Woo hoo! One more kimono knocked off my to do list!
This is a lovely hikizuri kurotomesode which I'll be wearing on Friday at Anime North '08. I know that traditionally white obi accessories are worn with kurotomesode, but I like red better so that's what I'm wearing!
Anyways, this is meant to be a geiko costume. Usually kurotomesode are formal garments for married women, but they are also worn by geiko. Basically geiko (fully fledged geisha) are considered to be women who've reached marrying age but have refused to marry. Even so, because of their age they adopt the dress of a married woman.
I've made this kurotomesode a whoping 195cm long! (still not technically long enough for a hikizuri on me... XD - but it does the trick). The hakkake could have come up a bit higher along the skirt, but I didn't have anymore black fabric for that.
Strangely, I've realised that I find it much easier to do proper hikizuri kitsuke on myself rather than a manequin. So when I wear this things will look slightly different than in those photos. Basically the neckline will come down quite a bit lower at the back and with a nice neat hidden ohashiori (under the obi) the pattern on the skirt will come up on my knees a bit more. I actually tried everything on yesterday and it works. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to get an decent pictures.
I also wanted to thank the lady who lent me the Staten Furisode. I learned so much from unpicking and resewing that furisode. So, I made this kurotomesode almost completely differently from how I'd been making kimono before and I've found that even though this method takes longer it solves many more problems than it creates. I'll be sure to tell you all about it in my kimono tutorial.TIME TO COMPLETION:
51 hours 45 minutes