I’ve had in the back of my mind an idea for the slits on the sides of the Nepali blouse. This would be to leave them open where they are, and insert a couple of panels of Seven Treasures stitch to hold them together. How to make the Seven Treasures lacing is gone over in John Marshall’s _Make Your Own Japanese Clothes_ (page 88).
The thing is that the instructions are for panels which remain the same distance apart from each other along their length. I’m not sure it will work out for a triangular opening.
And I’m not sure I wouldn’t need to insert eyelets if I used this lacing, as it’s done in a thick material and not with sewing thread. Inserting eyelets means I’d need something to use as an anvil…and you can see where this is going.
I suppose I could try this out on my muslin version, but really, I don’t expect it to work.
The reason to do this, by the way, would be so that I could get the Seven Treasures-patterned fabric and make the hakama-inspired skirt to match…