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I really love seeing well done handmade lolita
Please keep the thread decent and don’t fight or insult people
Take that to the ita thread not this

Mainly wanna just see amazing stuff people have made
If you made it yourself and want advice ask for it!

Also if you didn’t make it maybe tell who did? I love following hand makers so

Show off handmade wonders!
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>>10370194
I know! The construction looks super clean
Lemme see if I can find the girls insta again...
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>>10370169
I like how this looks like a B grade AP print with a cult following
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>>10370211
Does she have pics of it worn? The bodice looks oddly tube-like and too low in front but that may just be the flatlay.
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>Dumping shit from lolita sewing collective

Lolita level: advanced
Sewing level: advanced

I have so much time for sewing at the moment that I made three dresses the last two weeks. Today I finished a project, I always wanted to do: a shiro dress. I chose a clean design to meet the aesthetics of an old school inspired coord.
I'm open for concrit as I always try to learn.
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Lolita level: Newbie
Sewing Level: intermediate
Thought I'd share my most recent sewing project! I've lost my job because of where the world's at rn, but I'm getting really into sewing!
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Sewing: Veteranish
Lolita: intermediate

Like a lot of people I used my time at home to clean out and craft.
I made this blouse from the fabric of an old men's shirt that I outgrew and leftover black chiffon.

It was my first time using an Otome No sewing pattern (ons 1 + alterations) and while I still can think of things I could improve and obviously had to compromise to make the limited fabric work I'm pretty happy about this blouse and that I sucsessfully turned something I would have thrown out into something I can wear again.

UPDATE:
What do you think about the buttons? I used the old shirt buttons again but I'm starting to be unsure if I should maybe replace them with something prettier ?
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Lolita and sewing level: intermediate

Hello! I made this jsk using simplicity's 8444 pattern and I'd love some feedback
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Sewing and lolita level: veteran

Here is the last thing I made. Is an updated version of my last blouse.
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Sewing/ Lolita Level: Advanced
This was a project I've been waiting to do for a long time. This was my first ever lolita dress, I made it back in late 2015. I have to say, it wasn't too bad in my opinion, but it never fit me right and I never really liked it. So last week I finally got to altering it (only took like four years lol)
My alterations:
fitting the bodice (wasn't as much too big as back then )
removing the low quality lace and replacing it with nicer lace plus a ruffle at the hem
cutting the neckline deeper and inserting a ruffled panel
adding pockets(!!!)
I'm really happy with how it turned out and that I can use this pattern now. I've wanted a bodice like this for a long time. The finishing at the neckline is a type of ruffle I've wanted to use for a long time as well.
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Lolita: beginner /intermediate
Sewing: intermediate

So I just made my first jsk. I bought the fabric yesterday before my hobby lobby closed for quarantine. But I'm attempting to emulate angelic pretty style of dresses.
Concrit is welcome
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Sewing Level: Veteran
Lolita Level: Intermediate/Veteran

I wanted to share my latest creation. I call it the Rose King. I made it for the CafeV OTT tea, The Royal Midnight Court. Located in the San Fransisco Bay Area.

Every item was made by me, and nearly every material was purchased in the bay, asides from the crystals which I sourced online. (I went to 8 fabric stores to get all of what I needed... ha ha). It was really a labor of love and a form of art for me.

Details....
Jacket: made of cotton velvet, lined with silk dupioni. Trimmed with lace, satin ribbon, gold cording, and French jacquard ribbons. Rose embroidery done one by one on my embroidery machine. Quilting done by me. All crystals sarvoski, individually placed. 

Vest and Pants: Made of vintage brocade, lined with Bemburg and silk dupioni. Trimmed with French jacquard ribbon, Gold rose buttons, rose gold plated chain, and lace.

Blouse- Made of silk clip dot chiffon. Trimmed with self and satin ribbon.

Hat- Buckram base stiffened with hat wire, decorated with Vintage French Jacquard ribbon, backed with horsehair and stain. Paper roses (small ones), silk rose (top), felt rose (side), sarvoski crystals, fur trim, dyed peacock feathers, gold ribbons, velvet hat poof, stuffed with feathers.
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Most of the projects here need their seams pressed.
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Sewing and lolita level: veteran

I bought this striped cotton velvet from spesian sale called 5€ weeks and made skirt and jsk out of it hats and striped blouse is also handmade. i make my own patterns, more pics at comments. And my insta is @shadowmodel87
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>>10370245
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>this was a controversial one but I think it's cute so fight me
Lolita level: intermediate
Sewing level: intermediate

Wore my finished be-lated valentines outfit to Mariposa restaurant at Alamoana yesterday. Everything is handmade by me expect the shoes, petticoat, jewelry and blouse. Blouse is half handmade I just added heart shaped lace and a bow.
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Sewing/ Lolita Level: Advanced

