Project Update: Lolita Yukata Blouse Complete

ヤッタ!Just finished sewing my summer festival yukata blouse.  I couldn’t be happier.  The blouse fits perfectly and drapes exactly how I hoped it would.

wa lolita yukata blouse front

The biggest challenge I faced with this project was the width of the traditional fabric.  I think I did well hiding the seams in the body of the yukata, but the addition is obvious in the sleeves.  Looks OK though – phew.  Seeing the finished garment, wish the fabric matched better on the upper portion of the back.  It was tricky to cut the pieces with the end result in mind.  Next time I will know better.  And I definitely see a next time.

lolita kimono back and side

My next challenge was volume of lace.  Ran out of the lace used on the hem and had to use an alternative for the cuffs of the sleeves.  It bugs me that it doesn’t match but the trim shop is too far away.  If by some chance I can make it down to the fashion district I’ll switch it out, but for now mix-and-match lace it is.

yukata kimono sleeve sode

Next Mission:  Complete the skirt, bloomers, hair bows and deco the obi!  No problem.

 

My DIY: Card Suit Cardigan

Recently I mentioned Joyce Trimming in NYC.  In the back of the shop they keep a section with boxes stuffed full of different types of embellishments.  I had to have a few sets of their card suit embroidered patches.  Knew right away that I could DIY a Baby the Stars Shine Bright cardigan that I have long admired.

Make your own BTSSB cardigan.

This is another pretty easy do it yourself project.  The first and most important step is to align the patches so that they are evenly spaced on your cardigan.  Be sure to use a ruler! The cardigan I used is a very basic three-quarter sleeved by Merona from Target. I first ironed the patches down on low heat to set them.  Followed the iron by stitching each very close to the edge to ensure they wouldn’t pop off in the wash or with wear-and-tear.

Next up was the lace.  I choose a lace with hearts on it to stay with the card suit theme. It is smaller than that which Baby used, so if you want to make an impact you could use a more substantial cluny lace. With the lace you have to pay attention if you want to stitch it around the waistband like I did.  I ended up hand sewing it so that I could have more control and be sure to stretch the cardigan as I went along.  I was afraid with the machine I might lose the elasticity of the knit.

The finished card suits cardigan.

Must say I am pleased with the outcome.  Was even brave enough to wear it into work (on a casual Friday.)  It certainly was a conversation starter.  Most comments were a in passing question of, “are you feeling lucky?”