19 June 2014

Completion: Classical Floral Bustle Dress - It's For Sale!

And just like that, this lovely piece is completed! It took me a few weeks working on it off and on (I work full time, so I only have time to sew briefly in the evenings after work and sometimes on weekends if I'm not busy)

This dress as I mentioned before is 3 years in the making! I've had the fabric for that long! I designed the dress and let it collect dust for quite some time. I quit thinking and started doing, and this is what I have to celebrate.

Let's get right into the photos, I know that's what you are all here for anyway (or maybe you like my useless blabber? I applaud you.)


Details
This dress features a gorgeous Brown and Pink floral motif fabric from Shabby Fabrics. I highly recommend them for their quality cotton floral prints, many of which are imports from Japan. Since I bought this fabric three years ago, it's no longer available, but they have many comparable ones now in stock.


The bustle ruffles are made with ivory cotton/poly poplin fabric with a soft lace overlay. The front bodice also has the same lace overlay atop the front shirring panel. The dress is a raglan sleeve style that can be worn as a One-Piece dress or with a blouse underneath if desired.


A side view. The bustles are most dramatic at this angle.


And the back, which features center shirring like the front, except including corset lacing with ivory grosgrain ribbon. The waist ties are of course detachable.


Some closeups noting the ruching detail on the front bodice, trimmed with tiny pink satin ribbons. Also the delicacy of the ribbon lacing, the pearlized heart shaped buttons that attach the waist ties, and the off white embroidered tulle lace that peeks from the hemline. There is also ivory Cluny edging lace around the hem of the dress and on each bustle ruffle.

Additional images for your viewing pleasure.





You may also notice the small rosettes floating around on the bustles! I placed and hand-sewed each and every one of them (there are about 14) underneath the lace overlay on each bustle ruffle. I think it gives the most adorable touch. Definitely an idea to revisit on future projects.

And in case you were wondering what it looked like with a blouse underneath, I coordinated it for you!






Again, this dress is for sale! Here is all the info:

Sizing 
This dress was made to fit a US Size 4-8. US 10 is a maybe, but that would be the max.
Bust: 32"~36" Max
Waist: 24"~32" Max
Hip: Free
Length from Waist: 20" (+2" for lace trim)
(Note: This dress sits 1" above the natural waist)
If you would like additional measurements please comment and ask!

Optimally, I would recommend this dress for you lovelies who are not super busty, though the shirring will stretch to fit, I'm unsure of how flattering it may look with this particular design. Just a word of caution! 

I tried the dress on for size comparability and it's a comfortable fit with some ease. I am a US Size 4 (Bust 34", Waist 26") and about 5' 3" tall. I would suggest anyone up to the height of 5' 9" could wear this dress without the need of additional underskirts (but feel free to add them if you want!)

Pricing
$280 $250 $230 or Best Offer
**PRICE HIGHLY NEGOTIABLE!!** 
Feel free to make an offer! Highest offer gets priority.

I ACCEPT PAYMENT PLANS UNDER THE FOLLOWING TERMS:
3 Payments - First Payment $100 - Second and Third Payment - The remaining funds as desired.
2 Payments - Half and Half
All payments must be made in approx. 3-4 weeks post sale date, but we can discuss terms as you see fit. I am open to negotiation.
Anyone offering to pay in full upfront gets priority for the sale.

I have some sales feedback here if you would like:
(A bit outdated as I've been off comm for quite some time, but feedback nonetheless)

Shipping
I am in New York City. I do sale meets in the general Midtown area on weekdays only.
Shipping within the US - $16 including Tracking and Insurance
International Shipping - approx. $35 with Tracking and Insurance
I'm not responsible for loss in the mail. Please make sure your shipping information is as accurate as possible. I will confirm shipping before sending.

I only accept PAYPAL. No Personal/Gift Payments however. 
I will invoice you with agreed payment terms, feel free to leave your address in the comments or email me at punkneko66[at]gmail.

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CURRENTLY ON HOLD!!

Thank you very much for viewing! I have been getting so many sweet comments and feedback on Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr. I really appreciate every last bit of it! It's what keeps me motivated to create more and more! Links to my Instagram and Tumblr in the blog sidebars if you would like to follow me!