I recently finished this dress and got the chance to wear it to a meetup yesterday. This dress honestly fills me with so much joy, because I am very proud of it.
The dress is fully lined and has a tulle ruffle attached to the skirt lining. It has shirring in the back and a side zip. Of course the other side seam has a pocket! I'll add some detail photos to the comments :)
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Lolita & sewin level: veteran

I made jsk from super cheap cotton sateen I found last year, i still have few meters of it laces are from taobao, hat is also handmade. I make my own patterns.
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Lolita level: Intermediate

Sewing level: intermediate

Finally finished my chocolate jsk. Still have to create a blouse for underneath it. Plan to wear it out for tea time.
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Lolita Level: Good enough

Sewing Level: Veteran

First time posting here! I learned to sew because of lolita fashion and I've been doing it for 8 years now! It took time but I feel mostly proud of my work nowadays.

The JSKs in the bottom were commissions and the black and red one was commissioned for a wedding. (btw I sew them together with my friend <name>)
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>>10370250
what is controversial about this?
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ONS 6 modified
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>>10370258
it got posted to the ita thread
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Lolita level: Intermediate
Sewing level: Intermediate

Hi all! I decided to re-post as I've placed the dress on the mannequin! I felt like a clearer photo with proper lighting would be better as compared to the previous post which didn't have good lighting (so details aren't too clear). So I'd just like to share some photos of my latest sewing project

p.s. The inner blouse's sleeves look so sad because my mannequin has no arms ;u;

If you're keen on my sewing/ crafting WIP or completed progress, you can check out my IG profile too. It's @aki_kaiyun (˙︶˙)
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Sewing level: Veteran

Lolita level: Veteran

The oldschool blouse is done! and it goes perfectly with the skirt and headdress I made.
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sewing medium
lolita beginner

New shiro JSK “summer snow”!

I made a video to go with my last one where I show how to assemble the JSK from the pattern that you drafted > https://youtu.be/bZFBydbaya4

Now to go post to CoF... (nervous emoji)
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Sewing: Intermediate
Lolita: Novice
Finished up a new dress a week ago and wanted to share it with my fellow creators and say what I did
When I decided to make a lolita dress I looked at all my patterns (a great many), at all the shapes of the skirts and bodices, and what shape sleeves I had available and picked parts of the dresses to put together. Admittedly I ended up using easy options lol. This could be a good way to use your patterns to put together a dress (you dont have to use lolita specific patterns).
The bodice of this dress is from simplicity pattern 8252, a 1950s vintage pattern. I wanted the sweetheart neckline. The skirt is a gathered rectangle (3.5m).
I'm wearing a petticoat underneath which is Butterick b6530, Gerties petticoat pattern.
I also added some work in progress photos
Approximate money spent (NZD):
$42 ($12m) for 3.5metres clearance fabric.
$39 ($13 each) for 3 spools of lace.
$10 Sewing thread.
$6 Zip.
Bias binding kindly supplied by my sister. Around the inside of the hem instead of an overclocking stitch.
Approximately 4 full days sewing time.

While I love this dress, concrit on the dress is welcome advice to improve for next time is always good. I know the rest of the coording needs some work (need to make some accessories and blouses)
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>this chocolate fabric is very popular and comes in pink, mint, and brown. I can't remember whether it's from taobao or spoonflower
Sewing level; veteran
Lolita level; Veteran

It's so difficult to say no to the Chocolate
Lovely chocolate fabric
We made Berets (with one little bow as deco) + single pocket skirt + straps for bow + removable shoulder straps and a heart shaped stomacher (which gives an apron look.)
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>>10370270
>brown colorway
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>>10370271
>pink
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Sewing level :intermediate
Lolita level: intermediate

I forgot to post this one is a dress I made for Christmas Dinner I made an Alice bow and 2 clips to go with it.
Constrictive criticism welcome
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Lolita & sewing level: intermediate
Finally got a chance to wear a lemon jsk dress I made at kumoricon, which should be a summer dress, now became fall almost winter
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>>10370279
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Sewing and lolita: veteran

Made this strawberry op with back shiring.
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>>10370260
I mean, the outfit is ita, but the dress is cute
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Lolita Level: Veteran
Sewing Level: Veteran

I made this pink net blouse to go with my Angelic Pretty day dream carnival jsk. Its jard to tell since the dress form doesnt have arms but the sleeves are huge bishop sleeves, and I sewed rows of pearls between the gathers at the cuff.
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>I forgot to get the caption for this one, sorry
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Goog evening. ))

Here some photos of my outfit for hand-made defile from Gothic and Lolita Festival in Moscow. :3

This is rather simple in sewing dress, but I think it looks interesting due to lace, riffles and skirt with 2 layers.
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Sewing: veteran
Lolita: beginner...ish
Finished a jsk project I’ve been working on and wanted to share. I’m super happy with it and I learned a lot. Can’t wait to start the next one! Blouse is by Tiny Garden, everything else is handmade.
Fabric is linen and cotton.
@novihistoria
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lolita: beginner

sewing: veteran(?)

