My first adventure with kimono silk

by Michele on December 20th, 2012

I ordered a bolt (roll) of kimono silk from Ichiroya Kimono Flea Market on impulse. (This will be a recurring theme). When it arrived, I was in awe of its beauty.

I didn't quite know what to do with it, though, so I looked for information about how to make Japanese clothing.

I found a book called Make Your Own Japanese Clothes, by John Marshall. Though not a book for a beginner, it is full of information, patterns, and techniques. It is also meant to be used with modern Western 45" fabric. Kimono fabric is 14" wide.  Still, I was able to figure out how to make a michiyuki coat from the book.

I made it for my sister-in-law, who loved it.

However, somewhere during the constrution of the coat (it wasn't easy) it occured to me that the Japanese already made Japanese clothing much better than I would ever be able to. So began my efforts to design items that took advantage of the 14" fabric be continued.

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