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Wa-Loli Tutorial~<3

I haven't included photographed instructions for the Obi because I was unclear as to how to make one. I can show you my attempt and how I accomplished it, but I will never claim it to be professional or correct.
A side note: I enjoy sewing and I have the ability to produce decent looking ensembles, but it doesn't make me a master seamstress. There are many other people with much more talent than I so please use this as a "beginner's tutorial". Thank you!

This was the original design. I couldn't stick to it because I ended up owing a lot of taxes, so there was no lace. At a price of 3 dollars per yard, I could have gas in my car for as much as would cover the creation of the Obi. Maybe next issue I will be able to create something more ornate for you.  Here is the  final design:Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

The first step would be to find a fabric that you like, something that will fit your own unique style. Mine was a subtle white heart print on light pink fabric. If you're unable to tell, I lean more towards an amarori style (sweet lolita). I bought 6 yards of the fabric, and I was fine, but if you are larger than 5 foot tall and 125 lbs, then you will most likely need more, as I used all but 4 inches of my fabric. You will also need about 3 yards of another fabric for an obi possibly more depending on your size. Tradition says the colors should contrast, but lolitas generally coordinate, so it's a decision that can be left up only to the person who is creating the yukata. Here is an example of my fabric.
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Below is an MS paint made diagram. You will need to cut the pieces shown to your size. If your size is smaller or larger, there is a pattern to the measurements, so if you can figure it out and subtract or add, it should work fine for you. If following my instructions is difficult, please look at Simplicity 4080. It will serve as a nice base for any design you have that involves a yukata.

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I noticed something I could have made a little more clear. The first width is only applicable to the top part of the front piece, where as the second width column should tell you how wide it will be at the bottom of the same piece.


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(If you wanted to make the yukata front and back pieces about 2 feet longer, you could have a real yukata. You also have the option of extending the sleeve one foot longer and making a more elegant yukata.)

This is what your cut out pieces should look like:
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This is the front piece. Please have two of these cut.

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This is the bottom part of your neck line. Please have 2 cut.

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This is your back piece. You can click this to zoom in, there is the indent there. You MUST have 2 of these.

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These are your sleeves.

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These are the two piece that will make up the top part of your neckline. They are folded over at the moment, please forgive the picture. It is the only example of those pieces that I have.



Onward...
I like to get the small things out of the way first, so we'll begin with the collar. Sew two end together. (right side to right side. BTW, a right side is the side with the print on it. some fabrics don't have a wrong side [side with no print] so its no big deal. but some do) then we will iron the seam down to make it pretty and less clunky when we sew it to something else later.
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You will want to sew your two pointy ended neckband pieces to that strip of fabric as well. One on each side, and sew right side to right side. Please make sure that the pointed end is at the bottom of your strip of fabric when it is done.

Now you should sew the backsides together, right side to right side. It should look something like this:
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After that is completed, you should connect the top parts of the
front pieces to the top parts of the back piece. Please remember to keep the neckline open, and attach the fabrics right side to right side.
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This image below may be a little confusing. I tried to "outline" the collar as best I could with MS paint, to show you certain details of the process. You'll want to have ironed the whole neckband piece/ collar in half width-way, and then you will place it on the body of your yukata, right above where the indentation on the back piece is.
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You will pin this all the way down until you reach the part on the front where the slant stops and the straight part begins.
When you reach the part where the slant ends, please gradually make the piece that shows smaller until you can no longer see it. It should end before the straight part. (I know that was confusing, and unfortunately, I dont have a picture of it. I just kept going on mine until i reached the bottom and it looks perfectly fine.)
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So now that we have the collar attached, we can begin the sleeves. I closed the back end of my sleeve so that I could store items in them. If you are looking for accuracy, I suggest that you not sew the back of the sleeve together. Sewing the back can create problems if you have difficulty putting a yukata on in the first place.

I ironed all the way around the sleeve fabric. I suggest you do the same, and also sew around all of it. It will make it much easier later.
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This is a close up of the rounded corner. I didn't know how else to finish the sleeves, so i ironed it this way. It worked out fine, but if you have a better way, please try that.
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What I did for the sleeve, (because i did it a more difficult way) was find center and measure 11 inches out to each side. (Please refer the the measuring tape below. That is the right side of the center.) Since you've already hemmed around, you pretty much just need to mark that place on both sides of your center crease. (If you're closing both sides, you need to do this on the other side of the sleeve as well.)
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Something authentic to compare it to: Below is a Happi Coat that a friend in Japan sent to me. The sleeves are longer and wider, but since we're making this in a lolita style, excess is appropriate and suggested.
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For the sleeve, you'll want to sew right side to right side and ONLY ON THE TOP HALF OF THE SHOULDER. If you start to find you're closing the sleeve, you have gone too far. It should look this way:
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This is the side of the yukata. you should go down 4 or 5 inches possibly, depending on your size (i did 3 1/2 because i am small) and then sew the sides together right side to right side.
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If you dont want frill or lace, you can hem the bottom now. It will look something along the lines of this:
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I decided to rip that seam out when I thought of ruffles, so here are 2 pictures of it without ruffles. (It's short, yes, but you will need an underskirt. It was part of the original design to have one. If you own a bustle skirt, it would do nicely here.)
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This is the front ^ and back v without the ruffle. I will be retaking pictures soon and will replace these.
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The two above are of it with ruffles. A much needed improvement, unless of course I had owned a better underdress. That concludes this Wa-Loli tutorial.

If you confused about the subject of ruffles, here is something that may help you.
Ruffles are easy. Mini Tutorial:
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Comments

Thank you so much!!! Your tutorial is amazing!!

(Anonymous)

From Lain. ( I dont have an account)

I must say that this tutorial is awesome! I've been searching the web for english instructions to make a yukata. It is very helpful thanks!
Might I point out another detail to add: put lace/ruffles around the arm hole by the wrist and maybe along the seam of the sleeve. (^.^)

Thanks again!

Ryu-Vampiress asks

I am using this tut. to make an outfit for my friend and I noticed in the directions to make the 'front piece' you didn't say how many inches from the bottom before making the diagonal line to the top of the piece... Because there is a chunk of fabric before it starts to angle up to the top, but I don't know how big that should be. Any replies would be greatly appreciated :)

(Anonymous)

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Uwah, this is amazing! So using this~ <3

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Hello, I was trying to use your tutorial but the pictures will not load. Is there any way to fix this?
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