Before I refocus towards new work, how about one last look at some of the pieces that were sold at the Baltimore show?
A tomato red coat with appliqués in a slightly different red. I posted a story about this one in October when I started it. Check it out here.
I did finish it, just in time for the show.
A jacket, sewn from the remainder pieces of coat I made a number of years ago.
All those little bits and pieces, left over from various projects, that I store away. Eventually, sometimes years later, I use them for a new project.
Waste nothing! A skirt pieced from various leftover scraps of kimono silks, all woven with sparkling metallic threads.
Topped with a black hitoe that was sewn from an amazing ‘rinzo’ kimono silk, a kind of a damask.
A detail shot.
Formal wedding kimonos are fantastic to work with, not only are they amazingly gorgeous, but they also have extra long sleeves, also covered with designs. Those long sleeves mean all the more beautiful fabric to work with. Like this oversized jacket, loose and full.
And enough fabric left over to make a second jacket.
And a red and gold jacket sewn from the remainders of another oversized jacket.
Below, that oversized jacket, the one that I had first sewn from the red and gold kimono silk. I brought it back with me and listed it on my web-shop. You can check it out here.
This is how it goes, I start with a beautiful kimono silk and see where it leads me. I sew up new work and send those jackets, coats, skirts on their way. Then, maybe the best part, I get to start all over again.
Every time it’s different, sometimes a challenge, but in the end, always fun, always rewarding.