Hello! I made my first jsk back in May and just wanted to share <3 the waist bow is detachable and can be used as a hair accessory
ig is @fishlace <3
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Hi all! :-) I wanted to share with you a rococo-styled dress made for a fashion show (Animefest 2019, if anybody wants to have a look on Youtube). Features silk ribbon embroidery embellished with rose quartz beads and lots of lace and bowsHope you like it
(X-posted from Pintucks and Lace)
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>end dump because there are too many itas and the group is glitching out on me. peace

Finished my lilac floral print dress for fall! Can’t wait to wear it and take more pics! Check out my blog for more info on the Otome no Sewing pattern books, and also my love stream tutorials and sewing hangout stuff. #eglcommunity #egl #lolitafashion #otomenosewing #handmade
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>>10370258
maybe the normie shirt? rest of it's fine though
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>>10370253
god damn this makes me want to learn how to handmake lolita but i have absolutely no idea where to start
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>>10370309
Bows and rectangle skirts!
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>>10370230
This is good but she really needed to have some trim and lace on the bottom hem. It just looks unfinished, especially with those bows hanging off.
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>>10370259
This would be so much cuter if not for the tragic lace
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>>10370351
This was actually what everyone who gave concrit said too
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>>10370328
Don't be you mean circle skirts anon :^)
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>>10370328
is there any particular reference that a lot of people like to use as a guide or pattern for starting out?
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>>10370473
Okay I'm the original girl who asked the pleats question and then promptly didn't visit cgl for two days and I'm so sorry for inadvertently starting that shit storm
Anyways I got my pleats right lol
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>>10370498
It's not your fault. I hate when know-it-alls cause stupid bullshit like that, especially when they start claiming to be ~professionals~ and demanding everyone else prove themselves to defend their position. (You didn't cave and try to make a circle skirt, right?)
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>>10370479
violetlebeaux.com/2013/06/12/lets-sew-a-simple-lolita-skirt-sew-fun/
I know it's dated af, and she's more into hime gyaru, but it really helped me when I started out. Definitely use 3-3.5 metres of fabric for the skirt and at least double that for the ruffle though, otherwise you probably won't be able to fit a petti underneath. Or I just like mad poof.
Hope this helps anon
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>>10370291
This reminds me so much of ccs I’m in love
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>>10370250
Wait, what’s controversial about this. It’s better than half the things in this thread?
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>>10370621
PLEASE don't share her. i'm begging you. i just want her ita ass (she's ita at hime gal too) to fade into obscurity.
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>>10370631
[spoiler] A lot of the aging western lolitas, who are still ironically dedicated to an Asian fashion, are racist as fuck and don't like seeing brown girls wearing it. Especially fat ones. [/spoilersdontworkincgl]
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>>10370662
she's asian
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>>10370665
She's also dark skinned, and that throws the racist grandmas of lolita into a tizzy
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>>10370666
i'd like to see sauce, satan.
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>>10370230
The bodice doesn't fit her. Did she make it for her mannequin?
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>>10370668
Not them but you can go to the ita thread right now and somewhere the discussion became about lying about Japanese names and having true Japanese heritage rather than other Asian heritages. There are people who enjoy ultra nitpicking whether or not you are from the holy land of nippon or not
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>>10370670
that has fuck all to do with the girl in the pic. in fact people were talking about how it's sad these girls feel the need to lie about their heritage, when they have their own heritage. you sound like you're new to the internet if you don't know that weebs, especially asian weebs, use fake japanese names and pretending to be japanese to trick people. there were atleast 3 people who did that in my old comm alone. sorry hana sakura momo-chan, it's not cute.
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>>10370668
>racism exists
>source?
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>>10370680
kek
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>>10370676
This. >>10370670 You sound like a butthurt weeb.
>>10370680
She's asking about that specific person faggot. If you think most of us are white on this board then you should probably leave.
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>>10370683
You seem new here.
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>>10370680
>>10370666
>>10370662
are you the same newfag who is trying to derail with racism in the other lolita threads? i'm asking for the dish on the girl in OP, not for your hot take on race issues.
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>>10370692
That was the "dish". Nothing exists in a vacuum. Sometimes you get some "dish" on race issues.
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>>10370696
Please go back to tumblr and kys at the earliest possible convenience.
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>>10370698
thanks for saying it before i had to.
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>>10370698
>>10370699
hard kek. you need to step away from the keyboard and get some corona-stretches in. you seem a little tense.
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>>10370660
I know, I'll refrain from sharing her again, I just found it sort of useful at the time ;; I'll try to scan some of my ons stuff when the lockdown ends and I can go to my parent's place lol
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>>10370761
lol sorry anon. i just got worked up from constantly seeing her all over my pinterest recently.
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>>10370670
That's a pretty bizarre example to bring up. People are mentioning it because she's lying about being Japanese, not because they think SEA are inherently inferior.
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>>10370522
no, lol. It's just a rectangle skirt haha
when I first saw that comment I was like "lol no bitch"
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>>10370245
This is so pretty, I want it!
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>>10370827
it's a bit of both. self-hating and wanting to brag.
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>>10370764
no worries, I get it - most of her stuff irks me something shocking
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>>10370764
Between her and Yumi King - why is it always the biggest itas whose work is hyped up and shared everywhere? Are there no basic tutorials made by people with skill and taste or are those things somehow unpalatable to newbies? I don’t get it.
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>>10370364
idk, i like the lace itself but i do agree it doesn't fit here. i think it would be better for headdresses
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>>10370872
i think noobs like the crap itas produce because they tend to have ita tendencies. plus both of these people use tons of glue and do a bunch of sewing hacks.
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Many thanks to anon who did the dumping, thought the thread was a troll but it's more interesting now with the extra content. I'm not on facebook often so I haven't seen most of these.
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>>10371288
Why did you think it was a troll
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>>10371574
nta but this thread started around the time "circle skirt seamstress-chan" was having a meltdown, and the OP pic is a child's outfit, so it makes sense.
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>>10371575
The op isn’t a child’s outfit it’s literally an adults dress and I follow her on ig

