12 March 2015

Completion: Virgin de Guadeloupe Collection Reboot: Underbust Skirt and JSK


Wow, let me tell you, this version of the Virgin de Guadeloupe has been in my head for years. Many of you remember the first Virgin JSK I made way back in 2011. Towards the end I make small mention of my idea of making versions in this colorway too. Well, after about four years, I finally did it! 

Instead of velveteen, I decided to use this green brocade fabric. It was so easy to sew with and it's very thick and sturdy. The only think you have to be weary about is snagging the satin jacquard threads, but as with all Lolita garments, take care! It's the nature of the stuff sometimes you know? 

Both of these pieces are not made to fit my dressform, as they are a little larger to fit my customers who are purchasing these. I cinched them in to fit, so I apologize if anything looks a little wonky or ill-fitting, you may not be able to tell though. The range for these pieces are 30"-36" waists opposed to my usual 26"-32" waists. I'm slowly learning how to accommodate larger sizes and I hope everything fits well! I can fix it a bit if not for them, at no charge of course! It should only be a matter of letting out some of the shirring. But I really hope I got it right the first time.

So lets get to those photos shall we? 

19 January 2015

"The Walking Museum" - BONUS - Accessories Post


So to accompany this collection, I made coordinating headdresses!
[If you haven't already, see the coordinating collection: Part I | Part II | Part III]

I made both a circular and rectangular headdress and adorned them with gold details as with the garments from the collection. Both bases are made from the black flocked fabric I used in the garments from the collection.

Let's begin with the photos!


The Circular Headdress ($35) - SOLD
Adorned with black embroidered lace, a gold embroidered ribbon, chiffon and mesh detachable flower, gold tassel, and black and green removable feathers. 

[Click the photos to revel the gallery]




I used the reverse side of the embroidered ribbon mistakenly when making the bow, but it's still quite pretty.

Images flat.






The Rectangular Headdress ($45) - SOLD
Made with two styles of embroidered tulle laces, one embroidered with flowers, the other with tiny bow shapes. It has the same embroidered ribbon bows, but on each side. There is also striped organza ribbon cascading at the sides as well. On top I've stitched the coordinating gold metallic Chinese braiding. This was made to directly coordinate with the trims on the One Piece Dress.










I'm very pleased with how it turned out! I haven't made a rectangular headdress since my first attempt at making one in 2007, and it was quite a failure (scratchy black raschel lace and all...) So I'm glad I was able to create something so much more beautiful now. I plan to make one for myself soon, as these ones will be at first for sale to the buyers of the pieces in the collection, and then open to others to buy otherwise. 


Some flat photos!








I love making accessories. They don't take very long and the results are instantly gratifying. 

I hope you all liked them, thanks for viewing!
Comments highly appreciated!

18 January 2015

"The Walking Museum" Part Three: Winter 2015 Mini Collection - Empire Waist One Piece Dress


It's time for Part Three, garment three - The Empire Waist One Piece Dress! All three garments are now revealed in full!

Missed Parts One and Two? You're missing out! You can read and view Part One here and Part Two here


Part Three is a go! It's hard for me to pick a favorite out of all of these, but I think the OP is probably my favorite of the three. I had no idea I would have enough fabric for it, but in the end it was JUST ENOUGH. Like I was literally squishing in the pattern pieces to the fabric layout! I was so lucky to make it work, and sewing it was a breeze in comparison to the other pieces. The Underbust JSK gave me the most trouble, but it did teach me a lot in the process. 

All in all I couldn't be more pleased with how they all came out and how popular they became! I wish so much that I had lots more fabric. It was fun coming up with different designs using the same fabrics. It was like a challenge! 

Oh yes, photos, the real reason you are here. Let's go!

The Walking Museum
Empire Waist One Piece Dress


The Front
The Bodice features a gold brocade embroidered metallic ribbon at the waist with detachable bow. There is also gold lace along the princess seams, and embroidered lace across with gold braiding. The sleeves are elasticated raglan puff sleeves trimmed with black power mesh. 


The Side
Surprise! I added a bustle! Let's look...


