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Simple doll kimono tutorial by Tenshi-blues Simple doll kimono tutorial by Tenshi-blues
I thought I'd give this a go! Hopefully my instructions and photos are OK and you can understand what I mean?

Here are the links to what you need to know!

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It works for all size dolls because of it's simplicity!! No pattern required, just a piece of plain paper, a ruler and a pencil ^__^

Model: my Obitsu 27cm eyehole head doll.

BTW if you're wondering where instruction number 10 went, I copied the same photo twice, but forgot to update the numbers on the instructions :lol:

P.S. Just wanted to add, if anything is unclear (this is the first time I've ever done anything like this), please feel free to send me a note and I'll do my best to explain further ^__^

Another little edit. If you want to stiffen the collar, get a little iron on interfacing and cut it to half the width of the piece of fabric for the collar and approx 1cm shorter. As you fold and press the collar, the interfacing will stick onto the fabric and it works wonders and gives the collar a much crisper look. I've been using it a lot for my most recent kimonos. An alternative to interfacing is another strip of fabric again half the width and 1cm shorter!
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:iconacucello:
Acucello Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Thank you for this tutorial, it will help me a lot ! ^^
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DictatorCat Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great and easy! Even though it's so old already. Thank you!
Sitting here sewing a black kimono. Changed some things though.
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SatiricalProse Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Thank you so much! I can't wait to give it a go when my doll arrives!
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Hompsantoosa Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
Very pretty, but I do not understand the instructions.
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:iconmidorico:
midorico Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
I can't wait to try and make it thank you so much for uploading!
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:iconfjolliff:
FJolliff Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
it is very beautiful, it looks like a complicated design. Its amazing that you say that you can do THAT simply... Good work!
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:iconcloudminty:
cloudminty Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
I made one for my doll Claire, thank you for posting this!
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:iconmistursuperstar:
MisturSuperstar Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
Oh hey I remember you XD
I may actually use this for my doll >3
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:iconmari-chan:
mari-chan Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice. :D
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1sango27 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
ok so it got a little shaky in the beginning due to material was well... bleck but i made it work i got confused on some of ur steps but i let it sink in and now im the proud maker of a beautiful kimono for my ghoulia ^_^ i plan to make more asian styled clothing with ur tutorials thnk u for the wonderful tutorial ^_^
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koneko321 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
ah this tutorial will be useful for my cosplay :D
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:iconkirschu:
Kirschu Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010
I tried today, but I didn't read carefull enough and made many mistakes :blush:
I will re-try it once! :+fav:
... And then be more carefull, because this is realy a good tutorial ~ ♥
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SesshyLover-cha Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
Do you think this could be made into a life-sized tutorial for a kimono if you change the proprtions a bit?
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HardcorePixie Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010
you don't know how much you just saved me :D it's such a simple process :)
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:iconrhissanna:
Rhissanna Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Cool! Clever! Thank you!
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LightsShadow0848 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! This is great, though I'm not very good at sewing, I want to give this a try.... I have a friend's sister making me a full kimono to paint and I am fasinated with all kimono. I've gone and ordered myself a barbie doll (mine all disapeared into my parents storage when I moved) and plan to try this out! I'll link a photo when I'm finished with one ^^. Wish me luck, I'll be sewing by hand as I don't have a machine. Hehehe...
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LightsShadow0848 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Here's two that I've completed with the help of your pattern! Thanks for sharing and I put a link to you on each one!

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damseldolls Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009
I'll give this a try...thanks for sharing
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nozomigirl Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
ok this is a weird question but...

i want to get a dlofi to make clothes for it cuz i love to make doll clothes but i dont have the money... is there any way you could tell me his/her measurements?

height
arm length
leg length
bust
waist
hips
back of the neck to the butt
size of his neck (around it)
in step (the inner part of the leg from the crotch to the foot)
and the width or around the arms and wrists
and the around the legs and ankles.

it would mean a lot to me if you could...then i could make dolfi clothing and not have to wait till i can buy one.
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8192 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009
I love the doll... Where did you get it?
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:iconpleasesaveheart:
Pleasesaveheart Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009
You can buy Obitsus at: junkyspot.com

You have to customize it though.
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acenaspheru Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009
thanks for this! i'll have to try it out! ^^
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Lierownya Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
Wooow thank you so much ;)
but I'll try make one for me, not for doll =)
this tutorial help a lot!
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LivingDolls Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
Thank-you for sharing!
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Tenshi112 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008
that's awesome *o*
but please explain me one thing... i talked to someone about bringing up such work, but either of us understands how can a collar (translation mistake?) be sewn to the rest if the cut for the opening is a straight line? We came to the point that we see the back seam, the one sewn to the half of fabric's length, later makes an Y-shaped opening and we have no idea how can a collar be sewn here. Could you explain, please?
Also I', sorry if something is impossible to understand here - I'm Polish and my English still isn't perfect ^^;
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dragophethis Featured By Owner May 6, 2008
wow. I just finished reading your instructions, and the pictures help a lot. =D I was looking at the pattern I bought from Jo-Annes, and it made no sense.