I have no idea about that situation I just genuinely like handmade stuff

Not everyone is a shady bitch
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>>10371739
nice
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>>10371574
>>10371734

OP pic is being mistaken for child's dress because the bodice is so tubular. See: people talking shit about Yumi King's construction because it is similarly a tube bodice. Yumi King's might actually be better, at least she put in shirring for the waist. I'd just assume the girl who makes these either has AAA cup concave boobs, or she never wears her own stuff, only puts them on the floor.

Not only that, the sides of the jsk should be lower than the front, to allow the blouse sleeves to sit right. You can even see how it's wrinkled in the flatlay and the blouse sleeves are in permanent T-pose because to have the sleeves face downwards would cause wrinkles everywhere from too much fabric.


So. yeah. Not a great example of "well done handmade". I thought someone posted some newbie's work so that we could rag on it. It's not complete shit but the pattern they're using definitely needs to be redone.

imo it's a terrible design of contrasting fabric as well, but if people want to say it's cheap homemade alternative to AP then whatever, I guess.
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>>10371742
anon i think it is for kids. look at the shoes.
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>>10371744

Ah, so we're back to troll thread. All right.
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>>10371748
lol no, you're just a fucking moron.
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>>10371748
>troll thread
That's not what you think it means. Also, anon's point is that the shoes are fucking tiny. Everything else you said makes you sound stupid as fuck too because you clearly never watched yumi kings stuff since she used glue in most of her old videos.
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This community is full of retards genuinely
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>>10371742
The point is that I wanted to SEE GOOD HANDMADE STUFF
as it says in the first post

Learn to read Jesus Christ
It’s not like I said the original picture is the holy grail of handmade lolita i just picked a random pic
Y’all are genuinely so nit picky and obnoxious
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>>10371757
don't even bother them they're fucking retarded and annoying.
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>>10371761
Yeah agreed
Can they just fuck off
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>>10371755
that's planet earth for you
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>>10371734
What’s her IG? Or if you‘d rather not say, does she have a worn picture?
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>>10371757

All I did was point out why you looked like a shady bitch, jeez.
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>>10371753

Hot glue is the construction method, anon. The tube shape is the pattern drafting.
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Does anyone have experience ordering from Nippori Tomato? I'm assuming I can use my Tenso address.
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>>10370231
this is actually really cute, good job anon, maybe make some cute wrist accessories to go with the dress!
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a lot of these posts are pretty inspiring, I was convinced the handmade scene would be a lot more ita but this was a pleasant surprise lmao
do sewing skills in general build and transfer into different styles/items/etc? can I just start making anything and eventually my construction would be good enough to pull off a whole dress?
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>>10372092
>do sewing skills in general build and transfer into different styles/items/etc?
Yes, pretty much, though you have to start with simple things and then build on those skills by making increasigly complex things. IMO for lolita in order to make really nice things you need to also have a good understanding of the style, which is how I've seen seamstresses with otherwise impeccable construction make some ita monstrosities - they just end up choosing bad fabrics or combine bad design elements.

