Inside the modified yukata

Taking a closer look at our modified indigo shibori yukata, there are some interesting touches that signify this was very much a homemade or at least home-modified garment.

The partial lining is from a tenugui, or cotton hand towel. It is very soft, and has been carefully tacked in such a way to give more breathability to the upper portion of the yukata, which makes it more comfortable to wear. It also protects the outer garment from sweat damage. Oddly enough though, there is no modesty lining in the seat. I found this unusual as most of my hand sewn yukata have a large, square-shaped seat lining, ideal for sitting on, especially when you’re still slightly damp from the bath or sauna.

The more I’ve looked this yukata over, the more interesting details I’ve discovered, including the different stitches used to keep the fabric balanced and even. Both long and short stitches are used to keep the fabric in place, then given a finished edge. Colors and patterns are matched up as well as can be, considering the two fabrics are actually quite different.

All in all, it’s a wonderful garment with colorful and distinct appeal. I look forward to putting it to good use over the summer!

4 Comments Add yours

  1. UrbanSeamstress says:

    I know this a somewhat older post, but I am hoping you will still be able to answer my question. I have two original bolts of yukata fabric, one for a woman’s garment and one for a man’s. I am planning to make them into yukata for both myself and my husband, but I want to make them as close to the ‘real’ thing as I possibly can. I have found very detailed instructions online, but only passing mention of the two pieces of lining traditionally sewn into the shoulder and seat area. As we will be wearing these garments practically daily and especially after sauna, I do want to add these lining pieces for added comfort and durability. I have found two photos of vintage yukata in which the lining pieces ‘show through’ the light coloured fabric, allowing me to guess at their approximate size and shape, but I have no clue as to how exactly they are finished on the inside and attached to the outer fabric. Especially the one in the seat area puzzles me as I cannot imagine any stitches, no matter how fine, showing there. I am hoping you will be able to fill me in here? Thanks!

    1. Great question! I’ll take some photos and write up a bit on that topic. Thank you for asking about something so often overlooked.

      1. UrbanSeamstress says:

        Thank you, I’d appreciate that greatly!

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