Hello everyone, I have one more kimono before the summer ends! Today is just one style that I’ve put together using my new piece. This could have been a pretty short post with just the one look, but it also gave me an opportunity to talk about some things I’ve been wanting to mention for a while. The end result is that this story is still a pretty long one so I better get started.
Earlier this summer, I was window shopping on eBay and was immediately drawn to this kimono. The first thing I noticed was the black to white pattern it had. For some reason, it reminded me of M.C. Escher’s drawings.
Diamonds, Squares & Rectangles
I was also fascinated by what seemed to be some very interesting use of geometrical shapes in the piece. Of course, I couldn’t really be sure of this unless I bought the thing. So for $15, I got a new kimono. My eyes did not deceive me. This piece is made up of various geometrical shapes put together like a puzzle.
The front extensions are rectangles.
The back is the most complicated shape-based on a diamond but with some refining. It’s just sewn on top of the sleeves creating an opening which I think is also one of the interesting features-back ventilation.
And Squares For Sleeves
One Sewing Mistake=New Black Cami
I’m sneaking a little sewing in here. Earlier this summer I made a black knit dolmen sleeve top. Although, it hasn’t been on here yet, I’ve been wearing it a lot. Unfortunately, I made a mistake with the fitting and had to trash the first attempt and was really grateful that I had enough fabric to cut another top. However, I was left with a useless, half sewn piece of fabric. What to do? Well, one can always use another black cami.
Using an old summer Vogue pattern from 1976, inspired by Yves St. Laurent’s famous Russian collection, I was able to salvage most of the fabric. I also used this pattern in the 80’s for the base of a summer dress and like then, I widen the straps. During the 90’s I made a skirt from this pattern. Some patterns you just hang on to.
And why just have a plain cami? I took advantage of this sew to use some vintage black sari silk strips that I had and a bit of black trim that was in my stash. That’s it, the sewing part of my post is over!
A New Necklace from Ressa’s Artistic Design
I have a new necklace. This is a pretty rare event. It seems lately, that most of my jewelry is second hand. However, I made an exception for Clarissa Knighten, an artist that I really like.
Years ago, I found Clarissa at a craft show and was fascinated that she used crochet to turn buttons, beads and wire into jewelry. All those years ago, it was pretty rare, or at least I had never seen anything like it.
In the ensuing years, she has built up quite a repertoire and stature in the design community. Lately, she was a participant in the Kansas City Fashion week and will be again as soon as they can safely hold one. But Clarissa is also very comfortable hanging around and showing with fine artists, which is something, I especially love.
For style impact, Clarissa’s jewelry is very reasonably priced and it’s fun to window shop her designs. There are three places you can find her on the web. It’s a treat just to peruse her collection. I hope you check her out.
My Hair Affair
One last thing to talk about. I know this is a lot of topics today but quite a few of you over the past couple of years have asked me to talk about my love of wigs and why I wear them. Yes, I will eventually create a whole post about this (I keep saying this, I know) but decided to get my toes wet today. For today’s styling I picked quite a different hair style then I usually have. I felt that this edgy cut and color would really complement what I as going for.
That’s the main attraction that I have for “alternative hair,” (aka wigs). I can change my hair style without going to the hairdresser and maybe doing something to my hair that I will have to live with for a long time.
During Covid, I haven’t had to worry about how my hair looks when I go out ( the beauty shops not being open thing.) In two minutes, I’m perfectly coiffed and ready to be out the door. Sometimes, on Instagram, you can see my bio hair, especially when I want to wear a hat (although some of my hats do fit over my ladies).
Today’s style is Aria by Rene of Paris in color Illumina-R (hint-R always means that it is a rooted color) from Cysterwigs.com. I’ve had her her for a while (for some reason, everyone calls their wigs “her”). Always waiting for a good deal, I picked Aria up during a 40% sale; most sales run at 30%. Unfortunately, Rene of Paris has discontinued Aria but their sister company offers the same style in the same color but more expensive because it has more bells and whistles: Faith by Noriko.
That’s all about my “Hair Affair” for the moment. I hope this explains a bit about my devotion to my ladies.
Introducing Darcy Gardner
There’s probably going to be a new scene stealer in my photo’s from now on. We adopted Darcy on July 10th from The Joplin Humane Society. Michael had just missed our old Black Lab that passed away during January of 2019 and it was wanting a new dog. Our old crew (and mean old; ages 15, 11, and 9) aren’t to thrilled. Being part Border Collie and only eight months old, Darcy is a bundle of energy.
That pretty much is it for today and thank you for making it to the end. There was so much to talk about today!
Take care everyone and stay safe.