Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Madeline & The Case Of The Katsucrunch

So, you are probably all wondering what I've been up to over the past couple of months. Things may have seemed awfully silent on this end of the world from your favorite Hat with the plan, unless you check out my Instagram pages regularly. It's all been percolating in the pot and I've been running rampant in preparation for Katsucon 2019!

My line from this year consisted of Butterflies, and Witches, and Witchy Oujis, OH MY!
Photo credit Jessica Whitehall

I was one of 7 other indie brands, including Ikemen Mode, to grace the stage and show off our lines we prepped for this year. The previous year I had shown my Homunculi print worn by 4 adorable little witchy beings and this was a mix and match of butterflies and witches, all to enchant. It was a drastically different show for me, as I had a very dark palate last year and then everything was butterfly fabric this year. I had very little time between sales and show so I really tried to pace myself.

Pics from my first year at Katsu (2018) 
Photo credit Lavender Bats on IG
It was a departure, certainly, but both years are so special to me and I had a blast putting together every piece. It has also prompted me to really push for the next show to come with another original print I've been working on and my butterfly winged garments. I did do a reveal of a new design of the detachable wings this year that I'm so very happy with. I love my butterfly winged garment designs, I have jackets, one pieces, jsks, and boleros (both with and without sleeves), and have been making them more and more versatile since the first OP back at the end of 2014 and this one takes the cake.

My intent is to make things that are both fantastical and wearable and this new design hides the top of the wings but allows them to be removed from the garment, without disruption to the actual dress. During the show the last model showed of the dress from both the front and back to then be hidden from view by those with Witch's Bonnet and be dressed by the two crimson butterflies. Once they were quickly added, with the other models departing, the last butterfly revealed that the dress now had wings. If you caught my Instagram post about it you saw it with only the first part of wings and mentions of a secret, that was it.

The fashion show was not the only thing I had going on either, I had two other projects going on, with a panel on Lifestyle Lolita and helping with the Katsucon Luncheon, Nocturnal Royal. The hosts worked their butts off and I tried to do my best, finding donators and advertising their wonderful shops on the event page. The event was lovely on the top floor of Grace's restaurant, just outside the con space, and the food was actually pretty decent (though the California rolls were just kind of like....oddly there?)!

This person right here! Just always amazes me with every LOOK!

There were so many wonderfully dressed guests for the luncheon, one of whom totally conjured up Faery Queen Titania vibes. I mean, this person always serves looks but they had me floored with this one. I wish we had more space and time to take photos of guests and their wonderful coords but I did manage to get candids of each table.

Like this one with the wonderful Harriet!

The space was very beautiful with bird cages in the wallpaper and the decorations hanging from the ceiling. Our area actually had a wedding puzzle bed in the corner where we placed our prizes for the raffle, it was all really beautiful.

I almost didn't get any pictures but I managed to snag this from the concert

Then at another point, a little later in the day, we got to attend the Akira/Lantanna concert and rock out. I was still in my coord for most of the show but because Akira's music is just not one you sit still for my bonnet was bouncing off my head, my phone almost flew out of my hands, and I accidentally bumped into my friend Sherri, who I had no clue was standing next to me until I turned to apologize; it was a very crazy and fun experience.

I think the world wasn't ready for us...

The last thing I do want to mention is that Harriet and I did get to host a panel on Lifestyle Lolita. We covered what it was, how we work it around our lives, when it's not compatible, and how to start it. We may or may not have accidentally turned things into a self~defense Lolita talk, but that will start another panel for another time. (Don't let anyone touch you or someone else without consent)

Katsu coord of Friday

I think everyone had fun at the panel, we did, talking about what we find important and how two differently styled individuals live. I would like to redo it again for next year, perhaps Otakon, and add to it with more info we shared during questions asked. I know I mentioned in another post that we did bring teacups and tea to this for ourselves, next time we plan for our own baked goods too, but there may be randomly tossed packaged goodies too. Who knows what the future will bring for that though.

I know I went backwards in days, starting with the fashion show, but it followed the timeline just in reverse. It's just how it all popped out of my head and was put to post. I hope you enjoyed this and if you are thinking of attending a con where The Bloody Tea Party is showing it would be nice to meet you and chat. We'll see what this hatter has in store for the next few months (another announcement is on the way) but until then I'm going to take a VERY short tea break with a much needed baked good.

Cheers! XOXO

Saturday, February 23, 2019

LBC: Create A Coord Based On A Portrait

Ever look at a portrait and think it would be neat to make a coordinate based around it? It's a popular past time from what I've seen, with some extremely well done outfits popping up here and there. I never really can sit down and pick something quick enough and it can take all day. And for this weeks Lolita Blog Carnival

So what I had at first planned was scrapped by Friday, as I'm often found to do, and stumbled back into the land of portraits to find something that really struck me. As fate would have it, what was a maybe earlier to the one scraped I realized I may have had something in Elizabeth Bathory's style. 

The Blood Countess. A woman who was said to be one of history's most brutal serial killers though she was nearly lost to time. Even speaking her name had become outlawed in her home country of Hungary by King Mathias II. The atrocities that she inflicted on many have become the stuff of legends, some saying that they were from paranoid townspeople to even words fished for by the court of her personal servants. Regardless of whether it was fact or fiction she was known as the Tigress of Cachtice despite being renowned for her beauty.   

