THE SEWING DIVAS sewing, design, fashion

June 10, 2009

Fashion exhibitions summer 2009

 The Netherlands

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

on-line exhibition Accessorize, a selection from the accessories from 1550-1950

 Museum Bags and Purses  Amsterdam Beasty Bags – August 23

                                                                Made In Britain- September 7- February 21 2010

Arnhem Mode Biënnale  Arnhem – July 6

Zuiderzee museum Enkhuizen   Gone with the wind  -November 22

Kunsthal Rotterdam   Silk Stories Taisho Kimono  – June 21

Museum Boymans van Beuningen Rotterdam The Art of Fashion: Installing Allusions –September 19/ January 10 2010


Modemuseum Antwerp    Paperfashion  – August 16

Modemuseum Hasselt    In Her Shoes   -November 8


Museum Les Arts Décoratifs Paris  Madeleine Vionnet  June 24-January 31-2010

Museum Christian Dior Granville  Trois décennies de styles et de stars (1961-1989) -September 20

Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent – Paris    Russian Folk Costumes – August 30

Chateau de Versailles Trianon museum  Court Pomp and Royal Ceremonies -June 27


Wien Museum Karlspltz Grand entrance Fashion in the Ringstraßen era June 10- November 1


Textile Museum St Gallen   Swiss Embroidery

Sicherer, Schöner, Schneller( Textile in Sport)

Musée Suisse de la Mode  Yverdon-Les Bains

Prototype (la technique du moulage) – November 1

more information about this exhibition  and even a video  about moulage


National Museum of Costume Dumfriesshire  Jane Muir a Fashion Icon -October 31

 United Kingdom

Manchester Art Gallery On-line exhibition collection themes

 Fashion Museum Bath   Dress of the Year –  September 20

                       Bill Gibb: A Personal Journey –  November 15

Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art London  Workshop Missoni: Daring to be Different  – July 1- September 20


Museu Tèxtil i d’Indumentària in Barcelona Dressing the Body 


Kulturforum Potsdammer Platz Belin Sequins – Poses – Powder Boxes.
Fashion Drawings and Objects from the Twenties
  – August 9

Information about  Fashion Collections, Fashion Museums and Fashion Libraries in Germany


Röhsska Museum Göteborg 

Fashion Designer Maud Fredin Fredholm – 16 August

Masters Degree Exhibition 2009  – 16 August

Finland’s queen of fashion – VUOKK 31 January 2010


Museum of Fashion History of Buenos Aires  

Spanish link  for the collections and thumbnail pictures


Powerhouse museum Sydney   Contemporary Japanese fashion: the Gene Sherman Collection  – August 30


Textile Museum of The Cutting Edge  ( focuses on the shape of a garment, and what it signifies) –  July 7




FIT New York  Seduction – June 16

                       Isabel Toledo Fashion from the inside out   June 17-September 26

                      video tour of Isabel Toledo

                     preview Isabel Toledo exhibition

Chicago History Museum   Chic Chicago – July 26

 The Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York  The Model as Muse – August 9

 Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum – New York Fashioning Felt – September 7

Los Angeles County Museum of Art – Los Angeles

On-line exhibition: Images of Fashion from the Court of Louis XIV

                                   A Century of Fashion highlights

                                Luxury Textiles East & West

Allentown Art Museum in Allentown, Penn.  Fashion in Film: Period Costumes for the Screen -August 9

 Kent  State University Museum Kent, Ohio   Michael Kors – November 2

The Ohio State University “The Sewer’s Art: Quality, Fashion and Economy” – June 27

Mint Museum of Art Charlotte, NC  The Art of Affluence: Haute Couture and Luxury Fashions 1947-2007 – June 30, 2010

wiki link

Philadelphia Museum of Art  Shopping in Paris: French Fashion 1850–1925  – October 25

Indianapolis museum of Art Fashion in Bloom-January 31, 2010

University Minnesota Goldstein museum of Design Gallery Intersections: Where Art and Fashion Meet – Juli 11-November 1

 Hong Kong

Heritage museum  The Golden Age of Couture  -September 28


Kobe Fashion Museum Japan

Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum Tokyo Japan


If you have other links for fashion exhibitions , please share so I can add them to the list.



