tiistai 3. elokuuta 2010

Goofing around in yukata

The summer has been very hot and even the air outside is already a bit cooler already it is still hot inside the house. I really don't take heat very well. When I arrive home I change into yukata right away. It is probably the most comfortable piece of garment I know! But no way I'm wearing datejime or obi-ita so I put everything together using only 2 koshihimo.

I tell you a secret: I am not wearing a single thing under my yukata. Don't tell anyone! :D




P.S. This time I used medium-sized pictures. Would you prefer smaller pictures?

sunnuntai 25. huhtikuuta 2010

Roses are red

Originally uploaded by jeiccis

Today I had a chance to dress these two lovely ladies in kimono. It was a first time for both of them to wear a kimono but you really couldn't tell because they both look so graceful and comfortable wearing them. Even though the wind was strong!

Roses are not the most usual motif in kimono - and not a bit traditional - but they are still one of my favorite motifs. The red rose furisode and Mamechiyo's Rose Bouquet obi really don't deserve to just lie wrapped away in my closet. This reminds me I should wear kimono more often.

There's more on my flickr.

sunnuntai 17. tammikuuta 2010

Year of the Tiger

Geisha hikizuri kimono
Originally uploaded by jeiccis

I tried hikizuri kitsuke for the first time! Jenny was kind enough to let me dress her. We had a kimono theme party and we had lot of fun. A few of my kimono also found a new owner and I'm very happy about it. It is so much better to see them worn well by other people than just lying in my closet wrapped in tatoshi!

I got this geiko hikizuri for a few months ago. It is from early Showa era and the maru obi is about the same age. I think they go quite nicely together. This obi is quite difficult to tie because it's so heavy and stiff and I think I made it too wide. I also didn't have any red cloth to pass as momi so it's missing.

But I think I did quite well for my first time, also considering it was after a few glasses of wine. :)

Geisha hikizuri kimono

Geisha hikizuri kimono

maanantai 5. lokakuuta 2009


Originally uploaded by jeiccis

Long time no post! It's not that haven't been wearing kimono lately but I've been forgetting to take photos.

This is what I wore to Tsukimi chakai organized by our Tea club. I probably should have chosen something more formal but to tell the truth I was dying to wear this fern komon of mine. It's one of my favorites but I've had a chance to wear it only once before.

Too bad it was raining so we couldn't go moon viewing as planned but otherwise the chakai was a very nice occasion. I hope the guests weren't bothered for me messing up all the time...

Sorry the bit forced smile, I was tired for working too much lately.




sunnuntai 12. heinäkuuta 2009

Finncon/Animecon 2009 outfit

This year's convention was a lot of fun! I was one of the very few kimono-clad people, not counting all those Bleach cosplayers :)

I wore my sha summer kimono and a hitoe obi, both synthetic and washable. But I think that even an awase kimono made of silk is more breathable. Well, at least my ensemble _looks_ cool enough...

The first day I tied my obi into bunko musubi but it probably wasn't a very good idea. Bunko looks nice with yukata but it just didn't work so well with this kimono. Next day I did kouken (chidori) musubi. It wasn't a 100% success but still it was better than bunko. My obi was a bit too floppy and also on the short side so the wings of my "chidori" didn't become as well as I had liked them to. Anyway, I'm always happy to try something new.

BTW I'm totally in love with my Swan Lake bag ^_^

Summer kimono

perjantai 26. kesäkuuta 2009

Yukata party

Summer is finally here, the weather has been very cold but now the sun is shining. Me and my friends got dressed in a yukata, took some photos, ate lots of ice cream and had lots of fun! ^_^

I sew my dark blue yukata by myself. Otherwise it's okay but I made a stupid mistake quite in the beginning. I don't know how it happened but somehow I turned the other front panel around and didn't notice until I had cut the collar and sewn the center back seam. I used 38 cm wide yukata fabric and its both sides look same - I did mark the right side but I still made a mistake. The most annoying thing is that now I've got two big flowers on both sides of my butt...


Aliisa also made her yukata by herself. It is awesome! She's a professional seamstress so of course she can sew, but I also love the design and think this is one of the most elegant yukata ensembles I've ever seen.


Jouni also got dressed in his asa hemp blend yukata. I love the yellow obi and tabi!


Jenny in her plum blossom patterned yukata. It surely makes you feel cool when you think about winter and plum blossoms.


Me and Eerika talking about how long it takes to go to the loo in a yukata... well, it really doesn't take any longer than when wearing western clothes. Can you imagine, a totally random guy actually asked us about this XD

Group photo #2

tiistai 26. toukokuuta 2009

Crested komon

This kimono arrived today ^_^ I had been drooling over it for ages. I thought I'd deserve a treat and now it's mine! This one is a bit peculiar - it is a komon kimono but has one crest. Also the designs line up and match over seams so it's more formal than usual komon kimono.

According to John Marshall the pattern is shippou, a sort of shorthand for seven treasures.

The fabric of the kimono is beautiful, very light and shiny silk. The patterns are woven with urushi coated thread. I combined my kimono with a Taisho era chuya obi. The other side of the obi has stripes. Also my porcelain obidome is from Taisho era.

Yet another ensemble I hope to wear out someday ^_^

Crested komon

Crested komon

sunnuntai 24. toukokuuta 2009

Kitsuke Keiko

Kitsuke Keiko
Originally uploaded by Kitty Vane

Our Tea club had a kimono class again. It's so much fun to learn how to wear a kimono together! We did help each other a bit with obi tying but otherwise everybody dressed themselves. Everybody's learning so fast, great work ^_^

I love everybody's ensembles too. Especially I adore the purple Pearl Drops kimono Aliisa is wearing, wow! Eerika had her lovely Showa houmongi arrive just in time. I also think Veera's new peachy pink iromuji suits her very well.

More pics on Eerika's flickr account

Our previous kimono class from January

sunnuntai 17. toukokuuta 2009

The Rose Bouquet Challence continues

I got this kimono on mail last week. It was listed as meisen but it isn't. I think it's chirimen, sort of. The kimono sleeves are about the same length as the sleeves of my meisen haori.

I think they go quite nicely together ^_^ But I need black tabi!

It would be nice if my kimono and haori had a bit larger wingspan but I guess you just can't have everything. Anyway I'm quite happy with this ensemble! Hope I can wear it out someday.

The Rose BouquetThe Rose Bouquet