Lace shorts (and a haircut!)

Another pair of pants! Or to be exact, a pair of shorts. This time they are for me, made with lace fabric that I bought last summer in Swany, Kamakura. I can’t believe I’ve waited one full year to finally used this fabric!

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The shorts have very basic shape with a couple of darts on each side, no pockets, and an invisible zipper on the side. The pattern is from Blouse, Skirt & Pants Style Book ―パターンのバリエーションを楽しむ―. I used style #11: Tight straight pants as a base for my shorts. The lace trim on the hem is from Maya Road, another prize from my Spring top winning .

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When I first saw this book, I was not very interested because I don’t really like the illustration. I bought it anyway after browsing the inside and now I don’t regret buying it. The book has rather different approach than other Japanese pattern book. It features six basic styles for tops and six basic styles for bottoms. Then we are shown how to make alterations on each styles to create new pattern. I think this book is good for anyone who wants to learn pattern drafting.

from Blouse, Skirt & Pants Style Book
Blouse, Skirt & Pants Style Book

You can see that I just had a haircut! Nothing too spectacular, but it was my first professional haircut in the past five years or so. I hate going to hair salon because it always takes a long time and I had never felt fully satisfied with the result. So I started cutting my own hair ever since. But recently I’ve been lazy and as a result, my hair grew to a mess that I couldn’t deal anymore. Time for a professional help!

In an intensive research (Google) for hair salon with English-speaking staff, I found this blog post by Zhing about Watanabe hair dressing in Harajuku area. I went there last weekend to check it out, decided to like it and made an appointment for yesterday. They asked me if I wanted a particular hairstylist and I chosed Kenichi Momoi because he was the one who cut Zhing’s hair and I also like the sound of the name (I don’t know why!)

I told Momoi that I wanted to get rid of my dried ends and kept my bangs. He immediately understood what I wanted and cut my hair exactly as I wanted it. Momoi was very polite and soft-spoken, he made a nice chit-chat but not too much. As I’m not too crazy about chit-chatting while my hair is getting blown by a noisy hairdryer, I was very happy about it. Another plus point, the haircut was much faster than I’d expected so I didn’t have time to get bored. I stepped in at 4 pm and stepped out at 5.30 pm.

Anyway, this is also my first time in Japanese salon. Japanese salon is so efficient. In Indonesia -where I came from-, there are always lots of people in the salon, but here I only have Momoi for haircut and blow-drying and one girl for washing my hair. When the haircut is over, he stood behind the cashier to accept the payment. And there is no tipping in Japan! I always get confused about tipping in salon, especially because there are so many people who take care of my hair.

I think this might be one of the rare times when I love my hair after a trip to hair salon! Will go back for sure! ♥♥♥
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Shorts pattern is based on style #11: Tight straight pants from Blouse, Skirt & Pants Style Book ―パターンのバリエーションを楽しむ―

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  • Wow! I love this “crazy” idea to make a short with lace! wonderful!

  • Ohh your haircut is so beautiful!

  • HI Novita
    Great shorts & great haircut too!! What a great look!

  • glad you loved momoi too! 🙂 i love what he did to your hair!! and just as a sidenote, wasn’t the head massage just phenomenal?? xx

    • verypurpleperson

      Hi Zhing! Thank you for posting about him! I often heard about Watanabe hair dressing, but your post convinced me to go. And I wish I can have head massage like that everyday! 🙂

  • emang enak lihat buku aslinya.

  • Alex

    Oh, you look so great! Your hair, outfit, everything!

  • I like the shorts, but let’s talk about your hair.

    The new style is very classy, and that last picture has that vamp-y sizzle, as in va-va-va-voom! – or ooh-la-la!

  • totally love those shorts! the whole outfit is very cute of course!

  • Ooo.. I never thought of making shorts with lace. How beautiful. And your hair is very lovely too! x

  • Joyce

    Oh my goodness I love your whole outfit! Your hair looks super cute too. Where did you get your shoes from? I’m so envious 🙂

    • verypurpleperson

      Thank you Joyce! I got the shoes very cheap from a thrift store near my house. I love thrift stores!

  • Lovely outfit and lovely haircut! It’s so cute how the ends of your hair are curled, very 1960s looking, I think 🙂

  • I LOVE those shorts!!! The entire outifit is really cute.

  • Hi Novita I love the shorts! The lace is such a lovely design-pattern too, I only seem to ever come across floral lace – but that one is so pretty 🙂

    Do you mind mme asking if you made the yellow top yourself, or if not – where did you buy it from please? The sleeves are fab!

    • verypurpleperson

      Thank you! Unfortunately I didn’t make the top, it’s from H&M. It was on sale for 5USD so I couldn’t help but buying it! 🙂

  • Oooh, lovely shorts!

  • mmmm, beauty! where do you find so much time in your sewing projects 🙂

  • You look so pretty! Would you mind sharing how you sewed the lace shorts? Did you use lace and a neutral underlay fabric as one peice or did you sew two shorts and attach them at the waistband? They are so cute I just have to copy your idea, I hop you don’t mind!

    • verypurpleperson

      The shorts and the lining are separate pieces, they were attached at the waistband and the zipper area. Can’t wait to see your version! 🙂

  • Your haircut looks great! As do the lace shorts!

  • carla

    pretty haircut and pretty fabric 🙂

  • Bri

    Yay for good hair experiences! Love these lace shorts, they’re also on my list of things to sew!

  • your hair looks really good as do the shorts! the whole outfit is really great actually. i’ve been cutting my own hair after giving up on hairstylists for a lot of the same reasons you have – took too long, too much chatter, never quite satisfied. i do know how it feels too though when you find that ONE hairstylist that gets it and it’s pretty great. i can’t believe they don’t have tipping though, do they add it into the price of the cut?

    • verypurpleperson

      There is no tipping anywhere in Japan! Not in hair salon, restaurant, anywhere. Isn’t it convenient? I think they add it into the price although it wasn’t written anywhere. I much prefer that way because I’d be able to know from the beginning how much that I should pay 🙂