I made headdresses! And updated things!

After much suspense, we have finally added new products to our web store! And be sure to stay tuned, because we’ll be adding a lot more stuff. Most of it is handmade by me, and some is sourced to be a good inclusion in one’s beginning Lolita wardrobe (make up, eyelashes, etc.)…


Most of my sizes are default small or medium. The mannequin shown in all pictures is a 26.5″ waist and 34″ Bust, which according to this chart, is a small. However, things like skirts, jumpskirts, and even dresses (one pieces) have shirring in the back to allow for multi-size wear. The tea party dress, in particular, could fit up to 38″ bust and 32″ waist. It is loosely fit on the mannequin I have and has full shirring in the back – which is why it’s classified as a M/L.

Custom sizes are always available upon inquiry. Please be sure to take your measurements correctly with a tailor’s tape measure (the soft ones, not a carpenter’s tape measure :P ).

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In the first picture, I used a pattern from Otome no Sewing Book 5. I call it a rigid headdress because it has an ultra firm inferfacing. The second is a typical round headdress but the lace all around it was crocheted by hand (by me!) as well as hand made ribbon roses with pearl accents. The third is a flower crown type headband. I enjoyed wearing it on Sunday of the Santa Fe Comic Con. :)

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Otome no Sewing Book 5 – Rigid Headdress

Rigid Headdress 3_smOkay, so it’s always possible something got lost in translation. A lot of the time, I don’t translate every word in the instructions given in these books. Most of the construction methods for the clothes are basic (to me) and I can figure out how things are put together without painstakingly translating everything that’s said. I also draft lining pieces and make my clothes fully lined, which is not included in any of these books. For the blouses, I add things like plackets instead of just leaving the seam a little open, therefore making my work a touch more professional.

I made this “rigid headdress” according to some of the instructions. I had to cut out a piece of Ultra Firm interfacing (Pellon, our trusty interfacing friend) 9cm x 24cm. However, now that I look at the directions, I think this was slightly wrong, as it was indicating how large to cut the overlayed fabric to the “bonne foundation” ( ボンネ土台 ) piece. The ボンネ土台 or “bonne foundation” (bonne = bonnet) is listed as a “commercially available” item and to buy 1 unit. So it’s a ready-made thing that, if you were living in Japan, you could probably buy at any of their major craft stores (Tomato!! <3 ). Unfortunately for me, these things are impossible to find here in the states. I can barely find it if I put in the Japanese text into google, even! Lots of pictures, but this tells me nothing about what they would be called in English, or where I can buy the “bonne foundation” thingy anyway.

I guess if you were into millinery and hat making, you’d use buckram with millinery wire (part of the instructions indicate bending the headdress to the curve of one’s head). You’d make your own shape similar to what’s pictured – I noticed a tapering at both ends in the pictures of the finished product and wondered why it looked different to the pattern piece indication that’s perfectly oval. After making this tapered oval shape out of heavyweight buckram, you’d line the edges with wire and cover it crinoline bias tape. Then make the exact same shape out of quilt batting. Make the shape indicated in the book (9cm x 24cm) and cover your piece, basting around the edges, and pulling the thread to gather it on the underside of the head piece.

I’m sure all this is much easier if you could just buy the base “bonne” thing, but you could make it yourself. Or you could do what I did and just use Ultra Firm II by Pellon.

Some places in the U.S. like Hobby Lobby carry Clover brand products, and I went ahead and bought four different sizes and types of “flower making plates”. A little time consuming, but it does make pretty flowers! My headdress, however, was made with traditional ribbon roses using 2″ double face satin ribbon. No template needed for that. :)

Here are the instructions for the headdress and flower making.

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Santa Fe Comic Con 2015

This was my first year attending the new Comic Con in Santa Fe. Brought to you by the same company as the Albuquerque Comic Con, which I have attended several times, and twice now as a vendor! It goes without saying that we sure had a good time at this one. Here’s a quick clip of what my table looked like!

I want to thank everyone who came by my girly little table and said nice things about my work, and especially to those who purchased items from me. I truly appreciate the support. Though I’m loath to confess a bit of my personal life, things have been exceedingly difficult this year, and I don’t think I would have been as successful as I have been without the help of some very good, kind, and compassionate friends. This explains why I haven’t updated this website since February. I was forced to move out from my home of seven years, and find my own way. Why this has happened is perhaps too sensitive to share. All I can say is that life happens, and everyone is on their own side.

Due to this, I found myself scrambling to make do over the summer and floundering a bit, as life is wont to do. This year has yielded some extraordinary opportunities, however, and if it hadn’t been for a little tragedy, I might have never found them.

