This is a question I’ve gotten a lot over the years since I started this blog. Originally, I started it to catalog my own collection of various official Lolita patterns in the Gothic and Lolita Bibles, Gosu Rori, and Otome no Sewing and it became a reference for others as well.
You need a particular pattern? Don’t know which of those books have it? I made a searchable database you could use before you went to buy the exact volume you needed. I realize that the database for the GLBs is incomplete (scanning takes a long time, guys).
No Patterns Though?
I started sharing select diagram pages from the Gosu Rori and Otome no Sewing books as well. Those are the patterns. I can’t very well scan the pattern sheets themselves, since they are too big and would need to be scaled correctly if they were to be printed.
Instead, I offered what the published books already have: the diagrams. I teach how to draft the patterns using the measurements (all those multitude of numbers!) in metric. I have videos on what tools you need, and the essentials on how to do it.
But Pattern Drafting is hard!
Pattern drafting isn’t as hard as you might think. Doing it from scratch might prove difficult, but the diagrams in all those pattern books are telling you exactly where and how long to measure lines. You can do this with one tool to start. It’s about $20 at Joann’s. You need wide format paper, found at Staples (banner paper 30″ wide, $7). You need pencils.
The moment you begin this process, you realize it becomes easier as you go. EGL patterns are hard to come by, and a lot of the first run of the Otome no Sewing books are no longer available. You could find them on ebay if drafting from the diagrams is not something your interested or comfortable in trying. Still, it’s what I offer on this site and hope that it’s useful for some.
I hope this answers some questions some of you may have had, and I’ll try to answer more as they come in.
Woot! This was a long time coming but I finally did it! The holidays happened, New Year’s, then my birthday, and it’s been crazy! After receiving some beautiful fabric from Modes4u, I was finally able to create a beautiful dress (and accessories!) and make them picture perfect.
I’ve known about this lovely kawaii shop for several years now, and have purchased fabric from them before. They always seem to have the cutest prints available from textile manufacturers that are otherwise not carried in the US. Especially from companies like Kokka and Lecien (I think they’re my favorites, ’cause I mention them a lot).
Fairy Tale Fabric, you guys! Prints with Alice in Wonderland, mermaids, dragons and unicorns . . . they even carry Cosmo Tex fabric, and that’s another Japanese textile company that has some of the best prints for cute Lolita fashion.
Not only do they carry cute prints, but the fabric quality is exceptional. I had never used oxford weave fabric before I got my hands on some Japanese fabric. They carry your standard even weave quilting cotton too, but the oxford gives dresses a durable texture without adding weight to the hand. So if you’re looking through their (thousands!) of fabric, don’t be deterred if you see that it’s an “oxford”. I made this dress, a head bow, and even a little matching bag out of it.
All of that out of JUST 2 meters of fabric!
Modes4u was actually kind enough to send me two different prints of fabric. The first one that’s pictured above is a Unicorn print that you can still find in a periwinkle colorway!
I also received this beautiful quilting cotton with dragons and castles on it, to make a second coordinate out of. This is your more standard quilting fabric, but it also has a slight stretch to it! I bet this one’s going to make a super comfy dress!
You can make all kinds of things with fabrics like these. I like to make dresses for a living, so that’s what I made. But the accessories to go with the dress were a breeze to make. For the bag, I used a free pattern from Blue Calla called The Clematis. You can make totes, aprons, head bows (obviously!), reusable shopping bags (a necessity these days, with plastic bag bans happening all over the US now), skirts, doll clothes, et al.
They literally have thousands of different prints of fabrics, but they also have a ton of other cute things too! I’m personally a fiend for stationery and have purchased several letter sets over the years.
So check them out and see how many cute things you find! There’s free international shipping for orders over $70 too!
Hello to everyone! I’ve been flooding all my social media with this announcement, hoping people see the important change about my username on Twitch.
It didn’t make sense anymore to use my silly configuration of my original handle (LunarCrystai) in which the last L there was supposed to be a clever way of taking back my name with an uppercase i. That’s been my handle since I was very young and was upset that I couldn’t use the actual spelling anymore on Twitch because someone else was using it.
In any case, I have a name that most people know me as these days, so my Twitch channel is now under MissCarolBelle. I read or heard somewhere, sometime, that consistency is important or some such thing. heh.
