Video – Commission Journal #1

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I’m trying to do more videos and get in the habit. Also, I figured I could share my sewing progress of projects I get to do for clients. Because why not?

For this commission, I was requested to make the same Wizard of Oz OP – with basically the same color scheme – except for a much taller client. She also ordered the Magical Heart Apron to go over it. When she got it in the mail, it fit her perfectly! I was so pleased.

Otome no Sewing–Book 12–Autumn/Winter

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OTS - Book 12 - 001Here 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

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Queen of Hearts

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The White Rabbit (Ouji/Dandy style)

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Other Patterns Included

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Tutorials for Accessories

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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.

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Suggested Materials

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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.

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Otome no Sewing–Book 11

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Catalog of patterns and tutorials

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Thumbelina

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A Little Princess

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Blouse pattern

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Soda Fountain Waitress Uniform

Another Akio Namiki Collaboration. These are actually perfect for maid cafe uniforms. Or maybe that’s what it is to begin with. But they initially reminded me of soda fountains from the 50s with those colors.

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Lolita Wedding Dress

I have to admit, I’m pleased that they included what they think of as a wedding dress – but I’m not terribly impressed by it. Without having made it myself, all I can tell from the pictures is that it doesn’t look very flattering at all. And probably won’t be without serious modification. Then again, all these patterns are meant to be for girls who just sew the basics, and don’t necessarily have all the nifty tools and machines that allow for higher quality details or embellishments.

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Additional Patterns

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PhysicalDrop Collection ad

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Tutorials

Round boxes

The list of materials (for #45, but you get the idea for #44 too) for the following tutorial are

  • Kent Paper (1 piece, A1 size)
  • Cardboard, gray (2 pieces, A1)3
  • Fabric for A (110cm x 30cm)
  • Fabric for B (110cm x 80cm)
  • Eyelets (4 pairs, .5cm inner diameter)
  • Ribbon (3.6cm wide, 2m40cm long)

Now, I have no idea what Kent paper is, and trying to find out online only yielded Japanese websites that sell it. It might be a safe bet that it’s similar weight to something like Bristol paper, or maybe even cardstock. As for Cardboard, I might recommend a lightweight chipboard for the body of the box itself.

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Heart shape applique maker

Here’s Clover brand, trying once again to sell you something that you don’t really need. Like this template for making heart shaped . . . essentially yoyos. Oh, they ARE yoyos. Here’s a video using these exact templates.

Personally, I don’t see why anyone would need to spend money on templates, when you could just use that same money to buy a half a yard of medium weight interfacing (if you wanted to make the yoyos stiffened) and just make them the old fashioned way. But that’s me, and I’m weird, I guess. Also, maybe because these are shaped like hearts, it would be easier to make the shape with a set template like this.

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List of supplies

I haven’t usually included these pages with my scans, because they tend to be the same general thing every time, and I usually take them as very loose “suggestions”. I don’t make the exactly thing in any of these books, and always tweak my final designs by using different trims and sometimes different closures. Sometimes, I’ll even go the extra mile and make my dresses lined. But I thought this time it might be useful anyway. When I get around to making a video, I’ll go over the tools I use for my projects. Essentially, they are the same as these:

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Overview of how to draft the patterns using the diagrams included with each garment to make. Again, this is something I’ll go over in a video soon.

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Because I love you, that’s why . . .

Bonnet Pattern & Instructions

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Thumbelina’s Blouse – Pattern & instructions

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Petticoat Pattern & Instructions

Looking at this pattern myself, it seems to be one of the better versions I’ve seen out there. It’s a four layer petticoat, which I would make out of organza (NOT Tulle!). They’ve always included little quickie instructions on different length petticoats to make, but again – I like this one the best.

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And there you have it! This is just a general overview of the Otome no Sewing Book 11, so if you have questions or need detailed instructions on certain projects, feel free to contact me. Here’s hoping they’re working on book 12!

Gosu Rori Vol. 14

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Pattern Catalog

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Tutorials

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Requested Pattern Diagrams

Doll OP Instructions

Okay, this time the diagram is scanned, as well as the instructions. Holy crapity, this thing is complicated, even for me! But good luck! Look at all those pin tucks. Have fun with those! ^o^

Stand Collar OP Instructions

This one looks not as hard. 🙂

Otome no Sewing – Book 10

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Sweet Lolita

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Gothic Lolita

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PhysicalDrop – Guest Designer

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Angelic Pretty – Head bow & Skirt

This particular set is also advertising the printed fabric from the illustrator Econeco, similar to Lisa Frank here in the west. Mostly art work with a consistent motif, in this case cute things and pastel rainbows, plastered onto gifts and stationery. For this issue of Otome no Sewing, they also point to some fabrics in the same style. In my research, however, the fabric is/was only available at the shops listed in the page below on a walk-in only basis – and it seems to be out of stock now as well.

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Akio Namiki (Make up artist) collaboration

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“Rococo Princess Dress”

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“Qi” or Chinese Style

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Military Style

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Other patterns/tutorials

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Requested Pattern Diagrams w/ instructions

All of these pages can be printed out and used as the guidelines for drafting the necessary patterns. Feel free to ask questions if you have any!

Chinese Dress

 

Military Coat + Outfit

A word on this coord. There are a few preliminary things to be drafted to achieve the full 2 piece ensemble.

The skirt diagram needs to be drafted from the featured A-line skirt in this volume, minus the bottom hem ruffle.

The bolero is drafted from the full coat pattern.

Bolero:

Princess Rococo

To draft this dress, you first have to draft the Sweet Lolita JSK for the skirt portion of the “princess” dress.

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The rest is included on the page for the OP. All the scans should be full res and clear enough to print out and read legibly.

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