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.
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?