I have another project in the works for myself! Looking to finish it up in the next couple of weeks! Stay tuned!

06 June 2014

My First Post of the Year in JUNE? I'm back again!

Shame, shame, SHAME on me! My dearest followers, who I do hope still exist here, I have returned after what, a 6 month hiatus? It was completely unannounced and I honestly did not mean for it to happen. But so much has happened in the past few months that I've neglected blogging, and I honestly regret it!

But, no more apologies, lets just get right back into the swing of things!

As many of you may know, with the help of my dearest friend Jennifer, we have successfully opened our Etsy Shop, Lilith et Adalia, where we sell one-of-a-kind Children's dresses. Read my post here where I first discussed it.

We worked on the collection for about 8 months and released it in March of this year. However, we have yet to make a sale since! We have gotten a lot of admiration, but the buyers just aren't coming in. Honestly, Etsy isn't the best platform for design businesses anymore (with the influx of factory made items consuming the webspace), but we felt that it was the best starting point for us. We hope to open our own website one day.

If you could all do us a favor and share our shop with everyone you know, it would mean a lot to us. Also, if you have any ideas for marketing strategies to target the proper audience, that would also be helpful! Feel free to also read through our blog and see all that we have done. You can see full photos of all the garments and read more about them all. It's been a slow start but this is only the beginning. We are optimistic.


Here's a screencap of our blog, click the photo or HERE to visit our blog, and please do check out all our other social media sites!


So, in the past month, I've also revisited Lolita sewing! It remains a true passion for me and it's definitely not something I plan to ever stop doing.

I've revisited an old project! Read here where I first ever mentioned this dress what, like 3 years ago? Crazy. I guess there comes a time for everything to eventually happen. I'm making two dresses simultaneously at the moment actually, this one and the Red Floral Dress I mentioned in my previous post.

Photo time? I think so. Taken from my Instagram, you can find my link on the blog sidebar, or check out the hashtag #dixmacabresewing

Fancy photo effects. I can't believe this dress is 3 years in the making.

Bustle coming to life.

I think I've finally perfected this shirred raglan sleeve style. I did it first successfully on two of the dresses I did for Lilith et Adalia, and now I'm pro at them all around I think I can say.

Collage time!

I love how it's coming out so far!

*_*

I'm so excited to complete this dress! Once it's finished I will be putting up for sale here and various places on the web. This dress will feature front and back shirring, back ribbon lacing, a front 3 tiered bustle, and more! This dress will be able to fit a US Size 4-8 approx. I will take more accurate measurements once I'm done. 

Now for project two, which is a dress for ME! So excited, I love this fabric!




I'm missing some components for this dress, I need embroidered tulle lace and I'm not finding the particular ones I like locally. I may poke around online for something. I wanted to do a self fabric ruching panel around the hem like I have drawn, but sadly I ran out of fabric! So I need to alter the design a little. I'll see what I decide to do.

I also have two new designs that I'm ready to start right after I finish these two. I've been on a roll! The dress on the left is a tea-length dress with a double ruffle in this lovely brown floral fabric. I'm debating on whether I want to do this in a bigger size (about a US 10-12) to cater to a different size range than I usually do, but I'm not sure if the bodice side panel lacing will lend itself well to a larger figure (especially if you're busty, I don't think it's the best idea) so we will see. If not 10-12, then 8-10? It will also be a nice dress for taller lolitas. This dress will of course then be for sale. 

The dress on the right is mines and it will also utilize the side lacing detail. The fabric is a beautiful lilac floral with a postage-like background. Very elegant. 


My goal is to finish off my fabric stash with various Lolita and Children's Wear projects by the end of the year. I have such a big hoard and it's time to make something of it. 

Thank you for reading! See you in my next post where I will have a completed dress to show!

(Oh and in case you are wondering what happened to this dress? Well, I had a bad zipper mishap and haven't touched the dress in months sadly. Hoping to go back to it one day but for now, it's shelfed.)

04 December 2013

Brand New Updated Blog Layout!

Jut a quick post to say I updated my blog layout to a more lighter classical look. I was getting tired of how dark it was. I was in the mood for a change. How do you all like it? It's foreshadowing for the influx of Classic Lolita garments on their way!

