I have gotten my hot little hands on a number of really great pattern books from Japan, including the Gothic & Lolita Bibles that I’ve been sending for regularly. Though I’ll admit that the GLBs are less impressive than these others, and I feel a little silly that I’ve only just discovered them.
Boutique-sha publishes some really high level sewing pattern magazines, including the other Lolita magazine that I’ve heard whispers of until now. I always thought that the Gosu Rori magazine and the Gothic & Lolita Bibles were the same. Ha… I’m so glad I was wrong.
The Gosu Rori (Goth Loli in English :P ) magazine is a serious sewing publication, with one giant sheet of at least six full garment patterns. What’s even more impressive is that the instruction pages within the book itself has patterns that require you to draft them out yourself. So not everything available in the book is printed on the giant pattern sheet. Challenge accepted.
While I have full confidence that I can interpret the instructions-only patterns, it will definitely be a challenge for sure. Everything’s in centimeters, but the only hard part about that is that my rulers aren’t. So I have to keep checking my measuring tape which IS marked with cm. Silly Americans. Why do we have to make everything so hard?
So my recent acquisition includes Vol. 15 of the Gosu Rori mook (magazine/book) and another publication also by Boutique that was a special collection of Lolita pieces in their Lady Boutique series (again, very high end sewing book with patterns).
These sort of publications make me wonder if sewing and crafting is a serious past time in Japan. I don’t think they sell anything like it in the States, and I could be wrong. I do recall my mother once looking for a particular magazine she used to know of that had patterns in it, but they stopped selling them a long time ago.
I’m also worried, however, that the Gosu Rori mooks are no longer printed. The latest issue I can find listed anywhere is No. 16 from 2010. I’m hoping I’m wrong. But I could always try to find back issues.
On another note, with these patterns I’m acquiring, I’ve started offering a service to fellow Lolita seamstresses. Now, I’ve been sort of thinking about this with a little trepidation, in that maybe I’m breaking copyright rules by doing this. I’m sharing patterns sold in a mook for a small fee, but I’m not necessarily photocopying them.
Because the patterns in all these magazines require you to trace them from the single giant page it’s originally printed on, I offer to trace them professionally on equally giant tracing paper, ready to be cut and used – like the way American patterns come. I’ll also add seam allowance if it doesn’t already come with it, which the more advanced sewing books require you to do on your own.
So I charge $8 for each pattern. Maybe not the small ones. It is sharing material, and so I wonder – is this perhaps not such a wise thing to do?
I guess I just figured that I bought so much tracing paper for myself (20 yards on a 30” roll) that I thought to share patterns with others. And when I did for the first three that were interested, tracing the patterns with the skills I was taught in Fashion Design School, I realized it was quite a lot of work. So I thought to ask for a little compensation.