Handmade: Rilakkuma Chocolate His & Hers Accessories

Literally riding on the coat tails of RuffleCon was the Rilakkuma Day at FAO Schwarz in New York City. We missed the chance to meet the little cutie earlier in the year so were so pleased that San-X came back. Now I am sure other artists must do the same thing. And that is come up with something you just must make, super last minute, even if it means staying up all hours of the night. That is pretty much what happened with this His & Hers Sweet Chocolate Collection.

rilakkuma inspired chocolate lolita his and hers accessories

Chocolate Korilakkuma Hat

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At RuffleCon I picked up Angelic Pretty’s Cameo Window JSK in pink. It became the jumping off point for this little accessory collection. It gave me the idea to make a Neopolitan Ice Cream inspired coordinate for each of us. His outfit was primarily vanilla and mine strawberry. All that was missing was a hearty scoop of chocolate.

The hat was the main focus of this work. I found a huge floppy felt hat at Marshals to use as the structure for the base. I was tight on time and didn’t have a good stiff interfacing that would hold its shape. I chopped off the round top of the hat cap and dramatically trimmed the brim to get the shape I wanted. From there I drafted pattern pieces to cut out the fabric. Those were sewn together and then attached to the base. Some ribbon and lace added flare and hid the seams for a clean finish. Those little Rilakkuma ears were a blast to make. I love the gold rickrack trim which makes them pop from the hat. And to finish it all off I hot glued a Korilakkuma key cover along with some miniature antique key charms found at Michaels Crafts. The key ties into the motif of the Angelic Pretty print to create harmony.

Another RuffleCon goodie was my first ever Moss Märchen purchase. I was able to get one of her incredible handmade Ribbon Embroidery necklaces. The gold frame, fleur de lis charms and ivory color are an exact match for the Cameo Window print!!

Golden Key Chocolate Collar

korilakkuma purse, angelic pretty cameo window jsk and chocolate collar

For Her I whipped up a simple collar. But nothing is simple about the icing. This piece pulls all the Neapolitan flavors together with strawberry lace and vanilla tassels. The golden key charm is from Michaels Crafts and is almost identical to the one in the Angelic Pretty print.

This chocolate fabric has been pretty popular in the handmade and indie lolita sphere. I’ve come across many different style JSKs which made me want to try something different to show the print’s versatility. I am thinking of making a cape out of the remaining fabric since that would showcase the print in a more splashy way. Plus I am hopelessly addicted to capes right now for extra warmth in the winter.

Men’s Melty Chocolate Ribbon Tie

mens lolita fashion - chocolate print ribbon tie

And finally to carry the theme through His coordinate I made a gigantic ribbon tie. This piece helps give continuity to the hat making it a look and not just a chocolate piece. Repeated a key charm on the tie again for more layering of the theme. My favorite part of the tie is that it showcases the border print. I mean it can’t be melty chocolate with out some drips.

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In Love With: Fashion Rosettes

adorable ribbon rosettes from katie, fint, and angelic prettyrosette accessories from kokokim, milk and emily temple cute

When I was little, every 4th of July there were a sort of mini Olympics held at the country club where my grand parents lived. It was the highlight of the summer. And ribbons were always given out for winning things like the three legged race. While I am not the competitive sort, I adored collecting those ribbons.  They are long gone now, but I am sure they have something to do with my current addiction to rosettes. I also love patches and badges – so adding lace and ribbons to them is a natural jumping off point.

I am finding it hard to believe that I didn’t browse the Katie site more often until now. How have I missed out on all this cuteness?!?! If one had an award for rosettes it has to go to Katie. Second place? Well, I am going to give that to Angelic Pretty. While not in my mood board, third place goes to Nile Perch. Their Its a Girl and Its a Boy rosettes are infamous in Harajuku snaps.