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05:52 pm: Fresh from the oven...
...er, sewing machine. I present to you my finished (enough) yukata. (Apparently it still needs a few reinforcement stitches here and there, such as the underarm area, but it's finished enough for all practical purposes.)

I also got a refresher on collar-folding, so I should be able to finish up that portion of my website soon.

Now I just have to work on making a matching bag with the leftover fabric. So far I have all the necessary materials except the drawstring.

(If the image looks a little strange, it's because I altered the color in an attempt to compensate for the odd lighting. It looks blue in the original picture. This is closer to the actual color of the fabric.)


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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:June 7th, 2005 03:44 am (UTC)
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Pretty!! That really looks nice.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 7th, 2005 04:55 am (UTC)
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That really looks nice.

Thanks! *^_^*

I've started working on the matching handbag. Remember how I said to shoot me if I ever got the crazy notion to take up patchwork because it was so tedious? Well, I bought a roller-cutter and marked cutting board, and I'm trying them out on the fabric pieces. Heaven help me, this makes cutting fun. *_*
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:June 7th, 2005 05:42 am (UTC)
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Ooooh, patchwork. I love patchwork quilts. I have a secret dream to have a really nice handmade one someday. (I've actually looked at websites that had really beautiful Amish ones for sale. But damn, they're expensive. x_x)

Heaven help me, this makes cutting fun.

Isn't cutting always fun?

....Wait, that doesn't sound right. >.>
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From:firesign10
Date:June 7th, 2005 04:38 am (UTC)
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Beautiful!!! Next picture, you must model it :-)

*sewing itch continues building*
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 7th, 2005 04:56 am (UTC)
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Next picture, you must model it :-)

I will see what I can do. The sewing teacher seems anxious for me to try it on, too. (She collects pictures of the exchange students and teachers wearing the yukata she helped them make.)
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From:mangaroo
Date:June 7th, 2005 12:26 pm (UTC)
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I'm loving the color and design of the cloth. Can't wait to see it on you!
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:June 7th, 2005 08:12 am (UTC)
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That's absolutely gorgeous!! I'm so impressed.
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From:wrenwyn
Date:June 7th, 2005 01:09 pm (UTC)
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It's beautiful, Amparo. You did a lovely job. Looking forward to seeing you in it. Will you put it on in the same way as a Kimono, with the under-collar showing -- or would this be more informal?

What is the difference between kimono and yukata? Fabric, formality?

hehe Gonna have to use the sensei icon again.

(=^.^=)
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 7th, 2005 01:43 pm (UTC)
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Will you put it on in the same way as a Kimono, with the under-collar showing -- or would this be more informal?

A yukata is much more informal. Women (though not men) are supposed to wear an undergarment with it, but it's essentially a plain cotton 2-piece slip and isn't intended to show.

What is the difference between kimono and yukata? Fabric, formality?

The difference is that what we call "kimono" are lined, so they're two layers of fabric, whereas a yukata isn't lined. However, technically, a yukata is a type of kimono. (Literally, kimono means "thing you wear.") It's like saying "what's the difference between a shirt and a T-shirt?"

(...Actually, what most Americans call "kimono" are bathrobes, but that's another story...)

Gonna have to use the sensei icon again.

:-P
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From:evil_overlord
Date:June 8th, 2005 12:39 am (UTC)
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oh, the fabric is *gorgeous*!! Looks like you did an awesome job on it, too. ^_^

and yah, seeing it *on* you would be great!! If nothing else, things do look different when they're on a person, than a form. And we'd get to see the obi too that way. ^_^
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From:kataren
Date:June 8th, 2005 05:06 am (UTC)
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Wow, that's gorgeous! This took you how long? What exactly is the pattern (can't really see)?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 8th, 2005 01:28 pm (UTC)
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This took you how long?

I've been working on it since last fall, but that's deceptive, because I only get 1-2 hours a week to work on it at the most. (It's kept locked up in the sewing room, so I can only work on it at the sewing teacher's convenience.)

What exactly is the pattern (can't really see)?

It's yellow tulips with black stems. I posted a closeup of the pattern back when I first bought it.
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From:kataren
Date:June 8th, 2005 09:16 pm (UTC)
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It's yellow tulips with black stems. I posted a closeup of the pattern back when I first bought it.

Even prettier up close. ^__^ Not at all what I thought originally, eheh. Btw, forgot to ask before, can I friend you?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 9th, 2005 12:12 am (UTC)
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Btw, forgot to ask before, can I friend you?

That's fine with me.
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From:kataren
Date:June 9th, 2005 04:12 am (UTC)
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Thank you. :)
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From:pacoese
Date:June 8th, 2005 01:25 pm (UTC)
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looks good... are you going to make me a samurai outfit next? I'm thinking of reinacting 7 Samurai :)
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 8th, 2005 01:30 pm (UTC)
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are you going to make me a samurai outfit next?

<g> Now wouldn't that be something...
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From:megory
Date:June 8th, 2005 08:17 pm (UTC)

Nice!

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It looks very, very nice. What an accomplishment--the yukata *and* the instructions on your website. I can hardly wait to see the handbag and you modeling the yukata. Bob likes it, too.
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