Outing Flannel (Chap. I, Par. 30), or
Silk (Chap. I, Par. 70).
About 3 yards of 30" or 36" material.
About 4 yards of narrower material.
While the kimono is worn by the women of Japan on all occasions, the women of America use it as a negligee gown, as its long, loose flowing lines make it very appropriate for that purpose. It should not be worn as a house dress for it gives an untidy appearance instead of the look of comfort which it has when worn properly.
The kimono, like the combing jacket, may be varied in many ways to suit the taste of the wearer. Silk, crepe de Chine, cotton crepe, hand embroidery, beautiful lace and ribbon, all play an important part in beautifying kimonos, but just as in other styles of dress, judgment must be used in selecting the proper material so in selecting material for a kimono, careful thought should be given to the use for which it is designed. Cotton crepe in the plain colors, also in figured materials, is one of the most common materials used for a serviceable kimono. Where a thinner garment is desired, figured lawn and dimities are used.
The kimono in this lesson is designed for a school girl and the material is suggested with that idea in view.
Art as Applied to Dress, Higgins. Color, Dress and Needlework, Crane.