Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Black and Mustard Yellow Sakura Kimono - Outfit 8

Time to depart from the traditional way of wearing a kimono and try something different.

As my wedding is only 5 months away I have been pondering on what my wedding will look like because I have ordered a Victorian inspired gown. Then it got me thinking, how can I make my kimono more Victorian?

Rather then creating the usual oshashori just under the obi, I decided to use the full length of the kimono. However to create the Victorian look I utilised the excess length to create the tail end.

Of course this arrange would show-off your juban but I didn't want that look so I added my simple black drawstring skirt to preserve some modesty that a Victorian lady should have.

At the time, the only thing going through my head was to tie a fan-inspired musubi but what made me tie this I have no idea.

It is a little bit unstable but with an extra koshihimo it will be fine.

I think with a little bit of skirt support like a bustle, I think this look could be really something.


Obi - Black ro nagoya obi
Skirt - Homemade long drawstring satin skirt.


  1. Nice! I did something a little bit similar (but less respectable!) for a recent con: a steampunk oiran enesemble.

    If you do a bustle, I would NOT recommend using a pillow for it (which is what I had read as an option in a book): I tried it with mine, and I hadn't even made it out of my room before it collapsed off. ^^; You might be able to construct a crinoline (or find one online) for the right sort of bustle effect.

  2. I'm thinking of making a bustle but only a small one. However this kimono is long and wide so I think I can create a bigger bustle effect with just the kimono.