Making a Tonbi Kimono Coat: Pt 4

Read the previous parts:Pt 1. Drafting : *here*Pt 2. Cutting fabric & Assembly of the coat: *here*Pt 3. Assembly of the coat: *here* Now that the coat portion of the tonbi is pretty much finished, minus the collar, I turned to the cape portion of the Tonbi coat. As I mentioned in Pt 3, I’ll … Continue reading Making a Tonbi Kimono Coat: Pt 4

Making a Tonbi Kimono Coat. Pt 3

Read the previous parts:Pt 1. Drafting: *here* Pt 2. Cutting fabric & Assembly of the coat: *here* After posting the last blog post, I finished adding the velvet tape to the armhole edges and took a close look at the lining fabric of the cape pieces when I was talking to a friend.I noticed that … Continue reading Making a Tonbi Kimono Coat. Pt 3

Building your collection: Excel spreadsheet

(Long post incoming!)As time progresses and your collection gets large in size, it’s often becoming difficult to keep track of every detail. In my case, with such an extensive collection, there is no way I can tell you everything exactly from the top of my head. Because of this, I’ve created an Excel spreadsheet to … Continue reading Building your collection: Excel spreadsheet

Why wearing proper or even original undergarments matters

Maiko kitsuke before I owned a proper jubanMaiko kitsuke after I owned a proper juban When you are starting out, buying all the items necessary for your first ensemble, you inevitably at some point will have to choose: Am I going to invest money on something and have the real deal or am I going … Continue reading Why wearing proper or even original undergarments matters

Some thoughts about kimono.

Last week, I found this video by Abby Cox in my recommended section on YouTube, in which she talked about what she had learned about wearing a historic 18th-century dress (almost) every day for 5 to 6 years. Since last year, I’ve become more interested in historic dress and so-called “history bounding” which is incorporating … Continue reading Some thoughts about kimono.