I completed this almost a year ago and its such a satisfying project so many months later. This quickly become my most favorite go to dress. I’ve been filling gaps in my wardrobe for more casual lolita looks so that I can dress up more often. At first I thought I must be mental to buy two of the exact same just to make one a smidge bigger. However the end result was more then just a well fitting dress but an entire set of coordinating accessories as well. First lets start with the dress remake.
You can learn a lot by taking apart a brand dress. For Emily Temple cute I learned that they piece together the front bodice and skirt, same for the the back, and then join them along the sides. In the past I’ve made the bodice and then attach the skirt. Its given me some new ideas on how to simplify a similar pattern I use for otome kei dresses. As for these alterations, the goal was to make it bigger but ensure that it wasn’t noticeable that it was altered. Success means making the smallest tweak so that only a die-hard Emikyu fan would scratch their head knowing something is different. (more…)
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.
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…
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.)
A pair of scissors, a stitch ripper, a few yards of brown fabric, some braid trim and a whole lot of courage were applied to Angelic Pretty’s Chocolate Quartet and this is the result. As I described in my last post, your main piece to attend the AM Skyline Tea Party was required to be one of the 4 brands who would be represented. Somehow I knew sweet ouji could be done, but trying to find anyone else who made such radical alterations was impossible online. Deep down I was having all sort of feels that he would be turned away since it was not the original design. All my worry turned out to be for naught.
Every second of anxiety was rewarded with the out pouring of happy reactions to the look. THANK YOU ALL!! I loved that Asuka and Maki didn’t make a fuss. They had the most perfect of Japanese masks on the entire time. But there were subtle clues that they were pleased and hopefully flattered. Their adorable associate Rin-chan certainly was very diligent in taking several photos of all the details (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:・ﾟ✧
By far the best reaction was Midori running, not walking, across the room with phone in hand to ask Adel for a selfie. ٩(ó｡ò۶ ♡)))♬ I managed to catch the best parts on film.
So many photos from the party!!! I can’t believe that it has almost been two weeks since then. I am still reliving all the wonderful memories on Facebook with new posts that are trickling in. We met so many wonderful and amazing people which is honestly the most rewarding part of this fashion. Yes its about the clothes, but that is just what breaks the ice and brings us together.
The majority of the vest was made from fabric from the JSK. The body of the vest was taken from the skirt. I reinserted the original JSK collar. The remainder of the skirt was used to make the back tails of the vest. From the salopette I reused all of the buttons and did my best to mimic the double breasted panel. Part of the skirt was used for the tails on the front of the vest. And the ribbon from the salopette was attached to an Innocent World tie in a mash up of bow-tie meets cravat. Oh and the little button panel from the back of the salopette also made its way onto the back of the vest.
I tried really hard to not make too many additions. But I needed a few elements to create balance. Especially important since the border print is so strong. The addition of the 3 melty chocolate pieces felt just right to me to establish harmony; two panels on the front of the vest and one on the back.
While I adore how this turned out there are so many things I would have done differently if I was starting from first principles. If I had just the original fabric it would have been nice to keep the border print only on the tails of the vest instead of also on the body. But you work with what you have. At the end of the day I am over the moon pleased. I really hope you like it too ෆ⃛(ٛ⌯ॢ˃ ɪ ˂ٛ⌯ॢ)