Live stream class on making the Blouse from Otome no Sewing book 8 (8-68) will be held today from 12:30pm – 4pm MST.
The stream is being recorded for editing into a more concise presentation of this class, which will be added to YouTube when the live stream is concluded. But if you want to catch all the bloopers and funny stuff live, check out my channel on Twitch! 😛
Hey guys! I mentioned before that I’ve been live streaming my studio work on Twitch, and I’ll be doing so again today at 4pm MST.
I wanted to invite all of you to join me in Discord, too! We have an active chat discussion about sewing and design in Lolita Fashion, and would love for you to get involved in conversation! WIPs and questions always welcome!
Come join us!
Check out the live stream on Twitch too! Be sure to follow my channel if you want to get updates on when I’m live.
Hey guys! I mentioned in my update video that I’m trying a new thing with Twitch streaming for my Let’s Lolita Sewing adventure! ^^ Here’s the link to my channel! I have my streams recording while I stream, so you can see past . . . streams. Gosh, that’s redundant. Sorry.
Anyway. Go here!
Also, here’s my update video, if you’re curious.
When I found this, it had already been out for half a year. After discovering that Gothic & Lolita Bible would no longer be printed, I went on a hunt to find new Lolita Fashion magazine. There are a handful; Alice a la Mode being one of them, which I think has only released four issues, the last being Spring 2010. I have Spring 2009, and will hopefully get around to scanning that one soon.
In addition to that, the newest released magazine (of which there is only one issue so far) is called Miel. Also from Japan. Unlike Alice and Eternita, however, Miel does not seem to come with patterns the way GLB did. It’s still a beautiful and high quality publication, however. I like to purchase such things anyway to keep an archive of styles and designs.
So from my research, this magazine/book seems to be aimed at the more mature Lolita fashionista. The models inside are all in their late 20s, 30s, and sometimes 40s. The styles within are suggested for a mature lady. Frankly, I think this is a fabulous idea, being of an older generation myself (in relation to the Lolita community, anyway).
I scanned some of the first pages for you to peruse, as well as the included patterns (not the actual pattern sheet), so that I could add them to the archive here. I always loved the format of Japanese Lolita magazines. Deep in my heart, I wish such a thing might be started in the western world of Lolita as well.
For now, enjoy these scans of Eternita.
Unlike some GLB issues, this book doesn’t come with an OP, JSK, or even a skirt. Instead, they included mostly accessories like totes, a pillow, notebook cover, sleep mask, detachable collar, hats, hair bows and wrist cuffs.
I did appreciate the jewelry tutorials, though. It’s nice to find tutorials for jewelry that are more than just stringing a bunch of beads together. This issue also includes advertisement and an article showcasing jewelry designer Michal Negrin (I have two of his pieces). I just love that aesthetic. You should definitely check it out if you’ve never heard of him before!
Street / Event Snaps
This issue of Otome no Sewing seems to feature a collaboration with famed Lolita make up artist Akio Namiki. If you’re unfamiliar with his work, you can see him in action here.
Dorothy and the Wizard of OZ
The Little Mermaid
- The Little Mermaid JSK – OTS 9 (lite)
- The Little Mermaid Blouse – OTS 9 (lite)
- The Little Mermaid Bonnet – OTS 9 (lite)
Romeo & Juliet
Additional patterns in this volume
Ribbon embroidery – Roses
Decoupage photo transfer
– in the following tutorial, the publication is trying to sell ready made kits for doing this type of craft. However, you don’t need anything special besides a decoupage photo transfer medium, and images of your choice. There are plenty of tutorials on YouTube (like this one) that show you how this is done.
Accessories to match The Little Mermaid motif in this issue, using shrink film (available here). Also needed for this project are soft pastels, and UV curing resin. It looks like they use the kind of UV lamp you might get for your nails. They do sell nail salon supplies on ebay that include this kind of lamp, as well as UV top coat and UV clear nail gel – both of which can be used for this project. If you don’t want to use UV curing materials, I’m sure you can paint a gloss coat with regular 2 part pouring resin.
These images are in high resolution if you wanted to print the pattern shapes included in this project.
All measurements are in metric for drafting the pattern.