Winter Themed Jiu Jitsu Snow Ball

Well I have a theme challenge ahead. On the 4th of February I am attending my regional jitsu ball which has a winter/snow theme. So I need to track back and stop ‘looking towards spring’ and look back to the winter.

My first item is my snow obi shown here with my geiko kimono :

Baka Hime In Kyoto Geiko Hikizuri (2)

So as it is a ball I need to think furisode! Taken from Immortal Geisha my winter themes are:

Winter
Plum, bamboo, pine combo
Plum
Camelia
Snow covered bamboo
Snow covered pine
Snowflakes
Bare trees
Bare branches

Hmmmm..crap, none of my furisode will match any of those themes.

I think I will just have to wear my purple floral furisode with blue accessories and my snow obi. Hopefully attendees will be too busy with the wow factor of my furisode to notice the lack of theme.

Starting the year sewing……

Sewing is something a kimono lover just has to deal with. From repairing kimono to fashioning unique accessories for you own style.

So today I made myself a ‘fake collar’ with red/white polkadot fabric and cherries in a dual sided fashion.

I have also cut out another rockabilly/kitch themed collar for sewing up soon.

I am not sure what to do with the remainder of the fabric, but I am wondering how a cotton obiage would fair in the same two way design. I would probably make it double sided using all 4 of the fabrics – however, then I could make a patchwork fukuro obi instead and find myself some cheap black cotton fabric for the underside.

 

Kimono Challenge 5 – Favourite co-ordination so far…

The challenge questions are:

1. How did you discover and get into kimono?
2. Your dearest kimono item(s).
3. Your most used kimono item(s) (not counting jubans, datejimes etc.).
4. Your least used kimono item(s).
5. Your favourite coordination(s) so far.
6. What do you like and don’t like about kimono.
7. Kimono confessions. Did you know that…
8. Your dream kitsuke items (or at least items you really really want but can’t get for whatever reason).
9. Your biggest kimono fears.
10. Your biggest kimono inspiration.
11. Your kimono collection.
12. The evolution of your kitsuke.
13. Your special kimono memory.

 

I have old faithfuls in everything, kimono is no exection. However my favourite ‘posh’ co-ordination in my purple furisode. I have used this many times for myself and shows:

Baka Hime Furisode (2)

and for ‘shopping and kimono de jack’ my failthful black and red co-ordinations..again overused at shows and photoshoots by me!

Bit messy, but experimenting for KDJ

Red and Black Kitsuke

Kimono Challenge #3 – Most used kimono item….that’s not underwear… (^-^*)

The challenge questions are:

1. How did you discover and get into kimono?
2. Your dearest kimono item(s).
3. Your most used kimono item(s) (not counting jubans, datejimes etc.).
4. Your least used kimono item(s).
5. Your favourite coordination(s) so far.
6. What do you like and don’t like about kimono.
7. Kimono confessions. Did you know that…
8. Your dream kitsuke items (or at least items you really really want but can’t get for whatever reason).
9. Your biggest kimono fears.
10. Your biggest kimono inspiration.
11. Your kimono collection.
12. The evolution of your kitsuke.
13. Your special kimono memory.

My most used kimono item is in fact an accessory.

My fan. I have a few but I can’t leave in a kimono without one. I will share a picture of a fancy one from my collection, however, my every kimono day fan is a lot simpler (and not an odori fan)

Odori Fan

I have two favourite, a plain black fan with modern orange style detail and a lilac silk one.

Kimono photoshoots!

Still fixing the flickr backlog, however I have kimono goodness to spare from a recent photoshoot. These are not the professional images, just ones we took!

I nearly sold on that green furi – well…glad I didn’t! I love the rockabilly kimono look, its one I sport due to my love for this theme! All models we work with also want a ‘geisha’ style look – so we bend to it.

Odori Obsession

Ok, I am still fixing the backlog of flickr images however I thought I would share my love of odori (dance) kimono with you! Two recent (in the last 6 months) synthetic ones I have obtained are:

Aquamarine Odori Kimono

This wonderful aquamarine kimono with terracotta, black, white and gold.

and a while back:

Odori Kimono Baka Hime (2)

This purple fiend.

I like odori kimono because they are mostly ‘cartoonish and bright’ as well as long and wide enough for a girl like me 🙂

I have one odori fan also:

Dance fan to match my purple odori kimono

I *DID* buy one to match the aquamarine kimono also however it has been re-assigned. I will get myself a nice gold odori fan at some point in the future if I see a good deal 🙂

Hyperjapan Kimono Fashion Show

More updates to follow but here is a blog post from one of our models!

http://moshimoshikatie.weebly.com/1/post/2011/07/hyper-japan-saturday.html

Katie was wearing purple hakama and a matching yabane ko-furisode kimono!

I am so busy with everything currently but once I have the professional photos I will do a nice full blog post crediting everyone who worked with us!

New Funky Yukata!

Well when I say new, I brought it a while back but just yesterday got it out of the packaging and see how it looks.

yukata

Lazy me with not tying the hanhaba obi properly, but hey…you get the idea. The obi has a reverse pattern underside with white so I could probably manage a twist or dual coloured bunko at the back.

‘Errrr, Liz – isn’t this red and black again?’ – I hear you cry. Why yes it is and I am a creature of habit.

I do have a hot pink reversible version of this hanhaba obi if I wanted to ring in the changes.

This yukata is going to be part of an up and coming fashion show at Hyperjapan and it might also then be my KDJ outfit for August after it has had a blast with my steam cleaner.

Gangsta Pranksta Kimono Ensemble for Manchester..

OK, well you can tell from the title what I am going for!

So we have my pinstripe kimono:

Business suit kimono for serious kimono business!

Awesome spats boots:

and somewhere (need to search) I have this hat. Even though, I am not sure how I will cope with a hat on a night out…

Wrap a corset round the middle and we are DONE. I have a white obijime that I might add for detail, and/or a white wedding obi tied in a front darari knot….I will think on it 🙂