Sewing the Yukata

How to sew

Japanese dressmaking is basically done by hand.
Even though the length of the amount to sew is long, there are more straight stitches than dressmaking and the fact that the seams are hidden behind the kise makes it less stressful.
Japanese sense of beauty and spirit of wastefulness can be seen in every corner of Japanese dressmaking such as in the Kurimawashi where seam allowance is left uncut to enable repeated use.

For a clean finish, it is important that straight sewing is done straight, roundness of the sleeve is sewn exactly according to the pattern and sewn exactly on the markings.
After you have sewn, draw the strip of cloth and thread where you have just sewn through your fingers to smooth out, make a tiny buffer zone (kise) and make sure there are no sewing strains.
There are still a lot more of these sewing methods and techniques unique to Japanese dressmaking.
Since almost all basic sewing methods can be experienced through sewing of the sleeve that is relatively short, it is recommended to first learn how to sew sleeves, and then progress to other parts with longer length.

01. Stitching the sleeves Video Tutorial
02. Stitching the sleeve curve Video Tutorial
03. Hemming the wrist opening Video Tutorial
04.Stitching the center back Video Tutorial
05.Shoulder lining (with vertical fabric) Video Tutorial
06.Shoulder lining (with horizontal fabric) Video Tutorial
07.Stitching the Side Seam and Hemming Video Tutorial
08.Hemming down the length of the strip Video Tutorial
09.Attaching the front strips Video Tutorial
10.Hemming the Bottom Edge Video Tutorial
11.Attaching the collar Video Tutorial
12.Placing a collar core (Mitsu-eri-sin) Video Tutorial
13.Attaching the reinforcement collar Video Tutorial
14.Attaching the Sleeves and Hemming Video Tutorial
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