Tai Chi Y2D241: In My Own Robe

I woke up late this morning, and I had a project that had to be done by 10am, so I postponed tai chi until late this afternoon.  I’d set aside a block of time, too, to work on a different project, and I wanted to be able to do t’ai chi after that was done.

So I got my morning activity done, and my afternoon project done, and I was able to do something new with my tai chi form as a result:

My own robe
me in my robe

Today, I did tai chi in a robe (or tunic, or jacket… the jury’s out on what, exactly, it is) that I made myself.   That’s me at the left, looking a little oddly at the camera in part because I’m holding it at arm’s length, and partly because my glasses have slipped a bit off my face, and partly because I’m using the wrong side of the camera.  But that blue/black jacket I’m wearing? That’s the work of my (borrowed) sewing machine, and my growing skills as a garment-sewer.  For those who want to make their own, it’s Simplicity Pattern #5840, Tunic D.  I can’t say that I recommend it for tai chi, though, alas — it’s primarily a costume piece, I think. As a result, rather than being suitable for martial arts, it rides up the body during the skyward-stretching exercises, and it hangs weirdly while bending over to touch earth.

Other than that, though, it was a good practice.  I was wearing clothes I’d made myself, I was going through the tai chi form I had practiced for more than six hundred days, and I was marking a day of private creativity while away from school.  There’s food cooking in the kitchen, and there’s going to be a great dinner in a little while, and I have a nice evening of grading papers and getting ready for school planned.  In other words, all is right with the world.  What’s not to like?


  1. So impressed! Both by the robe, but especially by the >700 days… WOW! Sounds like a lovely day.

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