Sweetie’s Challenge: Handmade Ouji Vest Part 1

While waiting for parcels to finish my other blouse, this weekend I dove into the world of making menswear. And we have named this adventure, “Royal Order of the White Rabbit.” The concept is to have layers of cream but with very royal details such as the military braid and the lush raised velvet arabesque in the main fabric. OK Sheri so if it is about the “white” rabbit why is it cream? Well most white bunnies I have encountered aren’t exactly pure white so I am sticking with it.

Work in Progress

handmade kodona ouji velvet brocade vest tail coat

I made significant changes to this Butterick pattern. Always start with a muslin draft folks!!! The armholes on the pattern were just dreadful so trimmed them back and made modifications to the fit of the shoulder.  Then took it in a bit on the sides. Also removed a few inches from the front and drafted the inset vest panels. The biggest challenge was figuring out how to ensure a professional finish as the pattern was unlined. There are 3 seams inside that I didn’t properly think through in my mind first so can correct for that on the next vest by splitting the back lining at the waist. The tail flaps and the front seams all turned out crisp and nice which was the key objective.

belgian medal of civic service and french macaron fabric details of this kadona vest

Still a ways to go and finish up. Need to make the button holes, finish the arm holes, add the collar, and add pockets for some extra distinction. Then it will be onto making the ouji/kodona breeches. Not as worried about those as I have made shorts for the Boy in the past. But still, need to ensure all the details come out just right.

Oh and how can I forget, it took a few searches, but finally found a plain, cream, wool tricorn on eBay. Originally I assumed we would buy a brand hat for him, but since I’m at it might as well make a matching one to complete the look. Spent more than I would have liked, but it appears to be well made and is a blank slate so that I can decorate it to my liking.

no ouji look would be complete without a proper hat so a wool tricorn is added to the project list

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.