51 – Smart Scratch Belt

This scratch belt is smart. It was created by an upcycling amateur and adapts to changing waists, which is ideal for pregnant women. When small bits of fabric are left, you can utilize them by associating them to more basic fabric, and end up with something really fancy. Here, the kimono fabric is both on […]

50 – Upcycled kimono bird dress

I have made this dress for my mum’s birthday. The bird is magnificent and I wanted to show it off. The delicate character of the pattern in the background has enabled to support the grandeur of the bird. The rest of the kimono fabric should yield two more dresses and they will be nice and […]

49 – Yayoi Kusama or the art of evasion

Yayoi Kusama is a tormented artist that has chosen to live in a psychiatric hospital. She is famous for her collaborations with Peter Gabriel and Louis Vuitton. At 88, her exhibitions are still inhabited with new luscious artworks that enable the viewers to escape. Her otherworliness is both sparkling and overwhelming. Her exhibition ‘Infinity Mirrors’ […]

48 – Patchwork dress with kimono silk

Upcycled kimono. Beige dress in silk with painted flowers.

  This dress is composed of fabric strips that were left from a kimono I had almost used up. The front and the back consist of strips of different width. On each side, one long strip (18 cm wide) covers the front and the back. At the center, two smaller strips (18 cm and 9 […]

47 – Large top with cleavage made from sleeves

    This kind of top is rather large and can fit someone with a size between the French sizes 38 and 44. The sewing allowance  (the space between the edge of the fabric and the sewing) is narrow: 0.5 cm. For a tighter effect, enlarge it.   Fold two pieces of kimono sleeves of […]

46 – Japanese fashion about to be uniqlo-rized?

harajuku japanese fashion

Harajuku – THE source of Japanese fashion – where fashion is a disappearing art ? This is what Quartz is hinting at in “Japan’s wild, creative Harajuku street style is dead. Long live Uniqlo “. This page is also a gold mine to understand the trends in Harajuku. It is also an occasion to view […]

45 – Tips and Hints – How to attach a bias tape

  Here is my first dress. I have chosen the easiest pattern of a book. The dress is riddled with beginner’s flaws but there’s one thing I am happy with – the attachment of the bias tape. If you wish to preserve the length of your dress as much as possible, attaching some bias tape […]

44 – Tutorial for a scarf

A scarf is often at the top of some Christmas lists. You only need two stripes of fabric: one from the upper layer of a kimono and one from the lining would be ideal. It is an opportunity for the discarded leftovers from bigger works to acquire a second life.   1- Cut two stripes […]

43 – Kimono exhibition at the Guimet Museum in Paris

For those who have the chance to be in Paris between 22nd February to 22nd May, you can feast your eyes on a kimono exhibition at the Guimet Museum of Asiatic arts in Paris. 150 kimonos have been imported straight from the collection of the Matsuzakaya fashion house. Their range is wide. They were created […]

42 – Authentic + delicious Japanese cooking blog – deadly easy

japanese recipe

Recently, I have been fascinated by a Japanese cooking blog: JUSTONECOOKBOOK  Everything seems sooo easy when you watch the videos. They are clear, performed like a good waltz. I have applied 6, 7 recipes, and I am pretty proud of them. They are rather close to the Japanese taste. Of course making them requires some […]