Santa Fe Comic Con 2015 070While I have been ensconced in Taos these last seven years, an opportunity to work in film in costumes – in Albuquerque – has proven itself to be very attractive. I got my first chance to try this new thing over August and September. I worked as a Costume PA (production assistant), which is how costumers enter into such a business to learn the ropes. The hours were very long, and tiresome, but amazingly I found the energy to run around for 12 hours or more, 5-6 days a week for four and a half weeks. And I enjoyed myself! The people are wonderful, caring, and creative, and I couldn’t ask for a better career. While I look toward becoming more regular in this field, I plan to attend a few conventions as a Lolita vendor and advocate of alternative fashion. ^.^

I still intend to produce unique pieces of clothing as a seamstress and indie designer as well. I have been more inspired lately than ever, and I really hope to tap into that energy to be more prolific in my work.

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Things I sell: Basic Lolita clothing (blouses, skirts, JSKs, loungewear) – jewelry – eye makeup products and eyelashes – hosiery – hair accessories. Find me @ Storenvy!

I love eyelashes, and Dolly Wink are my favorites, but they are pretty expensive. Two pairs for $18 – $20! So I found some unknown brand that I tried first, and found the quality to be very much the same to Dolly Wink’s fine fibers, with a fine lash band as well. And guess what – you get FIVE pairs of them! They feel just as light and last just as long. YEGZ eyelashes are sold for $10 from my booth. I also carry some Japanese styles as well, and while those are slightly more expensive, you still get 5 pairs of them for the price. Not bad, huh?

I have a special pack as well from my booth. Mascara and eyeliner, your choice of eyelashes, and BB Cream (1, 2, or 3 tone), altogether for $25.

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That eyeliner is a brand called Ling Mei. Again, I test everything before I sell it. I found this eyeliner to be long lasting, really bold and dark, lasts all day, is water resistant, and has beautiful packaging. I tell everyone that I’ve had the same one for two years and it’s still going! (and you can revive things like eyeliner and mascara with a little contact solution! Hey!) It’s also 2-in-1 with a gel pencil top, and liquid pot bottom:

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Best White Tights Ever!

I sell something I like to call the Best White Tights Ever! If you’re into Lolita, maybe you don’t like wearing knee-highs or thigh-highs like me. Maybe they’re really uncomfortable. Maybe they keep falling down. Maybe it’s winter where you live and it’s too cold for such things!

New White Tights 2014 January_smI sell really thick, white tights made for adult women. They’re ballet style tights, that have the feeling of slight compression and are 200 denier thickness. I find these perfect for winter and really hard to ruin with runs. You can wash them in the washing machine! And they can fit you if you’re tall, or perhaps a little larger figured.

Did I mention they feel amazing on my legs? So smoooooooth….



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Thank you again for coming by! And for attending this year’s convention in Santa Fe! Here are all the lovely pictures I took of some great costumes, young and youngish. :) Hopefully we’ll see some of you again at the next convention we’ll be attending, ConJikan! We’ll be hosting a Lolita 101 panel, and a tea party!

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Otome no Sewing Book 2

Cover (744x1024)I feel that perhaps an analysis of one of these mooks is long in coming. With the new free online OCR, I can finally translate these books a little better. Japanese character recognition has been very elusive up until now.

This is a sewing pattern book/magazine (mook) that is published by Boutique SHA (They have a blog in English!). This is the same publishing house that released the earlier versions of these books called Gosu Rori, but have since cleaned up their format to make a nice layout that’s much less busy than originally presented.

Read more…>

Albuquerque Comic Con 2015 @ ABQ Convention Center

Updates pending! As soon as I get our photos together from the con!

In the meantime, I want to say thank you to everyone who supported my business this weekend. You have no idea how much it means to me when someone buys my work. I sold an Alice apron, my sunflower JSK, and my Sailor OP! I’m just amazed at the overwhelming positive response. It’s really encouraging and makes me want to try more.

I can’t believe I don’t have a proper picture of the sunflower dress. I decided NOT to add the yellow ribbon bows to the final piece, and you can’t see the bottom hem with the yellow dyed cotton lace. I’ll have to make another one, I suppose!

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Above is my prototype for the apron. It’s an Innocent World design, with a few minor tweaks, from GLB no. 9. Below is my booth at Comic Con this year, looking a little sparse on the last day! Thanks again, everyone! Storenvy will be updated soon!

My booth at ACC 2014

Please feel free to send me questions, comments, or commission inquiries! I’m alive this year!

