Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Silk Ambitions

 Tee - H&M, thrifted
Jeans - Divided, thrifted
Shoes - American Eagle for Payless, thrifted

Sort of uninspired outfit today. I just tossed on a spring tee and my red pants. I've been lusting after a pair from the Gap, but they were sold of out my size. Probably a good thing. I do already have red pants. They were 'dress pants', and these are denim.. but the effect is pretty much the same. More thrifted shoes that probably won't last the next couple of months. However to replace yesterday's pair (and probably today's) - I took advantage of the sale over at PedShoes and have new goodies coming to my mailbox! 

Our yard is completely torn up and front steps have been moved to do all the paving. I literally had to climb out the front door to borrow my neighbor's brick wall. 

I have a little sneak peek of what's to come for this weekend. Hubs is going off to his weekly table top game, and I decided to finally tackle a project that's been on my mind forever. I bought this vintage silk kimono from a seller at a convention. It was the one good thing that came out of the year with the flood. The seller was trying to reduce his stock quickly and get out of the hotel, so I grabbed this for a steal ($50). I doubt I could even get the yardage for pure silk for that much.

The kimono itself is a beautiful mint color with small gradation of color and tiny woven designs. The real surprise (which I didn't show well at all here) is the burnt orange edged lining. It gave a flash of color with every step or hand movement. Of course, I was smitten. However, there's not exactly a lot of room to wear 15 pounds of silk around on an average day. Not to mention I have misplaced the obi. 

So instead of pulling this out of its drawer once every couple of months, I decided to harvest the material for a spring/summer weight dress made of the luxe material. I'm going to maintain the collar, but attempt to tailor the rest. I've also got both sleeves worth of material and lining and about 2 feet by 5 feet of the bottom that I cut off. It might become a skirt or shirt depending on my level of energy today. Fingers crossed I don't mess this up! Wish me luck!

Kimono with D in the background.


  1. Oh Jeez! I cannot WAIT to see what you make out of this kimono! A spring/summer dress sounds fab and I am so jealous of your talents.

    Despite being uninspired, I do love your simple outfit. I think that the red pants are always a safe go to when you are feeling like just walking (or crawling) out of the door.

  2. I like that shirt (it's like the one that my daughter has but in green and gold. I want one :-) and I like the outfit too. You are brave to cut up the kimono! I always get terrified when I do something like that. So I just agonize instead of actually ever doing anything with it. :-(

  3. I like your shirt a lot! Very spring! Anxious to see how you transform the kimono into a dress. I bet it will be gorgeous! Also too funny about climbing out the door! Hope your new steps turn out nice!

    1. Ok I misread - hope the paving turns out well not the steps!

  4. wow, you are talented to attempt any of it! lovely!
    Marie @
    Lemondrop ViNtAge

  5. Good luck with the project. I know you can do it and create something awesome!

    Love the simple tee with the red jeans. Red jeans can make any outfit pretty great :)

  6. You made me look up PedShoes. I'm going to start calling you my Shoe Fairy God Mother :P Or maybe God Father when Dear Hubby kills me for mysterious shoe packages arriving day and night...

    I can't wait to see what you do with this kimono. Do you make your own patterns? Flat-patterning and draping were all part of the Graduate Student in Costume Construction's training. I sewed for years, and just lost the time. But now I really want to make a coral pencil skirt. Maybe when the non-drivers are out of school for the summer.

    Seriously, those pants are Divided? So is my $3.50 jacket today!

  7. Eeek! I'd be nervous. But I guess what's the use in keeping something if you're not using it?! Good luck!

  8. I love your simple outfit today! I have been wanting coloured jeans forever, but they just aren't cut for women with thighs (sigh).

    I admire your ambition - good luck! That fabric looks lovely!

  9. I love today's outfit! Red pants are never uninspiring. And I also can't wait to see the end result of your project! You're becoming quite the seamstress.:)

  10. I'm eager to see the fruits of your labor. That's great material to work with.

  11. I think you look fabulous in today's outfit. Not the least bit uninspired.

  12. I love the casualness of the rolled red jeans. That's so exciting about your sewing project! Good luck!


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