saharial: Hidaka (Default)
I was browsing on Amazon and saw this book HERE which is now on my wish list! They had a few books too on Knitting a Kimono! But sadly none that can be crocheted - maybe thats the book I should write then huh! hehe.  I'll have lots of opportunity to go looking for material over the next month as.... I got the job I went for a few days ago and I start Monday. I need a new webcam, but after that... a sewing machine! Much as i like the idea of hand sewing something, i just know i will not have the right commitment for that, so a nice sewing machine and table will do me just nicely.

http://www.clothaholics.com/  does some lovely fabrics, though I rather like to feel fabrics first before buying them. The do Genshodo cotton though and the designs are truly lovely. That the designer makes  such an effort to recreate Edo period patterns makes me want them!

www.eurojapanlinks.com has a lovely range and do a pot luck of squares - because of course I want to do patchwork as well hehe. They do go to shows, but not ones in the south until Oct/Nov -_- booooo

http://www.fabrictales.com/  hmmm.. possibilities , endless possibilities.

I think I'll get the book first though!




Kimono

Jan. 21st, 2011 10:10 pm
saharial: Hidaka (Nissy pink)
I want one. Plain and simple as that. I want a kimono. Not a bathrobe in oriental themed fabric, but a proper one. They are of course expensive, and the ones I see are really just not quite what I have in mind. This means that i need to design and make my own. I don't have a sewing machine and I will have to wait until I have a job before i can actually start to make this, but in the mean time i can design what I want and go looking at fabrics and sewing machines etc. I want to make Hanbok as well, but that's a post for another time.



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This i guess is a nice classic simple design. Everyday wear? hmmm


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I like this modern twist on it, but not very practical or demure ;)


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Is this for a guy?


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I love the embroidery on this!!!


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I love cherry blossoms on everything! But for this i love the mix of light and dark.


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Again with the cherry blossoms though nice to see it in red not pink


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this might be the easiest part to make :/


Its hard to know what design to go for. On a basic level its all rectangles joined together, but i have a feeling that its more complex than that really. Each bit has its own name. anyway. when I am in London on Wednesday, I will have a peek round the fabric shops in soho. I know a lot of them carry the material used in cheongsams, but that's not what I am looking for really. I know I won't be able to get proper Japanese kimono fabric, so I will maybe use silks/cottons and things that are more fancy.

I'll make a small scale model of it in advance as well with any samples i can get too, which I am sure professionals do. I'm not a skinny gal, so i need to make sure I design it to flatter. Some materials are just wrong wrong wrong on a gal with a  big bust and squidgy butt hehe
 









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