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
This issue was actually a pretty nice one. I haven’t attempted the OP yet, but I want to! I did make the Laceup vest once, for a friend. I think she liked it. ^.^0 I think the best patterns in this edition are the vests and the OP, without question. The apron is another nice addition, not your typical Alice style, but more of a realistic Victorian length (If you’re a Lolita into longer skirts, of course.)
Google updated their translation app to include a drawing feature. It recognizes my crazy attempts at kanji! So I’m able to roughly translate the names of the patterns here for you. Yay!
Zig Zag – Side Laceup Vest
Zig Zag – Double Vest (Daburu Besuto)
- Rosa Bianca – Ribbon Princess JSK
- corgi corgi – Round Headdress
- Hexenhaus – Miss Cake hat
- Traumerei – Heart Rosetta
- moon afternoon – Dobby Weave Tablier (Apron)