Now that I’ve taken care of the accessories, on to the main event!
Kyoshi’s kimono looks complicated, but it’s not; it’s just several simple pieces layered on top of each other. I started out, of course, by looking at as many references as I could find. This primarily consisted of watching the episode “Avatar Day” and playing and pausing profusely during Aang’s trial and Kyoshi’s brief appearance.
After a little sketching I came up with a general idea for how Kyoshi’s layers of clothing worked. Underneath everything there was an underskirt of dark green, with two panels of a forest green forming an overskirt. Her kimono over the skirt is kind of non-traditional (I’ll get into this in a minute) and she has really long, flowy sleeves. Everything is held together with an obi. Basically the completed costume had to be put on in five layers: skirt, overskirt, undershirt/sleeves, kimono, and obi. I’ll cover them in that order (obi was covered in the previous post).
A weird mash-up of physics, math, education, sewing, and stanning Hordrapta