Monday, January 2, 2017

Kimono on the Cityscapes


~ Yes, here we all are ~


The Kimono is from Koos of Vogue patterns 1493
and the Dress is from The Sewing Workshop Collection Cityscapes pattern.

I made the dress awhile ago and never wore it in public.  The original pattern calls for a jumper to go over it.  I tried, but it didn't work out at all.  But when I finished the Kimono and tried it on over the dress, I liked the vibe, especially with the dusty pink boots




~ I mean I'm having a flashback, man ~


 
~ check out that sleeve action ~


Okay, now this is something you don't see everyday.  In fact, this is something you never see on the likes of me.  Totally XXX rated.








 
~ I luv the print on this fabric ~


And placed it just so.  But up until today, I've only worn it to sleep in.  This dress is way too form fitting for me.  Practically body-con.




~ Yep, here I am practically naked ~



Enough of that, let's get to the boots already.


 
~ yeah, bay-bee ~


I've got me some Frye boots from ebay...wanna see another pix?  Sure you do.


~ sweeet ~


With that I'm heading on over to Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style.  Then it's Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like when she goes live.   Hope to see you all there.  And Happy New Year to All.

Oh, and p.s., Coco of Coco's Loft just made this exact same dress and has posted about it today.  Check out how lovely she looks in her make.



28 comments:

  1. whoa, easy there with the skin-tight, see-through stuff! Really tho, it's a fabulous dress and does look like perfection with the kimono. xox

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    1. Who knows what will happen next!

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  2. What fun! and I love the fabric, so unusual (more so for the placement...). Pao, this looks great on you, top to bottom and all the way to the thumb hole on the sleeve. What a great add! thks for the mention...must be a cityscapes day :-)

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    1. Gee, how did you know I would be layering my version, Coco? Yea, the sleeves were extra long so rather than cut them off & just ripped out some stitches for a thumb hole. Perfect.

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  3. Such a great outfit! I own both these patterns and hope that I am even half as successful with sewing them up as you were. It's a great combo.

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    1. I'd luv to see what you do with them. As you can see with Coco and my version, the sky's the limit. I'm going over to see your blog now.

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  4. YIKES....dang girl, have a little modesty!

    Seriously, you are a most cheerful sight on a cold winter's day. Love the print. Love the colour.

    I keep picking up my Koos kimono pattern. It doesn't look difficult but....How did it go for you?

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    1. I know, such a tease.

      I realize I didn't end up saying anything about the sewing of either of these pieces. Maybe I'll have to put out a Director's Cut version of the post.

      I luv how the sleeves work on the Koos Kimono, but I did have issues with the pattern and did make changes. First off, I don't see any need for all the bias tape decoration so skipped that. Not to mention the floral appliques. I guess it would depend on the fabric you used... But I really didn't like how they used the bias tape along the lapels. It sat on top of them and cancelled out the fact that the collar/ lapels were there at all. Instead, I inserted self-made bias of another fabric (like piping) and sewed the lapels on backwards from what the patterns tell you to do. Oh and the binding of all inside seams. I started doing it, but it looked bad and made the fabric hang funny. So I actually ripped it all out!

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  5. Yeyuss!, great combo plus boot porn!, love those pink boots! Seriously, rethink wearing the dress as a nighty and wear it in the light of a risqué day.
    Don't you love the sleeves on that Koos kimono? I've made it twice now. My fave version is a knee length kantha cloth coat.
    Helen

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    1. woo-hoo. Yes I do luv the sleeves. And I want to see your Koos kimono now, especially the one made from kantha cloth. Puleeze, Helen.

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    2. I would send you a photo of that coat. Do you want me to email it to you? I will need your email address. I don't think I can attach photo to come to in yer blog.
      H

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    3. yes, send it via email, please.

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  6. Whoa, slinky! Thanks for sharing Coco's link. Now I can see how the pattern pieces are drafted. Interesting!

    Hey, how come you don't have any snow? We have lots and my street is so icy they were playing hockey in the intersection yesterday! A first.

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    1. Yes, at least some people actually show how they sew and what they did. Thank goodness.

      It's been warm around here again and all the snow has melted.

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  7. Heheh, love this body con dress. Next you'll be in bikinis! Absolutely gorgeous dress and I'm glad it finally has seen the light of outdoors. The kimono on top is great, all those pinks and reds being boisterous and the boots trying to hog the attention. Score!

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    1. Yea, you know me and those body con dresses. I leave them all to you, bay-bee. Now the orange cone coat, that's more my style.

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  8. This reminds me of a few years ago, the woman who cut my hair walked in wearing a camisole top and I blurted out "I see you're wearing your underwear to work today".

    No one needs to know unless you tell them. And you can tell them whatever you like. I'm wearing my pajamas too, but I suspect the former hairdresser might argue the point.

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    1. Well, I guess I've already exposed myself, SJ.

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  9. Love that reveal shot! 😄
    I also love all the modifications to the pattern you mention...you don't do things by halves.
    I really think it is a great dress, with or without kimono...which is also lovely with its red roses.
    Yeah baby! Xo Jazzy Jack

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    1. The dress pattern has its own modifications. I eliminated the darts in the midsection. Egads, it was skinny enough as is. And I added side seam pockets. With the too long sleeves, I made a thumb hole so they could be worn as fingerless gloves. Since the knit is so slinky, it loses its overall tulip shape.

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  10. Fab outfit! Love everything about it and you've reminded me I have the Koos pattern and material for it. Must get to it soon. p.s I think you and Coco might have started a trend with the cityscapes dress!

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    1. Funny how that coincided, especially with an old, out of print pattern. Looking forward to seeing your version of Koos.

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  11. I like the fingerless-glove sleeve you added! The short kimono-style jackets are called Haori (I was informed of this by a friend who is a Japanese textile expert) and I have two of them that I like to layer over dresses and shirts. There's something about giant dramatic sleeves that make everything better (except when you are trying to eat lunch).

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    1. Hey Shelley, thanks for the info. You think eating with dramatic sleeves is a chore, try it with fingerless gloves!

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  12. happy new year my dear!!!
    body con - soso. ;-) i think you look like spring already! a very beautiful spring!!
    huge hugs! xxxxx

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    1. Hey Beate, Spring? I wish. It's 6 degrees now. Yeah, no snow, but way, way, below freezing.

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  13. Sleeve heaven. I love that dress and you look fabulous, with or without the haori. The boots are a delicious color and a perfect compliment to your composition. Hope you're staying well and warm. I'm ready to start my own Project Minima...well, maybe. :-)

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    1. So glad when you stop by Jean. So far, so good on the well and warm front. hmmm, your own project minima. What would that be like? Could it possibly be better than drossintogold?!

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