Sunday, 26 February 2017

floral lolita dress

Hello lovelies,

this blog is not dead. I was just super busy in February. I made my diploma and I am officially a social media manager now. Wuhu. My paper was due on the 19th of February and I was writing like mad. But now I finally have the time to blog again and I even finished my floral lolita dress yesterday.

My sewing pattern was from an otome no sewing magazine. I can't remember the number but I think it was from the first issue.
I made the pattern for the top but cut the skirt in one huge rectangle.
Of course my cat thought it was a good idea to sit on my fabric, as always. I understand her interest in my fabric but it doesn't help if she keeps attacking my scissors.

This was my pattern for the top. I folded the fabric so that one big flower would be directly in the middle of the front part.

And it worked out! At that point I already had sewed together the top part. The skirt is in pleats because it was easier to handle on the doll. I made those pleats without a ruler and just my eye measurements and it worked out really well. Yey!
The skirt looks really short but that's intentional because I wanted to add ruffles to it.

Close-up of the top part.

For the top part I tried out three different laces and this style. In my head it looked nice. Well, it didn't in real life.
The top looked really granny styled with it so I kicked the idea in the trash and continued with normal lace.

This was the second lace I tried, I didn't even take picture of the first one. I left it like that for a few days until I realized I didn't want that style either. So lace number three makes its appearance in a few pictures.

But first the skirt part.
I am so sorry for the bad pictures quality. I tend to quickly snap a picture with my mobile phone instead of doing it with the real camera.
Here I had already added the bottom frill part and the lace.

This is how it would have looked like with the top frills but I didn't like how random it looked like. I set it down a few centimetres.

I added some more lace to the top frill part and added a belt. I later kicked the belt part and directly connected top and skirt part.

The frills looked so nice in this position. /random

Afterwards I sewed the lace on the dress I cut the top part to leave only this ~5mm seam.

Here the lace has been set down already but I still didn't like it. So a few cm down it went again...and then I was finally satisfied.

I then chose to use the same lace for the skirt and top. I hand sewed it to the top because I thought it looked nicer. Also, I could hide the stitches.

I did the same for the skirt part. I thought I would sit for ages but it didn't really take long.

There are no pictures of the waist ties, it seems like I totally forgot about them...oops. They are detachable and held with a small white heart-shaped button.
Things I didn't take pictures of:
the lining
the waist ties

And here are pictures of the finished dress.

How do you like the dress?
All the best,

Aurîs Lothol


  1. That dress is gorgeous! Really great work on the ruffles at the bottom, they take it from being a simple but pretty dress to being really lovely.