More DIY... Cutting the cloth -again.

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More DIY... Cutting the cloth -again.

Post by Honda T » Sun Jan 23, 2005 8:37 pm

At one stage, I would wear my aikido gi top to practice iaido with. This was not a problem...... until I started to practice aikido more (as my shift alows) and have recently found myself practicing MA three days on the trot sometimes.

I wanted a iaigi anyway, but most seemed kendo orientated being quite thick aikido/judo types. So whilst out with my wife, and in a habidashery shop the other day, I brought some black material to experiment with. Here's the result....



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The material is 60ins. wide and I had a length cut to about 2 1/2yds. About a yard is folded over.

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I used my aikido gi as a reference to cut around leaving about an inch to hem with.

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The resulting shape.

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The shape when un-folded.

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I ironed the hems into the material to make it easier to sew.

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To prevent fraying/un-ravelling, the material is first sewn on the correct side (as it would be worn)....

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....and is THEN turned inside out and the seem sewn again. When the article is turned back the right way out, the seem is like a tunnel with the edge of the material contained inside to prevent unravelling.

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You end up with a T shaped tube - you can now cut up the middle of the front and, at the top, cut out toward the sleeves about 3 1/2ins.

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Taking shape now....

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The V neck is cut away.

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Two strips about 6ins. wide are cut to make the edging at the front. These are folded into 4 with the edges inside, and sewn into the gi top in a similar manner to the seem of the sleeves.

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Yours truly, the ugly mug, wearing his creation...

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Post by purple_ducks » Sun Jan 23, 2005 8:39 pm

wow that looks relly funky 8)

Angelus

Post by Angelus » Sun Jan 23, 2005 8:39 pm

DIY at its best. Good job mate

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Post by Bugsy » Sun Jan 23, 2005 9:03 pm

A bloke that can make clothing :???: MARRY ME!

Btw, it looks tres cool!

Angelus

Post by Angelus » Sun Jan 23, 2005 9:04 pm

Can't turn down an offer like that can you honda lol 8)

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Post by purple_ducks » Sun Jan 23, 2005 9:05 pm

Bugsy wrote: MARRY ME!
lmao Bugs :D

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Post by Shinobi » Sun Jan 23, 2005 9:10 pm

Me wants one!! Whats the difference between Iaido and Iaito?

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Post by Gaunt » Sun Jan 23, 2005 9:10 pm

d/t ???

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Post by Honda T » Sun Jan 23, 2005 10:25 pm

Bugsy wrote:A bloke that can make clothing :???: MARRY ME!

Btw, it looks tres cool!
Sorry, Michael Collins has beaten you to it in this post.

Thanks all for the kind words - it beats watching the cr*p on TV lately.

Iaido is the art of drawing the sword, iaito is the sword -normally a zinc alloy but can be s/steel.

This brings my total projects while a member of this site up to 4 - two sword stands (wood projects), and sword bags and now my iaigi (needlework). What next?

This will be a kamiza in a torii style (the gateways to shinto shrines).
It will hold a bokken and jo and have a picture of O-Sensei at the top.

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Post by michael_collins_2000_ie » Mon Jan 24, 2005 4:34 am

Hahaha forgot about that, Btw nice and nice shinto.

And you look like a younger Ian Mckellen.

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Post by Honda T » Mon Jan 24, 2005 10:57 pm

michael_collins_2000_ie wrote:Hahaha forgot about that, Btw nice and nice shinto.

And you look like a younger Ian Mckellen.
Well, if he can make it famous looking my senior, there's hope for me yet! Thanks.

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Post by Blackbird » Mon Jan 24, 2005 11:22 pm

Nice job, v nice job.

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Post by Mos » Mon Jan 24, 2005 11:28 pm

thats very nice, well done mate :D

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Post by Bugsy » Tue Jan 25, 2005 12:08 am

Hey, Michael just said he wanted your babies... Mine was something more of a binding agreement...

Hehehe j/k - In seriousness though, did you reinforce your hems any how? 'Cause I need a new gi and have just quit my PT job so am skint and can't afford one. Only problem is that it gotsta be a tough well-made gi, and I'm not sure how I could do it.

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Post by Honda T » Tue Jan 25, 2005 11:22 am

No, I didn't reinforce the hems - had no need since, for iaido, there will be no 'tugging' of the garment. It only needs to be loose fitting such that the arms can be raised above head height easily.

The way I done the seems is shown below.....

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The 1st seem is done as you would wear it - right way out


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The next seem is done with the garment inside out


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Turned the right way again, the seem looks something like this


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This is an 'end' view


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This would be a better seem (seen end on), where the two edges are overlaped but, I only have one of those mini sewing machines (the £20 jobbies) and this was beyond its capabilities.

You would need a better machine with a large 'mouth' to gather up the garment, and a decent needle to sew through the thickness of the folded material.

Sorry for the crap piccies - I've been on a night shift but can't get to bed until the missus comes home at 1.00 - got a toddler to look after!

Hope this helps, though.

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