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From Juliette et Justine to Downton Abbey

Sadly not the Marquis de Sade characters , Juliette & Justine, but a Japanese Lolita Brand going by the same name!

About a year ago they came out with this beauty…..

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(pictures stolen off Rakuten)

As with everything Japanese Lolita, its about £300 and even if I could afford it, I wouldn’t even remotely fit into it.

About the same time, I came across this hot air balloon viscose on my favourite fabric stall……

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Along with a load of rusty brown synthetic silk that matched it perfectly. 🙂

So in a moment of inspiration I decided to make my own version of the dress using those two fabrics.

Anyway, it was a complete bastard to make. I had to draft the pattern myself and make a mock-up of the bodice and sleeves, and then I completely lost interest for several weeks and had to totally push myself to do it.

It looks a very simple dress, but virtually everything that was sewn on includes gathers or ruffles of some kind, so it drove me completely up the wall.

So I came to the stage where I had nearly finished, and tried it on with the ruffle attached to the bottom, but without the ribbon and bows to see how much I needed to trim the ruffle (as I was winging it without a pattern I cut the ruffles longer than needed in order to trim them down at the end.) and even though I needed to take 3 or 4 inches off to make it like the Juliette et Justine one, I kind of liked it how it was….

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So then I wasn’t sure what to do. Luckily however I am leaving the ruffles unhemmed (the silky stuff frays really nicely, and I thought as I’m going for a slightly steampunk feel, I could get away with it.)

On the one hand I want this primarily as a steampunk dress and it was working the way it was, but it wasn’t a replica of the J&J dress anymore 😦

So anyway, fate helped me out on this one, I wanted to wear this to my friends hen party on Saturday where I was asked to dress according to a steampunk theme, and I was pushing it a bit tight getting ready as Britain had the worst pollution smog in as long as I remember last week, and it completely kicked my Chronic Fatigue off, so I ended up mostly in bed. So I decided to leave the skirt long, and leave the ribbon bows off and style it up a bit and see what happened….

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As you can see I went for a kind of Edwardian look, I used a leather effect obi I’ve had for ages as a belt and put my hair up and wore my black necklace, and kinda ended up with a scruffier version of Downton Abbey style clothing.

At the time I thought it looked awesome, but looking back at the pictures, I am almost certain now I am actually going to shorten it and go for the effect of the original, as I think I look really mumsy in this, and although it is suitable for steampunk,it is a bit too fancy dress for me, but if I make it a bit shorter, I can use it for a whole range of things.

So yeah, possibly more pictures when I actually manage to do that. It is in the wash at the moment, (the advantages of homemade clothes over designer ones! 🙂 ) but we are about to have our bathroom done up, so all my sewing stuff is going to have to go away for 3 weeks. 😦 However I am going to the Goblin Kings Masquerade Ball at the beginning of May and I kinda want it ready for then as the current version is not ethereal enough (if someone who is a size 18 can ever look ethereal! )

Anyway, I am totally proud of the finish on this one, as I was trying to emulate lolita, I really stepped my game up with the finish inside….

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I am also really pleased with the cuffs (completely winging it)….

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and the lace round the neck (which needs ironing in this photo as its just come out the laundry) but was probably the most expensive single component of the dress and is really good quality had dyed cotton that I bought off etsy.

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So yeah, although it is technically finished now, hopefully it will be finished in a way I am happy with in a few weeks time!

 

Sci Fi Weekend 2017

So this was about 3 weeks ago now. Last time we went 4 years ago I went absolutely mental for a couple of months making costumes, then got really drunk and was not really in a position to photograph any of them well. This year I was much more relaxed about the whole costume thing. Firstly, I’m not really a cosplayer. I don’t really like doing other peoples characters, & I don’t like putting a whole lot of effort into something I’m only going to wear like once every 4 years. Secondly I have a whole load of generic fantasy/goth/steampunk outfits I’m not getting enough chance to wear at the moment, so it made sense to do something fun with a couple of them rather than make anything specifically for the convention. Also Jon was very much not in the mood for dressing up, so I didn’t have to make anything for him either.

Ironically, in the year I decided not to bother, we had a lovely outside veranda with really good lighting at the cabin we were staying in, so I got massively better photos of stuff than last time.

