Last Updated: 03-27-2006
You would think making a kimono would be easy. But it was quite a challenge. I carefully selected my fabric in a variety of cottons with different threadcounts. The main kimono was a heavier cotton. The collar and obi were made of a finer thread of cotton, and the nagajuban was a simple quilter cotton. Sewing wasn't exactly difficult, it was the collar that gave me the most problems. As it turns our I also incorrectly sewed the right sleeve in wrong which caused problems through out my time wearing it.
The flowers were painted on by creating a stencil and using So-Soft fabric paint in "Buttermilk". It took about 1-1/2 bottles, two coats, and a whole day to paint them all on.
Putting on the costume turned out to be the hardest thing. When I wore it for Saturday, it took me 2 people to help put it on. The obi wasn't stiff enough or big enough to be proper, but it worked. Sunday I was capable of doing it myself.
Make up was easy, it was simple "daily" make up. I used concealer under the eyes, around around blemishes. Covered my face in powder foundation, added a cream eyeshadow base. Brushed on a light rosey blush and added light brown to the creases of my eyes with a smidge of black. Used black eyeliner on the upper lids only and a couple layers of mascara. Used a natural/nude color for lip color.
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