn of events powered by Yahoo! Auctions and a… Continue reading Another tailoring: a small guide to Wasai and Kimono sewing