Sunday, January 27, 2013

Lolita Blog Carnival Week 18: Tips For Adding Off~Brand To A Lolita Wardrobe

I joined the Lolita Blog Carnival! Wooooo!

I'm super excited to start up with the carnival and I'm just in time for this weeks topic. Which is:

Tips For Adding Off~Brand To A Lolita Wardrobe

I have a quite a few blouses, in particular, that I've picked up from stores here and there that fit in with this category. They add a different touch as well as fill out ones wardrobe, which for those who try to stay within a budget can be very helpful.

Most non brand blouses I pick up tend to be cottons, polyester, or vintage without tags, and all tend to be machine washable. In Lolita that tends to be a godsend.

I've gotten a really nice white vintage jabot blouse that works perfectly for my classic and gothic Lolita.
Blouse from Marshall's.
These are just 2 of my off~brand blouses and the only real issue I find is in the cut of the other blouses I tend to find. It's really though to get that perfect blouse with a lot of store bought off brand, nothing is quite as top notch as actual brand. But there is always something you can do about that if you just get the right tools!

Now some shouldn't be altered depending on the style of the blouse but certain ones do look lovely with a more form fitting cut.

Another Marshalls find. This one had to be altered, the waist raised and darts added, back and front.

I've done some simple altering to a few of my blouses to make them fit better and it doesn't take that much time to do it. I've added some darts to some pieces and done some measuring to ensure a good cut.

Another great and easy add on for any wardrobe are socks. Even if you are looking for some nice patterned stockings or socks you can find a nice pair almost anywhere. I have bought a few different solid colored ones mostly from Forever21 and a couple of stripped ones from a few novelty sock shops.

I have a few JSKs and OPs that go perfect with this pair from Sock It To Me.
A simple enough add on, another easy one is jewelry! I love adding in heart, ribbon, or rose shaped jewelry from places like Forever21 or any other store I find a cute piece from. I have been amassing a bit of a collection lately, particularly of bows.

I've been meaning to pair this with Fragrent Rose Memories. the soft pink is perfect for the Rosemary colorway.

This goes really well with any black and white coord.

These are only a few of the easier finds, but I really think a great place to look for a lot of jewelry is an antique shop. I have picked up quite a few cameos, hats, necklaces, gloves, and rings from a few good shops. I've recently picked up 1 real carved shell cameo set in rose gold for only a few bucks.

Really lovely pieces.
I hope that you find this useful or at the very least enjoyable, I did have fun participating in this weeks blog carnival. ^_^


Friday, January 18, 2013

Getting Back Into The Swing Of Things

So I've been wandering around for a spell, busy with my new job and the holidays and what~not, but I felt that with the new year it was a good time to get back into the swing of things.

This past year has been a whirlwind of action packed frills...well...maybe not so much, but action packed.

I've received some pretty wonderful things this past year, not simply for Christmas, but I feel blessed.
For this past Halloween I was given some money to buy fabric for the Halloween meetup my friend Sweet Okashi and I have been hosting for the past two years. It's a lot of work and a ton of fun and I would like to keep this tradition going with her, we've been the dynamic duo since we met.

Sadly, I have not finished the jsk for that said meet...

Working on it!

I have it mostly together and the top and bottom halves are nearly ready to put together but I feel as though something is missing. I'll figure it out, I'm on a roll right now, which I'll blog more in a moment.

This Christmas I received my mother's old singer serger machine. She bought me new thread and made a doughnut pincushion that even has bead "sprinkles," it's super cute.

I did also receive Innocent World's Rose and Playing Cards jsk with the matching headbow and socks....head will explode in 3...2...1...


Obligatory stock pics.
I'm planning to have a Valentine's meet to make all sorts of chocolate treats and cards with the group. I recently bought loads of chocolate, flour, and sugar and plan to prebake most things to have ready to decorate for friends, family, and of course, sweethearts.

This can be cute for favors.

Back on the sewing front; I'm working on a few new projects that should be finished within a day. I started this past week on the Angelic Pretty pattern in GLB 45 and even made a post for that and a pair of wristcuffs on sew_loli. (Sadly, the lace used in the making of these said wristcuffs were forgotten about. The lace is perfect for wristcuffs and it has been sitting in my sewing cupboard for....oh say 3 years.)
Fully made blouse, minus the buttons....
Next on the list after the wristcuffs and blouse is to finish my sailor onepiece, make two more blouses in black and cream, and finish the Halloween meet~up jsk before summer. One other thing I wish to do is to jump into the blog carnival, or at least use it as a template to get back into the
swing of things.

That's it for now, I have several bazillion things that I'd like to get done today and I've got my tea to go!