vme106, I got the tea party fabric from Hobby Lobby (same as the pleated trim on it), and it also came in a purple colorway, which I think I might go back there to get haha!
Lillibet, mostly what I do is choose bodices from certain patterns I like and alter them if there are some non-lolita elements to them. I don't use patterns for skirts because they're easy. I will post another day some things that I made for customers/my store (most of this stuff is from my wardrobe.)
The cuteness overwhelms me! Where do you wear this stuff? I love it so much!
I can wear these things to two of my three jobs--the vintage clothing store or the fashion designer-owned clothing/accessories boutique. Sometimes I'll wear it when I go out to see my friends or go to a play or a movie or really anywhere that I want. Church sometimes. Conventions. Basically places where I know I won't be getting dirty, ahaha!
I actually just added ric-rac trim to the peppermint dress, at the same point where the bow is; I thought it just needed something a little extra and it looks better now.
That model was really something awesome. She rolled around in leaves, climbed on top of a miniature house, sat in dirt, climbed trees...she was just a great sport. Plus, it was about 50F here that day, near the end of the four-hour shoot her hands and nose were getting red, poor dear! Her dreds are relatively new so she's still getting used to giving them all the attention they need, haha.