maanantai 15. joulukuuta 2008

Orange Taisho kimono

I couldn't help feeling disappointed when I got this kimono in mail. It's in excellent condition and the size is okay but I didn't like the color at all. It looked much much prettier in seller's photos! I still decided to give it a chance and did some experimental kitsuke with my mofuku Nagoya obi. Perhaps it's got some potential anyway.

The photos are taken without a flash to draw out the real color. Still it looks better in photos, I think.

Taisho kimono & mofuku obi

maanantai 8. joulukuuta 2008

Furisode dress-up

Heli just got her new super kawaii furisode. I love the blue color, it's so beautiful and looks very good on her! She doesn't have an obi to go with it yet. My white and pink fukuro obi goes fine with it but a yellow obi would be a more interesting choice, I think.

The flowers are orchids. A little unusual motif but so pretty ^_^

My red furisode with roses. I tried this on before with different accessories but it didn't look so good. I guess I'm more on the right track now.
Sorry for the sloppy kitsuke! I just wanted to get dressed quickly but now I think I should have tried harder.

sunnuntai 30. marraskuuta 2008

New obi

Long time no post! I have been busy but today I finally got a change to try on this Nagoya obi. It has some kind of Chinese feel in it: colors, design, fabric. I like it ^_^

New obi

tiistai 4. marraskuuta 2008

Sushi, kitsuke and new haircut

Heli was visiting me tonight. We had sushi dinner and of course got dressed in kimono ^_^

I love my new haircut, it's super easy and comfortable! I didn't have to start dressing in kimono by doing my hair up first. At this point we had eaten TONS of sushi so that explains a little sloppy kitsuke...

I think I finally got the blue Taisho kimono ensemble together. This obi looks better than the maru obi I tried with it before. I also like the pink haori even it's too small. What do you think? Heli is wearing a karako tsukesage which is one of my favorite kimono but too small for me to wear. I'm glad it fits her!

Fukurasuzume attempt! I did this the traditional way, without biyosugata. Another wing soon fell apart but I think I know what I did wrong. Practise, practise...

Bunny ears LOL ^_^

lauantai 1. marraskuuta 2008

IG Team Colours

IG Team Colours

My newest kitsuke challenge ensemble! This time it's about Immortal Geisha Team Colours: wear pink and blue wafuku ^_^
Link to IG forum.

I haven't worn this furisode after our wedding over an year ago and I have to say I was surprised how much easier it was to get dressed now. It still is far from perfect but I guess I've improved a bit. Yay :) Too bad it's a kimono for not married women! I added blue date-eri, obiage and obijime (which is a bit too high I guess). At the wedding I wore this with red accessories and the look is quite different even the kimono and the obi are the same.
Click here to see my blog post about the wedding.

Our rooftop is a good place to take pictures. The light is beautiful and there are no staring people around. Today the wind was strong but it wasn't too cold. After many days raining I'm so happy to see the sun shine!

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IG Team Colours

tiistai 21. lokakuuta 2008

Chidori with fukuro obi

Last time it was a chidori variation with maru obi and now I wanted to try a normal chidori with fukuro obi, tied with a biyosugata. When you use a biyosugata you construct the bow first, secure with clips and put it on - just like a backpack ^_^

Hope I'll get a change to wear this with my landscape houmongi some day!

landscape houmongi

sunnuntai 19. lokakuuta 2008

Chidori musubi, second try

Yay, I think I did much better now ^_^
I pulled the collar back more than I usually do. Maybe it's too much?
I also tried new ways to tie my obiage and obijime.

keskiviikko 15. lokakuuta 2008

Is it a bird? Or is it a propeller?

I've always liked the chidori musubi. It is very beautiful and I wanted to try tying it myself. I thought I chose a wrong kind of obi because the wings didn't stay as I wanted them to but I found out later that I had forgotten to secure the rubberbands of my biyosugata! No wonder if didn't stay. Actually it's a miracle the bow didn't totally collapse ^_^

This bow looks a lot like fukurasuzume but the way it's constructed is different. Check out Toma-san's webpage for instructions, here. I made the wings bigger.

I also thought I'd just dress quickly and skipped padding but everything seemed to go wrong! I even couldn't put the center back seam on the center. Need some practise. I also tried to "fix" the musubi and retied the decorative cord but it ended up worse than it was before...

But isn't this kimono wonderful ^_^ I'm totally in love with it. It has stains but it's still such a beautiful piece!

Headless kitsuke

sunnuntai 12. lokakuuta 2008

Let's Party Like It's 1933

Let's Party Like It's 1933

Here's my another try at IG's new challenge forum. The fashion for the year 1933 was wearing dounuki with crested iromuji. Here's my try to bring back that style! My iromuji isn't crested but who cares ^_^

This really was a challenge! I've never tried layered kitsuke before and found out it's not that easy to do. It's literally three times more collar problems and not to mention how hot and heavy it is! But after I managed to get dressed I have to say it was quite comfortable.

