Waaaaaa, how did I not see this sooner?!?! Well, I know the answer to that… I have been tardy in general on keeping up with the interwebs the past few months. I wish it was because I had such an incredible social life. But in reality it’s just all work and no play makes Sheri wish she didn’t have to adult so much.
I couldn’t be happier about seeing this new development in the otome kei genre. Yes short skirts and dresses are adorable but sometimes you just want a nice long flowy skirt that you can wrap yourself up in. I love to sit on the floor in a big long skirt and being able to sit comfortably and not constantly tugging to keep myself covered up.
Not sure if everyone agrees but I hope to see more dresses in this length in 2016. I know I am going to make a point to whip up a few for my wardrobe. And ironically off to a good start since my last handmade project just happened to be a maxi.
Everyday wear is high on my 2015 goals list. The lolita portion of my wardrobe will almost always be filled with brand versus handmade for the primary pieces. Its the prints, I can’t beat the prints, at least not yet. So I feel a good focus area for this year is making comfortable cute dresses for daily life.
This fabric is a little different for me. I found it in Hawaii and instantly it reminded me of an Emily Temple cute dress that had embossed ribbons. This fabric has flowers instead of ribbons and is more subtle with a much smaller print and not nearly as raised from the surface. I love the effect of both. The leap for me is that the fabric is a polyester. I really really really try to stick to natural materials but the fabric was too cute to pass up. So I went for it and made sure that I lined it completely in a light cotton jersey for extra comfort.
It took me a long time to find a lace that I liked to go with it. Then I came across this crochet lace at Joyce Trims in NYC. There was the band with raised flowers which I thought was a good play off the raised print in the fabric – a theme of dimension. And also there was the smaller thin lace which was great for matching edges on the collar and bib.
I love the way it turned out. It can be styled many different ways from fairy kei to otome kei or even maybe dolly kei. I really want to try it out with pink. I put a few pieces with it to show how the lilac color really pops against a lighter (AP Dreamy Girl Bag and KOKOkim OTKs) and slightly brighter pink (my handmade fur collar and UGG lace up boots.)
The only thing is I broke Sewing Rule # 1 – I was so excited when I found the lace that I sat right down and cut out the fabric. What I didn’t do was pre-wash my fabric to test for shrinkage and color fastness. And I just pulled the dress out of the wash only to notice that the dress is considerably shorter compared to the lining than before it went in the wash. I haven’t been brave enough yet to try it on again as I am worried I will be disappointed. Hope to have some courage later and worse case if it no longer fits will put it up for sale. C’est la vie.
I am a total sucker for a bright white bib juxtaposed against a contrasting color dress or blouse. Pretty much all of the cute brands I track have incorporated them into their collections, if not once, several times. Most include a little tuxedo inspiration through the use of pintucks. To up the cute quotient they then add lace, buttons and ribbons. They also seem to be universal in Lolita styles in that they can easily flow from sweet to classic to goth.
These versions certainly pull from the tuxedo camp. However, pintucks historically were used in little girls clothing at the hem. The tuck served both as decoration and function. The tucks could be removed from the dress as a girl grew to lengthen the dress and get more wear out of it. Economical and cute – form and function at its best.