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to rewear & reconstruct

leanne yew

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The original flutter sleeve frock

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One of the many things I love about being able to sew my own clothes is that I can alter them into new designs when I get bored of the original design.

I’ve loved this orange-red floral kimono print for an age. It was one of the first kimonos I found, so one of my first experiments into reconstruction and before I used to document my kimono collection.

In this original flutter sleeve mini frock, I realised after putting it together I’d accidentally cut the bodice length a couple centimetres shorter then was ideal for me, especially with a V back which raised the waistband up more than I ideally liked, which also resulted in the skirt of the dress being a tad shorter than I wanted. The pockets were also lower than they are now in my recent designs.

However I still loved the dress so much; even with its few errors I wore it around the world as I couldn’t decide what to change it into. It was only recently I took the two pieces of the mini frock & the maxi skirt and thought how can I change these two, to not waste fabric, but to turn them into pieces I would wear even more?

Plus the waistband on my mini frock had become a wee bit tight! haha.

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became a sleeveless open back mini frock

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The flutter sleeve mini frock became a sleeveless mini frock with an open back and a wider waist band, which made the skirt drop an extra cm or two in length at the back making it a safer length for bending over, sitting down etc. As much as I love my flutter sleeves, I’m someone who prefers minimal clothing especially for the hot summers where I want to wear as little as possible. The flutter sleeves were taken off and instead used to change the maxi skirt into something I would wear even more!

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The original maxi skirt with a slit

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From the other fabric remaining in this kimono I first created a maxi skirt with a high slit. Being one of my first pieces, this skirt has travelled around the world with me; from hiking the Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu, exploring the islands of the Galapagos, traipsing through Europe and walking barefoot on lush grass in Sri Lanka.

When I first started recreating from kimonos, I would create the outfits with the zips on the side, however after awhile I switched to putting the zips at the centre back as I liked the look better. It always kind of annoyed me that this skirt I loved had a side zip but I didn’t have really have a reason to change it or the time!

After a while I realised that I wear maxi frocks more frequently than maxi skirts, as it was just easier especially whilst travelling so once I came to that realization and decided I would alter my mini frock version, I knew I could take the fabric of my mini frock sleeves and use them to turn my maxi skirt into a maxi frock.

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became a bikini front maxi frock with multi-way straps

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The Aussie girl in me has always been comfortable with a bit more revealing, backless designs especially because I’m rather flat-chested & lack the need of a bra.

Backless, needing support, showing too much cleavage was never a concern for me. However I always had trouble deciding when I made my dresses, do I do an open back or a cross back?

Then I thought, well why don’t I make both possible by making the straps a bit longer and adding in adjustable bra slides… so the question is which way would you wear it? Open Back or Cross Back?! Let me know in the comments below! ^_~

PS. I favour the open back more! teehee

to the next chapter...

leanne yew

and suddenly you just know... it’s time to start something new and trust in the magic of beginnings..
— meister eckhart
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Sometimes it’s time to just take that leap of faith, take a risk and see where it leads you. This year, I’m entering a new bend in the road with TK. It’s a path I have always been meaning to traverse down however there’s been a few detours, roadblocks along the way - combined with a few rest stops but I am so excited for this new part of the journey.

I want this blog to encapsulate not only how I incorporate TK into my life, in my travels, but also my journey of trying to make my life more green, more sustainable and more conscious of how I can be even more considerate of Mother Earth whilst living in this amazing city of Tokyo.

I hope to be more proactive with the blogging so have set a goal of twice a month to give me a bit of a push to create content and just see how things go.

Here’s hoping you will find my little musings of words entertaining and perhaps even helpful for your own little world.