Customer Showcase: Evelyn Lee, California, USA on YokoDana Kimono


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Note about this page:

We like to post on our web site when people have creatively used our vintage Japanese kimono fabrics in their work. Evelyn Lee -- known as forguitar on ebay.com -- sent us some sample pictures of how she has used vintage kimono fabrics, so we asked her to tell us about the pictures and anything about them she cared to share. Below are both her pictures and contextual information. Enjoy.  Yoko Lewis 

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Evelyn Lee

Pictures below are samples of her work using vintage Japanese kimono and fabrics from YokoDana Kimono; Evelyn's Commentary follows pictures: 

Pillow collage, silks and cottons from yokodana kimono

Pillow collage, silks and cottons from yokodana kimono

Blouse from vintage Japanese fabrics from yokodana kimono


Pillow, Japanese fabrics from yokodana kimono

silk blouse using vintage silk kimono fabics from yokodana kimono

Comments from Evelyn Lee about her use of vintage kimono fabrics:

Personally I love Vintage kimonos especially the silk ones because of it's beauty and uniqueness (it's almost never, to find exact same kimono/fabric). I have been collecting, remaking, up-cycling using kimono fabric for a few years now. Usually for the longer piece, I love to make them into garments, such as dresses or tops. The Orange tone floral Silk Top(upper-left) is used from YokoDana's girl's kimono package. I unstitched the original kimono, hand washed in cold and gentle circle, laid dry, and ironed it prior to work on the fabrics. Some of the semi-large pieces, I can easily make them into small pillows for various gifting idea. The fun of unstitching kimono is that you will be left with many different size and pieces of Kimono fabric. So another fun project would be making them into pouches, which the examples here I have is for Triangular pouches.

And yet, if the fabric is long and skinny, and you can't find anywhere to use it, it'll be a great idea to re-dress your flip flop.

Lastly, about the black blouse, third from bottom above, this is something new I bought from YokoDana.com, from the Mixed Cotton package. Putting two large Navy Tone Furoshiki together, then you get a very unique tunic taking advantage not only the beautiful motif, but also the convenience of not needing to hem the garment so much.

Evelyn Lee

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