Angelic Pretty Toy Fantasy Yukata Obi

angelic pretty toy fantasy and baby the stars shine bright good friend of kumya-chan

I’ve been lucky to get my hands on a couple of brand yukatas in the past few years. I admit they don’t get as much wear as I would like them too, but they are still some of my most prized possessions in my wardrobe. My love for lolita fashion is rivaled only by my love of traditional kimono. Sadly, wa lolita is usually poorly done and covered in the most awful lace; taking ita to a new level. I take this as a personal challenge to try and turn things around. While I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions, I am making it a goal to put more wa into my looks this year.

One of my most popular posts of all time is a yukata blouse that I made using a rub off pattern. I never did figure out how to make a PDF pattern for it (sorry interweb friends) but it was an inspiration for this project and see what other ways I could mix both styles. Countless searches for a pre-tied or vintage obi that would match with the Baby, the Stars Shine Bright My Mate Kumya-chan yukata all ended in disappointment. Pre-tied yukata obis looked flat in their solid colors and inexpensive polyester. On the other hand, traditional obi patterns all clashed with the sweetness of the pink print. When these things happen I get stubborn, very stubborn. Time to take matters into my own hands.

DIY Sweet Lolita Obi

toy fantasy skirt border print is used to make the base of the kimono obi

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Coordinate: Angelic Pretty Melty Berry Princess

I am feeling bad about not posting over here in forever. The good news is I have been working on something exciting and hope to make a little announcement at the end of April. Hopefully I can sneak in a few posts between now and then. But in case I don’t, for the time being here is a random coordinate post.

coordinate post with angelic pretty melty berry princess

I am so smitten with my Kuma Kumya shoes that I wish I could wear them with all my outfits. As lolita shoes go they are really comfortable. I was able to fit a cushion insert in them which is awesome. The strawberries in our garden have just started sprouting new leaves. Which means it is time to start pulling out all the strawberry prints once again. Spring is my absolute favorite season. Nothing like your Instagram feed blowing up with sakura posts!!

Outfit rundown:

  • Baby, the Stars Shine Bright My Anniversary Bear Ears in white
  • Angelic Pretty Cherry Marguerite ribbon clip in red
  • Taobao Heart Knit Cardigan in ivory
  • Angelic Pretty Melty Berry Princess in red
  • Angelic Pretty Berry Garden bag in pink
  • Angelic Pretty Sweet Jam OTKs in pink
  • Baby, the Stars Shine Bright Kuma Kumya shoes in pink

 

 

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.

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

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.

Lucky Pack: Baby, the Stars Shine Bright 2015 Fukubukuro

My Second Christmas arrived this week!! I received my Baby, the Stars Shine Bright Happy Pack and was so freakin excited once I got a glimpse inside that I actually gave myself a monster case of the hiccups.  So much pink!!!

lucky pack included pink jsk, cape and skirt from baby, the stars shine bright

baby the stars shine bright pink chiffon jsk with partial shirringlook at the sparkle on the pink chiffonbunny ear pink knit cape !!!baby the stars shine bright chocolate skirtIts scary how perfect this lucky pack is for me. I have been wanting more solid color dresses and hadn’t yet added a pink one to my wardrobe. Problem solved.

As for the cape, it is going to be hard to even take it off I love it so much. I was eying it for so long but never bought it. Problem solved.

Well and the Douce Chocolatier skirt makes me a little sentimental. I was way over my budget when the NYC Baby store opened in the summer and was drooling over the JSK with this print that day. Now having the skirt makes me feel like I was able to step back in time, just a bit, and have a memento I missed out on previously. Problem solved.

alice and the pirates shorts salopette in blue tartan

  • Alice and the Pirates tartan salopette in blue
  • Baby blouse in white
  • Alice and the Pirates stripe hair ribbon in blue

why dont i have more alice and the pirates in my wardrobe?alice and the pirates logo charm on hair ribbon

Someone mentioned on the Lolita Updates Facebook page that they were impressed how the Happy Packs were really well coordinated. I have to totally agree. These were not random selections from what I have seen but really pulled together packs.

