yukata for R's school's Japan Day, I felt pretty confident about making a jinbei - a Japanese two-piece outfit combining a yukata-style top with a pair of shorts. This pattern came from Cotton Friend Kids! Summer 2016 and was far easier to sew than my yukata pattern, with more manageable-sized pieces and a simpler method of construction.
top part of the jinbei has a inside tie as well as an outside one, and
next time I make one of these I think I'll just use a button for this
part to reduce the not-so-pleasant feeling of a knot and bow inside the
top (not that R has complained, but it doesn't seem ideal). The shorts
have an elastic waist and are slightly lengthened in the hope that
they'll fit R for a while. I decided to go totally cutesy and use this
cotton strawberry fabric from Spotlight, which of course R loves - in
fact, she loves the whole outfit and has been wearing it constantly.
Here are the jinbeis shown in the magazine:
The boy version is identical, but doesn't have the ruffle at the bottom of the shorts.
Now to make R some less layered nightwear for the stinking hot summer nights that will no doubt be arriving soon...