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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Satin Bows and Pinstripes on: November 26, 2010 12:48:11 AM
I can't resist putting pinstripes on everything I do, I swear ... Even in my shoes! Also, this is a super easy alteration. And super quick C:


I found a tired pair of Diana Ferrari shoes in the thrift shop and thought they had potential as cute Lolita style footwear. They were in good condition, with no scuffs, and only a few minor chips around the bottom edge. Also, they were a size 7, and Im a 6 6 , but I thought I could fix that.


First I polished them, and coloured in those chips with a black sharpie Grin

Then I tore the insoles out of a pair of shoes that I have only worn once. They have the comfiest soles, but unfortunately pinched my heels and gave me the most scarring blisters I have ever had D: Tearing them apart gave me a whole lot of vindictive pleasure  >D

The sacrifice:

I covered the insoles with pink pinstripes, because I love contrasting inner colours in shoes.

Then I made some satin bows and sewed them to the front. Easy!

And, I added a cute ankle ribbon after I took the above photo. They fit perfectly now, and are super comfy ♥

These shoes are the first finished item from my holiday project ... to sew a collection of Lolita, Visual Kei and Japanese Street Fashion inspired clothing, mostly from thrifted/ reconned clothing. The progress is being documented on my blog

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / all things sweet ♥ (image heavy) now with TUTORIAL! on: August 17, 2010 11:21:21 PM
EDIT// skirt tutorial on page four, near the bottom. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=356910.30

...  I thought I'd finally post some things I sewed this winter. I lurk too much.. I love all things Victorian, military and lolita-esque, hehe. So I had fun making these!

Sorry for the low quality photos.  ♥

♥ iMi skirt

... I had a little less than a meter of this fabric. I love grey, I love plaid. I love high-waist skirts. Finally seem to be getting of hang of invisible zips ; ^; This has a built in black petticoat edged in lace, side zip and black bias around the top.

♥ sugarcream underskirt

... this was made to go underneath a lolita costume. Argh, so much ruffle. I can't wait for my ruffle foot to arrive T^T I followed a tutorial which you can find here http://community.livejournal.com/egl/7929257.html. I omitted the pintucks, though.

♥ black pinafore

... a little pinafore. I adore military buttons ... I have such a stash I need to work through :'D Has contrasting stripes inside the waistband and an invisble zip. I'm wearing it over the cream underskirt here, though it can be worn casually without a petticoat (I've worn it to uni like that).

♥ blouse

... an old dress that I stuffed up while sewing, so I made it a blouse. I'm going to redo the invisible zip (now I know how to do them xD). Has a corset back with ribbon, and pintucks at the front, too. Love the buttons on this too (more military~!)

classic rose lolita

... made this for fun and practice with the tutorial I linked to above, but this time included the pintucks. It is made out of an old bedsheet Grin  

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Adorable 1950's Sundress! Help~! on: September 13, 2009 09:11:34 PM
This is a vintage dress I found whilst stumbling around some clothing sites for inspiration. I just sort of adore it.

front: http://www.propervintageclothing.com/images/dresses/1950s/red.jpg
back: http://www.propervintageclothing.com/images/dresses/1950s/red-back.jpg

I would love to make a dress like this!

Does anyone know of any patterns similar to this? Or know how is a collar like that constructed?

Thanks for any help ♥  Cheesy
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Skirt + Skirt = First Actual Clothing! on: August 14, 2009 02:00:45 AM
Well, this week I decided to confront my fears. I sewed clothing for myself for the first time. I'm a beginner sewer (this is perhaps my third project), so I chose skirts. Figured they're relatively easy Grin

I used no patterns, just sort of made it up as I went along. I learnt a lot. And man, those buttons were soooo much fun to pick out! ♥

♣ Grey skirt with wide waistband and pleat-thingys. Loved this fabric, and at $10, this is the cheapest skirt I've got  Cheesy  

Closeup of the fabric, with more accurate colours:

♣ This second skirt I made out of some fabric I found in the garage. I think it was some sort of garment once upon a time. It was too cut up for me to figure out what, though. Oooh, a mystery! There were chunks missing, so I patched them with grey and hid them in the vague pleats. Has a zipper and button closure at the back!

Again, close up of bottom with slightly more honest colours:

Hehe, can you tell I adore scarves?  Tongue
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Wa-Lolita style costumes on: August 09, 2009 04:52:53 AM
Ooh, first post here! Introducing ... the first item of clothing I have ever sewn! I'm a complete beginner. Should have chosen something simpler, or using less fabric  Cheesy

A friend asked for a wa-lolita style outfit for an anime convention, and this turned into a matching pair of outfits. Those sleeves were huge. More than a metre long D:

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg211/a-lle-gr-a/waloli2.jpg  ♦
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg211/a-lle-gr-a/avcon09sun0047jpg_h480.jpg  ♦

Unfortunately, I never was given any photos of my creations (my fault for not taking any before hand). These ones are all I could recover. Pity those bows are all crumpled at the back, these photos were taken pretty late in the day.

The outfit was black. A kimono-style top with black lace and emerald ribbon lacing along the sleeves with ruffly cuffs, and a black skirt with loads of ruffle trim.

 sleeves during construction. Oh, they do need an iron

There was also an interfaced obi with corset lace-up back, and rather large bow. I adored the cherry blossom fabric, too. Also, an emerald sash to go beneath, and a black cord and sakura charm for the top.  

 close up of bow fabric during making the bows. Its the prettiest blue-green with gold edging  
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