Yesterday was my second day of classes for my last semester in college. w00t! It was tailoring class and we were patterning our suit jackets. I’m making a plaid sack coat for my dad! Anyways, while in class I had the sudden urge of *GASP* “I need to sew Lolita right now.” I got back to my apartment and I still wanted to sew but my sewing machine hadn’t been unpacked yet and I had no idea what to make. The first problem was easy. But I still haven’t unpacked my sewing machine.
But the question of WHAT TO MAKE?!!?! can be daunting. There are three key places I go when I want to sew to figure out what exactly to sew:
First, my closet! When I first started sewing Lolita, I would just make whatever I felt inspired to make while staring at what I thought were super sweet fabrics at JoAnn’s. I ended up with a lot of pink skirts and dresses that were not easy to coordinate. So now, I look in my closet and ask the question “what is it missing?” I have quite a few skirts in a range of colors and styles, so I don’t think I NEEED skirts right now. I also have quite a few JSKs, but they are mainly sweet inspired. I also have a good number of varied blouses, but only one black blouse. From that, I get part one of my answer:
WHAT TO MAKE? 1. Dark blouses and Classic or Gothic inspired JSKs.
Whenever I am browsing tumblr, commsales, blogs and I see something Lolita, I SAVE IT…and sometimes I pin it on my pinterest if I feel so inclined. I have all of these saved images organized into folders. Folders for skirts, dresses, blouses, accessories, details, etc. I also have folders mixed in there with my items and pictures. I also have a folder for NEXT BEST THINGS where I put the stuff I REALLY want to make. This giant archive is my inspiration lifeline. So in this case, I open up the blouses and dress folders to find some things I like.
I found some blouses that I really like and are different from what I have:
And some JSKs/OPs that inspired me:
((Note that you have to LOOK PAST PRINTS. Pay attention to the designs, not the fabric.))
And last I check out my details folder for some little ideas I might want to incorporate:
Now, on to Step Three! I take out my sketch book and sketch. I pull ideas from all of the images that had things that i liked and combine the elements that really pop to me to create something original. I try not to worry about making the sketch look pretty, I just need to get ideas down and see what will actually work. After I know what I want to do, I will go back and draw it out prettily.
Now that I know WHAT TO MAKE, it’s just a matter of finding the right fabric either in my apartment waiting to be used or to get to the store and buy some!
Dont’ forget coupons 😉