Alice in Wonderland Coord
- Long Sleeve Blouse
- Short Sleeve dress
Little Red Riding Hood & Snow White Coords
- Hoodie Capelet
- Short Sleeve Blouse
- Short sleeve under dress
- Corset style bodice
- Jumpskirts Variations 1 and 2
- Short sleeve fully shirred OP
- Drop shoulder Bustle Back OP
- Corset front long hem JSK
- Rolled collar (sailor style) shortsleeve OP
I think this is one of the first in the Otome series to feature a Kodona style to make. It included a pair of pumpkin pants with built in suspenders, a capelet, and a hat. Not too impressive to me, as I think the previous Gosu Rori books had better “aristocratic” styles for men, like those long coats that I don’t see too often these days. Have we moved away from visual kei or is it still a thing? Someone tell me!
Anyway, here are the patterns within this volume.
- Bell sleeve blouse
- Four tiered JSK
- Teddy bear bag
- Rectangular headdress
- Head bow
- Fur coat
- Two tier JSK
- Three tier “mini” skirt
- Turtleneck cutsew
- Fur scarf
- Fur gloves
- Round fuzzy headdress
- Twin hair bow combs
- Button front JSK
- Long sleeve blouse (2 variations)
- Spoon bonnet
- Long sleeve, yoke with long hem OP
- Mini hat
- Kodona pants
- Yukata (and headdresses
- Fur trimmed JSK
- Three tiered, bell long sleeve OP
- Fur capelet
As I’ve mentioned many times, these magazines can be good, or they can be terrible. The earlier ones are especially not great as far as designs and execution of patterns drafted from fan-submitted designs. I’ve included many more scans of this particular issues, as it had many color pages that included things like make up and hair tutorials (granted for the Gothic and Lolita style of 2006, which is now considered “old-school”). Also some fun old school ads, and the fan designs that were submitted but not realized into real life patterns.
The hair is mighty teased, and the makeups a little silly for these days. But history is good for all of us to explore. 🙂
Basically, anything that has a little number next to it is indicating the pattern number, and what page you will find the instructions on. Not all of the patterns are included on the giant pattern sheet these books come with. Some of them expect you to be able to draft the patterns from the given diagrams in the black and white sections of the book.
Old School Ads
I think it goes without saying that this pattern book series is my absolute favorite. Ever. Of All Time.
So many patterns! All the basic shapes to make absolutely fabulous Lolita garments. Endless possibilities. Your only limitation is your own creativity.
Flipping through the pages of the latest edition of Lady Boutique’s Otome no Sewing books, I find myself totally in love with so many of the patterns you can find within this volume. There seem to be a lot more patterns available in this one, with variations of beautiful silhouettes. I think it’s the sleeves that have drawn me to love this edition the best. I have a thing for ruffled and bell sleeves.
Also, you finally have a decent coat pattern, with lining! It made me very excited to see that they were finally branching out into a more expert sewing realm to include a lovely lined coat with instructions. And a bonnet that wasn’t the floppy Little Miss Muffet kind.
Item Index – Main coords
The Snow Queen – Coordinate #1
Hansel & Gretel
Other Included Patterns
- How to make tassels for use in jewelry
- How to make Buttoneers (using Clover exclusive backings)
- Constellation jewelry using heat shrinking film
Published in Spring 2013, this is the third installment of the revised Lolita sewing pattern magazines. As I may have mentioned in previous articles, this series originally began as Gosu Rori sewing magazines, in which enthusiasts of Lolita fashion would send in their design ideas and a lucky handful would be chosen to have their designs realized. The revision significantly cleaned up not only the look and format of this high quality color magazine, but also the patterns themselves are more carefully and professionally drafted.
The patterns in most of these magazines still cater to the home seamstress/tailor, and simplify certain design elements in order to make the construction process a little less intimidating. You won’t find plackets on the sleeves, or linings on the inside of a one-piece. However, some of the patterns are only diagrams in which the reader is expected to be able to draft. So there is some simplicity, but also a level of sophistication. I would say these are definitely intended for intermediate tailors and designers.
These are my favorite pattern books, and I’m proud to boast a complete collection, currently up to volume 8. 🙂
I think this particular jumpskirt is one of my absolute favorites. I love the yoke on the front, and the three tiny tiers of beautiful ruffles at the bottom. In this coord, you have the option of a high waisted skirt, or the yoke front JSK.
