Sunday, 10 June 2012

Origami skirt & new hair

When I saw this origami skirt I knew I had to make it. The original pattern, which I purchased just before my holiday, belongs to a Burdastyle member.

Pattern: Origami skirt from Kleinformat
Fabric: 1m of Poppy Collection by Laura Gunn
Time spent: 2.5 hours, I did not make muslin for this skirt
Cost: $16 (fabric, pattern & invisible zipper)

The original instructions show this skirt made of knit jersey. But I wanted the fabric to be more suitable for the hot and humid Japanese summer, so I used this beautiful quilting cotton. The fabric is not very stiff (as most of the quilting cottons are) and feels nice against the skin. Due to many very detailed photos, the pattern and instructions are super easy-to-follow (the instructions are in German). 

As the original pattern suggested stretch fabric, the belt was just simply cut from a rectangular piece of fabric and attached to the skirt. For cotton, I had to draft a belt myself, and it took me almost no time. I decided to make a high-waisted kinda '50s-looking belt, and I was pleased with the result at the end.

I also have to show off my beautiful sun-tan before it washes away, and a brand new haircut. My hair was chemically straightened because my curls and waves were driving me nuts and I did not know what to do with them, especially with hair as short as I like to have. For the past 2 summers in Tokyo, I constantly looked like a sheep. My hairdresser said that it'll remain like this for 5-6 month!!! Guys, that's the best thing I've done to my hair since cutting it off!!!!

But I made a huge mistake cutting the belt when my tummy was empty. After lunch in our favorite Thai restaurant, I had to breathe in for the photo-shoot ;) I'll increase the belt's circumference by 2-3 cm or so.

By the way, what's your favorite cuisine?

Yummy black noodles


  1. Your hair looks great! I know about this sheep appearence...when the weather is wet my hair also is transforming!
    The origami skirt is so pretty, thanks for sharing the link!
    Apart of my country´s specialties, like grilled fishes or pot meal, I like to try all kinds of food. For example I have never eaten insects, in some countries of South America and Asia is very typical. I have to travel there to eat insects!

    1. Thank you, Maider ;) I've not tried insects neither. Does not look very appetizing, but people say some of them taste like nuts.... Hmmmm it needs some courage :S

  2. You did a GEORGOUS job on the pattern!
    It looks sooo great - great fabric and perfect work for the waistband - I am mooooore than happy, my little pattern is used by you and now makes its way through Japan - THANK YOU!
    and a great hair doing anyway!


    1. Dear Dolores! Thanks for your kind words and for the great pattern :) I wish you had more patterns for adults!

  3. I love the fabric you chose! Cool skirt!

  4. Cute hair and FABULOUS skirt! Do you think it would be easy to make following the pictures if you can't read german?

    1. Sure! That's what I did: just looked at pictures

  5. Hmm... favourite food? Difficult to say - there's so much! especially in the asian kitchen, I really love the thai Tom Ka Gai, chicken soup, and my sister-in-law makes the best one! (she's thai). I also love the 東坡肉, braised pork belly, it just melts in your mouth, but then all the dumplings and all the noodles, last but not least - that japanese food where you eat a lot of cabbage + stirring your own sauce mixing sesame seeds and a thick soya paste-ish. :)

    1. Yuuumm yumm! I am not a great connoisseur of the Chinese cuisine but would like to discover the authentic flavors one day!

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