What it says. Skip to 4:40 if you want to just get to the fabric part, instead of listen to me talk about more “useful tips”. 😛 ^.^
The patterns in this issue are mostly lacking, in my opinion, with the exception of the blouse that seems to have a longer torso than typical Lolita blouses. The skirt thing is more like a skirt overlay in the shape of an apron worn backwards. Angelic Pretty’s Dream Carnival dress has a similar design element already attached to it’s OP, so maybe that’s what they were going for?
The rest are just elaborate headdresses.
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 #56
- Tote Bag, Drink Me Hair Ornament (Angelic Pretty)
- “Queen of Hearts” boned high waist skirt (Elements,H)
- Magical Heart Alice Apron – (Mam Maxicimam)
I took the time to digitize one of the patterns in this volume, for a sew along for the Lolita Fashion sewing groups I’m involved in on Facebook. This time I chose the Magical Heart Apron, to practice my new digitizing skills. It came out perfectly. It’s a bit time consuming, but totally worth it to be able to share accurate patterns with the interwebs and with ladies who may not be able to access the patterns found in these beautiful full color magazines from Japan.
The files are uploaded to Dropbox. Enjoy!
This issue came out in November 2014 and features just three patterns. A shoulder capelet, bunny ear headdress, and a rather lovely, lacey asymmetrical skirt. It’s the skirt that takes up the most room on the pattern sheet, which is why the patterns were limited to three this issue.
- Sheglit – Assymetrical skirt
- Angelic Pretty – Bunny headdress
- Metamorphose temp de fille – Fur capelet
I have to say that I’m a little disappointed with the patterns in this issue. I don’t find them very innovative or novel at all. It’s just another pattern for a headbow, wrist cuffs, and a skirt that we’ve seen a thousand times. Rectangle skirts don’t really even require a pattern, but they needed some filler, I guess.
The one pattern I find nice in this issue is the bell sleeve lace bolero. So if you want to get this issue for the patterns, the bolero might be the only worth your while. Also, the pictures of this season’s Lolita styles are always enticing to buy the latest GLB. ^.^
This issue has 4 patterns all featured from one of our favorite Lolita fashion brand stores, Baby the Stars Shine Bright.
I have personally already made a successful pair of bloomers featured in this issue. I hope the lovely girl I sold them to are happy with them. They fit me like a glove, really nice fitting bloomers – if you’re into bloomers. I think after making that particular design, I might be inclined to wear more of them. ^^
- Tote Bag
Some Helpful Sewing Instructions
. . . in Japanese, sorry. But look! Pictures!