Like so many others I got the Alice and the Pirates tartan salopette. I know most people are dumping theirs on Lace Market but I have to say it is super duper cute. Surprisingly it fits me but not in a flattering way sadly. However, it has me inspired to make something similar for this summer. I just adore the plaid print with the rickrack and lace trim – and its shorts!!

The blouse is standard issue and small so nothing surprising there. I might cut up the collar and cuffs and rework it into a cutsew blouse that fits me. Another thing I have wanted to try for sometime but haven’t had the courage. I have too many project already going for now, so this can wait a little longer.

Bottom line for this year’s fukubukuro is that I made out like a bandit!! Between this pack and the IW pack I got crowns, chocolate and tons of pink. Feeling pretty spoiled right now (。・`ω´・。)

Mood Board: Little Red Riding Hood

There’s a little get together planned today to see Into the Woods. I do like a good fairy tale and thought at first I could maybe make a Goldilocks and the Three Bears look with Kumya-chan. It just wasn’t working out. Then I remembered there was a Red Riding Hood pattern in Issue 5 of the Lolita Sewing Series.

baby the stars shine bright and cath kidston red riding hood worthy items

Baby, the Stars Shine Bright has made many many variations on Little Red over the years. Some very literal with plan red fabric and others focused more on details in a print. Cath Kidston had an entire line of fairy tale-esq sewing and knitting bags and dodads which also come to mind. I like their old story book illustration style but in 3-d form. And the other inspiration that came to mind is the idea of Eastern European folk costume. After all, that is where many of these fantastic stories take root.

yugoslavian costume and bags from cath kidston and baby the stars shine bright

The key with borrowing from traditional folk costume is to not push it too far. Otherwise it will become just that, costume, very quickly. So I think for this crazy idea of mine to work it needs to balance simplicity with pattern. To give just a taste of the old world style while staying true to the principles of the lolita style.

angelic pretty little red riding hood set

Handmade: Twinkle Constellation Star Hair Facinator

hand sewn star facinator using baby the stars shine bright twinkle constellation fabric

There was just, and I mean just, enough fabric left from the Baby, the Stars Shine Bright handkerchief where the neckline was cut out to make a small little matching accessory. Last year Baby sold out of the Halloween Kumya chan Trick or Treat star hairclips in practically a fraction of a second. Or so that is how it felt. And I have been dreaming of that little star ever since. Thus that became the jumping off point to inspire my Twinkle Constellation shooting star hair facinator.

I tried to make mine original, but still give a solid nod to its inspiration. Star clips, pockets and accessories are pretty standard fair but hopefully I managed to make this piece be unique but in keeping with its big Brand equivalents.

star clips and accessories by angelic pretty and baby the stars shine bright

Looking back at the Trick or Treat star there really isn’t much too it. Its one of those designs that its simplicity is brilliant and the materials all just come together with ease. That said, I do like a little more fantasy in my own accessories and had the idea to add a tulle train and make my version a shooting star. shooting star pixel gif

navy silk ribbon, silver star charm, detailed lace, and a tulle train make up the hair piece

It took a lot longer than I expected to complete this little guy. The entire piece is hand sewn. That was, in part, so that I could sit with my lovely by the TV and chat+sew and also because I didn’t think my machine could handle the delicate turns and twists that I was aiming for with the tulle and silk ribbon. There is a simple pin clip on the back. I might still add a hair comb but for now I ended up removing the hair bow from the Baby matching accessory in order to steal the headband. If that just gave you the shivers {eek she altered brand} wait till you see what I am going to do with the hair bow fabric!!

stars of confeito head bow made using baby the stars shine bright fabric

Refashion: From Land’s End to Baby, the Stars Shine Bright

Do you have that one item in your wardrobe that you love but just don’t know what to wear with it? Mine has been Baby, the Stars Shine Bright’s Twinkle Constellation and the Stars of Confeito Skirt in Dreaming Vega (fancy name for white.) Back in 2012 I wasn’t that excited about the print, but when I saw it in person in Tokyo, the contrast of the navy to purple to pink on the white background won me over. Two years later and sadly I’ve only worn it once. In order to remedy that I have been cooking up a cutsew remake to pair with it. If you’ve been following along on Instagram you’ve already had a sneak peek ヾ(^∇^)

refashioning a land's end polo using baby the stars shine bright fabric and a vintage peignoir

I was super fortunate to attend a Baby tea party at Anime Next where designers Masumi and Saki gave out print handkerchiefs as a small gift. Stephanie, who also attended, swapped me for a dark print I received in exchange for the Dreaming Vega!! I knew right then and there this was going to be jumping off point to build a new coordinate. My original idea was to make a kuma mimi out of it. I even sketched out a cute design. But that concept didn’t make the best use of this rare opportunity so I shelfed it.

