A Little Fairy Cottage

I had the wonderful opportunity to work as a cutter for SEWquirkygrrrl’s Tina Given’s fabric pop-up shop last month and got some really cute fabric! Although I have been busy busy busy sewing those ball gowns, I have been blessed to also find some break time to sew for myself. For whatever reason, sewing for a job makes me more motivated to sew for myself…even though it’s more sewing. I like sewing.

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So far, I have made three out of the four garments, but only have pictures of two so far! First, my more recent project, is the Fairy Cottage dress! Continue reading

I’m Not Dead! Just Busy

I just wanted to give you all a little update post! I have been so busy this spring-summer on theatre stuff and custom commissions that I haven’t had time to do more tutorials! But I am hoping to get some up as soon as I have more time for personal projects. For now, here’s a little gallery of what I have been up to, and if it gives you an idea for something you’d love to learn how to do, let me know in the comments!

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There’s Pockets!

Pockets are an amazing thing to discover, hidden in the seams of a skirt or a dress, and they are an awesome touch to any skirt or dress you make yourself! I always try to put a pocket or two in the seams if there isn’t an applied pocket, if only to have a convenient place to stash my phone! So here’s a little tutorial on how to add pockets to your garments!

It is fairly simple but it may take some time as it takes a lot of careful pinning and stitching.

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1) Figure out which seam you want your pocket to be in and how big you want the pocket to be. A good guideline I use it to make sure the opening will be wide enough for my hand and big enough for my phone to sit in. I don’t usually use a pattern, I will just free-hand cut something out of scraps with pinked shears. You will need two pieces with a one inch allowance at the “opening”. Continue reading

Oh My! What A Flattering Waistband

I couldn’t find any good brown fabric at JoAnn’s (and I have a gift card, so I wasn’t going to look anywhere else until it’s all used up!) but I did find these amazing fabrics instead:

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I quickly figured out the skirt I was going to make and patterned the skirt gores. I would use the blue dragonfly fabric for the main skirt and the red for the wide, shaped waistband and either a band or ruffles on the hem.

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In this tutorial, I will show you how to best achieve that shaped waistband. Continue reading

Lolita Carnival Blog: Your First Lolita Item

This week’s topic is…

Your First Lolita Item

So I will talk about my first TWO Lolita items (because I’m a rebel): the 1st thing I made, and my 1st brand item.

The first Lolita item I ever made was this OP

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Despite some of it’s rocky design choices, I still really love it.  I don’t wear it hardly anymore, but it holds a special place in my heart.  I would love to do tiered circle ruffles again like this in a more country or classic style, but they take up SO MUCH FABRIC haha.  Anyways, even though I still hadn’t met the wonderful North Carolitas when I first wore Lolita to Animazement, it was a fond memory and – luckily – not a complete embarrassment.

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My first brand item was my Usakumya bag, which my college roommate gave me one year for my birthday.  It was such a special gift, a sweet memory and an amazing item to receive.  Even though it took me a moment to get over that fact that you pull back the bunny hood and unzip into the bear’s brains to open the bag, I still think that it is a very elegant and wonderful addition to coordinates.  I sometimes think that stuff animal bags can be a bit creepy, but not this one…maybe because it was my first brand item.

 

Here are blogs with more thoughts on this topic: beautiful and damned | electric carnival | the bloody tea party | alice in lolitaland | alpine heidi | breiðholt | the life of a lolita | whimsical adventures of me | vanillas traumfabrik | wonderland gone mad | abc lolita | sparkling girl | spoon and fork

Lolita Carnival Blog: Lolita Wishlist

This week’s topic is…

What’s Next On Your Lolita Wishlist?

I haven’t been blogging or sewing much lately partially because I’ve had some non-Lolita commissions to work on, but mostly because of this fur-blob of cuteness

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Parker the Corgi!  Left picture is when we first got her and right picture is from this week, 3 months old!

But enough about this crazy puppy and onto the LCB topic…

For me, I have two types of wishlists for Lolita: Dream Dresses that are never in my budget and things that I want to sew.  I’m going to focus on the latter category since it is more probable and specific.

The two main specifics I have about the next thing I want to see is:
-JSK
-Wearable with Lolita or as a “sundress”/without petti

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My first thought is wanting a JSK that is a is double-breasted.  Whether it’s something more militant like the left two, or more vintage like the right photo.

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Now that I’m living on the beach, something with a nautical-vintage twist like this dress could also be really fun.  Especially with stripes and this lovely blue color.  I don’t have much like this in my closet.

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And my last option is something like this!  I love the polka dots with the print and this back-style.  The tiers would work really nicely without a petti as well.

Short and simple, but there’s a peek inside my sewing-wishlist-brain right now.

Here are blogs with more thoughts on this topic: lace teapot | oh valenteena | sleeping sweets | alice in lolitaland | the beautiful and damned | alpine heidi | armure de rose | whimsical adventures of me | sidhe banshee | mcduff’s auditorium | simple and sweet | a little bit of this… | northern star | buttcape | lolita glamour | toothless tigers

Magic Hem

If you ever wanted a dress without that top stitching to finish off that hem, then this is the tutorial for you!

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I love this hem when I am making a garment that I want to have a more elegant look or if I don’t want to wire out the hem too much with a hard stitch.  I sew and invisible hem like this with a cross-stitch by hand. Continue reading