I used a fine shirting to make the nagajuban, the under garment that helps to keep the kimono clean.
A band finishes off the bottom of the garment and carries on to become ties that wrap around and tie in the front under the breast, holding the collar in the proper position.
Unlike the kimono, the collar band is interfaced and darts inserted in the back.
The collar is 3″ wide, the two panels for each side are 14″ wide. The front and back are one piece with no shoulder seam. I could have made straight sleeves but I used the kimono sleeve style to leave an opening under the arm. It’s very comfortable.
The date jime and obi arrived on the Stitchery doorstep this past week. Here’s the date jime, by far my favorite to wear. It is 4″ wide and made of a wonderful silk faille.
The pre-tied bow is fun
The obi at 7″ is too wide for my height. It needs the wooden form that is the traditional method of supporting the obi to keep it from wrinkling.
I am not going to use the wooden form, although I should, it is the best method. I may use some timtex cut down to 6″ wide and wrap the solid color edge of the obi over it to reduce the obi’s width.
Conclusion = Fun to wear and HusPartner actually likes the look very much
~ I am HusPartner and I approve this message ~ O’Cheski’i san.