Work In Progress

design the collar, crop the t-shirt, pin bib in place, trim with white lace

The bib on my recent Cherry One Piece project turned out well and re-inspired me to do something similar with the handkerchief. I dove right in and added just a couple of tucks, then traced around the Land’s End polo’s collar to figure out where to cut into the Baby fabric. Then went to task trimming the entire piece out with a very delicate little lace to finish the edges.

mixed in a vintage peignoir to add some sheer details to the tshirt kawaii upcycle

The thing with refashioning pieces is that you really have to go with the flow. Its not like working with a pattern and a pre-set direction. You have to be flexible and adapt to what the materials are telling you. And luckily, I stopped and stepped back before I went to far. My original idea was to mix in a lace knit fabric but it just wasn’t looking right. Wisely, I took a pause (watched Sailor Moon and painted my nails) and then came back to it.

A vintage peignoir that I picked up on Etsy just so happened to be the perfect matching shade of pink. Sheer has been so popular lately as well as styling with retro bed coats so figured I would throw it into the mix. This of course started me down a whole new path and hours and hours of hand stitching…

Next Time: Sheri gets totally distracted and makes a matching fascinator to go with the new blouse.

Choco Bear – Too Sweet or Too Much?

Misako-chan is coming to New York!!!!  It’s less than a month away and I am already fretting over what to wear.  I think a lot of us are since we learned that the fashion show will be run by Baby, the Stars Shine Bright to boot.  This is huge.  In addition, the local community was able to arrange a formal tea party.  Which means needing two complete coordinates pulled together.

sweet lolita chocolate bear coordinate

Later today, the post should deliver Melty Royal Chocolate cardigan in Pink from Angelic Pretty.  When the US site added the pink and mint back online I pounced on it.  My idea was to wear it with Baby’s My Sweet Mate Kumya’s Honey Hunt skirt.  It sounded really great in my head and then I got nervous.  Will the browns match?  Are the two prints too clashy? What do you think???  Will I look like a hot chocolate or a hot mess?

Originally I planned to wear AP’s Promenade de Paris.  But had a change of heart when I learned of the fashion show update.  So this Choco Bear combo I was hoping would be a good way to mix and match both of my favorite brands.  I guess I won’t know until it arrives.  Made this collage over the weekend to test it out but its so hard to know the real color from online photos.  Worst case I abandon the chocolate and go with a plain pink cardigan.  Not as much fun – but safe.

When it comes to the tea party, that is much easier.  I have been dying to wear Baby’s Alice’s Dollhouse.  After my tartan dress it is quickly becoming my next favorite.  It has 50% shirring and adjustable straps so is really comfortable.  It is also a much more refined look than some of my sweet prints.  Cute and sophisticated and Alice in Wonderland themed – oh and pink – its perfect.

baby alices dollhouse diy clock hat

And no coordinate comes without its challenges.  I waffled when Dollhouse was on reserve and only picked it up once the San Fran shop had it available.  Which means I missed out on the socks.  And I adore the socks.  Maybe they will pop up on Tokyo Rebel, who knows.  If they do I will grab them.

And then I need to shove something into my hair.  I have officially given up on wigs and head-eating hair bows.  Neither works for me.  They never look right.  So I scoured Etsy and found several miniature dollhouse clocks and a small table.  Specifically items that look like they match the clock room in the print.  I have a couple of mini top hats I have been meaning to deco so here’s my chance.  Add a little lace, paint the table pink, throw in a ribbon then hot glue to my heart’s content.  Should be fun.

baby the stars shine bright alices dollhouse

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