But starting with simple garments and going from there will allow you to make really nice things eventually, yes. For example, you can start with a pillow case. Now you know how to make straight seams. If you sew a ruffle into that pillow case, now you know how to make a ruffle for when you want to make one for the bottom of a skirt. Making a normie sundress from a commercial pattern means you get to practice how to make a skirt, bodice, insert a zipper, etc. Once you've found a simple bodice that fits well, and would work for lolita, you can draft your own skirt with the appropriate fullness and you have a super simple lolita dress.

I took sewing classes in high school and our progressing was pincushion > pillowcase (with embroidery) > pyjama pants for the big sewing sewing projects. For people who took the follow up class, we first made aprons, then a plushie, then the teacher had us pick up a pattern of choice. I ended up making a simple tunic blouse, one girl did a dress, etc. I'd recommend a similar progression of difficulty to beginners. If you want to focus on lolita, make bloomers instead of pyjamas, and then make a simple rectangle skirt with an elastic waist, it doesn't get any easier than that for lolita items.
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>>10372092
Dump anon here
>I was convinced the handmade scene would be a lot more ita but this was a pleasant surprise lmao
It is ita, I only posted the good stuff and for every one “good” thing I dumped, I scrolled past 2-3 ita shit projects
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>>10372123
Yeah the point of the thread was to show the few good things
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>>10372092


Depends. OP’s pic and Yumi King were both tripped up because neither of them can pattern draft for shit, which is a seperate skillset from just sewing.

In general you want a few different skill sets:

(a) be decent with a sewing machine

(b) Be good with construction, which is where you’re coming from. You can do youtube, but I’d also recommend getting Readers Digest sewing guide. For sewing blogs, you want the type that will devote a whole post to pressing seams or bust darts. If you were only ever sewing totebags it’s likely you never really thought about how to avoid them looking like pointy nipples, so when you switch over to making dresses it’s good to have someone explain things like that in detail.

There’s generally a lot more to sewing than “connect these two fabric pieces together”, but if all you want is to "sew a whole dress”, you can pretty much just pick up a “two hour” or “easy” commercial pattern and get started on it right away.

(c) Pattern drafting, which is learning how to draw patterns so that they actually fit a human. You can skip this only if you will only ever sew with commercial patterns.

If you want to learn it, find a book (your bookstore or local library), or google “how to draft a basic bodice”.

(d) Taste will be hard. You can learn design principles but there's no substitute for having a finger on what other people like and dislike. Try to avoid the ita echo chamber, where you fall in with other people who also have bad taste, and then together you encourage each other to be itas.


So if you want to make a dress without commercial help, you're gonna spend a while learning different skills, if you just want to sew a dress, buy a pattern.

Or, for lolita, you can simply get good with (a) and (b), then use Otome no Sewing and skip (c) and (d). By the time you're good with (b) the instructions in OnS will be easy to follow and you can copy the colour schemes as well.
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>>10370230
Headdress looks awful but the blouse is nice. Dress is okay but ribbon front looks so chintzy when the fit and overall quality aren't there
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>>10372125
I agree with all of this, but would like to add that if you want to use ONS patterns and aren’t shaped like an average Japanese girl it’s really useful to be able to alter patterns for your body type. Many of the handmade lolitas I know rely entirely on shirring to make things “fit” and they end up with boob loaf, too tight shoulders and everything being too short.

Altering bodice patterns certainly isn’t something I’d recommend to a beginner but I personally think that anyone serious about sewing their own clothes should at some point spend a weekend making a perfectly fitting bodice sloper, even if just to see what a pattern for their body should look like. You can then use that sloper to easily adapt commercial patterns for your shape.
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>>10370245
>>10370246

Wow!

>>10370250
Dress looks good but the headbow needs to be adjusted or remade to not helicopter
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>>10370271
>>10370273
Wtf is with these itas, is this an ad for a company that isn't familiar with lolita? Reminds me of Simplicity pattern itas
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>>10372177
Idk about who made those skirts but the fabric is a commercially available one that’s even used in the latest(?) ONS. Honestly I think it’s hideous, but eh.
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>>10372118
>>10372125
>>10372173
thanks for all the insight, I'll keep this stuff in mind and try taking up a bunch simple projects and building up my skills while just looking at lots of blogs then. I probably won't be trying to go full handmade for a while but at least bloomers can still be useful even if they aren't the best looking, and ons seems really fun to try a little down the line, cheers anons!
>>10372123
I haven't been around for a little while and totally forgot how bad things really are, I'm retarded for not actually paying attention to the thread haha
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>>10372137
These big foot as bitches are just mad they look like monsters
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>>10370263
this looks like MAM. really cute.
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>>10370283
I would buy this in a thousand colorways, that’s a gorgeous blouse
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What online shops do y'all use? Also, what type of fabric would you guys suggest to use for dress?
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>>10372593
It depends on what kind of dress you want to make. Do you have a pattern? Commercial patterns (including ONS) usually list fabric recommendations.
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>>10372065

