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« on: November 19, 2015 10:58:51 AM »

Hello everyone. Long-time lurker here and I've been away a while.  I figured, what better way to comeback and renew my interest in craftster than to post something?! Anyway, here's a dress that I've recently finished that I started a long time ago.  It's a gray striped lolita-style dress with matching accessories.

Gray Stripes JSK Set
DRESS. I like that this came out as a simple design. I wanted something that was simple an elegant without being plain. I think the design works with the pattern of the fabric to create something almost steampunk-ish. It's got a light victorian flair without losing the style of gothic lolita.

DETAILS. Of all the bows, only the one on the chest is permanently attached.  The shirring in the back was a nightmare to do...also a first time. I had lost one of the elastic in one of the casing and it took thirty minutes to fish out. The ruffles, however were a breeze. A ruffle foot attachment was a good investment. That ruffle detail at the waistline really makes the dress, I think.

BOWS. I was initially unhappy with the placement of these but was happy with my solutions: make them detachable bows! With the bows like this, I can style this dress any way I want to, like so...from no bows to all bows attached.

COORDINATE #1. The headband that was based from Victorian Maiden, a lolita clothing company. Simple and everyday wear. Add a black blouse for a dark look or a white blouse for a lighter look. I was even thinking that a simple bolero would work.

COORDINATE #2. Mini top hat made from scratch. It's a heavy little thing so it's reinforced with a headband and a comb. The hat itself is very pretty...I can see myself wear this separately with an actual victorian bustled dress. Also, for me, this ensemble seems more formal.

So yeah, that's that. I got lazy in the end and the skirt's a little wonky. But anyway, I'm thinking of starting another dress but with more of a sweet-style look to it. I have a few yards of Kelly Lee-Creel's Storybook Fabric series: Drama Queens in lavender. I'm going to pair it with white, I think. Anyway, questions and comments are much appreciated.  Thank you!

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« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2015 01:02:39 PM »

The lolita style has so many details , and you seemed to have nailed them all!  I love how it does look more steampunkish because of the colors, but the ruffles and bows still keep it sweet!

Lots of work in this dress...sash, shirring, ruffles, lace...and it shows!  Can't wait to see more of your creations!

oops--forgot to mention that even your accessories are made so nicely...and they coordinate perfectly with the dress, giving you some style options...love the headband!
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« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2015 01:54:08 PM »

Incredible work in every detail. Beautiful.  Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2015 06:00:00 PM »

Fantastic - talk about detail!

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« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2015 03:59:15 AM »

I love that the bows can be rearranged, very well made piece!

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« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2015 11:36:59 AM »

You did such excellent work on this dress and it looks great.
I like the fabric choice, the design and all of the details.
This rocks!
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2015 09:36:15 AM »

Thanks for the  comments you guys! I'm a sucker for details so I like adding as as much as i tastefully can. I like to walk that fine line between "lots" and "overboard". Grin

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« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2016 06:42:46 AM »

This is really gorgeous.  I love all the details you put into it!  I've been trying to figure out a good way to do shirring like this and still have the bodice lined.  How did you do it?

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