Sunday Style: Tartan & Fur Sweet Lolita

Well, we cancelled our Cloisters mini meet today.  It is raining, it is Sunday, everyone is spent after Christmas… That didn’t mean that I wasn’t going to dress up.  Especially not after finishing my first creative project at the new house.

BTSSB Fawn Lolita Coordinate

I absolutely adore my Baby, the Stars Shine Bright pink tartan JSK.  It was the second dress I bought when I was first braving the Lolita waters.  I have had more use out of it than any of my others.  The fact that it has 3/4 shirring is certainly a contributing factor since it makes this dress the most comfortable brand piece I own.  Major bonus points.

velvet lolita hair bows for pigtails

Super pleased with how my new deer antler twin tail bows turned out.  While the cream color is slightly darker than the BTSSB fawn cape, it isn’t as noticeable once worn.

I am very fortunate to have a landscaper for a neighbor.  The hedge along side the house looks very pretty and that is in the middle of winter.  I look forward to seeing how this little corner of our new home-sweet-home evolves with the seasons.  Its my new favorite photo shoot spot.

stone bunny in the yard

And of all the random garden oddities that could happen to be found in the back yard – our new place came with a rabbit!  Looking forward to following him down the rabbit hole.

Project Update: Wicker Handbag Outside In

juicy cherry lolita wicker handbag

The summer lolita handbag is coming together nicely.  I finished the exterior decorations yesterday.  Seeing it next to Baby’s Cherry print from last year I think the quality of my execution is very in-keeping with the brand’s esthetic.  Fun, frilly, sweet but still refined and sophisticated.

hot glue the lace to the wicker purse

Hot glue was my best friend for attaching the two lace trims.  A little painters tape came in handy to line up the rows in exactly the spot I wanted them.  I was generous with the glue but also very careful.  I didn’t want big globs of it to show nor did I want it to drip thru the wicker into the inside of the bag.  I paid particular attention for the rose trim.  Each leaf and blossom was glued down one at a time.  Took a lot of patience but well worth the investment to make the finished look smooth, clean and perfectly placed.

beading a string of pearls diy

secure the beads to the wicker diy

After the lace dried I added the string of pearls.  I used a beading wire to give it strength.  Gravity is going to constantly be pulling on them so things needed to be secure.  Got creative and decided to use a beading spacer bar to make sure the wire is crimped snugly and wont slide around or slip thru to the front accidentally.

baby the stars shine bright detachable bow

And before you think I am crazy enough to hot glue on my dresses waist ribbon, I am not.  Using the same beading wire and two jump rings I made hoops for the detachable bow to attach to.  Originally I thought I would just pin the bow on to the lace, but that worried me.  The weight of the bow could tug on the lace too much and pull up the hot glue or it could just damage the lace over time.  Neither would be pleasant situations.  The location of the hot glue also challenged that idea, it is smack dab right where I want the bow placed anyway.  So with a little strength and a good sewing needle I was able to pierce the hot glue and string the hoop through instead.

The bonus prize for this method is different color bows can be mixed and matched on the front of the purse.  For example, the blue ribbon from this sax color BTSSB dress to make a perfect coordinate, and say a pink bow to match another.  I’ll whip up one using the lining fabric to start things off.

applique cherries lolita fashion diy

Last step was to hot glue on the cherries.  I found these small crochet cherry appliques at Joyce Trimming in NYC.  They have a section towards the back of the store where you can find plenty of boxes of applique and patches to suit many different tastes.

create a new lining for a vintage purse

Before dinner I had just enough time to start planning out the interior of the purse.  Light does filter through the wicker so using some fusible interfacing and pink cherry fabric to line the main body seemed like the right thing to do.  Next, I added a layer of quilt batting to cover the wooden frame.  Hopefully after work today I can do the math to start the lining.  Found this tutorial that should be a good jumping off point for keeping all the handbag contents nice and neat.

For now, ciao lovelies.  Have a super Friday.

 

Baby the Stars Shine Bright Fashion Show – Part 2

baby the stars shine bright animenext show

“Since I was a child, I was always genuinely happy to see girls wearing clothes with frills and lace, looking like princesses and feeling cute and pretty.  I developed BABY, THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT to make clothes with that at their heart.” That is the quote from Akinori Isobe, the CEO of BTSSB, which adorned Anime Next’s website and was the call to action for East Coast lolita’s.  So without further ado, here is the Baby runway show!

