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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Little Mio's Hinamatsuri Ensemble

This kimono ensemble was made for my neighbor's daughter. Little Mio is a quarter Japanese, and her family loves to celebrate Japanese traditions. This outfit was created for Hinamatsuri, otherwise known as Girl's Day. I hope this is an ongoing tradition for their family because Mio looks adorable in her outfit!

I included a folded seam in the mid sleeve to be removed as she grows. This kimono will last at least a couple years. I made this set out of nani IRO double gauze fabric, from Japan. It is soft and drapes nicely. For a look at nani IRO fabrics, check out MissMatatabi on Etsy.

The outfit includes a kimono jacket, an obi, wide-leg shorts, a white gathered undershirt, a kanzashi brooch and headband.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Oma's Flohmarkt

I would like to take the time to shamelessly plug my Mom's shop, Oma's Flohmarkt. My mom taught me how to crochet, has a knack for color and is sort of a perfectionist.

My mom, Jeannie, has been such an inspiration to me to sew and create and be the imaginative person that I am. Her shop specializes in crochet, sewing and vintage European finds.

Custom Work through Etsy at 2 Pandas

 Some of the most interesting items that I make are custom creations for my 2 Pandas customers. From outerwear to hats and scarves, custom work is easy through Etsy! 

Simply go to Bobbyandliz and use the Request a Custom Order button to initiate an Etsy conversation that we will use to communicate your custom order specifications. 

This week, I will be running a giveaway for a custom crochet hat! Enter Here

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Come check out all the new items at the Etsy shop!

I have been uploading photos and new listings to the Etsy shop all night. If you haven't checked it in a while, you'll love all the new additions!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Elegance & Elephants Roots Sew-Along Lorelei Kimono

 I was a military brat growing up, my heritage is a strange mixture of things that are not truly my own yet are closer to me than anything else I have ever experienced. I grew up in Germany, but I am not German. I spent a great deal of time in the Southeast United States, but I am by no means a Southern girl. My daughter was born in Japan and now she is beginning her life very similarly to my own. She will very likely have a multitude of culturally diverse influences in her life that shape her and help her grow. I will always have a place in my heart for Japan. for Elegance & Elephants Roots Sewing Series I am submitting my first entry as a kimono for my daughter. She will wear it this year on March 3, known as Hinamatsuri or "Girl's Day" in Japan.

I made this fully lined kimono top from quilting cotton with Michael Miller's Textured Basics by Patty Young. The interior and obi is made from one of Patty's older lines, Heaven and Helsinki. The neckline is made from Moda bias that I made with a coordinating solid. The kimono has three buttonholes and a button beneath the obi to ensure years of fun. 

The obi can be tied elegantly in the back for a traditional look, while the front highlights the little houses motif of the lining fabric.

Fresh, modern and simple!