There are 2 ways to experience the Monster Cafe in Harajuku. During lunchtime on a weekday we pretty much had the place to ourselves. The night crowd, based on other posts I have seen, is another story altogether. On previous trips we focused on more traditional Japanese food adventures. But this last trip we squeezed in a couple themed restaurants. While the food itself is nothing to write home about, the experience is. Sebastian doesn’t let you down when it comes to being fully immersed in his colorful world when you set foot in the Monster Cafe. You are truly transported to another realm of existence.
We dined in a booth between the Bar area and the Mel-Tea Room. Its hard to pick a favorite space as they are all so colorful and unique. I liked that I had a dripping ice cream cone above me and could see the lip wall in the background. We don’t eat meat, only seafood, so ordered the few choices the menu had. Some shrimp, french fries and the sushi roll. Like I said, nothing fantastic but simple food. Everything was served with color palettes of dips which was adorable
Looking back, I was originally drawn to decora before I fell head-over-heels into lolita. That would be thanks to Fruits magazine and an online search for alternative uses for traditional kimono that somehow spiraled into alternative Japanese street fashion. I am grateful for the detour. My sewing was so blah back then, there was no spark, no muse. Now, I am not about to start jumping genres on you, but I do like to mix things up and play with elements of different street styles. So here is my homage to Monster Cafe and Sebastian Masuda.
If you thought the sprinkles print in my last project was loud it is nothing to this vibrant darling. Pink ice cream in neon orange cones. Lime green pretzels. Punchy blue jelly beans. Dear me how I love this crazy print!! This was an eBay find back in 2013. That was the year all this cutsew sewing madness started. I had finally figured out how to work with the stretchy stuff and found it to be relaxing and rewarding. Its nice to be able to finish something quickly when they zip along in the serger. Even if the ideas are sometimes longer in the making.
I used Simplicity pattern 1423 for the ruffles and part of the bodice with alterations using my own sleeve and skirt pattern. The hardest part was getting the nice turned edge on the collar ruffle. Based on the shape you are going to see a decent amount of the wrong side in the waves so there is no room for error. I made the bodice a bit longer so that it billows at the waist slightly when worn. While there isn’t yellow in the print, the super bright fabric felt like the right choice of decora pop. I didn’t realize it at the time but it also matches perfectly with the 6% DOKIDOKI logo necklace. I wore it several times this summer and it’s such a fun dress. Feels all flirty and floaty the way the collar swishes around and the skirt is full so you can get a good spin in it ＼(ﾟεﾟ＼)
Made a couple of jelly bean bracelets to match the dress that are also in vivid hues. Had plans to make either an Alice band or hair ties too but got sucked up into another project. Would like to still do something with a package of perfect neon pom poms that are lying around in my trims box. Have too much on my plate right now but maybe when the weather warms up I will come back to it.