They have a shop on rakuten, which definitely ships to Tenso (and Rakuten has its own forwarding service, although the number of countries is limited, iirc).

https://www.rakuten.co.jp/nippori-tomato/


>>10372593

I usually do taobao.

https://popohouse.taobao.com/ for cheap fabric
https://shop113229535.taobao.com/ for cute fabric
https://xiangjiabufang.taobao.com/ carries a bunch of cotton for baby clothes, good for comfy bloomers, and they also carry a bunch of cotton jacquards that would make interesting texture for blouses.

https://shop103880190.taobao.com/ if you already have a taobao order going it may be cheaper to add some imported Japanese fabric to your taobao order rather than doing a seperate Japanese fabric order and a taobao order.

If you're just barely starting out, what I'd recommend is hitting up thrift stores for cheap ugly bedsheets, just so you can make a mockup to practice with. Then buy some nice, decent fabric to make the real thing. The easiest to start with is cotton, but be careful of the quality, ideally you want something that doesn't look too cheap or like the thread count is too low.

Dresses can be made from any kind of fabric you fancy, but I'd leave the chiffon, lace and velvet fabric aside until you have a bit more experience under your belt.
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>>10372327
agreed, it seems really versatile too.
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>>10372594
So far I'm learning to draft my own patterns! (Insane I know)

>>10372597
I haven't thought to try taobao! I already do the bed sheet method but unfortunately all the thrift stores closed due to the virus :(

Thanks for the links and help guys.
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>>10372597
>https://www.rakuten.co.jp/nippori-tomato/
Tomato anon here, their Rakuten page seems to have no listings.
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>>10373118

shit, sorry. Just bought something from them earlier this year, didn't realise something had happened to their Rakuten.
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>>10373239
Upon further inspection, it appears they're shutting down operations during the pandemic
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>>10370169
Any good resources for free patterns?
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>>10370291
Are pintucks difficult for veterans to keep even or is this person considering their time they have been sewing and not their level of skill?
Sorry if I sound mean I just want to do a dress with pintucks on it and I don’t want it to be wonky or uneven looking because of it.
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Does anyone have a ons or glb pattern recomendation for stockings dress? I usually draft my own patterns but Ive been making mistakes lately so I thought I'd trial making from a pattern on a costume before trying to make something for daily wear.
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>>10370283
in love with this. do you have an instagram or anything with your sewing projects?
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>>10374870
fuck i'm a goddamn moron
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>>10374861

Seems like a simple princess seam dress would work, and then a separate blouse underneath or a second layer with the collar and chest part just sewn on. The sleeves seem to be sort of mutton-sleeve inspired. You could probably mix and match bodice patterns and self draft the sleeves and do a simple gathered skirt with lace.
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>>10374822
I don't consider myself a "veteran" but pintucks aren't that difficult as long as you take your time and measure accurately.
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>>10374897

And if they're the really small kind that don't really lay perfectly flat they are easy so long as your sewing is straight, and they probably make sewing machine feet to help with those small ones.
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>>10370237
Anon, do you take commisions? I've been looking for this exact style of blouse but I can never find ones I like for sale.
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>>10374822
Pintucks require patience, a steady hand and lots of measuring more than skill.
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>>10374822

Actually I find the magic of >>10370291 is the even hem while the pintucks seem very drunk. I'd like to believe maybe she forgot to press before tossing the dress on the mannequin, so the pintucks look uneven but maybe actually aren't.

On that note. In addition to patience, taking care with your measurements, pressing and learning how to use the sewing guides on your machine will also help your pintucks stay even.
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>>10371795
Ooo sorry super late response it’s
https://instagram.com/valentinalevymccausland?igshid=124g653kyfmp9

She had a pic on her story but not posted
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>>10378613
This is ita as fuck.
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>>10378613
So that’s definitely not a child but very much a tube bodice, which is not a good look. I hope she figures out how to make nicer bodices at some point.
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>>10378953
>I hope she figures out how to make nicer bodices at some point.
same...and draw...and bake...
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>>10379198
I don’t understand why you bitches have to be rude to everyone who just do what they enjoy
Let’s see your art, sewing, and baking then cunt
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>>10380530
haha don't selfpost next time fatty
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>>10380541
That’s not me
I can’t sew in the slightest
I’m just tired of people calling other people bad at stuff when they probably can’t do it themselves
Retard
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Doing a small spam
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>>10380699
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>>10380700
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>>10380702
Lolita and sewing level:veteran

