Here's another kimono from
Unicorn. This is much later than the paisley-blue, probably 1980s. The material is synthetic rather than silk. But the colour is unusual, and nice to have for combining with others.
Here's another kimono from Unicorn, decorated with paisley. It's slightly heavier than the two shown so far, enough to be used as a very light coat. The material is silk, and it was probably made in the 1930s.
Before diverting into style transfer, I posted
some pictures of this flower-decorated kimono top. Here's another with a rather different design. Like the
first, I bought it from Unicorn. It was longer, but to my non-Chinese eyes, that made it look like a dressing gown. So Unicorn shortened it for me by folding up the excess material into a hem, and sewed on a popper to close it at the waist. The result is a decorative summer top, with colouring nicely matching the Linaria growing on the wall.
Unlike with some of the clothes I've shown, I'm pretty sure that the manufacturers of this one are still going. Searching for the Chinese characters in the name, aided by Purple Culture's mouse-written Chinese input program, I found this site: https://tbg1688.1688.com/. The page mentions the Linhai Yujie Garment Embroidery Factory, and that 天宝工 or TianBaoGong is its brand. Judging by the photographs, Linhai Yujie Garment Embroidery make a lot of designs. This is one, and shows a kimono very similar to mine as it was before being shortened.
I've been processing and sorting photos, most of which I've now added to the gallery.
As I mentioned in a post written just after this went live, the gallery page displays a selection of clothes. The selection is determined by two buttons. One looks like this:
and displays all the clothes I've got photos of. These include those I own, as well as ones I've seen and photographed but not bought.
The second button looks like this:
As its caption says, it displays only the clothes that are mine.
Why do I have two buttons? The first displays a wider range of patterns and designs. For example, here's the pattern from a silk shirt by Colorpoint. The belligerent little aliens with which it's printed are fun: But the shirt was a size too big for me, so I didn't buy it. By the way, the aliens are Marvin the Martian, a character "who was quiet and soft-spoken, but whose actions were incredibly destructive and legitimately dangerous". All credit to his creator, the excellent Chuck Jones.
A garment of quite a different kind is this brown coat, embroidered with spiky greens and golds: In the photo, this is a really dramatic design. But when I tried it on, too much of the pattern went round my sides, and wasn't visible from the front. So though the coat would have looked great framed on my wall as abstract art, the design lost coherence when I wore it.
I hope these will inspire those who like designing and making, and persuade you — if you need persuading — to try your nearest vintage shop. Buying vintage is a good re-use of resources. And with companies like the loathsome Burberry, reported to have destroyed £105,000,000 worth of stock in the past five years, fashion needs all the help in conserving resources that it can get.
This one is purple velvet: Unlike the two above, it's actually a woman's, as revealed by the position of its buttons. But notwithstanding this, which I mention because of Grayson Perry's teenage fears about being thought effeminate for wearing buttons on the left, few people will notice or care. So you could safely wear that, or the green, or the red, and give greater chromatic pleasure to yourself and those around you than if wearing cord, leather or tweed. Showing such examples is what I wanted the "only my clothes" part of the gallery to be for.
Here's another austerity cartoon, from the same Pick of Punch annual that I wrote about in "Austerity Patchwork". I put some references at the end there explaining the history of WWII clothing restrictions. I don't know the significance of August, but maybe it was the first month after publication that readers would have been allowed to obtain new coupons.
Two clothes moths are on a jacket hanging in a wardrobe. It has holes in. One moth is saying to the other 'Careful, dear! This one's got to last us until August!"