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Unread 04-04-2012, 08:09 PM   #1
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Kimono fabric?

My friends and I want to make kimonos. We already have the patterns (including the obi pattern) and all that, but what sort of fabric do we use? We don't want to use cotton because the kimonos need to be fairly dressy for an event we want to wear them to, but we'll use cotton if we have to. Also, we can't use silk or anything pricey because we don't really have much spending money. Thanks!
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Unread 04-04-2012, 09:10 PM   #2
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Plenty of kimonos are made from cotton, and of course silk. Modern kimonos are made from every kind of fabric, poly-cotton blends, rayon, nylon even.

Lots of traditional kimonos were/ are very small two color prints, what looks grey from a distance might actually be tiny navy and white zig-zags. Some are very large scale prints, sometimes pictoral, but nearly always floral or natural (jungle scenes, water scenes, etc.). The large scale print kimonos are nearly always very bold, bright colors.


Now, plain, solid cotton broadcloth? yeah a bit boring unless you really go to town with embroidering it, but go wander the quilting cottons section and you may find any number of very appropriate fabrics. And don't skip the dress fabrics, there may very well be a large floral that suits.

Here is a link to the real thing, look closely at those for a better idea.
http://www.japan-shop.com/store/1018.html

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Unread 04-04-2012, 09:39 PM   #3
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I'd suggest cotton or natural fiber fabric because of air flow. Do you have a quilting store near you? They can have some really elaborate patterns, big and small. Some even with gold or silver color accents. But be carefull, yard for yard, it can be really expensive. So, look at the reduced rack.
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Unread 04-06-2012, 02:59 PM   #4
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Fabric dictates formality for kimono, but so does motif placement. All-over patterns are always casual (these kimono are called 'komon') and can be wool, polyester, rayon or various weaves of silk.

More formal kimono have patterns only at the hem and sleeve (look up 'houmongi' or 'tsukesage'), and the ultra-formal for women is the kurotomesode which is black with patterns on the hem only.

You can buy bolts of kimono fabric with the motifs already on them on ebay or ichiroya.com, or use your choice of fabric.

Things to avoid if you want a dressier look:
- flimsy cottons (cotton is mostly only used for summer yukata)
- shiny satin (there are occasionally kimono in satin, but it's not super-shiny and is high-quality silk)
- Chinese brocade (most brocades you will see in fabric stores are Chinese). Kimono are Japanese and would never be made out of Chinese fabric.

Your best bet may be to make an iromuji, which is a kimono that's all one colour with no patterns. You could invest in a really nice polyester, perhaps, something that's drapy and medium weight. Iromuji is considered medium formality and can be dressed up with a fancy obi. That way you can make a number of different obi to go with your kimono!
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Unread 04-18-2012, 11:31 AM   #5
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Another option is to buy a plan solid fabric and say a yard of an elaborate repeating fabric. Make the kimono out of the solid and cut up the elaborate and use it as trim/applique. Symmetry is also big in the over all pattern.
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Unread 04-18-2012, 12:22 PM   #6
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Actually, kimono patterns are usually asymmetrical. On pre-WW2 you will sometime see symmetrical patterns on kurotomesode, but nowadays it's very rare.
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Unread 04-19-2012, 02:31 AM   #7
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Sarcasm-hime has it dead-on. Just use an iromuji. If you had more money (or if you know where to look), you should splurge on the obi, since that may very well be your focal point. I'm going to warn you to be very careful - because I've seen too many people cut corners and, with a garment like a kimono, it shows in the worst way.

I will, however, restate what Sarcasm-hime said: fabric is extremely important. You're already going to be paying a good amount for the parts of the kimono as well as the kimono and obi - and there are a lot of parts that go into a kimono. I'd say to be prepared to come off of about $150-$200 on the cheap end if you want a quality formal-like garment, because what you're asking for isn't going to be under $100.

Also, what are you using for the Obi? The Obi needs to be slightly stiff.
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Unread 04-19-2012, 04:11 AM   #8
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What is your budget ?

If I were trying to do something on a super-low budget, I'd got for a satin-weave cotton and use acrylic paints (you'd have to do some blending to get nice colours) and craft foam to stencil / block on designs. You'll get better results with dye, but it's harder to work with.

I don't have anything against a polyester if it works, but be aware that it can get very sweaty and gross inside something made of it. I've had some pretty polyester, but when I wore it in the summer, I almost passed out. D:

I'd look around at bolts of kimono fabric, too. When you look at cost per yard compared to a 45" fabric, the cost isn't really that bad. For instance, $100 for a bolt works out to around ~$25/y-ish for regular fabric. That might be out of your budget, but if you found one for $50, that is only about $12/y - and I have seen cheaper deals, too !

You can find decent plain silks in that range, too - although I would always order a swatch first.


Edit : I wanted to add that something that makes a HUGE difference is having the proper undergarments / layers.

Also, do you have traditional patterns or those Simplicity-type costume patterns ? If the latter, I would ditch them and use one of the many tutorials on-line to make your own. It will make even the simplest fabric look that much better. It is super-easy, too - it is just rectangles.
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Unread 05-17-2012, 05:20 PM   #9
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Thanks to everyone who answered! I ended buying some brocade fabric from a craft store. It's got a gold-ish on one side and blue on the other. I'm going to use blue for the main robe part and gold to make the obi.

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Unread 05-19-2012, 01:08 PM   #10
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Good luck with the brocade as the robe. Brocade fabrics are heavy and hot.
Usually if you're making a yukata (isn't that what you're making?) you'd use cotton, and believe me, there are some REALLY CUTE prints out there.
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Unread 05-19-2012, 01:18 PM   #11
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Yukatas are not meant to be worn to a formal event though - so if they're going to a formal event, they need an actual Kimono.
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Unread 05-19-2012, 07:44 PM   #12
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No, we aren't trying to make yukatas. We want to make formal kimonos, not casual summer ones.
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Unread 05-20-2012, 11:33 AM   #13
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Would you mind sharing what sort of event you'll be wearing your kimono to? That brocade is very pretty, but as a fabric for the body of a kimono it's not really something you'd see in the real thing.

And that's fine--don't get me wrong. I'm asking mostly because if the event is formal enough that having a proper formal kimono is appropriate, the brocade is going to look more costumey than not. For a less-formal event, or something with your friends that isn't focused on kimono or won't have other people familiar with kimono dressing, it'll look cute.
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Unread 05-22-2012, 06:48 PM   #14
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We want to make the kimonos for Youmacon. But we might not be able to afford the tickets...
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