Oops! Apparently I've accidentally deleted all of my images. I'll see about fixing that soon.

Friday, July 13, 2012

A Smaller Dobuku

My oldest nephew is turning 8 tomorrow.  It seems like only yesterday that I held him for the first time.  These days he's growing into a fine young man.  So when he told his grandmother (my mother) a few months back that he wanted me to make him some "Japanese clothing" for his birthday, I was more than happy to comply. (I think he had seen my father's old gi last year and been intrigued by it.)

I chose the dobuku, a short informal jacket, for this project. A while back I made one for myself so I could work out any bugs/ issues.  There were very few. I actually found this a fairly easy piece of clothing to make and will likely make more in the future.

I've changed the shape a tiny bit from mine.  He is a pretty skinny kid but growing tall quickly, so I've made it taller and narrower than my original aspect ratio, but hopefully still with enough wiggle room to last him a few years.

I also made the sleeve a little larger.

I left the sleeve openings larger for him than for me, and made the opening big enough to use the 'sleeve pockets' I've read about.

He loves the color orange so I bound the seams with some leftover orange fabric that I had used for a previous gift for him.

The hem was fell-stitched into place.

I added a tag. I hope it was all spelled correctly.

They had his birthday party early to make sure out-of-town family could be there, so I'm thrilled to say that he really liked it.  I'm also thrilled that it fit so perfectly.  Unfortunately I don't have a good picture of him wearing it as the constant jumble of excitement and cousins and presents didn't present a good opportunity.  And I didn't want to interrupt for a 'staged' photo.  Suffice it to say, he's happy, so I'm happy.

Happy Friday.

ETA: pic from my husband's ipod with our nephew wearing his gift.



  1. One of the things I love most is the way you finish your garments on the inside - always clean and secure and a pleasant surprise :-) It was so fun to hear all the aunts and uncles saying 'wow look at the Asian robe' :-) It turned out great and he loves it! Love, your nephew's grandma

  2. The jacket is so cool. Also your new background colour works great, It really makes the images pop much clearer.

  3. I'm so glad to hear that. I needed a colour change and when I did the weird white box went away, too. I'm happy with the way it looks for now, but knowing me I'll change it again in a year or so.


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