Tokyo Bopper No.870

After years of pining, stalking and justifying that yes, I legitimately need these shoes in my life, a pair of Tokyo Bopper No.870s have finally landed in my grubby hands all the way from the streets of Harajuku. And what a joyous moment it was. You know how they say things you long for are a hundred times better in your head and the truth is really nothing more than a smidgen of that idealized version? I was worried they would look comically huge when worn. In this case the reality is they look pretty damn good on my feet and that's all that matters at the end of the day.

My boyfriend asked if I plan on smuggling butter in the soles. My mom flat out laughed when she saw these. Meanwhile, other people's reactions were generally positive.

I stand about two inches taller in these shoes and they are surprisingly easy to walk in despite the thick rubber sole, but it is quite a work out. These things are heavy and a racket on wooden floors. They look best worn with cuffed loose trousers to show off the ankle straps, as pictured, but I like matching them with skirts too. The straps are my favorite thing about the pair and the web shop even suggests wearing the removable straps as bracelets for extra style mileage... how cute is that?

Speaking of the Tokyo Bopper website, I highly recommend their awesome blog. It is one of my most visited sources for inspiration and their shopkeepers are my favorite, they're all so stylish and full of personality.



To my surprise the blog gained several new followers in what is probably the longest unintentional hiatus I took since starting it, so let's try again. Hello to readers both old and new.

Here's something a little on the safe and admittedly boring side to ease into the blogging routine again: jeans, tee and a long blazer. I would have preferred a little texture on the vest under, so my next DIY undertaking would be a rough gauze version of the draped vest. The boots are Ann Demeulemeester from Ebay I acquired not too long ago. Vintage, or so the seller states. I cannot verify nor do I care that much really. I'll take better photos of them soon, but they are an unusual pair of boots—they look like two shoes sewn together at the ankle.

The past few weeks had me in such a lackluster mindset, fashion-wise. The weather is driving me nuts.


Project No. 1: A Simple Skirt

This was the first clothing project I took on since I got my sewing machine a couple of months ago, inspired by this skirt by Creatures of Comfort but instead of having just one side flap I decided to go for symmetry this time.

Initially I thought I'll breeze through making the skirt like it was nothing because hey, how difficult can sewing a skirt like this be? It's literally a just a rectangle. A whole yard of black Italian twill to be exact. But then as I was drafting the pattern I realized I had no idea how to attach the waistband if I stuck to this shape and maintained the sharpness of the edges. It took me hours even before cutting the fabric trying to figure it out and I even made a miniature version to test the method. The process of actually making, sewing, and fitting the skirt took me an entire afternoon, all in all.

The skirt sits on the waist and is closed with an invisible zipper at the back. Note to self: buy an invisible zipper foot for the machine because sewing the zipper by hand is arduous. The hem is kept raw as I liked the contrast of the simple lines of the skirt with the frayed edge.

Upon wearing it for the first time out it felt like I was wearing too much skirt, if you know what I mean.  So much fabric and room to move! The side flaps were unobtrusive, surprisingly. At the end of the day I'd say this skirt was fairly easy to make with only straight stitches needed and attaching the waistband proved to be my single stumbling block on this project.