I love Kimonos! I love the history. I love the way it drapes on the body. I love how the fabric is always made out of the most exquisite silk. And most of all, I love how it comes in every print imaginable. If I could wear it every single day I would but everyone seems to be doing a variation of a Kimono nowadays and I don’t want to be part of a trend!
Cue a vintage bolt of silk Tsukesage (a type of Kimono) I bought on the internet on a whim.
When the fabric finally arrived, I went to my wall of ‘post it’ ideas to see what I can make. This wall was a recent brainchild of mine where I would scribble my ideas on a piece of post it and stick it to an area next to my table. Once the garment has been realised, I would take the note down.
One of the idea was to make a bomber jacket using the Kimono fabric but with long train (so it looks like a Kimono from the back). So armed with a modified bomber jacket pattern, I spent the next few days trying to formulate a plan on how this garment should be stitched together. The plan went well and the end product was quite awesome.
The print placement was extremely important when I was cutting the fabric as I wanted a concentration of print on one side an a flutter on the other side. I wanted it to look as if the leaves on the print naturally fell on the fabric.
I decided that I liked the train tied up like in the old Japanese print of Japan where the women would have their hair tied loosely at the end.
As usual, I got a bit impatient and decided to wear this jacket the next day. Luckily the weather was extremely favourable so I went to the theatre to watch Kathleen Turner in Bakersfield Mist (AMAZING!) dressed in my finest silk.
This is a very informal but unique look and I loved how the silk just flows in the wind. I know people have been casting glances at me but be it good or bad, I’m no show off. I just love experimenting with patterns, conceptualising them and ultimately wearing something unique that fits me well.