Mood Board: Lolita Blank Canvas

the simplicity and the possibilities with a solid cream lolita dress

I am unsure if it is the change in the weather, but lately I have been really drawn to solid color dresses. And this is coming from someone who typically is perfectly content to be covered head-to-toe in every variation of Kumya-chan print Baby, the Stars Shine Bright has ever made thank you very much. Is my sweet tooth fading? What is this newly Thoreau-esq simplicity influence that has come over me?

Recent additions in my wardrobe included all black, all white and all lilac jumperskirts. They quickly have become my canvas on which to tell a story, but not the story itself. The accessories create the drama. I guess perhaps this is just my finally realizing what the little black dress of the alt fashion scene is. Late to the game again maybe. Regardless, the versatility and ease of use of these new pieces in my arsenal are pleasing me to no end.

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Now Buying from the Marshmallow Girl Section

dreamv plus size dresses are a perfect US L

Before it stars snowing, I wanted to get this summer post out there. In my ongoing mission to figure out how to make cute Japanese brands work for my figure, I found another tall girl hack. DreamV has a plus sized section that fits a US size large perfectly!! Bless them. The only issue is the length. But that is easy enough to deal with. In this case I attached a wide lace to the lining and voilà, good to go.

rose themed coord with dreamv and angelic pretty lady rose

Couldn’t be happier about having a new option for items that can be mixed into everyday wear. I picked up a couple of blouses and another dress which all fit perfectly. My wallet is starting to recover from RuffleCon so maybe I can hit up a shopping service to collect a few more DreamV pieces.

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Quick Fix: Milk Castle Night Dress to Skirt Remake

castle night dress to skirt remake

For work I have a pretty basic uniform of t-shirt, cardigan, skirt and leggings/tights. The later item to brave the arctic temperatures that Corporate America apparently needs to preserve its employees at so they don’t spoil. The rest is a combo for comfort to spend the better part of the day staring into a computer screen and constantly calling into meetings. While a lot of pastel spills over from my alternative fashion-side into my office lady-side, surprisingly there is a ton of black. When Milk’s Castle Night (キャッスルナイト) popped up on Closet Child I thought it would make a versatile piece that could be styled for the work day or weekend.

simple instructions to modify the milk dress into a skirt

The Castle Night print is so charming. A collection of ribbons, broaches and vintage perfume bottles in a style that looks like doodles someone might draw in their notebook when bored in class (or meetings.) It is also speckled with small glitter dots here and there. None of the photos do justice to this little detail at all.

Looking forward to wearing this well into winter for a pop of cheery color as the daylight grows shorter. A nice chunky sweater and a little ankle boot should do the trick. And so there you have it. Another simple alteration to give a little extra wiggle room into a one-size-fits-some Japanese brand piece.

P.S. Need to think of something clever to do with the fabric left over from the bodice of the dress. Maybe some hair ribbons and a rosette? Not sure yet…

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Fashion Show: Baby, the Stars Shine Bright 2105 NYC

So excited about this post!!! My first real video to share with everyone. I’ll tell you more about Waku Waku another day. I want to cut right to the chase – the Baby, the Stars Shine Bright Fashion Show. It was simply fantastic!! See for yourself:

I have two favorites from the show – the new Halloween print of a nightmare candy factory and the new heart apron in a mix of red and white. Adorable. Plus so many ouji looks!!!!!! Must say that Milky Train is growing on me. Never really paid much attention to it, but you know, boy style. I almost melted when Yani waves Kuma Kumya chan’s hands. But what I want more than anything is the cape Yura wears in the final look. My need is strong.

Music: Bright Trance Night
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Handmade: Plush Panda Rosette

old school lolita inspired panda bear rosette

Growing up I never had a penpal. Although my BFF moved to another state during middle school, our attempts at keeping in touch via mail fell apart. For me, I admit I am lazy and put it off but also that my medium is not words. I like to speak in pictures and through craft.

Recently, one post lead to another and a long distance Facebook friend and I decided to go for it and put snail mail to the test once again. I knew right away that I wanted to make something handmade (duh) but admit I was stumped as to where to begin. What was clear from her Facebook wall is that my buddy is a total sucker for cute animals. I quizzed her a little on her likes and Black and White popped up as colors. Put two and two together and bam – Panda!!

handmade panda bear with lace and ribbons

Old School Lolita styles have been on my mind lately. Baby, the Stars Shine Bright’s Classic Collection release made such an impression on me it inspired the concept. Instead of just making a flat round face I found some patterns online for making teddy bears. Made a few alterations to get something that I could use in a rosette format. Its my second time making a plush style accessory and I’ll certainly try it again when the chance arises. Working with the faux fur was a new experience that came with a challenges. So while there are several imperfections from the learning process I think the end result turned out OK.

