I slept in rather late today due to not feeling well, but once I dragged myself out of bed, I started sewing. Since the catastrophe last year with the horrible responses I had about my dress, I have not really talked about sewing my own Lolita items, although the purple skirt with the peacock trim that I wore in November was my own creation as well.
Right now, I have a friend who is interested in dressing Lolita, and there are two meet-ups this Saturday that we are going to be attending together. She first saw me dressed in Lolita before the January meet-ups, and became really excited about it. We met to discuss Lolita on Saturday (I made her a PowerPoint presentation :D), and when I told her about the meet-ups coming up, she was insistent that she wanted to attend in Lolita attire, rather than attending in plain clothes the first time. So, I made her an offer I have never made to anyone before. To make her a skirt. We went fabric shopping immediately after, and then went to find her some accessories on Sunday. Today, I did the bulk of the work.
We found a very pretty red dupioni silk, and two different trims. I have put everything together aside from the waistband, which I am sizing her for tomorrow, and the zipper. I am also letting her borrow an Uber Kio mini top hat of mine, that I altered by covering the existing black band with a band of the red dupioni.
It is a turquoise dupioni silk (I really like dupioni silk :D). I wanted it to be more of an a-line cut, but I am still perfecting my a-line pattern, and this will have a slight gather at the waist. I put it off as long as I have because of the ruffle at the bottom. I do not have a serger, but I have a closed overlock stitch on my sewing machine that I use for ruffles. Luckily the edge of the dupioni had a clean finish, so I only had to stitch the one side, but it takes FOREVER! I finished it tonight, and right now it is just pinned to the hem of the skirt. I am going to sew it on tomorrow and work on the waistband.
I MIGHT wear this skirt this weekend, but I am a little hesitant to have both of us in such similar fabric. I really want to wear something red for the Chinese New Year, but the only item I have that would work with red is my Snow White JSK that I just wore. I thought about making a red JSK with some gold embroidery and trim, but I am not sure I would ever wear it again. I just generally do not like wearing red as a main color in Lolita. Not sure why, because I really like red, but I prefer my Lolita items on the cool side of the spectrum. I do not know, I guess I will sleep on it. I am working as an extra for a TV show on Wednesday, so if I do it, I want to have it enough put together to work on the embroidery during downtime on set.
I also really want to try painting some patterns eventually, but that will have to wait until I am working. There is a girl I follow on tumblr (http://mylolitahandmade.tumblr.com/) who does some fantastic patterns with paint, and I am really inspired to try my own.