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.
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.
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.
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.
Baby, the Stars Shine Bright’s fawn fur cape has been patiently waiting in the wardrobe for its day to come. For some reason the just-right coordinate to pair it with has been elusive. Not anymore. At Walmart, of all places, I had an epiphany. They had a collection of Christmas Ornaments that caught the corner of my eye I was racing through the store to pick up things for the new house. Upon closer inspection, a rustic set of miniature antlers tied together with some raffia cord screamed out – buy me now! And at $1.97 why not.
By luck, some cream velvet fabric just happened to be in the recently unpacked monster pile of fabric occupying the sewing studio. Mix in some lace and pearls and maybe just maybe this could work, I thought to myself. So from Mood Board to My DIY – its time to try out the antler trend.
To keep things harmonious, I decided to match the shape and style of the bow from the cape. It took a moment to realize how the bow’s specific shape was made. The bottom layer is a trapezoid while the top section is a simple rectangle. This small addition of fabric gives the tail of the ribbon a curved look when finished. Opted to add in one extra layer of lace however for good measure.
To be honest my perfectionist roots are showing on this step. I wanted to maximize the volume of the lace, which is very thin, so instead of just gathering and basting it to the fabric before sewing the edges I choose a more scenic route. The lace is sandwiched into the fabric but only at the corners. This gives them a professional and clean finish when the fabric is flipped to the right side. I then hand gathered and stitched it to the bows edge working from the corner to the middle. The center will be covered so the raw edge of the lace will not be visible. Yes this took more time than necessary but it make me happy in the end.
The velvet fabric is a bit thick, so for stability I tied the two main pieces together before wrapping the small strap around the middle. This also made it easier to get the shape of the folds just so. Normally I fold the fabric, stitch along the edge and flip the center strip. Instead, to reduce the bulk, on this DIY project I simply tucked under the edges and gave them a running stitch to keep them nice and neat. The serged edge made a nice measurement for how far to fold under each side.
Originally the little jingle bells were attached to the wire in the middle of each antler. I snipped the wire with clippers and removed the bells. Then, using jewelers pliers, I twisted each half of the wire into loops. The loops are just big enough to sew through and secure the antler in place. The biggest challenge is that they are both the same antler – kinda like having two left feet. So when positioning them I had to determine what angles gave each a balanced look.
Its usually at this stage in a project when I can hardly contain myself. Adding the icing to the cake is what always makes it pop. In this case the icing is a few strands of pearls, the re-purposed jingle bells, and some small rosebuds. The BTSSB cape’s ribbon had gold chain, but I only had silver in my bead collection.
Usually I am lazy and hot glue the clip on. However, the weight of the antler made me second guess stability. So I choose to sew the clip on. Even if over time the string should happen to break (which I doubt) it can be re-sewn, but glue on top of glue is just messy. Speaking of glue, a few dabs were placed strategically here and there to the antler to further stabilize the piece. The wire sewn earlier carries the weight while the glue ensures the antler doesn’t jiggle around. A few more dabs of hot glue were used to place three rose buds and hide the wire. This is the only pop of color on the otherwise neutral base.
And here is the result!! I can’t wait to try them out! Will be meeting some friends later today at the Cloisters and I hope they like them as much as I do. We shale see.
Animal ears and antlers have been showing up more and more in J-fashion the past couple of years. The lolita scene has not been immune. Cat, bear and bunny varieties have all been released by the major brands. When Baby, the Stars Shine Bright released a fluffy set based on their cuddly mascot Kumya-chan I had to make my own.
Fawn fur, or Bambi fur, has also been all the rage for several seasons. So it makes sense that antlers are now becoming easier to Google. The two go hand-in-hand. What I love about this idea is that it can span so many different styles. From classic to sweet it is possible to pull off the look in a lolita coordinate. The more obvious is in mori girl combinations as well. The best antler inspired creations also include some flowers which softens the look to make them more feminine.
What do you think. Is it too much of a leap from cuddly kitties to a head of horns?