I stayed up way too late last night trying to finish this. Girls Day is next Friday and I want to make some kokeshi pins for Buddy's teachers. She's about 2 inches high and I envisioned her driving home last night. In my mind the design seemed simple enough, but the execution was a time killer and I always get bogged down in the details.
First I was only going to have her wear an obi. But then I thought I should add a tomoeri (overcollar). And once I added that I felt like she needed an uraeri (inner collar) too. Do you see where this is going? I studied traditional Japanese dance for several years in high school and I learned a little about wearing kimono and the many layers involved, so it was hard not to keep adding all the different elements.
That being said, for the next one I'm going to make the tomoeri a bit more narrow and add an obi-jime (cord) over the obi and it'll be done. Simple right?
One last thing about kimonos, if you ever wear one make sure that you wrap the right side over your body first and then overlap with the left side. Right over left is only used when dressing a corpse for a funeral. This used to totally freak me out when I was younger and it still unnerves me when I see kimono worn with the right over left. So bachi.