Now the big question is what on earth am I going to do for the next exchange?!?…

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DIY Upcycle: Emily Temple Cute Trump Bear JSK into Skirt

how to alter ETC clothing to fit larger western figures

Closet Child has been so dangerous for me this year. I’m on a tighter budget (saving for something wonderful) which means second hand prices allow me to still invest in my cute lifestyle. And if you have followed me for any period of time you will know that I have shed many a tear that I can’t fit into Emily Temple cute dresses. Sure I can squeeze into some with full shirring in the back on occasion, but its not really flattering nor is it comfortable. So wanting my Yen to go further and sizes to be more comfortable I saw a good opportunity. The whole make lemonade if given lemons thing.

If you are patient, and not partial to the “most popular” prints, you can pick up quite a few jumperskirts and one piece dresses from ETC and Milk for around $50-80. The way I look at it, that is on par with getting something from Banana Republic or Ann Taylor loft. But instead of boring you get something with a sweet print and quality fabric.

I look for pieces with a high waist. I tried a couple of skirts and they are dangerously short which put me onto this idea. The secret is looking for pieces that will have plenty of volume and that are high waisted. ETC dresses often have underbust seam lines mixed with pleating in the front and elastic in the back. I cut the bodice from the skirts and the skirt lining if there is one. I then make a simple waist band and serge it and insert elastic to finish the job. I cranked one out in a morning the other day and was able to wear it to work. It can be that easy.

This particular Trump Bear print is printed on a nice thick jersey. I am wearing it to pieces already this summer. Its been my go-to for cute, simple and quick on our hot summer weekends where comfort is king. I pair it with matching ETC accessories like the bear necklace and bag (also found second hand on Closet Child.)

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Mood Board: Summer Gingham Code

gingham coordinate with pink and black angelic pretty accessories

Solving my lack of tops trouble one tea party at a time. Thanks to Taobao I have a couple of good blouses for winter, but my wardrobe is still lacking good staples for summer. I definitely favor more casual and comfortable fabrics in my everyday wardrobe and am trying to bring that over to my EGL style too.

I just bought Angelic Pretty’s Dream Color Gingham JSK from Closet Child and am eager to wear it when it arrives. And while this might be too matchy-matchy I have more pink and black accessories than I realized and hope they compliment it nicely. Now the question is do I continue the theme into a cutsew top? I have a little bit of black and white gingham and plenty of pink jersey. Perhaps I’ll give this a try…

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Project Complete: Cotton Candy Fairy Kei Sweater

pastel top made from recycled sweaters and shorts from Japanese fabric

details of this fairy kei pastel cutsew and what to wear with it

pastel icing cookies and doughnut jewlery from Dolly House, Q-pot and Baby, the Stars Shine Bright

It might seem a tad odd posting this sewing project just days before the Summer Solstice. A sweater, really? In the summer Sheri? But here we are. Technically this was completed while the days were still chilly however, I realize it might not get its debut out-and-about until the autumn. Another oddity of this project, can you believe it began almost 2 years ago?!?! Yep, back with this post here. Then we decided to move and into limbo it went, all the pieces cut out ready to be finished, tucked nicely into one-too-many boxes of fabric.

The joy of this DIY project is recycling so many different pieces. All in all it was 3 sweaters and 3 t-shirts, plus some extra jersey and then the lace and crochet trims. The lilac fabric at the bottom wasn’t a part of the original design. It was a Wonder Rocket sweater that just never fit right. When finally sewing all the pieces I quickly didn’t like the top of the piece being the sweater knit and the bottom plain t-shirt. It looked unfinished otherwise.

