Friday, September 12, 2014

Linen Shift

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I have joked that my closet would rent as another bedroom for $1,000 a month in New York City. It's massive and can probably fit a twin bed and a small dresser if you take the shelves and closet rods out of it. Because of this I've been able to unpack almost every single garment, including the historical ones and vintage pieces I never wear and spread them out in this closet. Even with everything unpacked I can still walk around inside of the closet and reference the clothes when I need to. I've seen a lot of things I haven't seen in a few years, like this hand sewn reproduction of late 18th century handkerchief linen shift I made many years back. I am astounded, all these years later, but also not that surprised that I put the time into hand sewing something I'd never use or wear. When I get obsessed with an idea I have to see it through. I've always been that way.

I've been really inspired by the images and products up at Fog Linen and Kurasukoto and I decided to take a chance and see if I could work a linen shift into a regular outfit. I've been on the hunt for Kintsugi supplies, high quality Japanese Linen, and Selvedge Denim, and I've been stumbling upon all sorts of really beautifully curated blogs and websites that I can only somewhat read through the help of the awkward and literal google translate. But, pictures still speak even when I can't read the language and for that I am truly grateful and undeniably inspired.

I think it worked out. The overcast sky, the chill in the air, and the still flooded streets made the day seem kind of dreamy and sometimes you just have to dress to match the weather.

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Shift: Handmade
Leggings: Target
Shoes: j. crew
Scarf: gift from my sister

1 comment:

  1. I love this! It's so pretty! There are similar types of tunics and shift dresses popular here in Korea...I'd been hesitant to wear one because of my small frame then I look around and most women are the same size if not smaller making these frocks look great! Now I'm seeing such a unique and gorgeous one on you! By the way, we are going to Japan in December if you have anything you'd like us to keep an eye out for!

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