So, it started out awesome. That most recent Private Collection kimono was still on my list of things to wear- this one for the first time. I used my turquoise obijime instead of the narrow purple one to give it more colour, and added my gold and topaz snake bracelet. For a bag, I carried a sparkly sequin-and-beaded small bag, also gold-coloured. A lot of my accessories are things I picked up from garage sales or thrift stores. I can't recommend those enough! You can find the most awesome stuff there for dirt-cheap. Let go of your image of thrift stores as dingy, dirty places!
The kimono is actually about three inches longer than a juban on me, so if I tie it 'properly', it wouldn't have ohashori, but it was a little too long for my intended length, so the ohashori turned out really long. The obi is also not as wide as I normally wear them; Nagoya obi tend to be very narrow, so I usually stick to fukuro obi for that reason. The kimono is about the proper narrowness, but in order to get the collar to sit right without a juban propping it into place, I tied it a little tighter than usual. THAT was my mistake!
People, don't mess up like I did. Tying a kimono too tightly shut might feel comfortable standing, but that fabric had no flex, and apparently, even less strength. Standing* in it was fine... sitting down in it put a stress tear in a straight line down the bottom of the back! Yeah. The tear is about a foot long. It isn't the SEAM that burst- THAT would have been easily fixable! The stress tear is about 1" from the back seam, in the fabric itself. Which means I'll either have to A) make a really obvious fabric repair, B) make the kimono even narrower to compensate, or C) shorten it altogether to make a haori and have some cool fabric left over to make a purse or something with.
Oy. So... now to decide which fix is the most acceptable. I'm ... sort of disappointed. I mean, I'm glad it isn't completely ruined, and that it's still somewhat salvageable, but damn. It's the first time wearing it! I JUST bought that kimono! ::scream of minor frustration:: Knowing that it might be turned into something else gives me some consolation, but... ::sighs::
|Steve Madden P-Merlo Boots|
Dante, of course, helped out. ^_~ I think I'll do some more sketches of ideas. I have a few more to get things for before I can implement them, like a white hakata obi to wear with the phoenix kimono.
So, what do I do? Convert to haori? What are some versatile shoes to get? I have a pair of geta with red velvet straps, but I need to either change the hanao or get another pair. Maybe one that fits better. Small shoe size, wide feet. Oy. And what do I do about squeaky shoes? I love these boots, but not the noise they make!