This coord has been burning at the back of my mind for ages, slowly piecing together, and with particular aatp jsk in mind. I don't have any aprons, like the one seen in one of the more well~known portraits of Elizabeth, so I used one of my Meta underskirts to act as a front panel. I also added another collar to put an emphasis on the neckline and tried to emulate the highly starched collars of the 1540s, when this portrait was done. Long sleeves are pretty much where the main similarities end and the rest becomes more like a vague interpretation.

I did add a few things after the main coord shot, and then some once on the dress form, but It really just snowballed. I played with some light makeup around the eyes but tried to be as smooth on my complexion as possible with powder. The other thing that was drastically different is no hair netting and just a simple pearl and star chained hair piece pinned into my hair. There isn't really much else I could get to be similar in such short a time. 

And since I tend to forget showing the footwear (and don't wear shoes in the house) I added a full coord shot, adding a few more things by the end. It was so late by the time everything formulated that I just ran with it and called it a day. Though I do think it came out nice even if it's very derivative of the portrait, it was fun anyway. 

If you'd like to check out other's who have joined in on this round of the Lolita Blog Carnival, check them out in the links below. You can also join in yourself! All you need is to have a 3 month old blog with 9 posts about Lolita (and be primarily a Lolita fashion blog). 

Friday, February 8, 2019

LBC: Create A Coord Based On A Book

One of my favorite coord challenges is to create something around books and stories, it really gets my brain turning at the possibilities. There are so many good stories that inspire and have fun with that it's sometimes difficult to choose. So for this weeks Lolita Blog Carnival prompt we all take a whack at it. 

The book I choose is one that is dear to my heart and not the one I had initially put together an outfit for yesterday. (I am a day late to the prompt but I had made a totally different one, written out and everything, but my indecisiveness won the day.) I had to rewrite everything and pulled this one together. It was a little off as I had tried to bunch the sides to give it a bustle back drape, deciding against the idea in the end. The gate print was what brought about the whole change in the first place and I just couldn't drape it in a way to not loose the design.

The story that has a gate and death that has such importance, you ask? Why, it is Oscar Wilde's The Canterville Ghost.

The story focuses on the Otis family, from America, who find the idea of a ghost ridiculous and barely take note of him. Throughout the story our poor Sir Simon De Canterville can't go about his own hauntings without this family mocking him or dismissing him, he really tries. Going from the 'simpler' faire that usually does the trick to transforming himself and really throwing down the gauntlet. But this is to no avail, the family is impossible and the youngest twins would make Fred and George Weasley proud with their antics against the ghost.

By the later half, thankfully, the daughter, Virginia Otis, takes pity on our favorite spectre and hears him out. The things that transpire does lead to the discovery of why Sir Simon is haunting his old home of Canterville Chase and the dreadful dealings that cursed him to remain. It all involves his lady wife and a riddle that he believes he has no way of solving for himself.

It's very short, very comical, and a little sad but a very good story. I think it was one of Oscar Wilde's first stories to be published if I remember correctly. I do recommend a read through and even watching all of the movies that were adapted from it, each with a slight spin on the story and timeframe in some cases (and one with Patrick Stewart!).

And that's the end of that for me but if you would like to read more from others you can check them out in the links below. There are so many books to choose from and build coordinates inspired by them and this is only but one.

Friday, February 1, 2019

LBC: Share Your Most Prized Dress, Headpiece, & Accessory

There are things in my wardrobe that strike me with their beauty that I find it difficult to believe there is a garment like that which exists. There are pieces I simply enjoy for varying reasons and wear them fairly regularly but then there are a few that are so very special to me that I prize them a bit more. And since everyone tends to have a few pieces that they find to be their most prized we are going to share them and why for this weeks topic for the Lolita Blog Carnival.

We know I've shared my most prized dresses, over and over again, for things like these two prompts for the 365LLC. It's tough but I am narrowing it down from the larger list and thought to pick the one with most detail. When it comes to details Fragrant Rose Memories wins hands down, can not go wrong with how beautiful it is. For the other pieces I went with one of my Triple Fortune bonnets - the tan one being what I had dreamt of having for my wardrobe - and my most prized cameo out of my collection.


Triple Fortune bonnets have always had a strong pull for me when I would spy them in GLBs. I knew only a very few people who owned them in my local comm, only getting to see them every so often at more well to~do events. It was always just too difficult for me to get my hands on one. That is until a certain con near my hometown popped up and I got to meet the designers. They had only bought 15 bonnets and they flew out of hands before I even had a chance (but I did get to model). It was a few months after that I managed to get one from another attendee and it was a dream come true. 

This little beauty is probably my most prized cameo out of my entire collection. It's just a bit different then the others in shape, carving style, and size. I do have a few large oval shapes but this is my only square, the twisted gold gilt style is pretty similar to some though. It's just one particular beauty amongst all the other beautiful pieces I have.

This dress is just pretty amazing, the portrait cameos and roses cascading with the pearls and jewels is enough to make me happy. The cut though is something I've really admired, it's different, with it's inverted scalloped hem, and has ribbon lacing down the sides that add a really nice touch. There is just so much detail within this piece that I knew from the moment I laid eyes on this series reservation that I was going to have to go in for it.

There are just so many fabulous pieces that people prize and love and it's great that we have that opportunity to do so. If you would like to check out what other people prize the most in their collections or wishlists you can check them out in the links below. And if you are interested in joining the Lolita Blog Carnival you can check out how to in the groups description.