Tabi Experiment 1 – First ever tabi

Well I gave it a go and I am pleased with the first try. I have now learnt new lessons and need to improve certain parts for my ‘ankle width’ if I want to make tabi from cotton and not stretch materials.

I will make the corresponding pair friday and corset the back with ribbon for halloween tabi then try to make a better pattern at the weekend.

Sewing as Therapy? Obi and Collars…

Cherry fake collar:

Fake kimono collars again!

Lolita fake collar for a friend (see how this one is hemmed nicely as it is for someone else):

Fake kimono collars again!

Obi trial run – reversible – one side halloween pin ups and the other casino girls!

Handmade obi - oneside casino, one side Halloween!

Handmade obi - oneside casino, one side Halloween!

Now I have perfected my fake collar technique but this was a trial run with a ‘patchwork’ obi with old fabric with quilting wadding for the core. It is far too spongy however holds the otaiko really nicely. I plan to buy real obi shin from Rakuten next month to sew my ‘cath kidston’ obi now I have done a trial run.

I am considering replacing the quilted core on this obi once I have shin too as I made it with this in mind. The wadding will make great obi makura though so will be reused.

I will concentrate on obi for a while as I have many of the funkiest (to my mind) collars going and need to refocus efforts on a few kitch obi.


1. Reversible retro kitch obi
2. Cat Obi
3. Goth Obi/Red/White polkadot reversible

Nice cotton is SOO expensive and needing at LEAST 3.5m for an obi (I just do 4m as it is easier cutting wise) it means that each obi still costs around £50 to make and if I want to make it reversible £70. I will reuse the rest of the obi fabrics to make a few collars, obiage, susoyoke and hopefully if I can get to a photocopier and enlarge my pattern….tabi…

I blame Yumi Yamamoto for all this sewing madness and I need to get her first book in English as well. I doubt I will ever go down the kimono route. I am BAD at cutting so will be content in making accessories.

Three more haneri made and obi plans!

Right well I had a bit of a sewing flurry and prepared 3 han eri for my velcro fake collar system and once the madness is over (possibly the bank holiday in June) I will add the velcro and close off my collar obsession for a while.


Dogs and Dots, Super goth with skulls and stars and stripes 🙂

My next project is a bigger investment. A 3.5m fukuro obi in cotton fabric. I already have one of these and I love it. However, it’s time I made my own!

I have some fabric from Ikea ready and will buy obi shin from Rakuten in the right size and thickness all ready for ease.

One side will be retro blue rose print and the other side retro patchwork, which admittedly will take more time but if I like the patchwork look then it makes obi making cheaper and more random. I will have to be cleaver with the patchwork and tailor it to my waistline and where I put my favourite fabric and the cheaper ‘filler’ patches.


The obi might be a test of patience as I can’t whip up an obi like I whip up han eri!