- High Waist Skirt
- Yoke front JSK
- Long sleeve blouse with barrel cuffs
- Floral hat headdress
- Big bow purse
This is the darling little sailor dress that I once made and wore. Instead of making it with three tiers, I made the skirt a full traditional 2 panel kind, using two lines of navy ribbon over white fabric. As an alternate to this coord, there’s also a seifuku-type skirt
- Short pleated skirt
- Short sleeve blouse
- Sailor OP
- Headbow barrette
- Sailor hat headdress
- Lace wrist-cuffs
- Long OP
- Empire Waist JSK (2 versions)
- Long sleeve bolero
- High Waist JSK w/ shoulder straps
- Sailor Hat Headdress (variation)
- Zip-front short sleeve jacket with sailor-style collar
- Zip-front bunny hoodie
- Yoke front JSK (variation)
This Otome sewing volume must be my favorite with all the things I made out of it so far! Here’s that bunny hoodie. Already sold out on Etsy. I made mine out of slightly heavier sweatshirt fabric with a very soft fleece inside. I have enough of this fabric for potentially two more pieces.
Someone also suggested making it in black, and perhaps doing a kitty or bear version too.
Gothic & Lolita Bible #9
Here we have a very early edition of our favorite Lolita magazine, published in Spring 2003 (13 years ago, wow!). Lolita fashion sure has changed in so little time. Although, I suppose 13 years isn’t so small a different. Weird how that works. I particularly like the cover of this volume because of the artwork by Macoto Takahashi. I own an artbook of his and it is one of my favorites.
I think the most useful pattern in this edition is the Innocent World apron, which you have seen me put together a few times now. It’s one of my favorites, and quite a popular seller in my Etsy shop. Originally, that apron sold for about $82. It’s actually the whole reason I hunted down this edition of GLB – a friend requested the Innocent World style apron, and I found the pattern in here.
The other patterns are less relevant to today, I feel, but maybe you might find them useful for interesting.
- Neck tie by Angelic Pretty
- Apron by Innocent World
- Neck tie by MA
- (Not so flattering) Skirt by MAM
- Cutsew Tank Top by Black Peace Now
- Arm bandages by Elements
- Gauze long dress by Gotick Decoration
- Headdress by Gotick Decoration
- Earrings & Rosary Necklace (tutorial) by Choco Chip Cookie
Gothic & Lolita Bible #58
This is the newest edition as of January 2016. I believe the next issue is slated for February 2016. This volume was released late November 2015, and I only just got my hands on a copy. I purchase my GLBs from CDJapan, along with the Otome no Sewing books, and I try to be quick about it. Already, the early volumes of Otome no Sewing are out of print! I’m glad I jumped on those when I had the chance and have a complete set so far. I guess they’re very much like the Gosu Rori magazines, which I’m finding are very hard to find back issues of now.
In any case, this issue features matching doll patterns designed for the Blythe brand of dolls. In this case it’s their NeoBlythe model. They have a shop for the English speaking world here if you’re interested in purchasing one of their dolls. I was originally mistaken to think that these were Pullip dolls, as they have the same style body with eyes that close and open. Frankly, I think I like the Pullip doll collections better. They look to be about the same size, too, and the same price.
- Head Bow by Angelic Pretty
- Capelet by Maxicimam
- Bag, BJD one piece by Chocolate Chip Cookie
すぐに作れる COS 衣裳 (Sugu ni Tsukureru COS ishou)
This is a series of cosplay pattern magazines that has a little less to do with Lolita, and more to do with the enormously varied world of cosplay. I got these pattern books because some of them featured gothic lolita styles, particularly this issue – Tezukuri COS Gothic & Lolita. When I purchased the issues I have, I didn’t realize that they weren’t all Lolita based. Still, some of the patterns included are rather nice. I like the variation of the short dress in this issue, for instance. I call it “Quick Sew” because Sugu Ni Tsukureru means to “make now” or “make immediately”… Couldn’t figure out how else to translate it, honestly. Hope that works for you.
It’s separated into three sections: Girls, Boys, and World.
Gothic & Lolita Bible #57
Apparently, cats is the theme for this issue, and so the included patterns are mostly accessories with this theme.
- Furry Headdress (Metamorphose Temps De Fille)
- Kitty Ear Headdress, kitty paw bow tie (Enchantlic Enchantilly)
- Bloomers with Kitty Tail (Dangerous Nude)