New bonnet for me! there are schiffon inside brim, lots of venice lace and velvet ribbon.
Laces are from taobao, fabrics from eurokangas and pattern is my own
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Is there a tag on insta where lolitas who sew tend to post their work? Since I'm getting back into the fashion I've been leaning more toward taking the handmade route, and I'd love to see what other people make but don't really like using facebook.
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>>10380730
try #handmadelolita
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>>10380746
Thank you! That makes complete sense, I kinda just assumed insta wouldve nerfed the tag sinec it mentions the L word
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>>10380698
>Clicks expecting an ita disaster
>Finds a mediocre lolita with some fit issues but nothing major (aside from that one pic in converse)

CGL is useless.
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>>10380827
Bored people will create drama over the smallest things
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>>10380827
You're blind.
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>>10380699
Wow, I really love this
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>>10380860
There is no way you wear lolita outside of 2 conventions a year. Go cosplay somewhere else
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>>10380868
That girls entire IG is pathetic. It's obvious either you or someone else selfposted, especially since it was the thread OP pic. She can't sew or coord for shit.
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>>10380901
basically this. only someone who thinks really highly of themselves would link that IG. it's full of babby's first anime and shoddy dresses.
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>>10380868
I hate larpers who accuse others of larping...
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>>10370241
Seems like you've used 4 different types of trimmings; rickrack, cotton lace, nylon lace, 2 different colors and widths of ribbon....maybe scale back slightly on the trimming variety, like just have 2 or maybe 3 ?
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>>10370278
I would have tried to line up those vertical white lines within the plaid better; line them up in relation to the center of the dress, and in relation to eachother going from bodice piece to skirt piece

But other than that, it's ADORABLE. Practically my favorite so far
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>>10370169
You can't make your own lolita clothes. They can only be purchased from a store or 2nd hand auction site. Just a warning for newbies especially lolita at heart ppl who dont own any brand yet and might see this thread.
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>>10380827
Why try and create drama and discourse over nothing
Some people actually enjoy handmade stuff
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>>10380901
The op already said up in the thread that they wanted to SEE handmade stuff and just used a random post from the handmade lolita tag
They didn’t claim it was a good dress anywhere but ok
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>>10381129
>>10381128
stop the annoying samefagging
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>>10374911
The anon you're responding to didn't make the blouse. They dumped a bunch of photos from Facebook.
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Could someone point out why this dress looks "homemade?" It's made by an indie brand but it doesn't look professional. I can't put my finger on why though.
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>>10381189
The stitching in the area where the bodice meets the skirt is a bit bumpy/uneven as if they either didn't press those spots before sewing or the tension is wack. It may just look that way because of the light reflecting off of the shiny material though.
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>>10381189
The sleeves look like they were made by newbies who didn't know how to finished sleeves
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>>10381189
Sorry for blogpost
>lace on bodice obviously topstitched on
>obvious topstitching where the bodice meest the skirt
>extremely plain bodice design when you look past the giant pearl chains
>said giant pearl chains dont look like they were added meaningfully, they just look like they were slapped on to fill up space
>waist ties? stand out too much
>lace at hem just looks slapped on to cover the seam between the end of the skirt and the ruffle since the print is a sheer net, but it also doesn't tie in with the rest of the lace on the bodice in both design and color
>actually all the lace used looks too "heavy" for the rest of the dress
>sleeves look like a last minute decision because of their awkward shape
>random pearls on the skirt??? obviously not a part of the fabric since they're not present in the sleeves
>the head accessory and crystal pendants on the choker they paired it with look cheap, making the whole dress look cheaper by association

Granted this is all really nitpicky stuff, but all of these little things add up and really make it look like it was made by a somewhat-newbie who decided to raid her Grandma's fabric stash for a weekend project.

It could really be improved with more thoughtful lace choice, changing the sleeves out for straps to make it a JSK, changing the waist ties to be white or removing them altogether, not topstitching the bodice fashion layer to the skirt (undertitching the seam allowance to the bodice lining instead, assuming it has one... though this ultimately wouldn't really make too much of a difference since being held between fashion and lining layers would keep the seam allowance pointing in the right direction anyway), removing the pearls from the skirt, and thinking of a better way to decorate the bodice... something like pintucks with a delicate lace between the layers could look nice, these gaudy chain pearls just make it look cheap and hard to wear with any neck accessory other than a choker.
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>>10381189

It's mostly the design that does it for me, the printed waist ties coming out of that white bodice and then sitting on the white bodice just doesn't look right. Actually the stark white bodice sandwiched between the skirt and the same fabric shoulder bows already looks pretty awkward as well, with or without that waist tie detail.

