Back in 2002-2004 I was wearing what is called Lolita fashion. (quick reminder; it is a cute and modest fashion, not a fetish nor costume) I made my clothes myself because it was such a hassle to buy from Japan at that time. Instead for making a separate portfolio page for every garment I am going to show all of them on this post, and also only a selection of what I have made.
Back in time there were so little information on both the Lolita fashion itself and also the pattern construction so I relied on the Swedish book that everyone used in the education here in Sweden. That book while it is good for introducing me to the pattern construction, has its problem areas, one of them being very sack like and very 80’s in the idea of how the garment should sit. I tried to adapt that, but now I see I could have adapted even more.
Black and white gingham dress
This dress I made when I fell in love with a dress Baby the Stars Shine Bright (my then favorite brand) released. I copied the style and made my own version of the embroidery on the skirt, which in my opinion is better than the original. Now in retrospect I feel the cut could be a little better on the shoulder area (making the sleeves start a little earlier on the shoulder width and lowering the neckline a little bit) but that’s what happen when you evolve and learn more about cut of fashion. I remember it took me months to make this.
To go with the gingham dress I bought a picnic case from second hand shop and removed the innards and embellished it with some trimming and fake strawberries. I still think it is clever!
Black Poplin dress
This was the first dress I made, I remember. Before that I have only made skirts. It was made of black poplin fabric and I embellished it with lots of black lace and satin roses. In retrospect I should have chosen better fabric as the poplin is a little “gray”. The photo, I have photoshopped it back in time to be better looking. Naturally!
The pattern I made for this dress became the base pattern for the black and white gingham dress. The sleeves were detachable, and fastened with riveted snap buttons.
Black rose head dresss
To go with the black dress I made a black head dress embellished with lace trim and black roses. This is so much better than the first head dress I made, which I am not going to show.
I needed a nice good blouse and I fell in love with a blouse I saw from one of the shops online websites and I made a copy. I think it may have been Innocent World? I am not sure. But it is nice I think. I remember it is not perfect copy either, as I made the sleeves more like Baby the Stars Shine Bright style. At least I did not use poplin for the fabric here! The buttons are heart shaped.
Red and white gingham skirt
The skirt’s pattern may be from one of the Gothic&Lolita bibles (fashion magazine) but I am not entirely sure. Or I could have been inspired by existing fashion again. Here I used a lace trim I still like, it is finer than the ones I used before in above works. I found it in a thrift shop. The lace trim that is!
Red and white gingham bag
Naturally I had to make a bag to match. This one I clearly remember that the sewing pattern came from one of the “bibles”. I made two hair bows to match. A little teeny tiny in size compared with today’s style!