Originally Posted by Retardface
So what would you use to make Kimonos?
It depends on what kind of kimono I wanted to make. As Sarcasm-hime says, most formal and semi-formal kimono are made of silk or polyester-- cotton is generally reserved just for yukata, which are extremely informal and not technically considered kimono. All the kimono I own, even the relatively casual ones, are silk, mostly a very heavyweight silk with a crepe texture called chirimen. That fabric isn't readily available to me as an American seamstress, though, so when I need to make a kimono or kimono-like garment, I take a long careful look at my source material. How does the fabric in the picture/movie/anime flow? How heavy is it? Does it have a sheen or is it matte? Plain or patterned? Etc. etc. And then I make my fabric choice from there. I've used heavy cotton sateen to good effect- mostly you want to be sure the fabric is heavy enough and drapes well enough that it will fall straight down when you wear it. You don't want anything that's going to shift around and wrinkle too much as you move.