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The Cat kimono

Added May 18, 2011

by grafiketgrafok

Toulouse, France






Ah. Japanese kimono… long story that is… I already told (in the Tea party dress project) that I’m a Nancy Pena’s fan and the ultimate piece for me to make was that kimono, the very emblematic piece of her comic book (the kimono’s cat). And of course, I had never made a kimono before! I always choose the simple way… Please tell me I’m not the only one!!! ^^

Well, the difficult part here was that I needed to print the fabric with the cat pattern… hum… It’s made of cotton sateen and based on a traditional kimono pattern… But my lack of experience made this kimono totally unperfect!!! :) However, I’m sure to improve on my second kimono attempt!!! :D

Material Notes

Organic cotton sateen.




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Other, Vintage

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    May 21, 2011, 10.34 PMby FEDRA

    great work, beautiful color combinations, nice pictures,especially the last

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      May 21, 2011, 10.53 PMby grafiketgrafok

      Thank you! ^^ I try to work on the pictures! :)

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    May 20, 2011, 12.48 PMby ladykatza

    This is amazing! You did great this being your first attempt.

    I’ll share a tidbit of information from my friend that is an antique Kimono dealer and teaches classes. You always always cross the LEFT side OVER the right side. Having the right side over the left side means you are dead and ready for cremation.
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      May 20, 2011, 01.25 PMby grafiketgrafok

      Haha! Well, thank you for that information, that’s useful for sure!!! Especially knowing that I often (maybe always!) cross my vests (kimono included) like men (meaning the right side over the left side!!!). :D So, thanks a lot for that!!! I’ll try to keep that in mind!

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    May 20, 2011, 04.50 AMby smallone

    Wow! and I love that you used spoonflower to get the exact fabric you wanted!!!!

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      May 20, 2011, 05.28 AMby grafiketgrafok

      Thank you! Well I had little choice!! I really wanted that fabric!!! :)

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    May 19, 2011, 04.58 PMby assets

    I love it Well done.

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    May 19, 2011, 03.16 PMby hatoribe

    It is pretty kimono :-) I think that the combination of these colors is a Japan style. すてきな着物ですね。 色の組み合わせが日本的ですばらしいと思います。

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      May 19, 2011, 03.29 PMby grafiketgrafok


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    May 19, 2011, 02.36 PMby hoorayforever

    Beautiful and amazing! I love the print combinations.

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      May 19, 2011, 03.15 PMby grafiketgrafok

      Thank you, but for the print combinations, you’ll have to congrat Nancy Pena! ’cause this is based on her drawings from the comic. ^^

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    May 19, 2011, 08.23 AMby urbandon

    Beautiful. YOU can see the mistakes- and that is a good thing but from here is is wonderful.

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      May 19, 2011, 03.14 PMby grafiketgrafok

      Thank you! And it’s cool that YOU don’t!!! Hahaha!

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    May 18, 2011, 09.37 PMby kanamithedreamer

    This is really awesome!

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    May 18, 2011, 09.21 PMby tanitisis

    This, too, is amazing! What process are you using for printing the fabrics? :)

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    May 18, 2011, 09.01 PMby stars

    It looks pretty cool to me, don’t be so hard on yourself! I think it looks great and fab pictures :)

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      May 19, 2011, 03.13 PMby grafiketgrafok

      Haha! Thank you! Being hard on myself is one of my specialties!

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