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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

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