The sweater came together fast — zip zip zip on the serger. Hey I know, why not make bottoms to go with it! Not sure if I can label the shorts as neo lolita but all the buzz of that trend influenced me. The iced sugar cookie fabric was intended to be made into the typical lolita cupcake skirt one day. What swayed me from the traditional for this super sweet print? Lack of time to attend events basically. I need more doing your homework at Starbucks on Sunday coordinates. This style of short is great because it is full enough to sit cross legged on the bench at my local Sutāba and still be modest and cute. So lets write this one up as part fairy kei and part neo lolita. Now I just need to wait for the air to turn crisp and the leaves to be tempted from their branches telling me autumn has arrived. Until then my friends…

P.S. The pull quotes used in the Kera-inspired layout are from this poem.
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Project Complete: Summer ILD Sailor Cutsew

pastel lolita marine style sailor cutsew

The past weekend was International Lolita Day. I was very fortunate to attend a meet with some of the most badass Lolita’s of the East Coast. The theme for this year’s get together was “a day at the beach.” Well, you know me, theme-time!! Except I have nothing that wold pass for beach, mermaid or marine in my wardrobe. Was time to get cracking.

Work shipped me off to Singapore for meetings before the event, and how can you complain. Can you say S-i-n-g-a-p-o-r-e?!?! {It was amazing by the way.} That didn’t stop me. The minute I landed back home I was at my sewing machine. To hell with jetlag we need something, anything, that says beach.

coordinating hand made accessories with Sugar Baby Icing Cookie

The solution was to make a sailor cutsew blouse. It had to be something simple that could be knocked out in a day… because that was all I had. So I pulled out one of my previous patterns and a few of the Otome no Sew mooks to find a sailor collar. After franken-patterning them together we were on to something. There was just enough of this really nice sky blue jersey lurking in my fabric stash.

Originally I was going to trim it with white braid and lace making it more traditional sailor style. However when pulling out trims this pink braid landed on top of the fabric and it was love at first site. Pink trim is really hard to find in NY, really hard. When I do find some I save it as if it is treasure. If you sew, do you ever have that feeling, telling yourself to hold on to something for the just right project? That’s how I was but forced myself to say that perfect project is right now.

My last haul included Kumya chan’s Sugar Baby Icing Cookie in a sunny yellow. Sea and sun, check. For one extra pop of color and marine touch I converted a keychain into a necklace. During the Singapore trip I found this adorable charm featuring the Merlion. And the best part is that it glows in the dark!!

As for everyone’s coords… check out this awesome video that was on the New York Daily News!!

Hope you had a blast on ILD in your neck of the woods :3

P.S. When editing the photos for this project I was really inspired by a spread in the June edition of Kera. Was getting bored with doing basically the same layout for all my posts and thought playing around and trying something new would be fun.
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DIY Upcycle: Men’s Kawaii Shirt

super easy way to take a plain men's shirt and make it kawaii

When I saw big pink gingham in the men’s section of Target I didn’t have to think twice about buying it. Good bones for a DIY project and under $25 to boot. Its a Merona shirt and comes in green too if pink is, well, too feminine. Now that my friend has a good base for his Aristocrat wardrobe its time to help him tackle casual pieces for less formal events. What better motivator than Sebastian Masuda coming to NYC with a Hello Kitty Time Capsule!! Needed a simple project that had punch and could be done in a jiffy.

how to transform plain shirt into kawaii style

Picked up this cute candy print fabric at Walmart in Kona, Hawaii of all places. Several years ago they stocked a pretty healthy section of Japanese fabrics. The print is so colorful and seemed appropriate for seeing Masuda-san. In addition it has a couple sections of pink gingham which provides continuity with the shirt print. All I had to do was remove the original pocket and trim down the sleeves. Then using the new fabric replace the pocket and add cuffs to the now short sleeves. I could have gone fancier on the cuffs and made it overlap and add a button if there had been more time. Oh yeah, and added a wide rickrack across the shoulder for extra pop.

Time After Time Capsule Event

Sebastian asked everyone to bring a happy colorful memorial item

You couldn’t ask for a more perfect spring day. One of those days where you can opt for short sleeves but still be comfortable in pants {or a petticoat and OTKs.} A few of the local girls were there when we arrived. A small but colorful crowd starting to blossom. Sebastian was all smiles. He personally greeted everyone who came and contributed to the time capsule.

shop girl yuka and a film crew at the event

A Japanese film crew was there and Adel got interviewed. Haven’t yet been able to find it online. They were asking questions about the growth of Lolita internationally, what do you like about dressing in kawaii clothing, where do you see the trend going…etc. VictorianMe then proceeded to do a mock interview which basically cut to the chase, “So Adel, how do you feel about wearing pink?”

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