I wore my Victorian Doll JSK for ILD as planned despite it not, strictly speaking, being Lolita (to hell with a petticoat.) Can not even begin to describe how good it felt to have something that fit like a glove. It honestly made me so much more relaxed as I was comfortable and could just have a good time with out the whole suffering for fashion nonsense that comes with squeezing into too small brand.
When your better half says to you, “can you make me a men’s lolita outfit,” you know you have found true love. Well, I already knew that. But was tickled pink that the boy wants to dress up too! Then the panic set in. I have never made anything but women’s fashion. Um, now what do I do?
First things first was to hit Google and search everything I could think of: kodona, ouji, 18th century menswear, rococo clothing, and boy lolita (which I should have known would bring up Ouran Host Club.) Then the fear grew even stronger. Are my sewing skills up to this? Sure I can whip up some below the knee breeches; piece of cake. Vest, or waistcoat, yeah I think I can manage that. The coat, that is going to mean some serious tailoring skills. Forget about the blouse maybe just the jabot/cravat…
This Dear Celine coordinate is going to be my jumping off point. I like that it is a vest that combines the idea of a traditional waistcoat and coat into one. Found a few sewing patterns that might be helpful. I can edit once I have a good foundation to play with. Which means my next stop is the fabric store!