Friday, February 22, 2013

LBC: Designing Your Dream Closet

Designing my dream closet....hmmmmmmm

I've been thinking about this all week, thinking of all the lovely pieces I would love to have in my wardrobe, or NEED, and the list just seems never ending. However, I did manage to bring it down to earth with certain items I needed to fill out my wardrobe a bit more.

Here are a few things that I think will help build up my current wardrobe and make it more versitile with the pieces I already have (with an exception of a few wants ^_^).

Blouses:

I can go on and on about blouses and I think they broaden anyones wardrobe. Different fabrics, and designs, can make different accents to an outfit and turn out a whole new coordinate.

This particular blouse could be very useful between several jsks, ops, and skirts:


work in progress for the LBC







Friday, February 15, 2013

LBC: The Era That Most Influences My Style

It's taking me a lot to differentiate which era(s) I love and which era mostly influences my style. I know it shouldn't be so difficult but I am kind of all over the place and love to take things from everywhere.

I think I would have to stay within or a little around the Victorian era and it's really all because of the bustle.

Bustles.

If you didn't know, there are many different styles and cuts to a bustle. They aren't simply underskirts that happened to make a skirts poof have more umph. It was a different design to each dress!

Definitely a junk in that trunk joke somewhere in there but I do like bustled skirts in my Lolita.

For my next trick I will squish this bustled skirt with...
This type of 1880s style kilted over~skirt.

Of course I would have to make the train short in the back in order to showcase the bustle, but I think the over all effect would be quite lovely.

Bustles. Bustles everywhere.
 
I also really want to try making a sack~back OP like the one made by Baroquepetrock on Sew_Loli on LJ. I've always loved the cut, fabrics, and design that goes into one and I think it's super classy and elegant.



Their more of an 18th century style, and a little bit of a stretch to call a bustle, to be honest but it's definitely something I want to add to my wardrobe.

And as everyone knows I love a good high collar in my Loli. I've posted numerous pics of high collared blouses and I've been working on making and acquiring some. High collared blouses do span across several different eras for both men and female clothing and I like to pull ideas from both.

Can't really see it but this is one of those princess cuts...
I need to find a better picture...
Another design I like is the princess cut which was fairly popular in the 1860s to 1880s. It's another form of a kilted dress but the kilting occurs in the back as opposed to the front.

These are two different styles of the princess drape.

Well now you know, if it has a bustle I'm going to find a place for it in my Loli. The flounces the frills are something I just can't resist it. And on that note I'll just leave this here...


Have a lovely night everyone, get a nice cup of tea in before you nodd of, and enjoy the ride of the Lolita Blog Carnival!

I've recently joined this cool little group of bloggers called the Lolita Blog Carnival. We blog each week about a new topic to discuss involving the Lolita fashion and if you're interested in joining you can find out more on the facebook page, here.


More of my fellow frilly bloggers!
 

Friday, February 1, 2013

Week 19: Adding DIY Touches To Your Wardrobe

Okay, so I do a lot of sewing for my wardrobe and when it comes to thinking of DIY touches I instantly think of my sewing projects I have. There is, of course, many other things that are DIY and work wonders for building a wardrobe that include jewelry, floral accesories, and designing fabrics; there are many lovely DIY items one can produce.

I do have a few favorites, bloomers and jumperskirts in particular, they are quick and easy pieces I add to my wardrobe every so often. However, as I progress further I find myself challenging myself with more difficult projects.

I hope to add a black and cream version of these to my wardrobe.

A very recent blouse and petticoat project.
The things that I love about DIY in particular is when I have extra fabric left over.
 
I've made a pair of matching wristcuffs for my wonderland jsk, making the ruffle with the same fabric as the striped underskirts. I plan on making a headbow with the same striped and wonderland print, possibly two different types if I have enough, and I want to make bloomers too, but I think for bloomers I'll have to get another yard.
 
It's probably one of my favorite pieces.
 
The matching wristcuffs were an easy add on.
 
Bloomers can be a great addition to every wardrobe. They're fun to make and you can make them in many different prints and styles. My bumblebee ones are probably one of my favorites.

To bad they aren't like Bumblebee from Transformers, but that would be a tad bit awkward.

I will be posting a tutorial for bloomers and wristcuffs, this post is becoming a little too large to post one despite the simplicity.
 
A few DIYs projects I plan on adding to my wardrobe are a few lace connotiers, cream color wristcuffs, a few headbows (a few pink ones, a red, white, and blue one) a few bonnets, blouses, and, of course, more bloomers.
 
A good place to look up tutorials would be here on F Yeah Lolita. This girl has a good list going and I definitely think it's a good resource.
 
I also have another tutorial for an OP that I'm looking into my fabric stores to try out. You can find it here with Lolita From Scratch.
 
I'll probably make a list of tutorials I have used and really like soon.
 
I hope you've enjoyed this little episode of Lolita Blog Carnival, it has definitely given me more to write and think about. I promise a bloomer tutorial is in the works.