Sunday, 25 September 2016

Vintage Lingerie: Camisole

Hello lovelies,

I started doing small projects when I was home for a few days from work after Connichi. The first project was a Vintage camisole.
I bought the Intimacies Vintage Lingerie pattern from Nehelenia Patterns a while back (in 2014) but never started actually sewing something from it. Instead I started with the crochet part. See my blog entry to this here.
This time I started with doing a camisole. I wanted matching tap pants with it but my fabric was too small. I bought the fabric in Korea and therefore had no chance to get my hands on some more. So only a camisole it was.
This was my fabric of choice. I still think it is super cute.

I cut out all the patterns and tried not to curse American patterns because they always include seam allowance. And this one had a 1/5inch or 13cm seam allowance included. Imagine my fun measuring 13cm.
In my opinion my pencils are much better to draw lines with than the chalks. I would love to get a chalk pencil but all the once I bought in Vienna are crap. :(
The bottom was folded and sewn in place. At first I didn't really know what the instruction wanted from me but and made a huge mistake. But after correcting that everything went smoothly.

 The smaller lines on the camisole are the tiny buttonholes. The fabric was too thin and therefore I added some stability with iron-on interfacing in small strips. I had to cut the strips on the picture a few times to get the size I wanted.
The buttonholes were no problem with the machine I am currently using. Sorry for the blurry picture.

 A small strip of fabric was added inside as a tunnel for my waist ribbon.

 The ribbon can be pulled to the outside with that clever place buttonhole. They are not visible once the ribbon is outside.

 I made the straps with the exact measurements of the pattern guide but they were waaaaay to big for me.
 And these were my buttons I used. Tiny flowers for a tiny flower print.
Here is what the camisole looks like now. I am still thinking about adding lace at the top but all in all I am quite satisfied.

Time needed: Over the span of 12h I made it with lots of breaks in between.
Cost: about 2,5€ for the ribbon, I had everything else.
Satisfaction: 4/5
Comfortable: 5/5

All the best,


Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Ariel cosplay wip

Hello lovelies,

sorry for the long wait. I was really busy this summer. Between London, having a friend over from Germany for a week and work, I managed to almost finish my Ariel costume. I say almost because only a few details are missing but all in all, it is already wearable.

I am talking about this:
Last year in March was the first time I talked about doing this cosplay. And now, more than a year later, I finally finished it. It was not always easy and some of the details really screwed me up but I do have to say that I am quite content with the outcome. I didn't have that feeling for a long time.

The pattern is a normal dress pattern which widens at the bottom. The overdress is made of chiffon and the under dress is a pale yellow stretch material.
I bought a few meters white chiffon material and cut out the basic pattern.

I hand stitched everything together with the goal of pulling out the thread after colouring it. Why? Because I was colouring the polyester chiffon with a polyester dye and thought, the thread was made out of cotton and wouldn't take on the colour. As it turned out, it did because it was made of polyester too. Great. The dye I used was polyde in green and yellow. It dyed my fabric exceptionally well and I was really amazed about the colour.

Here you see the after dying result. It does not have the correct green colour but I was too unsure to experiment with colours so I have to live with that green now.

Afterwards I sewed everything. The yellow bits were sewed with yellow thread and the green parts with green thread. As for the sewing; at first I made a straight seam and afterwards, with a wide but short zig-zag stitch I fastened everything. In the end all what was left was cutting right next to the seam so it will not fray.

I added the under fabric to the top and tried it. Everything really fit well.
My crappy hair styling was due to a long work and sewing day.
I tried to strike a pose I saw on some Edwardian pictures.

Next on the list were the sleeves. They were a bit tricky to make and are still super uneven, which is a big minus.

With a zig-zag stitch I made kind of "huge buttonholes" and then cut it. The yellow fabric is georgette. It is a bit thicker and has more colour than chiffon. The yellow fabric is a bit longer than the green one.
A picture of my try out stage. Before sewing I like to know how it looks like.

I am very sorry for the crappy pictures. But that's what you get for working all day and sewing all night. Meh.
But wait, why are the sleeves so puffy?
I got the idea when I looked at Victorian underwear. They made small cushions for their sleeves to make them stay puffy all day.
I took this (crappy) picture in the Victoria and Albert Museum, but this is quite similar to how my under-sleeve looks like too. It's just a tad smaller.

Before even doing the dress out of the chiffon material, I cut the pattern out of a thin cotton fabric and tested the sleeve (and general, the fit). As you can see, the first picture is without the under-sleeve pad and the second one is with. I think this makes a huge difference.

The only thing missing now are the pearls. I hand stitched them onto the fabric directly. The pearls are about ~8mm.

Both of the finished sleeves were attached to the dress with a few stitches.

