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My niece’s wedding

today, 28th october 2017, after 14 hours of flight, one short night stay in a hotel in tokyo, 2.hours and a bit of bullet train to kyoto, 40 minutes of express train to Nara and 25 minutes of taxi ride, i was at the wedding of my niece Sara. she and her partner yasuo chose the classic style wedding at Isonokami Shrine near Nara city, the oldest capital of Japan.

sara's wedding


Aspiration 1

stripeJ stripeJLI was thinking about making a light weight coat, loose fit for layered garments underneath, for coming warmer weather. I was browsing Jeannie’s web site,, and found her Blanket Coat in the free pattern offer page. The design was very close to what I had in mind and decided to have a go at it. Hence the blog title ‘aspire’.

I have a similarly loose fit woolen coat in light grey which usually receives a compliment when I wear. It goes well with my light grey hair, so I looked for some kind of grey again. What I chose here is striped wool and linen mix suiting fabric. It is very light in weight and has slippery texture. I wanted to add lining to this coat to have a collar showing bright colourful patterns. As it happened it can be worn reversed.

kimonoJkimonoJLWhile sewing I had an idea: what it would look in kimono fabric? I had a silk/viscose or polyester mix kimono in Chirimen-like texture. Dull dark pink and white colours seem to go well with my hair, so I decided to have a go for the second time. It was very hard for me to decide on the contrast colour for the collar. I visited John Lewis, Liberty’s and Berwick Street in London. I was so surprised these shops had decreased the space so much for selling fabrics. Rather disappointed I gave in to purchase rather expensive taffeta. I loved the colour. It will give an accent for the soft flowering-like coat, I hope. And to my rather sleepy face! The rest of the lining is from the light silk kimono. It will not be worn reversed.

Now looking at my stock kimonos I am inspired to make more of this by changing pockets or length of the coat, etc. I aspire to sew forever! Thank you Jeannie for inspiration and here is the link to her web page.