Why is duct tape like "The Force"? It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.
I got back from Canada and hit the ground running. I've been very busy getting organized for the year ahead. (For me the year still runs from September to August, I think it always will.) I have lots of things to post about over the next few weeks.
My current obsession has been getting my wardrobe to work for me. I felt really shlumpy last year. I put weight back on and was less fit. My clothes didn't fit or co-ordinate in anyway. I was constantly enjoined in choruses of friends complaining that they have lots of clothes to wear but none of them fit. I'm know I'm not alone here.
I've been having a love affair with the kimono flea market I mentioned in my last post. Particularly the Haori pages. Haori are lightweight (usually silk) coats to be worn over kimonos. They aren't meant to close in the front.
The silk is woven in panels of about 36 cm (14 inches) but there are about 10 metres length in a Haori because the silk always folds back on itself to provide a lining. There is also a contrasting silk lining that runs across the back (see below for an example).
One Haori provides more than enough fabric for a skirt, dress, jacket or blouse. The fabrics are beautiful and in excellent condition. So I've been unpicking the Haori's and cleaning the fabric and then re-cutting and sewing them into garments. Here is a dress I made from a silk chirimen (a kind of crepe) to wear over an underskirt.
This mannequin is thinner than me and she doesn't fill out the bust as nicely.
Anyway I've got lots more to tell you but that's enough to reintroduce my existence after my long break.
Today's inspiration: The Sewing Workshop patterns.
Likes: I'm looking forward to making this "8th Avenue skirt".