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First up on the Friday was my steampunk dress, with added thermal cuz the weather in Wales that weekend was bitter. (annoyingly London was having a bit of a heatwave) I quite like this outfit, I think its my best attempt yet with that dress, but I’m still not sold on the dress itself. It started life as an attempt to make my own version of a dress by Juliette et Justine and really didn’t work out how I’d planned. (details here) I’m really proud of drafting the pattern myself and think its a gorgeous dress, but it really isn’t massively me. Looking at the picture maybe I need a better hat. The corset is a favourite though, it is from Fan Plus Friend, and even though it only just fits, I love it.

Saturday…

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I love this outfit so much. Its the dress I made for my witches costume this Halloween , but with a flower/horn crown I made a few years ago for the Goblin Kings Ball, but then did the whole getting drunk and forgetting to take photos thing (I am such a shit millennial sometimes!) I haven’t really had the opportunity to wear it since.

I bought the basic plastic horns ready attached to a headband from someone off etsy but then I painted the horns, glued the flowers on and padded the headband – even with padding I can only really wear it on top of a wig as the horns make the headband super heavy and pinchy.

The wig is from My Lolita Dress,a taobao resale site. By the time you’ve factored in insane shipping from China costs it is quite expensive to buy them from there, but all the ones I’ve bought the quality has been really good, & they have some interesting colours and styles. I made the mistake last sci fi weekend I attended of buying a cheap wig off eBay and it isn’t really worth it. It has only lasted one or two wears, is really thin and is tangled as hell. I want to replace it, but annoyingly haven’t found a decent long white one on any of the better quality wig sites yet, even though I’ve been looking.

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Oh yeah, I thought I’d include this photo as its a really nice one of Liz, Ian and I. It was ultimately a really fun weekend, though my ME wasn’t great and I didn’t really appreciate a 7hr car journey there and back. Probably won’t go again to that specific convention for another few years, but as there are zero opportunities to do dress up/goth stuff in London at the moment (there is still a bit of a goth scene focused on Islington, but it has become very very local, for people who live round there and cliquey, and most of the big goth and steampunk costume parties have stopped now. The ones for queer people and on the fetish scene are still going strong I believe, but they are not really our sort of thing.) we are hoping to get to other conventions/festivals/weekends over the next couple of years. But I am really glad to have stood by my decision not to make anything for the Scifi weekend specifically and also that I have decided no alternative stuff this year, I have plenty enough stuff to play with already, & the stuff I am making so far this year I have been really happy with.

 

Green boyfriend hat and random fabric

 

So literally the day before the weather turned and went really cold I managed to finish the ribbed hat for Jon to match the scarf I made him earlier in the year.

I found this a much more pleasant knit than the scarf, basically because the main pattern was k3p2, which had just enough element of variation in it to stop me going up the wall. Although I started the hat on a circular needle I finished it off on double pointed needles, which was my first attempt using those and was a bit of a disaster, although I got the hang of it, in the process I dropped a load of stitches, which I had to sew back up at the end, though it isn’t noticeable at all in the finished hat.

Pattern was the Boyfriend Hat by Stephanie Nicole Bennet. Yarn was Debbie Bliss Donegal Arran Tweed, which matched the scarf yarn & I’ve had in my stash for ages. With hindsight the tweed wool is too irregular, changing in width the whole time & with random bobbles to have been ideal for the patterns I chose, but they’ve still come out reasonably ok, & Jon likes them which is the main thing.

Next on the project list is a tiger print scarf and hat combo for me, & then a repeat of the Bobeek slouchy beanie hat I made end of last year for Jon as he wants one for himself it suited him that much.

In sewing news I have my xmas lolita project all cut out and ready to go.  I’ve also bought some more fabric recently, of which these two are the highlights….

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This brocade is a replica of what if I remember correctly is a Byzantium piece found in a viking grave. It is by a Czech  company called Sartor who specialise in reproduction medieval fabric & have had stuff used in Lord Of The Rings & Game of Thrones. Their authentic stuff (made in silk and velvets ) is way way expensive, but their polyester brocades (which this is) are quite cheap, though still a lot more than I would normally pay for fabric.& as I am intending on using this to make sleeves for a medieval goth dress I am planning, the fact that its polyester and therefore easily washable is a massive bonus.

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This very good quality what I think is Cotton Sateen I picked up from the local fabric stall for £3 a meter. I wasn’t sure what it was exactly other than a massive floral print until I got it home and opened it up properly. I’m not sure what digital, old masters style printed fabric is called, but I’ve been dreaming of something like this for so long, & under usual circumstances if something like this comes up its far too expensive for me to buy.