I'm wearing my pink peony tsukesage underneath. It has a kasane eri attached. I'm not so sure about the color combo but the tsukesage was the same size as my iromuji.

Pics taken at the rooftop of our house by my beloved official photographer ^_^ This landscape probably hasn't changed much since 1933.

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I edited this to look like an old photo:

Let's Party Like It's 1933

Obi display

I don't only wear my kimono but I also display them ^_^
I made this kimono hanger mostly for to display my haori collection but now I decided to do something with my maru obi too. This is what I came up with! Now I'm thinking of another obi display possibilities for next week.

The same obi being worn here.

maanantai 6. lokakuuta 2008

IG's black-white-red kitsuke challenge

I took part in a kitsuke challenge on Immortal Geisha forums: "What's Black, White and Red All Over". What a nice idea! I haven't even tried this kimono on before because it's so small but I decided to give a try.

The kurotomesode looks discolored in the photos but it's not, it's just the flash. Actually the seller's photos looked like it too but even I thought there's discoloration all over I still got it. Maybe the other bidders thought so too so I got it practically for free! It's very small so no ohashori this time. I'm not going to wear this ensemble out of the house anyway.

BTW, these photos are taken by me! I think I'm getting better. They're at least not too blurred ^_^
I hurried home after work and dressed quickly to be able to take the pictures before it got dark but I didn't quite make it and had to take the pics with a flash. It gets dark so soon now.

tiistai 30. syyskuuta 2008

My first kimono item

... was this haori. I bought it for display purposes and because I was curious how the kimono silk feels like. When this one arrived in the mail I fell in love with it in a second. Rinzu silk is so beautiful!
This haori is sadly too small (and maybe also too precious ^_^) to be worn.

sunnuntai 28. syyskuuta 2008


Me and my husband had a nice trip to a waterfall at Eastern Finland. The water was low but it was still very beautiful! Sorry no kimono pics this time either :)

There used to be a mill but it was washed away by the spring flood years ago. Only the stone remains...

After this the battery of the camera died. Too bad! We saw about 10 cranes flying past us, very close. Moving south I guess :)

keskiviikko 24. syyskuuta 2008

My friend and her kimono

It's so much fun to dress other people in kimono, even at 2am! My friend Heli still had some energy to smile and pose for a photo even it was a very long day. She is wearing her new komon and a fukuro obi of mine. I bought the obi because in the listing it looked like it was pink but apparently it wasn't. I was a little disappointed but luckily the obi goes quite well with Heli's kimono :)
The beautiful kanzashi are made by her. Click here to see more of her work!

I did some experiments with the obiage. What do you think about it?


A close-up. This obijime is just awesome! Very non-traditional but pretty.

tiistai 23. syyskuuta 2008


I'll post some kimono pics soon but in the meanwhile, here's a cute cat photo ^_^ Isn't she adorable?

maanantai 15. syyskuuta 2008

Snowflake obi

I wore my hitoe iromuji again but now with a different obi. This is a fukuro obi and the pattern is karabana, imaginary flower. But don't they look like snowflakes :)

lauantai 13. syyskuuta 2008

Autumn ensemble

I love the colors of this outfit! The kimono is a wool kimono and the obi is a silk nagoya obi. I just snatched the red scarf in a hurry but it looks quite good, I think ^_^ In Japan it'd be too early to wear this ensemble but here the weather is already cold enough to be comfortable in wool kimono.

The kimono is short and the sleeves are far too short but I still love it! I've worn it many times with a red hanhaba obi. This obi combination looks more interesting to me but the white tabi and collar look kinda too white now. Next time I'll try a yellow haneri and tabi socks :)

A close-up of the obi.

My husband and his "outrageous" blue-green collar ^_^ Sorry for the poor picture quality, this photo was taken by me... all the other photos are his. I think he's a very good photographer :)

sunnuntai 7. syyskuuta 2008

Neko obi

pink hitoe iromuji and tsuke obi

cat obi!

Today I wore my cat obi! It's design is adorable and it's a tsuke obi, a pre-tied obi, which is good at the days like this. You know the bad hair day? Today it was a bad kitsuke day for me. I was in a hurry to get dressed - even more than usually - and everything just seemed to fall apart. I tied my koshihimo too loosely and stepped over my hem and almost fell down at the Tea ceremony practise. Not to mention that today my legs hurted more than they usually do but somehow I managed to get through without falling down. Luckily I was wearing my tsuke obi so at least the otaiko bow remained perfect ^_^

On the way home me and my husband met a very nice Japanese couple who were interested in chado and kimono. Great! Hope they have a nice stay in Finland :)