Sunday, 1 July 2012

Dilemma: help!

Big question of the day: shall I keep it or make a new garment?

Today I went to Omotesando to buy presents for my forthcoming trip. One of my favorite places for present shopping is a vintage kimono shop, Kawano Gallery! They always offer a great selection of antique kimonos and scraps of kimono fabric. 

For weddings and birthdays  I usually buy antique nagajuban, or kimono underwear. Yes, ladies! You cannot put your kimono on like a regular dress and go shopping! A kimono needs some special underwear. 

A nagajuban worn on its own looks very sexy yet feminine, made of beautiful Japanese silks. My friends who own a nagajuban wear it as a dressing gown and love it. 

 If my teacher for kimono dressing saw this picture, she would have a heart attack. 

I bought a beautiful deep red nagajuban for a friend I'll visit next week in the US. But then I saw this beautiful piece made of heavy silk. Feeling it agains the skin is like wearing rose petals. Besides, the price was a bargain for this antique nagajuban, so I bought it. Unfortunately, I cannot wear this nagajuban with my kimono because, as you can see from the pictures,  it's very very short (maybe 15-20 cm shorter than it should be to wear under a kimono, and the sleeves are also 10 cm too short for my gigantic frame). The only way I can wear it is as a gown or if I cut it for fabric.

Have you also noticed the gorgeous red lining on the sleeves? And a stain, just on the knee level? That's why it was so cheap! Only $40!

All and all, I am torn between keeping this nagajuban as a gown or using the fabric to make some cute garments which I can show off in public ;)

What's would you do?


  1. I think you should make something out of this beautiful fabric!
    If I were you, I would make a drapy collar blouse or a puff-sleeve blouse, or, just simple dress with some frills ....
    Anyhow, I have several books for Kimono remaking and some other images with Kimono fabrics, so if you are interested, I would show you them!

    1. The more I look at it, the more I agree with you: Let's cut it! I would be more then happy to finally meet with you in person! Kimono remaking can be a good excuse to return to Anjin cafe ;) I will email you on your Burdstyle account!

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