Try Something New: Lolita Ice Skating… and a touch of Mori

What started out as a “hey anyone want to get ice cream” turned into “cute forest animals lolita ice skating” meet!!  ̄(=⌒・⌒=) ̄

lolitas on ice skating lolita meet in nj

It was both Adi and my first time ever ice skating!!! And you have no idea how completely bizarre that is coming from a girl who spent a majority of her youth in Canada!! Lucky for me years and years of roller skating in the 70s and 80s and rollerblading in the 90s did help me get into the swing of things pretty quick. Adi struggled a bit more but managed to stick with it only falling once.

The people at the rink had no idea what happened when all of a sudden a gaggle of frill folk made their way onto the ice. Surprisingly not too many crazy comments but a few folks genuinely curious and wanting to know what was going on. I did get a first, “are you Hansel & Gretel?” An interesting departure from the typical Little Bo Peep – and what I guess comes to mind when your a couple and both now into the fashion.

meno harajuku mori girl lolita coordinate

I was so excited to finally wear my coordinate from Meno. I picked up a mori top and skirt in Harajuku in the spring… so this is a long overdue experiment to mix mori girl style with lolita. I was surprised that not many in the group had heard of Meno. I hold their shop right up there with Grimoire. I hope to go back and get a longer skirt to go with my code. Well and maybe something for my hair. If I didn’t already invest so heavily in lolita I could really go deep down the mori girl rabbit hole.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Ballet in NYC

Still winding my way backwards through the magical events of the past couple of weeks and have at last arrived at the Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland ballet.

alices adventures in wonderland ballet nyc

No big photo gallery to share with you today, however… I did want to give you a glimpse at one of Alice’s costumes that they had on display in the theater. This particular dress is worn in Act 1 which is set in Oxford, England 1862. The Dean of Christ Church’s wife is hosting a garden party to which Alice and her sisters all wear this dress but in different colors. I do hope someday you get to see the ballet to also see how this dress is transformed once Alice dives down the rabbit hole.

Here is a little snippet from the NYC Joyce production where you can get a sense for more of the amazing costumes and incredible dancing and sets:

But better yet, The Royal Ballet of the UK filmed a short collection of videos from rehearsals, behind the scenes, and discussions on dance styles used in the production. If you have some time they are all very lovely to watch.

I am sincerely still blown away about how incredible the show was. I don’t think there was a moment throughout when I was without a smile on my face. We had such a fantastic time. If I can catch it again on tour I just might!!

Tea Party: NYC Alice Meet

nyc lolitas alice tea party 2014

I had sooooo much fun this past week. Yesterday was like the cherry on top! So many photos from Fashion Week, Alice in Wonderland Ballet and the Alice Tea Party. Since Wonderland is an appropriate metaphor for the adventures, and things are not as they seem, lets check things off in reverse order shale we.

19 lovely ladies and 1 dapper gentleman participated in our NYC Alice Meet Tea Party on Saturday. We reserved the Looking Glass Room at Alice’s Tea Cup Chapter 2. All any of us could think about when we arrived was the food. Many of us came from the ballet and were famished.

Xiaoyu made the cutest toy soldier hat ever!!! It was the perfect finishing touch for her Angelic Pretty Loyal Rosette salopette. She had marvelously cute soldier gloves too.

alice tea party lolita raffle winner

I was cutting things incredibly close and only the night before made a gift to give away as a small raffle prize. Using unbleached muslin, some lace, pearls and beads I magically whipped up a White Rabbit fascinator/pin. Alexandra pulled the winning card from the deck (4 of hearts for the record) and it made my day to see how excited she got when she opened the bag and found out what was inside.

My friend Asumi and her friend are visiting from Japan and both dressed up in lolita for their first time. They looked so cute!! Next time I am in Tokyo I think we will pay a visit to Maison de Julietta and hit the Butler Bar to continue our Kawaii adventures.

Angela decorated a straw hat with beautiful roses. I love how creative and artistic everyone is!! She coordinated it with an old school Baby, the Stars Shine Bright one piece. I wish I got a close up of her broach too which was handmade and featured an adorable rabbit.

lolita tea party gift bags and raffle prize

In addition to the raffle prize I ordered Alice themed gift bags and Eat Me cookies from two Etsy artists. They turned out really great and both were super about making sure they arrived on time and safe-and-sound. I hope the girls enjoyed them. It just wouldn’t have felt like a proper tea party if everyone didn’t receive a little something to take home as a momento.

alices tea cup lolita tea party

I really hope everyone had a good time. Confess that I am pleased with myself that I pulled this off without a hitch – and for the first time being a hostess/organizer. Feeling pretty inspired to do it again. I learned a lot so have all sorts of ideas and things I can improve upon next time *✲゚*。✧٩(・ิᴗ・ิ๑)۶*✲゚*。✧

My Friend’s First Time in Lolita

Things are progressing nicely in my sewing universe. Had a bit of a marathon over the long Labor Day weekend. Sweetie’s coordinate is almost complete and in addition I made awesome progress on my Alice dress. Its been rainy so will take some photos later.

