I really like to set myself kimono related goals for the coming year as it gives me an extra push for continuing my collection. So with out further a-do here is my 2014 kimono resolution list.
1. Set aside 1 afternoon a month to pull out my stuff and actually practice dressing. While I did get to wear kimono a lot over the past year I always ended up just throwing things on and hoping it looked ok. One of the things that I originally found fascinating about kimono was all the ‘rules’ for dressing. While I love playing around with my style I would like to get back to some of those basic kitsuke roots and see if I can really polish my outfits.
2. No buying kimono this year. I know, I know…this may not actually happen but, I received several pieces this past year that I have not had the chance to wear yet so I feel like I have some good options that people haven’t seen yet. I also need to flesh out my komono a lot. I may permit myself and obi or 2 since I don’t have as many of those and I could use more variety. Mostly though I think my purchases this year will be going to all the things I really don’t like buying but need.
3. Figure out a better storage system for my stuff!
4. Actually, finally, make myself an unlined kimono.
Now to take a look as last years and see if I accomplished them.
1. I recently acquired a copy of Rosetta Stone for learning Japanese. This year I would really like to expand my Japanese vocabulary and learn to write kimono and kitsuke related words in the appropriate style (Hirigan, Katakana or Kanji). I believe this will help me in searching Japanese language kimono sites and may actually push me to finally buy something off Rakuten!
Ok, so I did expand my Japanese vocabulary a little bit this year. I feel awful for not having fully used Rosetta Stone but I had a hard time with the teaching style. I also didn’t actually learn to write anything either although I am slowly working on Hiragana at the moments. I did though get a few things of Rakuten despite it all. 🙂
2. I would like to acquire more everyday wear items such as more komon and an iromuji. While I have a few formal outfits I’d like to complete with proper accessories I don’t see me wearing them often enough to warrant buying those acessories unless I can find the ‘perfect’ deal for them. This year is going to be all about kimono functionality!
This one I feel like I accomplished pretty well. I received several komon and a yukata plus a new hanhaba and Nagoya obi. I did get one fancy piece but I haven’t had a chance to post about it yet.
3. Stop buying vintage zori! Even if I lengthen the hano on them my feet are just too wide to wear them comfortably. I still have not worn the beautiful pair I bought this year because my little toes hang over the edge waaaaay tooooo much. Honestly I just need to not depend on e-bay as much anymore. I can get better fitting items elsewhere.
And so I did! I got my first pair of properly fitting zori off of Rakuten this year. I still like eBay though. It’s kind of addicting looking for deals.
4. Here is the big one! I want to actually sewing an unlined kimono for myself this year. I have some beautiful black stripped wool suit material just waiting to be made into a casual everyday piece. Right now I am working on my sewing skills by trying to make some functional tabi. This is proving more difficult than originally thought but it is teaching me a lot. Once I get an acceptable pair of tabi done I will venture forth into kimono making territory.
This one is kind of so-so. I never did actually manage to get a good pair of tabi sewn. I always got hung up on the toes. I did make a ‘practice’ yukata out of some fabric but the mistakes I made make it un-wearable. It was however good practice and I learned a lot about what I shouldn’t do when trying to sew kimono.
So there you have it! A look to the new year and a look back as well. What are your kimono resolutions?