Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Black and Mustard Yellow Sakura Kimono - Outfit 6

Time to create a casual outfit.

So how is this casual you may ask? Well I haven't used a obi-makura and obi-jime so less complicated and rather then using an nagoya obi, I have used my pink hanahaba obi.

Also to make the outfit for fun, I have tied a bow with the obi-age.

And since I am using a hanahaba obi I can not tie the standard otaiko musubi so I opted for a musubi that I sort of made up.

It is very easy to tie this musubi and if you have an obi which is reversible (like the one I have) you can have the bow colour different to the rest of the musubi. This makes it super cute!

Obi - Lilac/Pink hanahaba obi
Obi-age - Bright pink-red
Han-eri - White and red flowers on grey

Monday, 23 May 2011

Black and Mustard Yellow Sakura Kimono - Outfit 5

First off, I'm sorry for not posting anything for a long time but I have been very busy with exam revision, sorting out etsy store and generally keeping up with the admin side of my online presence.

Without further comment here is outfit 5.

These pictures are also the debut of my new dressmakers dummy! I have named her Miffy because she is silent. It was strangely hard to dress Miffy because she has a hard body however as she doesn't move I was able to get the collar nice and curved at the back!

So how have I accessories her then?

Obi - Black and red hakata obi
Obi-jime - Dusky pink
Obi-age - Bright pink-red
Han-eri - White and red flowers on grey.

This obi is actually a kid's obi but I love the colour and with a slight modification, I should be able to wear it.

And since I have Miffy to dress I can now show off the back.

Question, what do people think about a series of musubi step by step tutorial? I'm only asking because I would like to create some but what would people prefer to see? A) a video of the musubi being tied or B) a series of photos (with detail explanations) of musubi being tied?

Monday, 16 May 2011

Musubi in action

So after a couple of days playing with my obi and then asking a load of people which one to wear.  I have the results of my work!

It was the best day possible for my friend's wedding.  Never has Glasgow seen such a nice sunny day and it was perfect for me as there was a nice breeze throughout the day.  Therefore I was not suffering at all under three layers.

In the end, I choose a rose musubi which looks a little squashed in the photo but I couldn't help it as I had to stick in the back of a taxi.

Unfortunately this obi is feeling its age so I will need to stop using it for fancy musubi and keep it for only otaiko musubi using the obi clip to keep the strain low on the obi.  Shame really as I love this obi as it goes with so many of my special occasion kimono.