Since I was making one for my newly remade Kotoko cosplay, I thought I'd take pictures as I go, because I've heard from a few people that they don't know how to make these pre-tied obi's, like you can purchase to wear with yukata and komon in Japan.
All of this is my own experimentation on how to do it, I do not know if it is the same as how they do it in Japan. I looked at as many pictures as I could find of one's you can purchase, and built this idea from that. You don't need to wire this bow! If you do, it will usually turn out looking like poop!
If you're having problems with getting it stiff enough, you're not using heavy enough interfacing!
Add another layer on the other side, or go get yourself some heavier, collar weight interfacing.
Again, wiring this bow will make it look like poo ~ I developed this method so that you don't need wire (except in very rare circumstances, like bat-wing shaped bows) to get this to keep it's shape...
I do not have the information on how to make the sash in this, so I'll summarize them here:
- Take two strips of fabric, 2x the width you'd like the finished sash to be (I choose a 5" wide sash, so I cut two strips 10" wide). Add 1" seam allowance.
-- Ex: So, I cut 2 strips 11" by the width of the fabric (usually 45" or 60")
- Sew up the ends, making one really long sash
- Sew it into a tube, with right sides together
- Turn the tube right-side out
- Finish the edges of the sash, usually by tucking in the raw edges and pressing
You then take that sash and wrap it around your body usually 2-3 times, tucking the end in where you want the bow to be (this may take a few tries to get it placed right - I had to redo mine 3 times before I wound up with the edge in the front, to tuck in).
Let me know if this helps you out! I hope it does, because it's a lot easier to do than I had expected it would be!Please do not redistribute this without asking me first! I want to know what sites these appear on!