I have to begin this entry by marvelling over the speed of the shipping! This parcel was shipped by Japonica Market (my shopping service of choice all the time) on Monday and arrived this morning, 2 days later! That's amazing! Whereas my parcel from the US was posted via Priority 5th February and I'm still waiting for it to clear customs ¬_¬
I've wanted the Wrapping Ribbon skirt in pink/black for a while now and was at the point where I was searching all of the second-hand and auction sites daily because I wanted it by a deadline. Unfortunately it never came up so I plumped for the cutsew OP. However I hadn't realised just how short it would be >< I'm hoping to get some black chiffon to add an extra little tier of ruffle to increase the length a little.
My long time readers might recognise my new skirt as I used to own it before. It was my most beloved item in my closet, and in a moment of madness I still don't completely understand I sold it. So I was thrilled when Baby re-released the skirt as part of the Memorial Series.
Also, I ordered just as the Usakumya Lovely Wrist Band offer started (it's included free with your order when you spend over ¥10,500.) It works in the same way as those snap bracelets that were so popular when I was a child (where it's completely straight until you slap it against your arm and then it curls around). I adore Usukumya and I'm so pleased with this little gift!
The skirt is slightly different than my older one, which had pleats instead of gathers, a different lace on the hem, and waist ties (the new skirt has a detachable grosgrain ribbon bow instead). The waist ties are what I miss the most, but then in all honesty I usually ended up removing them most of the time so I'm fussing over nothing. The new lace on the hem is much more intricate and I like the little gold charm on the detachable bow.
The skirt came as a set with a long sleeve blouse, which is actually a very good deal as the set only cost ¥18,690 and buying the two separately would certainly cost an awful lot more! I had planned on selling the blouse but am so charmed with the little details of it that I plan to keep it after all, especially as I don't even have a long sleeved white blouse.