If you like, I could help you make some of the instructions clearer-- I think I understood everything, but some of the descriptions could probably be made clearer. I'm going to go try to make a kimono (probably not for a few weeks because of school), and then I think I'd understand the process better. Would you be interested?
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Tenshi-blues Featured By Owner May 18, 2008
You can if you like! I think it's a case of knowing what you're doing, but trying to put it into words and pictures for others to understand when they can't see the thought process that's involved!! It was also knowing what stages to take a photograph at and of course once the thing is completed, it's not like you can go back and take more photos!
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lachrymosity Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This will defintaely be helpful when I am making a kimono for my plushies. (I hope you don't mind mind if I change certain things to match plushies - for my personal use of course!) :D
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:icontenshi-blues:
Tenshi-blues Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
As long as it's helpful to you, you can change it however you wish and I'm really pleased it's going to help you out ^__^
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polethor Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008
Wow, you are a genius... Thanks for the tutorial... I i'll surely make one... :)
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:icontenshi-blues:
Tenshi-blues Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008
Thankyou ^__^
Take a look at the kosode tutorial as well, then once you've made a couple of the simple ones, you could make one with the seperate front panels for a more authentic look!!
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:iconpolethor:
polethor Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008
Wow... I love layered kimonos... :) thanks for the tutorials...
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:iconrasne:
Rasne Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007
did you use sewing machine?
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:icontenshi-blues:
Tenshi-blues Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007
Most of my doll outfits, including this one, are sewn on a machine, but I do sew by hand at times! All my One Piece doll outfits are hand stitched ^__^
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marwa-ness Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007
Hey, nice tutourial. It made me bothered to try and make a kimono for my Hyde. I did want to make it like a mini kimono, but it looks abit too short at the moment.

Thanks.
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Tenshi-blues Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007
Glad you found it helpful!!

It's a very basic pattern that can be adapted in many ways. I've been playing around with this simple pattern to create various different kimonos including an uchikake and a haori.

Do you mean mini as in where it comes to on the doll's body? You could always add some leggings or something similar so that it's more like a shirt ^__^
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marwa-ness Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007
Yup. It's lucky to fit her thighs... XD!!! I should mkae leggings or something. Or just give Hyde underwear.
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Tenshi-blues Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007
You do know that the tutorial will fit any size doll and even a human? All you need to do is measure the doll itself and use those measurements for the fabric. So if the doll is 55cm from shoulder to ankle, then you want a strip of fabric 110cm with 1cm for hem allowance! Or you can cut 4 strips @ 55cm each and sew the 2 backs up the middle, then sew the 2 front pieces to the shoulder equivalent of the back (leave a small amount of the centre of the back for where the dolls neck goes (i.e. don't sew the fronts all the way across!). If the dolls hip is wider than the shoulder, then measure the hips instead and don't forget your seam allowances on everything. I'd say with a 60-70cm doll, you want to allow 1cm for hemming and a minimum of 1/2 cm for seams themselves (I'm assuming you're talking about a 1/3 scale doll?!).
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:iconmarwa-ness:
marwa-ness Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007
Thanks. It actually a 1/6 scale. I got a Pullip. I nearly finished I should take photos later. ^_^.
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:icontenshi-blues:
Tenshi-blues Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007
I think it was when you mentioned the name I got an image of a big doll in my head for some reason :lmao:

I'd love to see it when it's done ^__^
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:iconmarwa-ness:
marwa-ness Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007
XD. I wish I could afford those BJD's. I'll comment you when I've posted it.
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:icontenshi-blues:
Tenshi-blues Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007
I have one and can't "gel" with her! She's stuck naked in her box and is never played with. I realised I'm a 1/6 scale person ^__^
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dreamstone Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007
Great Tutorial!!! I wonder how the kimono would look like if I used the brocaded fabric.
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:icontenshi-blues:
Tenshi-blues Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007
Probably absolutely gorgeous ^__^

I have just bought some royal blue brocade that I'm going to make a kimono out of!!

Thankyou! So glad you like it!
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dreamstone Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007
YAY!!! Can't wait to see that!
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:icontenshi-blues:
Tenshi-blues Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007
Do you think it would look wrong for a guy doll to have a kimono made of brocade? I always see females wearing highly colourful clothing and the guys in the plain colours!! but I so want to use this brocade for one of my guys - I guess it's really down to the pattern of the actual brocade thinking about it :lol: I think mine has leaves and petals!!
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:icondreamstone:
dreamstone Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007
Guys would look great in royal blue. And this is anime and manga we're talking about. They'll look great!
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:icontenshi-blues:
Tenshi-blues Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007
Yeah! you're right - girly boys are so yummy =D
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kizzychan Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2007
Great tutorial, maybe I'll try someday when I'll need a kimono...
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:icontenshi-blues:
Tenshi-blues Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2007
You'll have to show me if you do ^__^
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