I have a creative job working in digital marketing, but I like to dabble in more traditional crafts in my spare time. It is such a rush making something by hand that you can use. Taking advantage of the long holiday weekend I had some fun.
It would be an understatement to say that I like Japanese Alternative Fashion. The challenge – my comfortable U.S. size medium is a Plus Size by Japan’s standards. Some of the most extraordinary designs are out of reach for me. So I mustered up my determination and whipped up a cutsew blouse and one piece dress this weekend.
I favor a more relaxed form of Lolita fashion, so a comfortable cutsew shirt is a critical staple; works well under a jumperskirt or as is with a skirt. As far as patterns go, I use them more as guides than as rules. For this I took some liberties using New Look’s pattern 6078.
The collar was a bit of a challenge, as I wanted a pullover and the pattern was for a button up, but it worked out very well in the end. My only regret with this piece is the ruffle at the hem. I used left over fabric from another project and there wasn’t a lot of wiggle room. Would have preferred the ruffle be about a 1/2 inch wider, but this was all I could mange.
The dress again is made from knit/jersey. I was going for something more Otome Kei than Lolita with this. My muse was Milk. I followed Vogue pattern V8411 pretty closely for the dress, but added neck straps and altered the pleating a bit.
Added a little decorative stitch as well across the front. It is a subtle touch that added some extra structure to support the weight of the pleating.
Well it’s back to work tomorrow. Hope everyone had a lovely holiday. Happy 2012!