8 April 2015

Making a Dress - Blue one piece lolita dress with wide collar.

I love my Otome no Sewing book as they provide me so much inspiration for future project.

Inspiration

So I came across this little darling.


Very simple lines and of course perfect for the office.  I have to make it!

Fabric

Since I went a little bit overboard in buying the blue summer weight fabric for the parade overskirt I thought it might be a nice idea to use up this fabric first.  I mean it is lovely fabric and wouldn't it be sort of nice to have a set of clothes all made from the same fabric.

Design

As I said before I love the simple lines which appeals to me a lot.  I do love frills but I like my lolita wardrobe to be more suitable for day to day.

The original design in the book was unlined but this was not an option if I was using my blue fabric.  It was very thin so I decided that the version I was going to make was going to be fully lined.

The actual drafting of the pattern was pretty easy apart from the collar.  I had a hard time getting the curve right and in the end I had to cut the pattern out of the book to get it right.  Oh the heartbreak!!!

Construction

All the pieces were cut, sewing was actually quite simple.

The collar was a little tricky as it was only after putting on the collar that I realised that it didn't sit flat on my shoulders.  I suppose that is good really but it does pose a underwear issue!


Unfortunately in my new flat there is no where I can take a picture that looks good.  So after many many many takes this was the best one.


In hindsight I should have put on a petticoat but I didn't feel like it.

Although I love the dress there is one slight problem and that is the sleeves.  When I bend my arms they are a little bit tight but other then that it hangs very nicely.  I have already worn this a couple of times at work so I might make another one with short sleeves for summer!

1 April 2015

Making a Dress - Empire-line Otome dress

Hello peeps

Long time no see!

When was my last post.....oh it was that long ago.... oppps....well things have been very hectic back in Kitty World.  I started a new job back in October 2013 and then in April 2014 I finally managed to get myself back into accountancy.  I tell you one thing, having a job is great on the personal finance side but it does eat away the blogging and crafting time.  Then if that was not enough, I decided to move to my new flat!  Yep I am finally on the property ladder and the best thing to come out of this move is my new crafting room!

Still a little messy but you should have seen it before the racking.

Anyway since the big move I have finally gotten round to making my empire line otome dress.

There was a slight change of plan with the fabric since it dawned on me that I do not have a blue and white yukata so I spent the next 2 weeks trying to find a suitable alternative and eventually I did.

It is a bit more bluer then I wanted but I was so lucky to get the other one that I thought at least this one will not get stained so easily.

Anyway as normal I was going to take progress photos but this was such a simple project that by the time I realised I have not taken a single photo, my dress was almost complete.

Oh well!  So here is the finished dress.



Isn't it adorable?  It is really light and comfy to wear and it is perfect for the office as it is not too frilly to look out of place.

My only complaint with this would be the straps as the fabric is a bit too soft so the hemming did not go very smoothly.  In addition, I decided to use my new hemming machine foot and although it made the hemming work a lot shorter, It created a wavy effect of the edge.  Maybe with a bit of iron it will reduce it but overall I do like the look of the straps.

16 March 2014

Making a Dress - Bird Parade Lolita Overskirt and Underskirt.

So one of the many blogs that I follow is Craft Blog UK and this post particular took my interest!

It seems that Hillarys Blinds was running a competition where the prize is £1000 if you can transform 1 metre by 1 metre of Hillarys Blinds "Country Retreat" fabric into something interesting.  I like a challenge and I had the perfect project!

To make a lolita skirt and hair accessories to match!

Inspiration

Well I have always loved the look of the lolita bustle skirts because of the frills!



However my plan was to replace the frills with the Bird Parade fabric that Hillarys so kindly sent to me because it would be a crime to cover it up.  Then of course you can not have a lolita outfit without accessories so with any fabric remaining I will make a large bow and kanzashi that will go with the skirt.

Fabric

As mentioned above I chose the Bird Parade fabric because it is just looks gorgeous and works perfectly with lolita aesthetics. 


But I will also need some fabric for the overskirt as well so after a bit of searching on ebay I found some lovely navy blue fabric which should go nicely with the peacocks' colouring.  Not the best of pictures but I assure you, the fabric is lovely to the touch.


Design

For my design I thought I would break with the traditional lolita bustle skirts which are made as one piece.  As I like my wardrobe to be as flexible as possible my plan was to make a underskirt which will have the frills and "Bird Parade" fabric and then a separate navy blue overskirt which will drape over the underskirt.


