There are just so many stunning kimonos I've discovered and to be discovered! I fall in love with every one of them & at times it is a bit painful to be parted from them, yet creating something beautiful for someone is wonderful.
One of my all time favourite kimonos to discover is the rare Tomesode. Generally a plain base colour (often I discover soft creams/whites, though there are the rare tomesodes in colourful shades), the kimono may look a bit boring until you see the gorgeous (generally floral) print cascading over the kimono sleeves , down the front to line the bottom of the kimono itself.
With them, a maxi frock is created that is stunningly gorgeous with a plainer bodice, falling into a tiered graduation of pattern.
Below is my showpiece WATERFALL frock: short from the front cascading down into a full length maxi
It can sometimes be a bit difficult to envisage a vintage kimono being transformed into a modern day frock & at times a tomesode kimono may be overlooked because of the plain background & minimal print. However remember looks can be deceiving.
This gorgeous Tomesode maxi frock below, was created from a kimono that had been passed over many times, whenever I had a showing & so I thought I would use it for my own experimentation & this beautiful dress was created.
So though it may not look like much at first glance, if I have placed it in my kimono collection, rest assure -something breathtaking will come of it ^_^
current tomesode collection can be found HERE.
*Tomesodes are more rare & more expensive to find, so they form an even more limited collection