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« on: March 21, 2010 10:12:08 PM »

Question first: What do you guys think would be better for a Lolita skirt & dress, elastic or zippers or buttons or snap clips? Because I have no idea... I've never really used buttons or zippers before, only really elastic... But I'm interested to know, since one of my friends now asked me to make her an Alice in Wonderland dress ^_^... And I don't know how to go about it... What do usual skirts have? Also another friend asked me to make her one in black with red or purple lace ^_^

Also I was thinking about making a mini-skirt version of this skirt, what do you think? ^_^

This is also my first real piece of clothing from scratch, what do you guys think? ^_^

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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2010 11:03:12 PM »

Ooh! I think you did a really nice job! How long is the skirt? About knee length?
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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2010 11:04:18 PM »

Yup, natural waist to knees ^_^... And it's got a petticoat underneath it to give it some poof!


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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2010 11:18:08 PM »

From my experience with Lolita, although this applies to all sewing, if you want an easy skirt, or one which will fit a wide range of sizes, elastic is the way to go.  If you're looking for really nice, tailored lines, form fitting, and looks like you bought it at a store, you've got to go with a zipper.  I don't really trust snaps to actually hold any weight.  Maybe I just buy weak snaps, though.  I love buttons, but you've really got to design the skirt well to have it close with buttons.
In other words, It depends on what effect you're going for and how much effort you want to put into the piece.

Your skirt is cute.  Nice and spring-y.

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Very cute!  I LOVE seeing all the lolita stuff people make, even though I could never pull off the look myself. Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2010 04:58:41 AM »

For Lolita-wear, I think it depends on how much bulk you want a the waist, and whether or not you're going to see the waistband.  I prefer the look of zippers to elastic, and I think the Lolita clothes that have a fitted waist (or even just a fitted waistband) are more polished looking.  However!  That said, if you're going to be wearing an apron over it, or belt or sash, or anything else, just use elastic, because no one's going to be the wiser, anyway.  Also, while the thought of zippers can be scary, the practical aspect of them is actually really easy.  I like invisible zippers, especially.  They're just so easy!  I'd rather baste in and stitch an invisible zipper than thread elastic any day.

Oh, one other thought on elastic, it does look a little more polished if the skirt gathers a lot at the waist, if you cut the waistband out to an inch or two above the hip measurement, and gather the skirt to it.  That will reduce the bulk, but still give you the ease and comfort of elastic.

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« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2010 09:44:46 PM »

for nice clean waistlines, a half-elastic waistband in the back with interfacing and a side zipper.  all but one of my brand name skirts are built that way.  i prefer just the half elastic waistband for the skirts i make but that's because my sewing machine is dumb and can't do zippers

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