Thank you for the informative blog. I have a question I haven't been able to find an answer for. I have wide hips which can make it difficult for the average yukata to sit well around my legs. I am not a plus sized girl but I found a store that sells plus sized yukata. I thought I would give one a try. The yukata is a good length for my height and arms but I can't help but feel that I am swimming in the larger yukata. So my question is, is there such a thing as a yukata that is too big?
~ Hello! Yes, yukata and kimono can be too wide, but you might be able to fudge it! Because they are worn by placing the right edge at your left hip (or slightly beyond it) and then flapping the left side across to form a flat front plane, only the left (front) panel is seen. If the kimono is very wide, you will end up with a flat front panel and all the excess fabric gathered in bunches around your armpits and side seams, and bunched up under the front when your collar is too saggy.
It’s really important to wear a well-fit juban (under layer) that is TIGHTLY anchored at the collar and bust line so it can’t slide, sag or bend. The kimono basically hangs from the anchor point of the juban’s collar, and it’s very heavy, so any slithering will cause a ripple-effect of wrinkles.
If your kimono is too wide, first start by measuring the left-hand side to where you want it to land on your hip.
Gather the excess material all in your right hand. The kimono should also be tight across your butt.
Stuff the right hand side as far deep as you need to to keep the kimono tight across your butt and firm all the way around. This of course takes some coordination and it might help to have a buddy.
Then put the left-hand side back where it needs to go. This is the front panel that everyone will see. Now you have a bunch of fabric underneath, and everything visible outside below the waist is taut and smooth (hopefully.
Tie the himo cord very firmly around everything, at the top of the pelvis/at the natural waist. Theoretically everything below this should still be taut and smooth. From here, you can reach inside the fold and rearrange the fabric underneath to give a smoother appearance, push the extra fabric all under your armpits, and pull out collars so they fit.