Tuck and Alteration of the Yukata for Kids

How to alter the Yukata

Actually, it is possible to make the Yukata more comfortable to wear if you adjust the size and place of the tuck properly. However, for the sake of simplicity, we just explain how to adjust the length of the Yukata. I feel shy but show the photos to illustrate the process. Please do not mind pathetic stitches there.

How to Make a Tuck at the Shoulders

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Measure the size of the child

1. Measure the size of the child.

To tuck at shoulders, measure the length between a bone in the back of the neck and a wrist.

Find the gap of it and the length between the Senui and the lower sleeve edge.

Half of the gap is the width of the tuck. For instance, 4cm gap leads to 2cm width for the tuck.

2. Mark the half of shoulder width with a marking pin,

where is indicated in the photo by the marking pin in the middle.

Oriyama (the position of a tuck) Bifilar running stitch repeating a set of big stitch once and small twice. The same length as the sleeve seam


draw a line with a tailor's pen.

3. In parallel with the sleeve seam, draw a line with a tailor's pen. This line is called Oriyama, the position to make a tuck.

In the photo, the Oriyama is indicated by the green line. Don't draw the line too thick otherwise it remains on the Yukata afterwards.

* It is just to facilitate the process or normally you don't line with a tailor's pen on the Yukata.

4. Draw a line with a tailor's pen parallel to the Oriyama line leaving width of half of the gap.

̎Then, draw parallel in the back side of the Yuakta and incline 1cm inside at the lower part in the front side. For reference, the photo shows the upper part of the front panel lined as explained.

For reference, the photo shows the upper part of the front panel lined as explained.

 


The front side of the Yukata
The front side of the Yukata

The back side of the Yukata
The back side of the Yukata

5. Make a mountain fold at the Oriyama line and push marking pins along the parallel line.


stitch the sleeve
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6. To fold the mountain to the sleeve side, stitch the sleeve to be reverse side.

The Futame-Otoshi as kimono-making term is to stitch 2.5cm seam at the reverse side and stitch 0.5cm seam twice at the right side. Use a thread of indistinctive color not to be seen when it comes out. In the photo, for purposes of illustration, a thread of distinctive color is used.

After stitching, fold the mountain to the sleeve side.

Bifilar stitching

Futame-Otoshi(kind of basting)
Seams from reverse
side view
Seams from right
side view

How to Make a Tuck at the Waist

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1. Measure the length between a bone in the back of the neck and little above ankles.

Then measure the length between the intersection point of the Senui and the collar and the hem. Find the gap.

The width of tucking waist is half of the gap.

2. Fold the Yukata in half leaving 5cm of the hem.

picture of the waist the back part of the Yukata 5cm fold the panel Oriyama to tuck at the waist

Iron the Oriyama  Iron all the Oriyama to be a mountain fold

3. Iron the Oriyama to make a crease.

4. Unfold the Yukata and iron all the Oriyama to be a mountain fold.


 Push marking pins

right side of the Eriyamaright side
Seams from reverse side view

left side of the Eriyamaleft side
Seams from front side view

5. Draw a line with a tailor's pen necessary width (half of the gap) below the Oriyama.

Push marking pins. By drawing the line below,

6. The Eriyama becomes off to the side. As the right panel comes under after all, it is OK to stitch as it is.

For the left side comes outside, adjust the Eriyama straight by tucking. If it remains a lot, make two tucks. The photo has just one tuck as it didn't leave much.


stitch bifilarly
iron the mountain and finish

7. To fold the mountain to the hem, stitch bifilarly with big seams at the hem side and small seams at upper side.

Fix the edge of the collar properly. (Use a thread of indistinctive color. Photo stitches with a thread of distinctive color for illustrative purposes.

8. After stitching, iron the mountain folded downwards.

It's finished.

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