|Learn to make a kimono for any doll.|
I recently got a request from a client for some handmade kimonos for her Japanese Gofun dolls. Although I have heard of Gofun dolls I wasn't very familiar with them, so I looked them up to see if I could find a clothing pattern. Well, I discovered there are no patterns, probably because most Gofun have pinned-on or sewn-on clothing. Gofun dolls are tourist dolls from Japan. Sometimes they are jointed and free-standing and other times they are wired-armature dolls fixed to a stand and posed in position as a dancer, fighter, or musician, most typically. Although their clothing looks extremely rich and detailed if you look closely you will see it is mainly just hemmed cloth wrapped and draped over the doll. Since my client is in the UK it would be especially cost-prohibitive for her to ship me the dolls to dress them, and it's really pretty easy to make these clothes yourself.
|You will need a few materials.|
To get started you will need your doll as well as some straight pins and wired ribbon in wide and narrow widths. Then you will need some really wide unwired ribbon or just hemmed cloth, such as a scarf or handkerchief. If you have basic sewing skills you might want a needle and thread as well.
|Fold over the edge of the wired ribbon.|
|Fold the sleeve over the arm.|
|Cut the ribbon for the next sleeve.|
Lay your doll on the ribbon with the ribbon under her shoulders, as shown. Place the folded edge on the doll's arm and bend the ribbon over the arm to make a sleeve. Extend the doll's other arm to see how long your piece of ribbon should be. Allow enough length to fold the edge of the ribbon over a couple times after you cut it.
|Poke the wire from one corner inside the sleeve.|
|Wrap the unwired ribbon around the doll to make a skirt.|
|Cross the ribbon over the chest.|
|Wrap the ribbon around the waist.|
|Knot the ribbon in back.|
|Shape the sash.|
|The finished kimono|
|The back view|