On Saturday the Lumberjack, his parents, and I went to visit some of their family and then stop by a yarn and fabric shop called Shibori Dragon. The shop carried all sorts of Japanese and Japanese-inspired needle arts materials, from Showa-era kasuri fabrics to sashiko kits to quilting fabrics. I bought a pattern, fabric and thread for some sashiko coasters and a pillow, which I'm super excited about trying out!
The temperature has recently dipped into the thirties in the Seattle area, so I reached for one of my favorite outfits from Japan: this floral printed dress I bought in Kyoto and vintage yellow wool cardigan I picked up at a Salvation Army for a dollar. When I first bought this dress, I was a little worried that I wouldn't be able to style it to its full potential - I love the printed fabric, the tiny cream braids between the floral and solid, and the delicate herringbone of the collar and border fabric, but I wasn't sure that the straight shape would be flattering with my full bust. All that aside, though, this is one of those dresses for which I hold a passionate (and somewhat irrational) love, mostly because it reminds me so much of my time in Japan.
And, throughout wearing it and playing around with belts and proportions, I've found that a skinny belt at my natural waist helps pull it in nicely, and the gathers are small enough that they look intentional. I wasn't sure how well this little bow belt would do its job, but I love it.
And I swear, all my Tasi earrings go with everything.
Dress: Sanjo by Pagong
Yellow Halle Brothers Cardigan: Thrifted
Boots: J Shoes
Red Bow Belt: Sale at Nordstrom