Do you ever feel like your lounge-wear is letting you down? I’m definitely in that category, and all the more so since I started working from home and it became my life-wear. I don’t even know how I acquired so many random grey jersey items when grey is a colour I barely acknowledge in the rest of my wardrobe. It means I spend a lot of my days looking like a disgruntled koala bear, and not in a cute way.
Thus I’ve recently started trying to use up stash fabrics to remedy this sartorial slobbiness, including this blue crushed satin, which dates back to a trip to John Lewis sales when I was in my final year of high school… I mean, that is some seriously long-term stashing. So you might think I’d be tempted to turn it into something particularly special, and I must admit I felt a bit underwhelmed myself, transforming it into a glorified dressing gown. But then I realised I was falling into the classic trap of believing that only other people are worth dressing up for. And it ain’t true.
I drafted the kimono pattern myself, using Ann Haggar’s Pattern Cutting for Lingerie, Beachwear and Leisurewear. It’s based on traditional Japanese kimonos, so has openings into the sleeves to create pocket-like spaces and a wide sash that ties at the back. There wasn’t actually as much fabric as I’d misremembered, so it’s a somewhat vertically challenged kimono, but that’s been no bad thing in this recent bout of steamy heat. All in all, I have no regrets about this new incarnation of that ancient fabric. Especially as it means I don’t have to sew anything else with the slippery stuff!
I also decided to take these photos first thing in the morning, before I’d done anything to my hair except unplait it, and without so much as a smidgeon of makeup. For me it’s important to make an effort to look nice when I’m bumming around at home; if I don’t, I quickly find myself acting like a slob as well as feeling like one. But at the same time I don’t want to slide to the other end of the scale and feel as though even my toaster shouldn’t glimpse my un-made-up face. So I partly took these photographs as a reminder to myself – glamour can be easy; it can be relaxed. It can be as simple as rolling out of bed and pulling on a silk kimono instead of an old grey cardi…
Happy lounging, everyone! x