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07:12 pm: A steal at twice the price
Since the weather was nice this morning, I decided to bike over to Lala Port for some shopping. I stopped in the Japanese traditional clothing store to pick up a few accessories, such as a belt for my yukata. They had a bunch of their yukata rolls on sale, and I saw a bunny patterned one that I thought wednesday_10_00 would like...but probably not at a price of $100.

After I had finished making my purchases, they had me fill out a survey about my kimono preferences. Then they took out a sample roll (new design, just arrived that day) and offered to show me what it would look like on me. Well, heck, why not? They draped the roll all over me, wrapping and folding it so that it looked almost as if I were wearing a real kimono. It was quite impressive.

The store manager offered to sell it and a matching belt to me for half price. Okay, I admit I disregarded the clerks' gasps of astonishment at the offer, because that could all very well be a lame act. However, I have seen enough kimono price tags to know that the offer really was a steal. If I were in the market for a brand-new kimono, I would have jumped at it. As it is, though, I'm satisfied enough with the cheap used ones I have.

So I finally made my way out of that store and shopped around some more. Lala Port also has a shop selling sewing machines. (Wait, don't I already have one of those?) Ah, but I have recently taken notice of the ones that can do embroidery. I listened to the sales pitch for one of the top-end models the other day, and it really did look enticing...but not at a cost of $4000. On the cheaper end, though, you can get a machine plus software to design your own patterns for about $1000. That's a lot closer to my breaking point.

<sigh> Why do I always drool over such expensive things?

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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:April 29th, 2005 04:18 pm (UTC)
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Oog. $100 for just the obi...? My love for yukata is not that great.

...But...I do have to wear one every year...and I bet it's cute...And it's not like I can't afford it...... Agh, dammit. NO. MUST BE STRONG. Because I'm weak at resisting OTHER things. >.>
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:April 29th, 2005 04:38 pm (UTC)
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$100 for just the obi...? My love for yukata is not that great.

No, no, *I* was buying an obi. That's why I went to the store. But the bunny pattern was a roll of cloth for making a yukata.

Yukata obi aren't really all that expensive. Even the fancy ones are only about $60.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:April 29th, 2005 04:44 pm (UTC)
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So, it was 100 for the yukata? But that's a pretty normal price, right?
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:April 29th, 2005 04:45 pm (UTC)
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Am stupid read again. Never mind.
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From:firesign10
Date:April 29th, 2005 05:37 pm (UTC)
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LOL!!! *thinks wednesday_10_00 is clearly so enraptured with her mysterious chibi cloth that she can't focus on LJ entries* :-)
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From:evil_overlord
Date:April 30th, 2005 11:05 pm (UTC)
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**sighs dreamily** awww, that fabric *does* sound cute! I'd like to own a kimono someday, but I'm not exactly a skinny girl, so I doubt it's ever going to happen. You definatly have a steel will, I would have probably given in, had I the money for it. *G*

Although this brings up a question to me....being a rather textile-oriented girl, is there any kind of book you might be able to recommend on the history of Japanese fashion? with lots of pics...because yah, I like pics...and other details and such? This enquiring mind sure wants to know...admittedly, in part, to find out how accurate what I've seen in Inuyasha is...LOL But that's only part of it.

As for the sewing machine....wow, that's impressive, the MIL just recently got an embroidery machine, and I think hers ran a bit over $3000. But, it's one of those designed for free-form quilting, among other things. Personally, I'd *want* one of the machines that you can design stuff on the computer and have the computer tell the machine what to do. And if it's cheaper...hey, great!

To drool over expensive things? Nothing wrong with it, I think everyone does it. I know I sure do. *G*
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:May 1st, 2005 02:03 am (UTC)
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I would have probably given in, had I the money for it.

If I didn't already have the used ones, I would have been sorely tempted...

is there any kind of book you might be able to recommend on the history of Japanese fashion?

I haven't specifically looked for one, but I can keep an eye out.

MIL just recently got an embroidery machine, and I think hers ran a bit over $3000. But, it's one of those designed for free-form quilting, among other things.

I browsed through a couple of brands, and the high-end ones were all in that range. If I were making a business out of it, I could see spending that much, but as one hobby among many...

Personally, I'd *want* one of the machines that you can design stuff on the computer and have the computer tell the machine what to do.

I will admit that one of my main motivations is that I could use it to make my own personal merchandise for pretty much any series I wanted. But it really seems like a great combination of my hobbies of playing on the computer + coloring + sewing.
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From:wrenwyn
Date:May 12th, 2005 05:27 pm (UTC)

It's an obsession that doesn't stop with just one

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Spacealien_Vamp: Hi! :) I'm a friend of Sara_Tanaquil's and I've been reading and enjoying your journal for a while now, so I thought I would finally say "hi".

My mom loves her embroidering machine; so much so in fact, that she has four of them. She started off with a second hand Huskvarna (not sure if I spelled it right) that she paid $2000.00 for. She loved it so much that when she felt comfortable with using it, she bought three more. hehe Over the course of two years, I believe. It seemed that everytime I went over for a visit, she had a new machine, and was taking classes for it.

I don't share her love of sewing, but she's been enjoying herself so much with her toys. ^_^ If you are able to get yourself one some day I wish you lots of fun with it.

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