short informal poll

Just curious… before I take my seam ripper to these two silk meisen kimono, do you think I ought to keep them intact, or cut up to sell in pieces? They have been sitting on the shelf just a little too long for my liking and I’d like to move them, one way or another.

As an incentive, I’ll send a vintage kimono fabric pack to one random poster in this thread. Winner will be chosen on Sunday, July 26.

So, keep, or cut?

Pinwheel kimono
Pinwheel kimono
Checkerboard Kimono
Checkerboard Kimono

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Mindy Wagner says:

    I think that you should sell them intact. Cute fabrics by they way! :o)

  2. Katie says:

    I would be more likely to buy them as pieces instead of a whole – but they are not patterns that I would be generally interested in.

  3. Christy says:

    I think those fabrics are great! I vote for selling in pieces, they’d be great accents for other fabrics, I think.

  4. Cindy says:

    I think it depends on the condition. Are they still wearable? If so, I would leave them intact. If they are showing a lot of damage and no longer useable as a garment, then I would salvage what I could and sell in pieces. Hope that helps. πŸ™‚

  5. To answer your question Cindy, they are in wearable condition. Damaged kimono never even make it in front of the camera before I tear them apart! It’s tedious, but fun.

  6. sarah says:

    i think you should keep them as they are since they are in wearable condition. would be a shame to cut it up. πŸ™‚

  7. Lauren says:

    I’m torn too. If still wearable, keep intact. But if it’s not moving, small pieces would be easier to sell. Okay, I talked myself into it: cut!

  8. Toni says:

    I say, if they’re not moving as is, it’s time to try something new. If you’re thinking about chopping them up, you know you really want to, right πŸ™‚

  9. Lainie says:

    Wow, this is a tough call. They’re wonderful fabrics. I think on the assumption that a buyer would cut them up, you should cut ’em. I love the pinwheels!

  10. Kim says:

    I think they would look great in patchwork, so my vote is to cut πŸ™‚

  11. Megumi says:

    If they are not moving, I think to let the fabric “live” is to cut them sell them as pieces. However, I do understand wanting to leave them intact, since they are in good condition. I even have a hard time cutting up thrift-shop pieces or old T-shirts to use the fabric because I see an inherent value in the fact that they have already been put together in usable form…

    I’d probably take a deep breath, close my eyes (at least for the first cut) say “thank you” to the kimonos for having served their purpose and cut them.

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