I am planning on making it into a Juliette & Justine style floral lolita dress, however there is 5m, so I’m hoping to get a skirt out of it as well.

I’ve also bought some other random bits off the market as the stall holder lady is ill 😦 and her daughter is going to take over from after xmas, so who knows whats going to happen. I may have to start rationing my fabric buying or pay higher prices for stuff again.

 

What I made in 2014.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

So technically I’m a day late for the ‘what I made this year’ roundup, but here it is anyway…..

Stuff I made in 2014…

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All pictures link to the original post with that item in, apart from the one of the blue dress in the garden, cuz the second time I photographed it I got much better pictures.

So thats 14 items made this year, 12 of which are sewn 2 of which were knitted, so I am counting that as actually slightly down on last year when I managed 14 sewn items, (I want my knitting to be a bonus to my sewing, not a replacement for it) However massive improvement over last year as 12 of those items are completely wearable (lat year I made 4 duds)  and one of the ones that isn’t (the blue dress) is because the fabric, a viscose I bought off the market stall, faded in the wash and developed white patches, and started fraying along the seams. I’m a bit annoyed because I prewashed it and it didn’t show as an issue, but given I pay £2-£3 a meter for fabric that is much better quality and design than anything I could get for that price from anywhere else, the occasional problem fabric is not too much of a downer. (according to the market stall lady its because not all samples are treated before they get sent to the shops for consideration, and then onwards to her) and it is really rare that happens.

The other item of clothing that has ended up not completely functional is the Sleeping Beauty skirt I made for a costume party. In that case a) I don’t really like it, it reminds me of school, b) the way I caught up the lining in the hem means it wrinkles a bit, which isn’t ideal though I have been assured no one but me would notice, however c) I don’t really like it, it reminds me of school! So it hasn’t really been worn, I will keep it in my wardrobe a couple more months, but if it doesn’t get worn by then it will get slung out.

Last year I made a list of all the things I intended to sew this year…

Black and white lined wool skirt – made

Black and red herringbone wool skirt – made 

Dress for dark Grimm fairytale themed goth clubnight I am hoping to go to in March –didn’t manage and due to life getting busy didn’t make it to the club night at all actually

Skirt for my friend C.- push over to next year, after the Sleeping Beauty skirt didn’t work I’m not quite as confident as I thought I was with the pattern

Top for my friend C. – made

Red jersey top – was on the list, dyed the fabric and the trimming, but got bumped off the list by time constraints

Burgundy jersey top – made 2 of them actually

Hot air balloon steampunk/lolita dress –made

Hello Kitty/Kiss dress – didn’t manage

Tim Burton style ball dress for Haloween –no chance

Black and silver damask steampunk/lolita skirt – sadly didn’t manage

Red and black stripe steampunk/lolita skirt. –didn’t manage

So I managed 5 out of 13, which is terrible really, only looking at that list I feel I was a touch over ambitious.

Also this year ended up being the year of making fairly boring basics for my wardrobe, rather than fun frilly stuff, which was totally necessary, however, I’ve got to say, this winter has been the first time since I put on weight 5 years ago nearly now, that I’ve consistently found stuff on the highstreet and in charity shops that fits and I want to wear. I am beginning to feel, for the first time in 5 years that I have a well rounded wardrobe that can cope with any everyday occasion. Although there are several basics I still would like to make next year, I’m going to have a lot more opportunity to make stuff for fun and on a whim.

However I am finding that alternative culture has pretty much died in London, certainly in the South East of London where I live, which means that although I love the idea of having a wardrobe full of black and frilly, there are less and less opportunities to wear stuff. I need more lolita items, and I need a couple of Regency dancing dresses, but I’m not entirely sure where to go with what I make at the moment, my heart wants loads of impractical but pretty goth dresses, but my head thinks maybe normal basics with the merest hint of a twist to them is more suited to what I actually need. (hate normcore with a massive vengeance)

So I have no idea what the hell I’m going to make next year.

However there is still a short list of stuff I need to make…

Regency dress mockup (I have started this already as the deadline is mid January)

Regency dress more authentic version

Red top 1

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Another item of clothing for C.

And thats about it, apart from that I’m just going where the whim takes me. Obviously I’d love to finish more than 12 items as well, but I have to accept, because of the ill and life getting in the way, thats probably not going to happen. But I will have a  go anyway! 🙂

 

Loncon3/Worldcon 2014

So this year Worldcon, the world literary science fiction convention was in London (at Edxcel in the Docklands) and as we live fairly nearby and are both into Science fiction, we went.

