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Handmade Lolita Finds: Unusual Colors, Piano “Trim,” and Border Prints

Hello, readers,

I’ve found more fabrics that I want to share with you. Contrary to what I said in the last installment of this series, these are all fabrics from Fabric.com. It’s unfortunate that you can’t really touch these before you order them, but it’s hard to beat the selection of online retailers. The fabric I’ve ordered off there before has turned out to be nice, but I can’t really say for sure that all my picks because I simply don’t know. The fabrics are all listed as being 100% cotton, so I think it’s safe to assume that they’ll have the texture of quilting cotton.

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Anyway, here’s a cheeky couple of fabrics to start with.

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Now, I’m not suggesting that you should take this fabric as-is and make an OP out of it. I really don’t think it would translate well like that. However, if you are willing to cut up this fabric and sew the ends of the keyboards together, you have the ability to add piano ruffles. I love piano motifs, and I think piano ruffles or trim give such a nice oldschool flair while still using printed fabric.

There are a lot of piano fabrics for sale, but I looked for ones that were the appropriate size for making ruffles or trim. The keyboard on the left fabric above is about 4 inches wide, and the one on the right is about 3 inches. Anything smaller than that, I don’t think would look nice.

The black keys on this OP are actually made from looped/folded satin ribbon, but that is a lot of work for a delicate feature that is at risk of snagging on everything.

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The next group of fabrics is one that I’m really excited to share with you all. This fabric is begging to be made into lolita dreses and skirts.

Mermaid

Mermaid

Peach

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Grey

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Cherry

I rotated all the pictures so you could more easily see that the checkerboard is the bottom of the print (as traditionally used in lolita) and the chess pieces fill up the rest of the fabric.

Aren’t these great? Honestly, finding fabric in a loliable print is always exciting. I think that the best part of all these fabrics, though, is that they’re in unusual colors for lolita. That red is gorgeous, and it isn’t too bright; peach and teal are full of untapped potential for lolita; grey is under-utilized. Using these fabrics to make a dress would be such a great way to add some color variety to your wardrobe. Since the print only has three colors, it would probably work well with any black or offwhite/cream (it’s hard to tell) accessories you already have.

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Lastly, we have more border prints!

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This fabric is absolutely adorable. It’s called “Gnomeville,” and I think that the illustration style works well with lolita. I don’t really know what substyle to categorize this as, (otome-lolita?) but it’s certainly fun and playful. My favorite part of this print are the mushroom houses, and I can see this working as part of a red and white mushroom themed coord, particularly with something like this beret from Sakura Fairy/Lily of the Valley on etsy.

Mushroom Beret – Sakura Fairy

There is also a winter holiday version of this print. I personally don’t like it as much, but maybe you do.
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A coord made with this version of the print would certainly be sweet, especially if you went with the peppermint candies motif.

To end this post, here’s a fabric I just found that would probably be great for otome.

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I really love this illustration style as well, but the color scheme and use of white space make me think otome and not lolita. Honestly, I think this fabric is beautiful. I hope someone reading this loves it, too, and crafts it into a stunning and understated dress.

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I hope you liked looking through all these fabrics. Readers, have you found any particularly loliable fabrics lately? Do you have any experience with the fabrics I posted here? Let me know in the comments! As always, I’d be thrilled to see anything you create if you end up buying a fabric I shared here.

Stay playful,

Raven

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Handmade Lolita Finds: Oldschool Sweet and… Punk?

Hello there, readers. This is the first installment of a little series I have planned for this blog where I write about things I’ve come across and discuss how they might be made to work with lolita.

This week, I have some fabric finds to share with you. (Note: All of the fabrics I ever mention in this series will probably be from Jo-Ann because it’s the only widespread fabric store I know of, and I believe that, whenever possible, you should touch the fabric before buying it.)

 

(The cherries on all the fabrics are identical, and it’s only the backgrounds that change.) I think all of these fabrics would be perfect for making something oldschool sweet. At the same time, I really wouldn’t suggest straying from the oldschool aesthetic too much. Sure, feel free to modernize it a little if you decide to use any of these fabrics to make your own clothes, but the size of the prints really do not lend themselves to the modern sweet aesthetic. Also, all these are quilting cotton, but they’re perfectly fine for making a dress or a skirt.

Anyway, I’d make a skirt or short-sleeved, puff-sleeved OP with these fabrics and use multiple (two or three) horizontal rows of white lace, some beading lace with red ribbon and/or little ribbon bows. I’d try and make something like these below:

Images from Avant Gauche

Also, these fabrics are great for making hair accessories of all sorts. Even if you don’t want to make a dress or skirt with these fabrics, they are nice and simple enough to make some versatile hair accessories that can even work with more modern sweet lolita. You can make a head bow with the strawberry print fabric that can match the strawberry-themed items you might already have in your wardrobe, and same goes for the cherry fabric.

 

If you have trouble telling the scale of the prints of these fabrics from the pictures above, I’ll share a trick I use to find examples of Jo-Ann’s fabric being used: go to Etsy. Search for a really generic term, like “cherry fabric,” and you’ll probably find what you’re looking for. For example, this person made an apron with the gingham cherry print, and this person made a 12″ x 14.5″ bag with the black cherry fabric. It’s a super useful tip to find out what a fabric really looks like if you can’t go to a physical store.

 

And now comes punk?

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I know, I know. This is garish. Still, punk lolita is about embracing things that you probably wouldn’t think go together, and this reminds me a lot of a blue version of Meta’s Heart Leopard series. If you’re a brave soul and like punk lolita, this fabric might be an option for you. At the very least, you could make something that’s different from the majority of “tartan JSK + combat boots = punk lolita” coords out there.

The trick with punk lolita is to remember that it’s still lolita, and lolita is about balance. Since this is a really, really busy print (to give you a better sense of scale, this person made a coffee cozy with this fabric), I’d recommend trying to combine Meta’s Heart Leopard series with their retro, leopard poodle skirt. I’d try and add an appliqué right where the Meta leopard is on the poodle skirt to ground everything and also give your skirt or dress (or even lolita biker jacket) a theme for you to work with.

Also, since the print is so busy, I’d try and keep it simple in terms of design. If you want an accent fabric, use plain black. Try and keep any lace you use thick/wide so it breaks up the pattern instead of adding confusion. Of course, if you want to make something with this fabric with tiers and ruffles and contrasting colors, go ahead. Ultimately, you can make and wear whatever you want, but just make sure it fits into the lolita aesthetic if you’re going to call it lolita.

I hope you liked these finds, even if they weren’t really your style. Do you have a different suggestion for how to use these fabrics in lolita? Leave it in the comments below. Do you think that any of these fabrics have absolutely no place in lolita? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll give you a sketch of what I was thinking of when I wrote this post.

Stay sweet,

Raven