The latest with Carol ^^;

Little Nell Campbell took my picture! ^^;One of my weakest points, I’m afraid, is setting goals for myself. I tend to not set goals because then I’m not as disappointed if I don’t keep them. This was my typical modus operandi  as a teenager and younger person. But as we all know, it is time to grow the eff~ up and get work done. ^-^;;

Since my last update on this blog, Valentine’s Day, nearly an entire year has passed! I started a secondary blog with the intention of cataloguing my growing Gothic and Lolita Bible collection, and their respective patterns found inside. As an avid seamstress, the patterns are the prize, and I’ve even added several Gosu Rori and Otome no Sewing to the library. Unsure of how to proceed with THAT blog, I posted a few project articles there. As all this is still rather new to me, organizing has become somewhat of a jumble.

I would, however, like to continue this website as my main blog and project showcase. Very soon in the future, I intend to have this site as my store as well. The secondary blog will continue for archiving and cataloging my collection of patterns.

I also have a Tumblr, where I occasionally share pictures, Lolita fashion photos or scans, et al. All of this is connected, as well, to my Twitter account.

With more projects ahead or completed, I look to gain more of an audience to promote my work, and hopefully to earn respect within the very discerning crowd of Lolita fashion. But I don’t just want to broadcast everything one-sided. If I can garner enough interest, I’d like to have an open forum discussing possible dress designs, prints, themes, even favorite color combinations! I’ll make what I like and share it, but I hope to make things we all might enjoy to wear. ^.^

Sources for materials

  • Fabric.com
  • OnlineFabricStore.net
  • ShabbyFabrics.com
  • VogueFabricsStore.com
  • Zipperstop.com
  • Threadart.com
  • Lace and Trims found on ebay and aliexpress (I buy in bulk)


Project Ideas

So I thought it might help to come up with a project model or two… or three, perhaps. Really just ideas at this point, but I’m trying to think of anything that might serve as an appropriate structure and goal to showcase my adventures in sewing. Unsure of what kind of deadline I should give myself, I’m sort of avoiding making any at this point. But I have tossed around ideas, like finishing a project in a week, or bi-weekly. Perhaps more time for something like an original themed design (I’ll explain in a minute).

My Fabric Obsession

Here it is. My dirty little secret. I’m a fabric hoarder. Well, maybe it’s not that surprising, especially if you’re familiar with the world of sewing. It’s a thing. “Ooh, look at that fabric! Don’t know what I’ll make out of it, but I need it,” and so on. I figure I have plenty to choose from, but I have to actively choose it. Most of the time, I look over all my fabric and say to myself, “Yes. Yes, this is good. I have these,” and then ponder the numerous things I could make out of it all.

Which isn’t how it should be done. Too many options make me feel at a loss of what I should do next. So my goal is to actually choose a fabric, and make something without thinking too hard about it.

So for this project, it’s “Choose a fabric, and design something!”. I kind of want to call it something creepy, like, The Culling . . . (>~_~)>

The following is only a small selection of my fabric collection:

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I have some awesome chiffons, with sources for many more colors, super soft and sturdy peachskin in a hunter green, ivory georgette, and too many prints. We’ll see how much of it I can use!

Pick a Zipper, Any Zipper

Mode a la Belle 223In this category, I toyed with another inventive “start making stuff at random” idea. A little while ago, I ordered from the website Zipperstop.com (yes, occasionally, I’ll spend my time browsing zippers – whateva. I do what I want >.<).

There is a buy option to get 25 mixed colors of the kind of zipper of your choice. Any one kind of zipper in 25 different colors. So I shrugged and said, “Sure! Let see what I get!” I got some 22” standard coil invisible zippers . . . in ALL the colors! So what to do with all these zippers? Maybe I could pick one and make a dress to match it’s color?


Original Themed Design

Mode a la Belle 225This one is an ambitious one, I think. The idea here is to come up with a completely original design, drawing it out, choosing the colors and accessories around a specific theme. For example, one theme I’ve been pondering to do is Zodiac sign specific, i.e. Aquarius, Sagittarius, etc . . .

I’ve lost confidence in my drawing ability, but maybe if I give myself a little push, I could try to learn to do it again. This project idea would have a longer buffer time. Maybe this should be more like bi-annual. It’d be a lot of work, from paper to finished garment, but it’d be a good achievement, and great practice of my rusty skills.

GLB Sew Along

Mode a la Belle 224This one’s the easiest one. It’s all laid out in the Gothic Lolita Bibles. This I could probably do every few days, maybe a weekly project. Choose a pattern from any GLB (I’ll even take suggestions!) and make it! There’s lots of good patterns in those. Some of them kind of lacking, others repetitive, but they’re easy and fun. I figured doing this might also help others through these patterns without needing to read the Japanese.

For example, I’ve been wanting to make this cute little fur hat from #42 for a while now, and I just acquired the softest white faux fur to make it out of. The fur was for a Santa Lolita design idea I had, but I may not get to that in time for Xmas this year afterall. So furry hat perhaps!

This could be fun!

Also I went to New Zealand . . .

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