Some how the stars magically aligned and my dear friend from Tokyo and her friend will be in NYC and just so happen to be free on the day of the Alice Tea Party I’ve been coordinating. When I asked if they would like to come, she not only said yes but wondered if there was some way they too could dress up. I got all sorts of excited in the exchange of Facebook messages that not only would she like to come to tea but also try lolita fashion for the first time.

Without wasting any time I threw open the wardrobe and started pulling together 2 coordinates for them. She was ever so cute when inquiring, very politely I add, if they were to borrow would the clothes be too big. Never fear for Sheri has several brand pieces that have been patiently waiting in line for some major tailoring but got put off for other sewing priorities. And then there is the Baby blouse from a lucky pack that I can’t seem to part with but would never stand a chance of ever being able to wear. Personally I think these things happen for a reason and here is the moment for why that blouse needed to be at hand.

While I won’t be able to give them Alice-themed looks I do want them to have good and proper coordinates for their first time. If they are going to do this I want to help them do it as best as possible so they have a really good experience. Its fortunate then that I have a few Angelic Pretty skirts unaltered and in colorways that I have plenty of pieces to mix-and-match and give the girls a full head to toe look. And so without further ado, here are they are:

angelic pretty milky chan fawn skirt coordinate

Coordinate #1 is a bittersweet look with Milky Chan Fawn in black colorway as the main statement. I have a matching black Angelic Pretty blouse, which will be a bit big for them but hoping with some safety pins won’t be awful. Wonder Party OTK socks, albeit a different print, will match the black and pink from the skirt. Its a stretch but thinking that Decoration Dream hair bow will pull in more pink and the distance from the skirt will make the difference in prints balance out. To finish it off, Sweet Cream Biscuit necklace in pink and a black ribbon purse all also by Angelic Pretty.

angelic pretty powder rose skirt coordinate

Coordinate #2 is a confection of sweet with Angelic Pretty’s Powder Rose skirt as the focal point. This look will include the Baby, the stars shine bright white School Blouse and, as I don’t have the matching AP hair bow, will top it off with Baby’s Strawberry Letters in pink. The Lady Rose print of the hand bag has a richer pink palette but I think it strengthens the rose theme from the skirt still nicely. More AP with pink rose socks and Glass Bottle of Tears necklace finish off the ensemble.

So my friends of the wondrous interwebs, what do you think, are these good starter looks for the girls?

Project Kickoff: Alice in Wonderland Book Print One Piece

jane marple british library alice inspired dress

Well it happened. I am coordinating my first Lolita meet. There is a production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland ballet at Lincoln Center. And how could we just leave it at suggesting we all get tickets? Why not go for the whole shebang!? Dinner and tea after at Alice’s Tea Cup AND with an Alice inspired coordinate theme. Now your talking. Its a bit pricey for some of the community, as its 2 events in one, but we already managed to pull a good size group together.

I have seen the nightmares others have had coordinating meets so hope I can manage. Its really just making the reservation and colleting funds. Given my years of project management experience feel I am up to the challenge. Fingers crossed for me and counting on a little beginners luck.

But that brings us back to the Alice inspired look… and what the heck am I going to wear???

alice inspired code jane marple emily temple cute

There have been so many amazing Alice prints over the years but the only one I have is Alice’s Dollhouse from Baby, the Stars Shine Bright. My favorite all time Alice print is by Jane Marple. And sadly, just like with Emily Temple cute, Milk, Katie… there is no way possible it would fit me. Ironically, I just purchase and received a book print fabric that includes many characters and references to Alice. So perhaps if I mix Jane Marple’s Alice print with their British Library print maybe I can make my own one piece?

I might be mad to think I can pull this off. Still need to finish honey-bunny’s look since this will be his first adventure into EGL and I don’t want this to be an Emperor’s New Clothes theme party for him. Counting on that long Labor Day weekend to work to my advantage.

Sweetie’s Challenge: Handmade Ouji Vest Part 1

While waiting for parcels to finish my other blouse, this weekend I dove into the world of making menswear. And we have named this adventure, “Royal Order of the White Rabbit.” The concept is to have layers of cream but with very royal details such as the military braid and the lush raised velvet arabesque in the main fabric. OK Sheri so if it is about the “white” rabbit why is it cream? Well most white bunnies I have encountered aren’t exactly pure white so I am sticking with it.

