All of our Kimonos come with a repair kit for rips, wear and tear.
This kit includes a patch of your kimono fabric and pre-waxed embroidery thread alongside Molly Martin's illustrated, Sashiko hand repair guide.
This method can be used anywhere on your kimono, on damages large or small; elbows or armpits. If a seam is present simply patch over the top from the inside.
Instructions and illustrations are done by Molly Martin - Olivia visited her studio and to read the interview for the Kimono My... series click here.
You will need :
- Embroidery thread - provided as part of your Sashiko kit
- Patching material (to match the fabric weight and weave) - provided as part of your Sashiko kit
- Cotton thread
- A sharp needle
- Scissors / Snippers
1 - Front
Prepare the damaged kimono by cutting away any stray threads from the tear and press carefully with an iron.
2 - Back
Turn your kimono inside out and then cut a patch (at least 2cm bigger than the tear itself - the bigger the better) & pin onto the garment over the damage.
3 - Back
Using a contrasting colour cotton thread - tack the patch to the kimono with little stitches all the way around the edges (you will remove these later).
Turn the garment the right way round again. Your tacking stitches should be visible and act as a guide to stitch within.
With your chosen embroidery thread (either a matching colour or contrast) start sewing small stabbing stitches across the damaged area, back and forth like a lawn mower from one side to the other.
Continue stitching over the damage. You want your stitches to be small and close together to reinforce the surrounding fabric and the tear.
Find your own rhythm and take your time, stitch by stitch all the way across to the end.
Once you’ve completed your stitched rectangle, you can remove the tacking thread.
9 - Back
You should have a secure and reinforced repair that will last a long time! If another tear appears or you feel your kimono becoming thin, simply repeat the method to keep your kimono forever.