The Idea and Inspiration:
To create an outfit inspired by an 1880′s Parisian ensemble made from a kimono, now in the Kyoto Costume Institute. My ensemble would also use vintage kimono fabric, to better recreate the joins and patterning that the narrow widths of kimono fabric would require the seamstress to use.
Fabric and Materials:
Underskirt of nougat pink silk shantung, overskirt and jacket of vintage kimono silk, appliques of vintage obi fragments, vintage buttons from my grandmother’s stash.
A full petticoat bustle
Research and Resources:
Janet Arnold, Patterns of Fashion 1860-1940. Skirt and overskirt based on the 1872 afternoon dress
Jacket adapted from extent 1880s patterns
The Dress Diary: