Here is an airy cotton fabric woven by thick and thin threads.
That pattern is the combination of peonies and thin grasses (botan to tsuyushiba).
That’s my favorite.
Okay, let’s soak the fabric!
Upper left: Confirm whether dye migration will happen.
Upper right: The fabric immersed in a tub.
Bottom: Hanging on a hanger and drying in the room.
I soaked the fabric for 3 hours.
When starch on the fabric dissolved and the water became sticky, take it out.
After lightly rinsing with a washing machine, dehydrate within 1 minute.
It will be wet but not dripped.
It’s okay to be half dried or completely dried.
It depends on you.
Leave it for 2 or 3 days because it might shrink more.
Before soaking : length 12.49 m width 41.0 cm
After soaking：length 12.40 m width 39.8 cm
The vertical length was shrunken to 9 cm.
If you started without soaking, a problem that you have to sew again would happen.
The next step is straightening the fabric.
Upper left: Fix at the edge of the fabric with pins.
Bottom left: Ironing while winding it up around the core rod.
Upper Right: Straighten the texture and along the line of the fabric.
Bottom right: Use the right angle of “hera-dai” or a plate to mark seam lines.
The distorted texture should be lined up.
Please don’t stretch the shrunken fabric. Then take wrinkles out with steam.
Check the entire of the fabric whether it has a scratch or something wrong.
If you find something, mark there with thread.
Hide them inside when you sew.
Left: The “tanmono” fabric rolled up.
Right: Draping with clips. I wanted to make sure that how it will be. The “heko-obi” or a soft-touched obi is cool!
Please look forward to my new “yukata”!