How We Challenge Ourselves

Bibliotheca January 2023 – Challenge: What is the Gift I Should Bring to the World? Welcome back to Mukashi no Sewing! This month’s theme for the Bay Area Kei Bibliotheca blog circle is “challenge,” and this post isn’t specifically about fashion or history, but it’s something I wanted to talk about anyway because (like soContinue reading “How We Challenge Ourselves”

One Little Word: Illuminate

One Little Word 2023: Where There Is Light Welcome back to Mukashi no Sewing and Happy New Year 2023! I don’t really do “resolutions,” per se, but since 2011 I’ve taken part, more or less, in a project started by scrapbooker Ali Edwards called “One Little Word.“ In 2006 Ali began the tradition of choosing oneContinue reading “One Little Word: Illuminate”

My New Favorite Brand: Hoshibako Works (Star Box Design/星箱设计)

Bibliotheca December 2022 – Favorite Things: Not Just Strawberries; Also Victorian Maidens. Welcome back to Mukashi no Sewing! This month’s theme for the Bay Area Kei Bibliotheca blog circle is “favorite things,” and you absolutely cannot stop me from talking about strab…oh wait, that was last month. 😀 Ok, fine. I’ll take a break fromContinue reading “My New Favorite Brand: Hoshibako Works (Star Box Design/星箱设计)”

Velveteen JSKs Restoration: The Reveal

Project 13, part 6 – Soft Focus (Part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5 here) Welcome back to Mukashi no Sewing! This week I was able to get the photoshoot done for the two velveteen dresses so you can see how lovely they look! I wanted to give the impression of theContinue reading “Velveteen JSKs Restoration: The Reveal”

A Brief History of Strawberries on Dresses

Bibliotheca November 2022 – Food: Extraordinary, Juice Like a Strawberry Welcome back to Mukashi no Sewing! This month’s theme for the Bay Area Kei Bibliotheca blog circle is “food,” and you absolutely cannot stop me from talking about strawberries. Specifically, strawberries on dresses – I’m a big fan as you can see. I come byContinue reading “A Brief History of Strawberries on Dresses”

Velveteen JSKs Restoration: The Sewing (Neckties)

Project 13, part 5 – It’s Buttonholer Time! (Part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 here) Welcome back to Mukashi no Sewing! This week I was able to finish the last piece of the restoration for the Velveteen Princess JSK – the neck ties! Honestly, this was purely for my own sake – they’reContinue reading “Velveteen JSKs Restoration: The Sewing (Neckties)”

The Magic of Alternative Fashion

Bibliotheca October 2022 – Magic: Community Through Dressing Weird Welcome back to Mukashi no Sewing! This month’s theme for the Bay Area Kei Bibliotheca blog circle is “magic,” and my original plan was to talk about magical themes in lolita dresses and kimono that I own. I’m sure I’ll go down that path at someContinue reading “The Magic of Alternative Fashion”

Velveteen JSKs Restoration: The Sewing (Headdress)

Project 13, part 4 – The Best Form of Flattery (Part 1, part 2, part 3 here) Welcome back to Mukashi no Sewing! With my dresses cleaned, it was time to turn my attention to crafting a headdress to match the red velveteen dress. (I already have an ADORABLE black velveteen headdress with white laceContinue reading “Velveteen JSKs Restoration: The Sewing (Headdress)”

Velveteen JSKs Restoration: The Cleaning (Black Dress)

Project 13, part 3 – Actual Stain Removal This Time (Part 1, part 2 here) Welcome back to Mukashi no Sewing! Last time I found that on the red dress the ivory lace was always intended to be ivory, but this time there were actual stains on the lace of the black dress that neededContinue reading “Velveteen JSKs Restoration: The Cleaning (Black Dress)”

Spotlight: Storage and Curation (Part 3)

Spotlight 11-3: I Had to Take a Lot of Photos (Part 1, part 2 here) Welcome to the third part of Mukashi no Sewing’s eleventh spotlight! As I mentioned last time, the original post ended up being SUPER long, so I’ve split it into three sections. This is the second curation post, covering my kimonoContinue reading “Spotlight: Storage and Curation (Part 3)”