June 7, 2009

Kimono Update – Obi, Date Jime and Nagajuban

Filed under: Dressmaking,Fashion,Mary Beth,sewing — Mary Beth @ 1:51 pm

I used a fine shirting to make the nagajuban, the under garment that helps to keep the kimono clean.


A band finishes off the bottom of the garment and carries on to become ties that wrap around and tie in the front under the breast, holding the collar in the proper position.

Unlike the kimono, the collar band is interfaced and darts inserted in the back.


The collar is 3″ wide, the two panels for each side are 14″ wide. The front and back are one piece with no shoulder seam. I could have made straight sleeves but I used the kimono sleeve style to leave an opening under the arm. It’s very comfortable.


The date jime and obi arrived on the Stitchery doorstep this past week. Here’s the date jime, by far my favorite to wear. It is 4″ wide and made of a wonderful silk faille.



The pre-tied bow is fun


The obi at 7″ is too wide for my height. It needs the wooden form that is the traditional method of supporting the obi to keep it from wrinkling.


I am not going to use the wooden form, although I should, it is the best method. I may use some timtex cut down to 6″ wide and wrap the solid color edge of the obi over it to reduce the obi’s width.

Conclusion = Fun to wear and HusPartner actually likes the look very much 🙂

~ I am HusPartner and I approve this message ~ O’Cheski’i san.

June 1, 2009

Woman’s Lined Kimono for Lounging

Filed under: Designing,Mary Beth,sewing — Mary Beth @ 3:48 pm

If you want to MAKE something special, you must BELIEVE that it is special. ~ Master Shifu ~

from Kung Fu Panda, the movie produced by DreamWorks Animation, 2008


LOL! How true!

Each evening I race home to take off my street clothes and get into something flowing and comfortable so I am developing a wardrobe for that purpose

I am so excited to have finally finished my “kimono”! I put the word kimono in quotes because I have modified it to be very easy to throw on and to wear. My kimono is a cross between a kimono and the kimono undergarment called a nagajuban. Here is a good link for more information about kimono:

Here is information about kimono undergarments


A traditional kimono and obi is very costly and can require no less than 9 ties to close and hold the draping in the correct positions. I did not have the fabric for an obi and did not want to use the obi I had inherited from my Mother in Law that I showed at The Stitchery a few weeks ago. But I love wearing an obi, especially when I spend long hours at the sewing machine, it helps me sit up straight. I don’t like taking the time to tie one on properly. I ordered one with a pre-tied bow from an ebay seller and can use it with the other kimonos I have. I also bought a date jime in red silk. The box hasn’t arrived yet.

Long lengths of silk are missing from my stash: I only had one from a Michael’s Fabrics bundle, that would be enough fabric, a sea green cloque


The lining is made of blue silk twill to stabilize the bodice. This is the only fabric I used that is appropriate for making a kimono. But I pressed on, determined to use only stash. I found a silk georgette to flow around the legs, to peek out when walking and to show at the sleeves. Both the cloque and georgette stretch by different degrees. They are not recommended kimono fabrics if you are wanting to be accurate in recreating a proper kimono.


With no wish to present a traditional kimono when all I want to do is wrap up in luxurious silks in the evening, I cut the kimono short so there is no folding at the waist and the front is shorter so there is no chance to trip when using stairs


Kimono sleeves are very handy for carrying things like a cell phone or pager. I never can find that cell phone when it rings!


inside sleeve

I used the georgette as a sleeve facing, appliqued over the top of the blue twill lining

sleeve facing

Now I have to make an undergarment to keep the kimono clean. I will make a simple wrap top with side ties, wide elbow length set in sleeves and kimono collar out of a soft white cotton, again from the stash. I’ll have to again “wing it” on the pattern.

The book, Making Kimono & Japanese Clothes, by Jenni Dobson, that I used to make my husband’s unlined kimono was a disaster for making a woman’s lined kimono. There are about 30″ missing from the pattern, probably due to reduction for printing. The instructions for the lining seem straight forward enough but do not work for inserting a proper sleeve. I had to use the instructions from the OOP Simplicity 5839 pattern to work out the origami that is the sewing of a lined kimono and had to stitch each seam at least twice. I talked about these two resources here

I now need to make a couple of han juban style undershirts that can be laundered regularly.

Even though the making of it was one nightmare after another this kimono gives me an unequaled feeling of luxury when relaxing at home. I hardly want to take it off.

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