If there’s one thing I know for sure it’s that I love me an asian-inspired clothing design. This is the Named Clothing Sointu Kimono Tee pattern, made with Art Gallery “Summit Twilight” quilting cotton. I have to admit that I was clearly heavily inspired by Bettina from Stahlarbeit’s Tea House Dress, a dress that’s a very similar style and for which Bettina chose this very fabric. When I saw her dress I got busy on the interwebs buying this fabric!
The design is very simple, with wide kimono sleeves with bands, a curved v-neck, and a waist tie. I ended up cutting down the sleeves to be less wide; because this fabric has some body, especially on the sleeve bands where it’s doubled, the wide sleeves ended up sticking out like linebacker shoulder pads. Making the sleeves narrower helped them to sit a little closer to my arms instead of sticking out.
If I made this pattern again, I’d try a better fabric than quilting cotton, and I would probably add some side vents near the hem. It would be a good pattern to blend fabrics, such as using silk for the front and a coordinating knit for the back.
I made myself some leather earrings which coordinate quite well, I think, using leftover scraps of teal and dove grey leather from my tote bag. I love leather earrings because they can be as large as you want them (hello retro-80s!) without being heavy, and they’re super easy to make. I just cut two different sized squares of leather (experimenting with paper cut-outs to decide on the right size and proportions), punched a small hole in the corner of each with an awl, and added a jump ring and a sterling silver earring hook. Et voilà!
Did you see Gillian of Crafting a Rainbow’s recent post asking what stresses you out about blogging? One of the possible stresses she mentioned is taking pictures. I’ve been sitting on these pics for over a month because the fact that some of them are yellow-toned and some of them are pink-toned is driving me crazy! I’ve just installed Lightroom on my computer and alas, there is no “Please Fix These Yellow and Pink Pictures to Look Normal” button. Summer project: learn how to use Lightroom.
I’m clearly tickled pink about my new Sointu Kimono Tee. 😉
Thanks so much for stopping by for a look.