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my new summer dress!
So the temperatures have been hiking up, so much that England has overtaken its European neighbours temperature-wise. This bad news for lolitas! So I made this simple one piece with some floaty voile I picked up at a haberdashery on sale for £1 a metre! Its a pain to work with, but this turned out fine. The fabric is a sheer voile with a faint rose pattern on it. I haven't made an outfit before for which the central colour scheme is lavender so this was quite an adventure, it turned out reminding me of Cinderella However that could be partially attributed to my new hair colour.

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Georgia
Georgia · Egremont, England, GB · 6 projects
This is lovely. You look just like a doll (I know, thats the point in lolita fashion but you've pulled it off perfectly). I've tried working with voile before but it was a nightmare; my sewing machine just kept making it pucker until it completely chewed it up. Needless to say I gave up. I love the shape of the dress, do you buy your patterns or make them?
Only Frills and Horses
Only Frills and Horses · Nottingham, England, GB · 59 projects
I know those feels- voile isn't the worst fabric but its definatley getting there -.-' luckily my machine is pretty adept so no major disasters.
as for patterns, this and a lot of my other dresses (not skirts- they're just all rectangles to me) is a vintage pattern from a charity shop altered and combined with other patterns, parts of it self drafted. in this case the bodice was an empire waist wedding dress pattern which I lengthened, and brought the neckline up to avoid showing cleavage. the sleeves were from an old 80s wedding dress which I had to shorten and reduce a bit, finally the skirt was self drafted. it takes a lot of practice, a lot of following other people's tutorials and possibly a few pattern drafting classes (though when I started college I already knew nearly everything they taught us somehow o.o) to be able to do it yourself quickly and easily. I really benefited from a few yers of using these tutorials: http://fyeahlolita.blogspot.co.uk/p/lolita-tutorials.html
and finally- looking like a doll has also taken a few years practice and much observation of real dolls :3
Georgia
Georgia · Egremont, England, GB · 6 projects
I guess I wont be able to buy the one you used then :L My school stopped doing textiles when after I did my GCSEs so I've had to learn most of my pattern making through books & the internet so I'm still learning. I haven't been able to find many places to get good, cheap patterns & you never seem to see them in shops where I live. It's only just dawned on me after reading your post that I actually have a few patterns for tops & skirts that I could just combine. Well that saves me a few hours on the internet Happy
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