Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Wardrobe Refashion 1

Well, you can tell I'm no clotheshorse! This is my first wardrobe re-fashioning, over a month into the challenge. I haven't bought anything new either, so I have kept my pledge. It all started with these buttons...

I found them at Button Button on Cordova. They whispered to me... Wardrobe Refashion.
I took apart a black pin-striped wool kimono. (I have a lot of old kimonos.) The stripes were unusual, a light shade of pink. The kimono was probably an older woman's, and hadn't been worn in quite a while, judging from the mothball smell. I washed the pieces, then cut the jacket from a design by Hot Patterns (Prim and Proper Jacket). I was surprised that it used almost all the fabric, which shows how economical the kimono is, and how wasteful Western designs can be. (Or how petite Japanese women are, and how, um, well, not-petite I am.) The jacket has 3/4 length sleeves and is very short and fitted.
I used pink silk for the lining.

And I used a remnant of the original kimono lining for the applique on the lapels. I duplicated the design of the buttons.

Overall, I am quite happy with the jacket. Now I just need somewhere to wear it!


  1. very cute and sassy! looks good ;)

  2. That is one fantastic jacket. I loved the button immediately; seeing the design reproduced on the jacket made me very envious!

    It looks terrific on you!


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