The front panel looks pretty off as well, partly it's as other anon says, a large blank space and they're trying to fill it with what seems like too many oversized pearl drops, but I also think it's too straight so the top-stitched lace sticks out too much. Usually the princess seams are curved narrower to give the impression of a smaller waist.
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>>10370283
Mad respect for anyone who CHOOSES to work with fabric like that.
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>>10372845
I wouldn't draft from scratch unless you have a weird to fit body - fashion-incubator has excellent resources on why having a bodice block or altering from specific patterns is a good idea (namely, 2D fitting a 3D shape is not an easy task and a basic block and most commercial patterns have at least some basic fit issues ironed out)
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>>10381279
>shoulder bows
Oh my god, I can't believe I didn't realise they were bows. To me they genuinely looked like sleeves shoehorned onto a bustier bodice Madoka-style, but now that you've said that I can totally see that its a JSK rather than an OP.
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>>10381189
>>10381189
I know the guy who makes this, all his shut is very unprofessional, made for the pictures he never sells anything inside the country because of that, the shut he makes literally falls apart while trying them on ...there are a lot of stories about his "brand"
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>>10382872
whoops shit got autocorrected to "shut"
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>>10382872

Wait, how is >>10381189 an "indie brand" if they never sell anything? Or if they're selling to people outside the country, surely someone owns stuff from them and has seen the quality in person?
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>>10381334

Probably easier for me to recognise as I'm in love with a couple of JetJ dresses that have them. This design is really awkward though, so I'm not surprised if some parts of it look odd.
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>>10381189
You know... for me... it's something about the stark contrast of that delicate, wispy floral fabric with the flat heavy shiny white satin.. and the beads look too heavy for the "feel" of that delicate gauzey fabric too. Maybe chiffon or lace bodice detail with one small string of pearls only would have been better. Even the head accessory is delicate.
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Does anyone have suggestions where I can buy high quality solid or floral fabric for me to give to a seamstress friend for a commission? I’m sorry, I don’t actually make things myself so I don’t know good sources
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Does anyone have a good tutorial for bonnet making? I searched around but the only one I could find used cardboard as a base... sounds like a nightmare if it were to rain.
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>>10389553
You cannot make a bonnet, they can only be bought in a store.
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>>10390117
Youre an actual goddamn retard if you aren’t joking
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>>10390117
Thanks anon, I really needed a good laugh today
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>>10390117
what about online?
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>>10390117
Bonnets can only be harvested from bonnet trees, they're too advanced for human technology to create them artificially
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>>10390117
Are you that faggot that's posting the same cosplay picture of some Mexican cosplay thot? GTFO dipshit.
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I want to try to design a solid old school dress, but I don't really know how to choose the design since I generally buy fabric then design a dress. How do others anons design their dresses ? I was thinking that I could select a few dresses that I like and define which elements I appreciate about it and see how to mash it tastefuly.
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>>10394847
A mash-up design could end up looking imbalanced, so I'd leave it for a future project. It's best to focus on learning one thing at a time so that the experience doesn't become too stressful.
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>>10394847
I sometimes do that the thing my art teacher taught me, take somethin you like and change 4 things about it. Besides, lolita recycles so many of the same aesthetics that it'll probably look like a new dress
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>>10370235
That looks beautiful anon good job
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>>10370291
I think just died this is so cute
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>>10370235
Glad you were able to make it work. A lot of people have a hard time with the bodice on this pattern because it's kind of long, especially at the larger size. The fabric is adorable.
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Are the Otome no sewing patterns like the GLB ones where they're laid out on top of each other one one sheet of paper, or is it more like instructions for drafting your own?

Also, favorite place to buy fabrics online during the quarantine?
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>>10395529
It’s a mix. Most of the patterns are on a sheet like you described but some of the simpler ones need to be drafted.
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Is there a doc or a blog or post somewhere that has a collection of tutorials or patterns for lolita? I want to get into making accessories of my own i.e. wristcuffs, bloomers, headwear, etc. Everything I've found is hard to follow or links are broken.
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hello anons I'd love some inspiration, can I request another dump? I'm not on facebook or I'd do it myself
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>>10395740
Miss Carol Belle blog has some stuff and there's also people that provide a service tracing otome no sewing patterns for you online. Also the gosurori and the Bibles have a couple easy patterns to make your own.
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>>10394892
>>10394916
Thank you for your advices ! It's very usefull, since I was scared to do something that look to much like a pre existing dress.
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Has anybody got some handmade examples that aren't strictly sewing? I'm curious to see things like crochet, knitting, embroidery, lace.
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>>10390477
Who are you talking about lol



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