Art credit goes to artist Kira Imai (many of you probably recognize her work, she's one of my favorite artists)

Sadly the Midnight Pastoral JSK I was working on has come to a standstill yet again. Every invisible zipper I used on the dress split! I admit I'm a little fed up with the dress now so I put it away until I'm ready to change the zipper again. I think I will have to opt for a metal tooth zipper. The fabric is just too thick on the bodice (it's a cotton twill). It alway splits at the waist seam because of the bulk. It's very frustrating.

However, I did work on a design for a new dress! Here it is... (capped from my Instagram)



This dress however is for me, it won't be for sale. I can't remember the last time I made myself a lolita garment, I need more things!

My goal is to finish this by the end of February.

And that's it for now! Until next time. If I get the motivation to replace the zipper on that dress, expect you will see it here first!

10 November 2013

In which I collect fabrics instead of making things out of them...this must end!

I'm a fabric hoarder. I really am. I see pretty fabrics and I just buy them without anything in mind to make with them. Then said fabrics sit in a bin/drawer for months, and at this point years without being touched. I just pull them out now and again, look at them, and then woefully put them away.

I want that cycle to stop.

When I first got into lolita I was so excited to delve into sewing my own lolita clothing. It was fun and exciting, and a great learning experience. I sewed my first lolita garments in High School, and I did a lot research and experiments before I attempted at making anything real. It worked out, and I've created lots of very lovely things as the years have gone by.

But there is also so much I havent made. I have plenty of ideas, folders on my computer full of sewing inspiration images, lists of ideas on things I want to create, all of which haven't gone far. There are a lot of factors that contributed to this lack of creation, some of which I touched upon in my previous post. But I can't allow myself to fall into a deep embittered melancholy over the fact that I haven't been able to do as much as I wanted. It simply comes down to...

"Well, just go on and try now."

I will.

Recently I went on a bit of a spree and bought about $100 worth of fabric yardage over at Shabby Fabrics, you know, the site that I'm always raving about time and time again. Well, they got me yet again! And on top of this I still had 3 other prints I bought back in mid-2011 that were sadly sitting in a drawer. Now I've set them out so I can see them as a reminder to make the pile shrink.

I bring photos of said fabrics! Click the photo to see the larger image!





These four are my newest and recent purchases. The fabrics are currently still available. I would do some poking around in their "Florals" section if you're interested in buying stuff from them. They have some to die for fabrics. I can never resist! The cottons are amazing quality and so worth the price (about $10 per yard). The two on top I am keeping to make Lolita JSKs for myself, the bottom two I am making things to sell off. Not sure what they are yet, but I am going to be sketching out some ideas. I'll be sure to share them here once I do!




Now these three may seem quite familiar, as they are the old prints I purchased. I posted the one on the bottom here before. I planned to make an OP out of it, but I ened up scrapping the original plan. I may revisit it. The first one pictured here, the blue one, I'd planned awhile ago to make an elaborate Rococo inspired OP from it. I might have sketched something once, but I would have to dig it up. I was inspired by that I think it was Victorian Maiden (or was it Mary Magdelene?) OP that had a very Rococo aesthetic. 

I plan on making brand new lolita patterns for all of these. I want to try out some new construction details, cuts, and silhouettes. I also need to alter my sizing standards, as the standards I used to use I am now too small for. Though I make everything with shirring, I still have to size things a little more carefully for myself going forward. I'm planning to create a size range that encompasses US Women's aprrox. size 2-6 (about a 32"-36" bust, 24"-30" waist with shirring) and then another range that encompasses 8-12 (36"-42" bust, 30"-36" waist). It will be tricky though. Everyone no matter what is shaped differently, but I do want my garments to be able to fit a range of sizes, so I have to work in a lot of adjustable details into them. 

Some silhouettes in Lolita clothing I want to try that I never have are Empire waist bodices, raglan sleeves, 3/4" sleeves (or sleeves in general for that matter). I want to play with difficult fabrics like chiffon, organza, and georgette. I want to dig through my inspiration photos for design details I've never tried. While I'm on the subject, here are some random images from my folders as some preliminaries!


Classical Bustles, Underbust (which I have done both, but I want to do more!) 


Bodice and sleeve detailing, Openings with Ruffle details. 