Next on the list was the piping. Ariel has a yellow pearl band covering the sleeves and top of the dress. I decided to do a piping with the yellow georgette I had left over and cord. It's a fairly easy task and didn't take long.
The trick is to really sew next to the cord without actually stitching on the cord. I accomplished this task with the zip foot.
And this is the fabric plus the piping. Before sewing I hand stitched the piping to the fabric to keep it in place.
I forgot to take pictures but once the piping was in place, I added a zip.

I made fun of the following part stating on twitter that I had nothing better to do with my life. But in that moment, I didn't.
I took 6mm pearls and hand stitched them onto the piping, in a 6mm interval. To be honest, I would love to say I did not sit at my sewing table with a tape measure and mark out 6mm but I did. I can't deny it.

Of course, there was another fitting after that. How can it not be. I might have gained weight and not fit into the dress anymore.

 I love how the dress turned out. I still have the pattern and I think I'll do a nice gothic dress out of black chiffon with it but without sleeves because they were a pain in the butt.

The shell bra is made out of a cotton/elastic blend. I didn't have the time to go and buy a new fabric and I found this nice shade of purple in my fabric box, so why not use it. 
No idea why blogspot turned the picture, it sometimes just does.
I lined the fabric with a pinker purple lining fabric but it's not really visible anyway.

Almost done!
Here are some of the materials I used. I sprayed them a bit with gold colour first and managed to spray also my blue table cloth. At least it looks a bit like stars on a blue sky now. 
I used the sea star for the headdress which will come in a different post because I fear this entry is already too long.

The rhinestones are all from aliexpress, I ordered about 1000 but didn't use all of them. to be honest I still think the dress looks plain but I will buy a can of spray glitter.

So, how did everything end with the rhinestones? Here are the results.

 Now I just hope the weather in Kassel is okay because I can't wear that dress with 19°C and rain :(.

All the best,


Friday, 12 August 2016

Lolita pop-up store

pHello lovelies,

there was a pop-up event in Vienna yesterday, hosted by our local lolita community. It was held place on the eigth floor of the hotel 25h which is located near Museumsquartier. A few vendors where at the event like Lady Sloth and Wunderwelt and a shop with accessoires  and another with sweets and cupcakes. The view from the hotel was really amazing and even though I didn't buy any dresses, i was really tempted to. There was also a fashion show and a tombola but I was at the event for only a short time and didn't stay for those two events. But I was really happy to meet a few aquaintances and friends again.

There are a few picture online from the event, I forgot to take some myself. AGAIN.

My outfit:
Jsk & necklace: Metamorphose temps de fille
Shoes: DreamV/Yumetenbo
Blouse: h.naoto frill
Bow: la pafait
Bag: innocent world
Rest: offbrand

I will be in London the next few days, so I will spam you with pictures the next time I will write blog entry.

All the best,


Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Trinity blood - Finished

Hello lovelies,

I never came to shared the few pictures I have from my re-done Ion cosplay.
Remember all the postings where I was just hand sewing all that pearls onto one costume? Yes, I am talking about that one.
I wore in for the Nippon Nation on Sunday and I got three amazing pictures by Greencat.

I really doesn't look like much work but believe me, it was a buttload of work and I am super happy I finished it.

My friend who cosplayed Radu and I also did a fotoshooting when I was in Munich this year. But I have no pictures yet, so this will be another blog post.

All the best,


Saturday, 30 July 2016

New cosplays

Hello lovelies,

I bearly finished my cosplay for Nippon Nation but now I have plans for three new cosplays for connichi. To be honest, I will probably only finish one and if I am lucky two but that's it. I don't know why I stress myself so much. But whatever, I got my mind on that.

I am playing Marvel's Avengers Academy and I really like the third outfit at rank five Enchantress is wearing. Although green is definitely not my colour nor do I like boobcups, i really find this outfit intriguing.

For Saturday I want to do Arielle in an art nouveau version by Hanna-Alexander on Deviantart. 
Her designes are amazing and if I had the money and time, I'd cosplay each and every one of her designes.

I have no idea why but this dress screams chiffon to me. I have plans of buying chiffon, dying it and then sewing the pieces together. But I will do a mock-up first because I don't feel all too sure about the pattern. And to be honest, I will definitely wear a corset underneath that to get that nice shape.

For Sunday I planned an Assassin's creed cosplay with my friend S.
I played the games last year and I was addicted to them. I played four parts in less than a month and especially the parts with Ezio I played in less than a week.
The cosplay I chose was Claudia. I really liked her Assassin's outfit but I chose her dress because I just couldn't figure out what the fuck she was wearing. It was like she wore a cloak, a mini cloak and a collar on top of it all? Nah, no thanks. Making a dress is so much easier (in my opinion at least).
This dress screams brocade and something stiff. I found the perfect material for the chemise in my local fabric store and I will go and get it asap. As for the rest of the fabric, I am still on a hunt for it.

And that is it for now!

All the best,