Japanese Kimono and Obi Sash Multi-sized Pattern for Regular and Slim 18" Dolls

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The kimono is a traditional Japanese garment, and the national dress of Japan. It is a T-shaped, wrapped-front garment, and is worn left over right.
It is usually worn with an obi belt, alongside a number of other accessories, such as shoes (zōri) and socks (tabi).
Kimono range in variation from extremely formal to very casual. The formality of a woman's kimono is determined mostly by pattern placement, decoration style, fabric choice and color.
Obi is a sash for the traditional Japanese kimono dress.
Originally, all obi were narrow ribbon like sashes and tied in the front.
As obi grew wider the knots grew bigger, and it became cumbersome to tie the obi in the front. In the end of the 17th century obi were mostly tied in the back with knots. These days, a woman's knot often does not keep the obi in place as much as it functions as a large decorative piece in the back.
There are many different types of women's obi in various lengths and widths.
There are also many types of decorative knots and they often represent flowers or birds.
Tsuke obi with ready-made knots are gaining in popularity today.
Our kimono features a separate bow attached to the tsuke at back.

Hair Style:
The hair is generally pulled up and decorated with ribbons or hair sticks.

Pattern is multi-sized for two popular 18" doll sizes:
~ For 18 inch regular dolls such as American Girl® and
~ For 18" slim Carpatina , Magic Attic® or Kidz n Cats® Dolls

Recommended Fabrics: Light weight woven fabrics, cotton, brocades

Supplies Needed: 

• 3/4 yard fabric for Kimono
• 1/4 yard fabric for sash
• 1/2 yard contrast fabric for trims
• 1 yard cord for sash
• Optional ribbons & jewels to decorate
• Matching threads

Skill Level:  Intermediate

What You Get: One 23 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions and full size pattern pieces. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.

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I am preparing to make this so I have reviewed the instructions. I noticed that the history states the wrap is from left to right but the instructions show right to left and that some of the photos switch from a left side to right side front. While this does not seem to impact the garment constructions if you know what you are doing, it could be confusing to a new sewer. It would probably be helpful if the pattern designer would redo the instructions for the left to right wrapover as is the traditional noted in their description and use only pictures that show the left to right version. e.g steps 13, 13a, 14, 15.

Sarah S.
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Four stars for now; maybe five later...

So, I haven't yet made this item. I'm waiting for some special fabric, as the kimono is a custom piece I'm making for a friend's daughter's doll. The little girl's father owns several traditional kimono himself and - since I've made clothes for their daughter's dolls before - he wanted to know if I could make a doll-sized kimono, if he provided some actual, traditional kimono cotton. Always up for a challenge, I agreed. I chose this pattern because it was the most intricate of the three offered on the site, and also because it has the obi as a separate piece. I anticipated having to make certain alterations to the pattern, in the interest of making it more accurate, but once I had the pattern downloaded I realized I wouldn't really need to change much at all. The pattern even features the traditional pocket-sleeves, which were specifically asked for and which I had assumed I would need to alter the pattern to accommodate. I'm not sure yet how difficult or easy the pattern will be to follow, or how accurately sized it is for the thicker 18" dolls, though I'll be sure to leave an updated review once I've made the piece. But so far, I'm really pleased with the accuracy and attention-to-detail offered by the pattern itself and I'm really looking forward to making the kimono.