The Back
The bustle in it's full glory. You all know I'm a bustle addict. It's literally my favorite clothing detail in Lolita Fashion and many of my handmades feature a bustle someway somehow. This bustle is made out of black poly taffeta, so it swishes as you move! Very regal! I also overlaid the ruffles with a floral lace fabric - something else I've been doing a lot lately with my bustles. There are also super long waist ties for the added flair (also detachable). The back is partially shirred as well with the usual ribbon lacing. Both the waist ties and the lacing are black grosgrain. 



Details details...
You can see the trims and fabrics better in these images.


I'm really in love with the gold trims here. They all came together perfectly. Secret: The gold lace at the princess lines is an old beading lace I removed the ribbon from and cut in half. I had it left over from another old project. You'd never know! (Well now you do, ha!)



Added the Moss Marchen accessories again~
The gold waist ribbon reminds me of Byzantium, I guess thats why I loved it so much as soon as I saw it. What I would do for a Byzantine printed fabric...

 

Shirring details.


It's a different edging lace from the High Waist Skirt. It was also a lace I had on hand. I hoarded yards upon yards of this lace and I'm going to make sure it gets used up. But yes, I used the black Chinese braiding again. Looks like I'm going to hoard braidings next. They are also quite inexpensive. This chunky one was only $2 per yard. Slimmer ones could be as low as $0.50/yd! They also come in every color under the sun, expect to pay a little more for metallic ones though.

Now it's time for...

Name That Painting!

I need a little help identifying all the paintings that were used in this fabric. Can you tell me their names? Art History buffs I need you! They all are familiar to me, but I can't recall their names or who painted them and when. 


Louis XVI? Circa?


Mystery fans...not sure if this is an actual painting or what. My hunch is that they are scans of antique fans or some mashup vector art of some kind.


Who is this lovely lady?


And this famous still life I swear I've seen in person before. I would swear it's is or was on display at the MET...

Who can uncover they mystery of all the images and name all the paintings? 
Whoever can comment first with all the answers will win a free little trinket from me! An accessory that coordinates with this collections' black and gold details.


Oh but hey guys, I'm not through with you yet! I also made coordinating headdresses for these items! Those will be revealed tomorrow, Monday January 19th, 12PM EST like we have been! I'm on a roll aren't I? There will be no shortage of content from me anymore.

Many more projects are in the works, stick with me!

Thank you for reading and viewing and I hope you have enjoyed these posts! Comment and let me know what you think! 

17 January 2015

"The Walking Museum" Part Two: Winter 2015 Mini Collection - High Waist Skirt


Here we are, it's Part Two! Today detailed images of the High Waist Skirt will be revealed! Part One of this series was posted yesterday if you haven't already seen it. Part Three goes up tomorrow, Sunday January 18th, at 12PM EST.



Let's jump right into it shall we?

The Walking Museum
High Waist Skirt


The Front
The waist is made of the same flocked fabric that is used throughout. This time I utilized corset lacing differently, using it at the side princess panels of the skirt. The princess panels are also boned here using the same plastic encased boning as with the Underbust JSK. I used a different organza ribbon for the lacing here as well, but it is still black x gold keeping with the theme. 



The Side
The frame motif is mirrored somewhat and all the frame edges match.


The Back
Both the front and back center panels have shirring. This makes the skirt super comfortable on and easy fitting. I tried it and there is such a nice amount of breathing room despite the fact that it has boning. Miraculous eh? I was pleasantly surprised. It's like the boning isn't even there but the structure holds up nicely. The back also has detachable waist ties made out of black grosgrain. 



Closeup of the shirring panel at the front. 


I'm so pleased at how this lacing looks! And yes it is functional and removable!
Also note the power mesh ruching and Chinese braid trim like in the Underbust JSK. I kept it cohesive. 





You can see the detachability of the waist ties here. I used brass buttons with royal emblems.


Henry VIII's lurid glaring. At first I cringed at the thought of putting him on a garment and I thought others would too, but apparently he's quite popular among my admirers!


I just love this braiding so much, it was really the perfect touch. Same with the simple cluny lace hem and this time, power mesh ruffle attached to the lining of the skirt. 


I managed to trim all the garments with a mixture of trims I already had hoarded and a few additional purchases.  I had the cluny lace and power mesh fabric on hand and it worked out so well. 


And that's everything here! Remember, the finale, the Empire Waist JSK, is coming tomorrow so look out for it!

Thank you for viewing!