Work in Progress

handmade kodona ouji velvet brocade vest tail coat

I made significant changes to this Butterick pattern. Always start with a muslin draft folks!!! The armholes on the pattern were just dreadful so trimmed them back and made modifications to the fit of the shoulder.  Then took it in a bit on the sides. Also removed a few inches from the front and drafted the inset vest panels. The biggest challenge was figuring out how to ensure a professional finish as the pattern was unlined. There are 3 seams inside that I didn’t properly think through in my mind first so can correct for that on the next vest by splitting the back lining at the waist. The tail flaps and the front seams all turned out crisp and nice which was the key objective.

belgian medal of civic service and french macaron fabric details of this kadona vest

Still a ways to go and finish up. Need to make the button holes, finish the arm holes, add the collar, and add pockets for some extra distinction. Then it will be onto making the ouji/kodona breeches. Not as worried about those as I have made shorts for the Boy in the past. But still, need to ensure all the details come out just right.

Oh and how can I forget, it took a few searches, but finally found a plain, cream, wool tricorn on eBay. Originally I assumed we would buy a brand hat for him, but since I’m at it might as well make a matching one to complete the look. Spent more than I would have liked, but it appears to be well made and is a blank slate so that I can decorate it to my liking.

no ouji look would be complete without a proper hat so a wool tricorn is added to the project list

And the winner is…

Congratulations Yanise!!!

Yanise Cabrera and Andra Jayne will debut as models in the fashion show at Anime Expo.

Am tickled pink that one of our NYC lovelies won Kawaii.I’s latest contest. Yanise is going to be featured as a model at Anime Expo amongst other amazing opportunities that await her. Absolutely thrilled that she won. Very well deserved indeed. Fan her on Facebook now folks, we have a Kawaii superstar on the rise.

Tea Party: Kimura U @ Anime Next

lolita tea party with kimura u

Its been several weeks but I am still star struck from meeting Kawaii Ambassador and Fashion Designer, Kimura U. She is as bright and bubbly in person as I imagined. Her new fashion brand, Kokokim, is booming. You can now order easily thru YesStyle.com. After the Anime Next fashion show she arrived at the Lolita tea party head-to-toe, decked out in her latest styles.

kimura u 2014 anime next lolita tea party

The theme of the tea party was Halloween in June. Several of the girls did pull out their best Halloween coordinates. Lots of witches. One girl stopped me and said she reads my little blog here. {Totally blushing.} Wish I had got her name {if you are reading this let me know!} I thought I had captured a photo of her look but no joy. She made her skirt and an incredible hair piece!!! Very talented.

kimura u gave away her necklace

There were prizes given out for a bi-lingual, sugar-rush round of bingo and a raffle. Kimura got in the act by giving away the very necklace she was wearing. Also, the designers from Galaxxy and Acryl agitt each awarded a prize for best coordinate. Rune was selected by Galaxxy and Aeryn by Acryl agitt. Her pirate ensemble was PERFECT!

lolita contest best coordinates

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Birds of a Feather – Flocking to Swan Fashion

Its funny how you can see something all the time but without really noticing. And then something happens and boom, “hey, check that out!” This is what just happened to me with swans. The heat is on in NY and I was daydreaming about a nice ride in a swan boat on a cool lake. Then I remembered there was a swan in the RED Valentino email campaign a couple weeks ago. And that lead to remembering that Emily Temple cute did a cute swan dress once. And didn’t Milk do something? Oh yeah, Metamorphose always has swans…

milk, red valentino and kobi levi swan fashion coordinate

Now I am seeing swans everywhere. Many designs are very literal interpretations while others are more whimsical. A little Aesop fairy tale and fantasy versus harsh black, white and orange graphic treatments.

emily temple cute, katie, little twin stars, and q-pot swan clothing and jewlery

I am still dreaming of that swan paddle boat ride but will have to settle for a gin and tonic or something to break the heat. Or if I can convince the boy, would love to translate this swan cream puff recipe. Instead of the traditional cream filling, am imagining it stuffed with French vanilla ice cream!

Mood Board: Bib Collar Dresses & Blouses

Baby, the Stars Shine Bright, Innocent World, Metamorphose, and Angelic Pretty bib front dresses

I am a total sucker for a bright white bib juxtaposed against a contrasting color dress or blouse. Pretty much all of the cute brands I track have incorporated them into their collections, if not once, several times. Most include a little tuxedo inspiration through the use of pintucks. To up the cute quotient they then add lace, buttons and ribbons. They also seem to be universal in Lolita styles in that they can easily flow from sweet to classic to goth.

katie milk koko kim bib dress

These versions certainly pull from the tuxedo camp. However, pintucks historically were used in little girls clothing at the hem. The tuck served both as decoration and function. The tucks could be removed from the dress as a girl grew to lengthen the dress and get more wear out of it. Economical and cute – form and function at its best.

taobao and katie bib collar dresses

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