Obi Makeover: The Sewing and the Reveal

Project 2, part 2 – Learning New Skills is Fun! (Part 1 here) Welcome back to the obi makeover project! As predicted, this was a pleasantly quick project to finish – about 8 hours total including things like unpicking the obi and pinning up 3.5 yards of piping. I’ve never done piping before, so IContinue reading “Obi Makeover: The Sewing and the Reveal”

Meiji Era Kimono Restoration: The Reveal

Project 1, part 5 – Revealing the Finished Kimono and Sharing Final Thoughts (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 here) Welcome back to the Meiji Kimono Restoration project! Today I’d like to share with you a bit about the obi I chose for the ensemble, along with my final thoughts on the projectContinue reading “Meiji Era Kimono Restoration: The Reveal”

Obi Makeover: The Beginning

Project 2, part 1 – Mottainai and Getting Started Welome back to Mukashi no Sewing! I actually hadn’t intended for my second project to also be Japanese (or at least, Japan-adjacent), but another project is taking a bit longer to prep than anticipated, and this one is something I need! Along with being Japan-adjacent, IContinue reading “Obi Makeover: The Beginning”

Meiji Era Kimono Restoration: The Finishing

Project 1, part 4 – Finishing the Mending and Previewing an Obi (part 1, part 2, part 3 here) Welcome back to the Meiji Kimono Restoration project! I’ve finally finished up all the mending – huzzah! When I sat down I thought “oh, there’s not much more to do,” but in reality it was anotherContinue reading “Meiji Era Kimono Restoration: The Finishing”

Meiji Era Kimono Restoration: The Mending

Project 1, part 3 – Pinning, Mending, and Musing (part 1, part 2 here) I’m back for part 3 of the Meiji Era kimono restoration project to cover the actual mending process! I spent approximately 1 hour pinning things into place in advance of sewing – I’ve found that I am far more excited toContinue reading “Meiji Era Kimono Restoration: The Mending”

Meiji Era Kimono Restoration: The Materials

Project 1, part 2 – the Materials and Plan (part 1 here) Welcome back to the Meiji Era kimono restoration project! Today in part 2 I wanted to share the materials I’ve obtained to complete the restoration. I already have plenty of thread; I have some vintage green and red cotton threads in the rightContinue reading “Meiji Era Kimono Restoration: The Materials”

Meiji Era Kimono Restoration: The Beginning

Project 1, part 1 – Origin Story and Starting Point My first project to share with you all is the restoration of this beautiful green Meiji Era irotomesode kimono. Restoration means different things to different people, and honestly means different things to me depending on the item in question. In this case, my aim isContinue reading “Meiji Era Kimono Restoration: The Beginning”