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.
For this Xmas issue, they did a tribute to a turn-of-the-century American illustrator named Ellen Clapsaddle, and use printed panels of her illustrations on fabric. It appears to be a limited edition printed fabric that was never available in the West, I assume. However, you should be able to find similar printed panel fabric at your local quilt shop.
The patterns are simple, and designed around the small panel prints. The book cover pattern utilizes the size of the panel the best. Then there’s a tote, and an apron, both of relatively simple designs to make them unspectacular. There’s a simple JSK pattern that might be nice here, by Innocent World again. Same idea, and fits well if you’re a small. I wish these things came in bigger sizes.
Here’s the pattern collection that comes with Gothic & Lolita Bible #42. It’s a personal favorite of mine. I’ve used the JSK pattern a couple times now, and it’s a nice long bodice that appeals to me. They also have the regular “filler” patterns for accessories like a beret, a fuzzy neck scarf thing, and yet another head bow.
The head bow this time is a Juliet et Justine design, so it’s a little different from the common head bow one sees, in that it’s folded over from one long piece. Still… head bows.
Anyway, here’s what you’ll find in this issue:
This issue just came out a month or so ago, for summer. It’s got a full JSK pattern, just like #42. Only this time, the featured designer brand is Juliette et Justine.
I have to admit the skirt pattern they offer looks a little subpar to me, but the JSK is nice, as well as some other things. An interesting shaped bag, and a pintucked detachable collar!
Also included is a round headdress pattern…
Released in April 2012 by Boutique Publishing, Let’s Lolita Sewing is an exclusive pattern book featuring Lolita fashion in their spring issue of the Lady Boutique pattern book series. I’ve had the pleasure of drooling over these pages, even while not exactly able to read any of the instructions. The great thing about these Japanese pattern books is that a lot of their instructions are mainly visual with easy to follow measurements in centimeters.
I won’t lie and say it’s not challenging, but I’m fairly confident I can figure out how to make any of these pieces featured in the book. I’m currently trying my hand at a bolero, the short sleeve version in this book.
Also – I freakin’ LOVE this book. Just sayin’…
The patterns come in three sizes, S, M, and L.