Here we have the latest edition of Otome no Sewing as of November 2017. They’re usually released twice a year, in May and November – which you may already be aware of. So let’s see what they have in this issue! We have a pretty obvious Alice in Wonderland theme going based on the cover. There have been many variants on an “Alice” dress, but this is the first we see paired with two other “character” Lolita dresses – Queen of Hearts, and the White Rabbit.
Alice in Wonderland
Queen of Hearts
The White Rabbit (Ouji/Dandy style)
Other Patterns Included
Tutorials for Accessories
As these books are sponsored by Clover in Japan, they often include highlights of Clover products like Yoyo Makers or flower makers. This time, they’ve included a tool or form to create luck knots.
In Japanese it’s called “mizuhiki” – 水引
In Chinese it’s called “Zhōngguó jié” – 中国结
There are plenty of tutorials online that can show you how to do this knotting technique without the Clover product. But I imagine the forms they sell make them easier to do for beginners.
Also a common thing you see in these books are ads for various new collections or pieces from popular Lolita brands in Japan. This time they featured PhysicalDrop. They have numbers next to the models as if to indicate that there is a pattern in the book somewhere for something. I hunted through the book back and front and could not find any patterns numbered 25, 26, or 27. Not sure why they’re numbered.