Inspired by the simple construction and history of the kimono, I decided to make one of my own.
Being new to sewing and fashion design, I wanted to work with 1 piece of fabric and focus on my hemming skills. I used 1 yard of left over Muslin Fabric and did 1 inch hems. Once finished, I dyed the fabric in a Japanese dyeing technique called Shibori.
The ability to work slow with diligent patients is an art and an important lesson in life. During the construction of this piece, I had to work with sciatic pain. I needed to learn how to move and how to do the things I enjoy.
Standing and ironing felt laborious and took a toll on my back, neck, legs, feet, hands, arms, and calves. Working in cycles with long breaks in between helps. Since Oct 2019, there started to be a threshold and I HAVE to relax. My hours of productivity have been a steady of 2-3 hrs a day. It always depends on the day and what else I have planned. I realized I must conserve and use my energy wisely, in order to do the things I enjoy and be able to take care of myself.
Always do what works and don’t be afraid to ask for help!
After a week of slowly working, I was able to finish my garment. After this project, I learned to enjoy the process of sewing and be okay with not rushing anything.