Kimono Workshop with Nikki Stewart 06.02.18

Kimono Workshop with Nikki Stewart 06.02.18

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Come join our Kimono Workshop led by Nikki Stewart of Of The Land

End Product: Your own beautiful handmade kimono

  • Date + Time: 2 Hrs. Saturday 6/2/18 from 2:00PM - 4:00PM
  • Skill Level: No previous skill required
  • Materials + Supplies: Provided by Of The Land and Workspace Collective
  • Location: Workspace Collective - 287 Main Street, Danbury CT 06810
  • Parking: Patriot Garage, Bardo Garage, Street Parking

Make Your Own Kimono!

Kimono literally means 'clothing' in Japanese: ki 'wear' mono 'thing.' The history of the kimono is long and extensive dating back to the 8th century. It is a garment that's style and silhouette has stood the test of time. How many styles of garments have we kept the same for as many centuries as the kimono? It is an iconic shape widely recognized by many cultures. In this two hour workshop, we will go over the basics of pattern reading and sewing by creating our own kimonos specific to each individual's identity. You have the option to make a lounge kimono, perfect for keeping in the bathroom or a day kimono duster to wear on a lovely Spring day.

"Kimonos are valued for their symbolism; style, motif, color, and material work together to reveal the individual identity of the wearer."  - https://mymodernmet.com/japanese-kimono/

We have three options for fabric choice:

1. Work with the upcycled saris that we have here at the shop.

2. Bring the fabric of your choice

3. Utilize the fabric available for purchase at the shop

If you want your kimono to be a bathrobe, we suggest a lightweight silk or cotton. If you want your kimono to be a day coat, we suggest a cotton twill, canvas, or denim, closer to a medium weight. 

 

Fabric quantity should you bring your own:

44/45" width - Shell 4.5 yards   lining 3.5 yards *optional* 

56" + width -   Shell 4 yards      lining 3.5 yards *optional*

Tools and other necessary materials will be provided. If you want to bring your own sewing machine, please do so! 

 

About the Designer:

Nikki Stewart is a women's wear designer recently relocated from LA to Connecticut. She received her BFA in Fashion Design from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2012 and founded her clothing and accessory brand, Of The Land, in 2016. Of The Land is a sustainable line of fashion in its materials and use, as well as it's inspiration. Zero-waste is a large part of her process in that she uses every aspect of the material until the pieces are too small to cut or sew. Nikki's areas of expertise lie in textiles, from fabric manipulation to textile design. This includes dying, felting, crocheting, knitting, weaving, embroidery, repeat prints, placement prints, and marbling. She has a strong interest in activewear as well as one of a kind special occasion wear.