Baby the Stars Shine Bright

baby nanairo prism sweet alice

Nanairo Prism ♪ Sweet Alice (なないろプリズム♪アリスちゃん柄) in Saxe Blue

wiz me over the rainbow jumper-skirt

Wiz Me Over the Rainbow in Red

baby fashion show victoria suzanne parfaitdoll

twin juicy baby love love berries

Twinning Juicy Baby Love Love Berries in Mint and Ivory

some day of ranunculus lycia

Some Day of Ranunculus (ある日のラナンキュラス柄) in Lavender

btssb blooming fairy doll pink

Blooming Fairy Doll in Pink

la robe vert clair royal bow

la robe vert clair echarpe butterfly crown

La Robe Vert Clair (collaboration with Midori-chan)

baby the stars shine bright wedding gown

Wedding Onepiece

After the show the designers both joined the stage to take a bow.  And the show concluded with Isobe-san and the designers taking a session of Q&A.

baby the stars shine bright fashion show models

baby designer masumi kano

Masumi Kano, Designer

baby designer saki tachibana

Saki Tachibana, Designer

q&a with isobe-san of baby the stars shine bright

FIN

DIY Korilakkuma Sweatshirt

Found this Korilakkuma washcloth thingy when I was in San Francisco ages ago. Japan Town has so many fun little shops.  Loved her because she is adorable, but had no idea what to do with her.  Bought her anyway.  And this weekend was glad I did.  Found a good basic pink sweatshirt on Amazon.com, tossed in some ribbon and lace in my stash, as well as some little charms I found locally, and before I knew it had a DIY project.

diy korilakkuma sweatshirtkorilakkuma replacing the button with a pink ribbonkorilakkuma sweatshirt appliquekorilakkuma teapot and key charms korilakkuma bear ears hoodiekorilakkuma sweatshirt patternsweet korilakkuma pink sweatshirtI also added a couple of bows to adorn the ears on the hood.  It is hard to see from the snaps I took, but in person they add a needed balance and continuity to the ribbon on the applique.  The sweatshirt now matches wonderfully to Baby the Stars Shine Bright’s My Sweet Mate Kumya’s Honey Hunt skirt. Very proud of my little Thanksgiving weekend accomplishment.

P.S. Apparently I forgot to switch the direction of the drop shadow in Photoshop for a couple of the images.  Kinda like the randomness of it ( ̄ー ̄).

New Project: Lolita Swing Coat

DIY little princess swing coat

At long last, I finally found a pattern I am happy with to begin making a sweet lolita winter coat.  A few years ago I feel in love with Baby the Stars Shine Bright’s Little Princess coat.  It is the perfect shade of pink and has just enough lace without going overboard.  Baby’s coat is made out of mostly polyester but mine will be made of wool.

I had a very fruitful pattern search on Etsy which pulled up Simplicity Pattern 4260 from the 1960’s.  It won’t be an exact match but the pattern has the right core elements.  Here are the changes I am expecting to make:

  • Lengthen the sleeves from 3/4 to full length
  • Add cuffs to the sleeves
  • Alter the collar to be a more rounded peter pan shape
  • Round the bottom corners of the pockets

The back of the Simplicity pattern I like much better than the BTSSB inspiration piece.  Baby went wild with a bustle back which I think must be a pain in the you-know-what to sit on.  And as this is a winter coat I plan on wearing it while driving and riding public transit so want to be comfortable.  Besides there is already enough to deal with the petticoat and other frou-frou trimmings going on beneath the coat.

diy winter lolita coat materials list

This will be my first time working with wool.  While I am a bit nervous I am also excited to work with a new material.  I found the wool on thewoolconnection.com and the lace and ribbon all came from the NYC Fashion District.  Also planning on using a button kit but not sure how well that will work with thick wool.  We shale see.

P.S.  The wool connection also has a pink and white plaid wool… which would make an awesome short coat too!

Bear Ears Alice-band

diy bear ears hair accessories

Last winter I was playing around with altering knit sweaters. I had some scraps and for fun whipped up a
くまみみ {bear ears} Alice-band. Using a few small pieces of fake fur, some pink rose lace and 4 pink ribbons it was a pretty easy DIY project. This headband was fun to wear around the lodge after a day of snowboarding and garnered several smiles. But this season I want to dress it up and am planning on coordinating it with a Baby the Stars Shine Bright My Sweet Mate Kumya’s Honey Hunt skirt.