Due to catching a rather nasty cold in the middle and attempting some dancing which is a lot more hardcore than the usual longish walks I manage, I only attended for 3 days rather than all 5, which kinda killed the clothing thing i wanted to do as my aim was to wear all my main lolita outfits at least once. I was also scuppered by stuff not turning up from China in a timely fashion and by deciding I wanted to do something completely different on the Sunday anyway.

So…..

Thursday was quite a quiet day as it was the first day of the Con, we mostly went to panels on this day, it was kind of like being in a mini university. I saw ones on costuming, cities and medievalism which were all really interesting. Didn’t bother to take a picture till I got home at night….

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Just a plain black Bodyline jsk with (you can’t tell in the picture) long sleeved black and silver top and black and gold tights, the weird shape pendant is actually a laser cut At-At from a stall at the Scifi weekend the other year.

Friday we only went in for the dancing as we didn’t know how well I was going to be able to manage it and it seemed silly to push ourselves. In the event I really enjoyed it and managed to dance for 2 1/2 hrs only sitting out for one dance (where I took this picture)

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The blob in the middle is Jon dancing the Roger de Coverley (I did get a go at it earlier on). Though the picture doesn’t show it there were actually a lot of people in costume of some kind or other. I sort of dressed up, in fact I wore something a lot floatier than I had originally intended, but I don’t really have a lot of stuff with floor length skirts, certainly nothing specifically Regency, though as Jon and I did actually really enjoy the event, we are looking to try out lessons in Surbiton so this may have to be swiftly rectified.

Anyway….what I wore….

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With bonus Iron Throne, the skirt I made years ago before I started a blog, the jersey blouse is my homemade pattern one. Although this is an awesome outfit for doing floaty dancing in, it isn’t as it stands a very good lolita one as the petticoat I have doesn’t puff it out enough so it looks kind of flat. This will hopefully be rectified when stuff arrives from China.

Picture of me with another loli at the con…..

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I didn’t get this ladies name, but did give her my username, so hopefully she finds this. Demos perfectly though why I need a pouffier petticoat.

Saturday I was achey all day from the dancing, and both of us had a cold, so we had an on the sofa day watching videos.

Sunday we meant to enter a cosplay competition thing, but it was on fairly early in the morning and the neighbouring sports club decided to have a party till one am so we slept in a bit late. We still dressed up though….

me…..

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I went for a kind of Gainsborough look using my Steampunk dress as a kind of Chemise a la Reine. Loads of people said I look really pretty and it worked reasonably well, but I am still not really happy with the way this dress has turned out. I will continue to look for ways to style it up, but it isn’t really me! :-S

I am so proud of Jon for dressing up though, he never does. This is his outfit….

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He went as Elric from the Michael Moorcock novels, he had loads of white face paint on which isn’t really clear in this. The cloak was made years and years ago by our friend Liz, who would actually be much better at sewinghtan me if she ever bothered 😛

Picture of the two of us together….

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Jon saw a panel that day, I mostly spent it drinking in the bar with a friend, however we went home early as we were both still a bit ill and suffering from lack of sleep the night before.

The monday Jon went in and did loads of panels, I stayed at home and slept as by that point the cold had taken a really firm grip! 😦

Over all I massively enjoyed the bits I went to , I am somewhat frustrated there was a lot of evening activities I missed out on as although the cold could not be helped, even though we live quite near by London standards we were still 3/4 hr away and with my Chronic Fatigue could only really manage traveling back and forwards once in a day, so if I needed a nap, that was it. If it ever happens in the uk again (which on previous form seems to be every 5 years or so and London every 10!) or if I was to go to a similar convention, I think I would try to stay on site, then I could go to more stuff.

At the moment I am still recovering from the cold and I won’t be doing any sewing till next week as I am away this weekend. However I have apparently been nominated for a liebster award (a bloggy chain letter thing that helps small blogs get more followers) thanks Brigid 🙂 ! So I have something to post when I get back.

As far as sewing goes I have 4 or 5 boring tops to make, that I intend to bite the bullet and get on with, after which I am definitely going to have a go at some spooky fun stuff as the majority of the stuff I have made this year is everyday wardrobe filler and is not even really representative of what I wear on a day to day basis, and I am itching to sew something gothy and creative!