 More shirred raglan sleeves (tried it on the Midnight Pastoral JSK, but it needs refining), Fully gathered bodices.


Historically inspired dresses (Photo credit to Lieschenr), Interesting lace details.

I also want to delve into accessories again. Especially bonnets. I've yet to ever make a bonnet. Half bonnets are more appropriate though. I really want to try some! There are also jackets, corsets and bustiers, underskirts, and more. But I can't spread myself thin! I must focus on one thing at a time. 

So there we have it. I need to stay inspired and motivated. Seeing my Lolita sewing dreams come to life will bring me so much joy, I can't even truly fathom it. After its all done I will look upon myself with so much accomplishment. Now enough talking and more doing! Sketches coming soon! First i will sketch them by hand and then on the computer for a nice clean presentable look!

See you all soon! I'm posting more, go me!

02 November 2013

I'm back! With a project in progress? No you're not dreaming!

Hello Followers! Are you all still here? I know I've been so bad at keeping up this blog, and trust me I feel awful about it, not only because I've been neglecting you all, but also because the frequency of my sewing and creating had dismally fallen. I didn't post because I wasn't creating anything to post!

My life has become quite busy. I was promoted in my job, good news yes, but it also meant less time for my crafts. I'm still at Kahn Lucas, but I'm now the Assistant Designer to the Infant/Toddler Mid-tier division of the company, no longer an intern at the Dollie & Me division. It's wonderful, but also more stressful. I get home sort of late and I'm often too tired to do much anything. On weekends I get preoccupied with other things and other people, not that those things are a waste of my time, but I'd been feeling unbalanced in life and now I'm making steps to changing that.

I'm also quite busy with building my collaboration brand for girls with my friend Jen, Lilith et Adalia (as I mentioned and linked in my previous post here), and that too has kept me away from Lolita projects.

But again I feel motivated to create in every aspect of my interests, and even though it is hard doing so much, it brings me so much joy that no matter how tired I am I must do it. I must create beautiful things in every form that I enjoy. This is what truly brings me fulfillment in life and I must never forget that.

And saying this, I will kickstart my plans to create by sharing with you all some previews of the progress I have made on my long awaited Midnight Pastoral Jumperskirt that took me ages for no reason.

I would have finished it today but the invisible zipper I was putting in broke, and now I have to go buy a new one next week. It's a real bummer.


Creating the front shirring.


Fitting.


Testing out the corset lacing. Trying contrast ribbon, what do you all think?

I will have nicer, detailed, and better lit photos of the dress soon! These were taken from my Instagram, haha (I'm dixmacabre on there if you would like to follow me, I post mainly creative stuff.) 

I feel like the bottom is a little plain, but I don't know what else to add and I'm tired of putting beading lace on everything I make. Maybe the print speaks enough for itself and I should leave it at that? I'm also adding waist ties tot he back but I'm unsure if they should be ribbon or self-fabric. Decisions decisions... 


That's all for now. Once I finish the dress next week I will post the completed photos! It's about time this dress was near completion...I cut out the pieces for it in August of LAST YEAR. Now see that's a huge problem! No more of this madness! I must finish things from now on. 

I also need to update the layout of this blog. Its really dark and boring. I need to create a custom banner and brighten the place up a bit. I will work on that soon. 

Expect to see more of me! Sorry I'm always gone for so long, but life really has gotten in my way over the years. First it was school, now it is work. I won't give up though. I need to follow my dreams. 

See you in my next post!

04 August 2013

Part 4: What's Next for Dixmacabre?

Hello everyone! I'm working hard again to keep this blog up to date. As the years went on, and as my life was often busy due to schoolwork, my online presence as a lolita, and a lolita seamstress has sort of dwindled away. I hope I haven't been forgotten about!

As you all know now, lolita fashion is not my only passion in life when it comes to sewing and designing. My love for Children's Fashion has really come to fruition in the recent years and it has seemingly taken over, but fear not, I never see myself throwing in the towel on Lolita Fashion forever (so sit tight because I have an upcoming completion)

Since I've graduated I've been working in the industry, interning at a Girls fashion company called Kahn Lucas and Lancaster under the brand Dollie & Me, where I assist the designer and her technical team to make garments for girl and her matching doll come to life. I enjoy it there. The people are nice and I'm always busy.

