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!
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 .
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.
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.
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―