This way I could rolate the underskirt around and have frills instead if that is how I feel.  Fortunately the design with be based on a simple rectangle skirt but there will be a lot of work to make sure everything all line up nicely.

Construction

So I have made rectangle lolita skirts before but never have I ever made a tiered skirt before but I have spent sometime thinking about it and I have a good idea on what to do.

Therefore without further ado I decided to cut the fabric.  I took half of the Bird Parade fabric and cut an equal sized piece of lawn cotton and made a simple tube.



It was at this point I decided that rather then making it half and half like I originally planned, I decided that making the underskirt reversible would be so much more fun and versatile!  So after adding the frill at the bottom of this half of the skirt, I went about making the frilly half.  Oh the fun of gathering 10-12 metres of cotton



But I persevered and this is the result!  On its own it will act as a casual petticoat!




Now to make the overskirt.  Again another gathered rectangle skirt but of course with the front cut out to create the apron look. 


I drew the curve for the apron dress free hand but it is like a slightly elongated quarter of a circle.


And these are all the pieces to make the overskirt.  Now lets skip to the end result!


Now this skirt is not complete with some hair accessories so with the remaining materials I made some cute little bows!


The boater hat was something I had lying around and I have been wanting a good excuse to decorate it. 


I am quite proud actually!  I managed to make all of this in less then a weeks work which is pretty quick for me.

I think in the future I might alter the underskirt so it sits nicer under the over skirt but I will need to have a think of the best way to do this.

Still have a small piece of the Bird Parade fabric and I wish I had enough to make a mini boater hat but alas I don't so I will need to consider the most efficient way to transforming it into hair accessories without wasting it.  

2 January 2014

Out with 2013 and In with 2014!!!

So 2013 has been an eventful year for me.

I moved to a new city!


Where the first few days it rained and rained!  And once the rain stopped, it decided to snow however by summertime it was all lovely and hot.

Then I continued with my dressmaking and made the following dress and kimono.












However this has slowed down in the last few months as I have started a new job in September which meant my kanzashi making took priority over my dressmaking which is a shame!

However these are the stunning kanzashi that I have created.











SO what does 2014 have to hold for me???

Well hopefully in the next 3 months I will be sorting out all the financial and legal details for my new flat which will mean I will hopefully have my own little workroom where can store all my kimono, sewing and kanzashi making equipment.  I am very excited about this!

Restarting my "Making a Dress" series again with the first dress being made being  a 50's day-dress from an old kimono by 2 February 2014 so I can wear it for a vintage fair.  Still need to figure out what sort of dresses I want to make but the list is as follow : -

  • Another regency dress.
  • Wa-Lolita outfit.
  • Aristocratic lolita skirt.
  • Hand muff (okay not a dress but very practical and would be a lovely accessory).
  • Bustle style skirt.
Of course I will be making another kimono as I went on a spending spree on kimono bolts.  As always some of those will be used to make the above dresses.

And I will be looking to finding a part-time job.  I have found that since I started working full-time I miss my sewing and kanzashi making far too much and it is getting to the point where it is actually making my depressed when I am not being creative.  I really hope I can find something soon so fingers cross!

16 December 2013

Colourful Kanzashi Combinations!

So apart from creating kimono kanzashi hairclips, I have been experimenting with colour!

Why?

Because I always wanted to play around with colours and now I had a little bit of time to indulge in my fantasy.

So the first one I tried is grey and fuchsia.

Grey and Fuchsia Layered Kanzashi Hairclip

 This one came about because of this kanzashi

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/171926770/grey-and-fuschia-kimono-kanzashi?ref=shop_home_active

and I thought if a kimono silk has this colour combination then what would it look like if it was supersized?


Brown and Rich Yellow Layered Kanzashi Hairclip

 Then I thought I would try something a bit more retro in combination and went for brown and yellow.  I often see plaid fabric with this colourway and even my a-Line lolita high waist skirt you see below,


has a similar colouring although not as strong.

10 December 2013

Latest Creation - Kimono kanzashi

So for the last few years I have been hoarding kimono fabric like there is no tomorrow.

I have kimono fabric in almost every room in my flat so I thought it was time I did a little spring clean and make some wonderful kanzashi from them.

Muted Green Kimono Kanzashi Hairclip

Grey and Fuchsia Kimono Hairclip

White Kimono Kanzashi Hairclip
Vibrant Orange Kimono Kanzashi Hairclip

Pink and White Kimono Kanzashi Hairclip
You can either click on the link on each picture or visit my etsy store if you are interested in them.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/kittykanzashi