But I always think ahead, and I know that one day I want to design on my own and at my own accord.

And with that I bring amazing news. 

Today I'm going public with a grand project I've been a part of...



Lilith et Adalia - Girls Dress Online Shop on Etsy!

Lilith et Adalia is a brand me and my dearest friend Jen came up with and are now collaborating on as Children's Wear designers, along with the assistance of another friend of ours, Kim, who is an illustrator and graphic artist (she designed the beautiful frame for our logo!) As of now we are in the early stages of preparing for Spring 2014. Already we have designed the 12 total dresses for the line, bought fabrics, and came up with ideas for accessories to compliment them. The dresses will be in Size 5-6 as it is our frist release, but as seasons go on we hope to expand into more sizes.

Our theme for Spring 2014 is called...
~ Petit Antoinette ~

All our dresses will be handmade by us in their entirety with care and intricate craftsmanship.

But we can't be truly successful without the help and support of friends online through social media and blogging, which is pretty much our only marketing base.

You can find us on all of these sites!
Etsy 
(Actual Shop Debut February 2014)

Facebook
(Regular updates on progress and promo material)

Tumblr
(Our constant flow of inspirational images, quotes, music, and more)

Blogger
(Detailed updates select Sundays at 12 PM EST)

Pinterest
(Interactive Mood Board)

Twitter
(Mini updates)

Likes, Shares, Follows, Reblogs are all appreciated. We can't reach potential without you all! 

Our goal is to create a real Girls Lifestyle Brand, that evokes whimsy, love for everything vintage and decadent, elegant, and sweet. We also promote a girls creativity and self expression through fashion and the shamelessness in embracing femininity as she chooses to. 

Ultimately we will be living and breathing everything Lilith et Adalia, along with juggling life and career, which isn't easy, but with balance and dedication, as well as pacing ourselves, we can really make our dreams a reality. We have so much planned to share with you.


I thank all of you that have been following my blog over the years, admiring my work, and giving me feedback. I cannot express how much I appreciate it and going forward my skills can only improve. I hope to provide you all with more inspiration and insight.

I hope you all love my Children's Wear just as much as you did my Lolita Clothing, and again there will always be Lolita garments popping up on here now and then! Stay tuned!

10 July 2013

Part Three: My First Photo Shoot: Feeling Like a True Professional

Again, it's been quite some time since my last post! 
It took awhile for me to get the pictures from the shoot, so it took me some time to get this post up. I hope to have some more steady posts for you soon.

So lets get to business!

At the end of my last semester at FIT, I got the greatest opportunity to have my garments shot on a live model by a photography student! It was an exchange, she would have things for her portfolio and I would have professional grade images of my garments! I was so excited to have this opportunity.

I arrived at the photography studio class in the mid-morning. I'd met with photographer, Hana, previously  and we discussed and collaborated on everything for the shoot. I had 4 garments for photographing, and my model was ready to go. 

Hana got a model from Future Faces NYC for us to work with. Her name was Brooke, she's 5 years old, and she arrived soon afterward with her dad. She was new to the company, and this was her first photoshoot as well (as it was mines). She was very cute and sweet and it was a real pleasure working with her. She was cooperative and patient. We couldn't have asked for anyone better.

When the photoshoot was over, I asked Brooke which dress was her favorite of mines, she said "I dunno..." with the sweetest voice, and I asked then if she liked them all, and she was like "Yes!"

I couldn't of been happier. My ultimate goal is for my designs to appeal to my targeted customer, in this case, young girls. I also realize more and more that Children's Wear, especially girls apparel  is my true passion in life. 

So without further adue, here's the photos!

Click the smaller images to see them bigger!






 



All the dresses fit her so perfectly! I really felt like all my hard work paid off and that what I was doing in life was right. I love fashion, I love Children's Wear, and I see myself sticking with it, career wise, for life. 

My next post in this little blog series will be about my plans for future career wise. Hopefully by then I can reveal an exciting surprise about my future that I hope to make reality.

Look out for my next post! Also I hope to  have a lolita completion to share. Don't worry everyone, I haven't left lolita, I've just been focusing on other things for quite some time, but I'm slowly getting back into the lolita world again. Alternative fashion is also and will always be a great passion of mines as well.