Handmade: Macaron Patisserie Jumperskirt

I wore my Victorian Doll JSK for ILD as planned despite it not, strictly speaking, being Lolita (to hell with a petticoat.) Can not even begin to describe how good it felt to have something that fit like a glove. It honestly made me so much more relaxed as I was comfortable and could just have a good time with out the whole suffering for fashion nonsense that comes with squeezing into too small brand.

jumperskirt made from japanese yuwa macaron fabric

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Go Figure… Emikyu Maxi Dress

Emily Temple cute Logo Cupcake Maxi Dress

Waaaaaa, how did I not see this sooner?!?! Well, I know the answer to that… I have been tardy in general on keeping up with the interwebs the past few months. I wish it was because I had such an incredible social life. But in reality it’s just all work and no play makes Sheri wish she didn’t have to adult so much.

I couldn’t be happier about seeing this new development in the otome kei genre. Yes short skirts and dresses are adorable but sometimes you just want a nice long flowy skirt that you can wrap yourself up in. I love to sit on the floor in a big long skirt and being able to sit comfortably and not constantly tugging to keep myself covered up.

Not sure if everyone agrees but I hope to see more dresses in this length in 2016. I know I am going to make a point to whip up a few for my wardrobe. And ironically off to a good start since my last handmade project just happened to be a maxi.

Handmade: Victorian Doll Maxi JSK

Taking a little gamble for this year’s Winter ILD and going with a handmade maxi dress for my coord. The moment I saw this “make your own” Victorian doll fabric it spoke to me. There is a hint of Jane Marple or Emily Temple cute about it that I couldn’t resist. However, I had no intention of making the actual dolls as the manufacturer intended, instead to use the panels as an unusual take on a border print.

maxi length otome kei dress made from victorian paper doll fabric

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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.

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.

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…

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

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?!?…

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.)

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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