10 August 2015

Cross Post~ Lilith et Adalia: Women's Collection - Dress One - "Vienna de Lune" Chemise Dress Debut

Cross Posting from our Blog over at Lilith et Adalia! Our first Women's Wear Collection piece is complete and will be going up for sale on our Etsy Shop this Wednesday August 12th at 8PM EST!

Just a few images on my end. 
See more detailed photos and get more information in the original blog post!

It's been a little quiet around here but I've been keeping busy! I have a ton of projects in work in the next few months. If you follow me on my Facebook Page or my Instagram, I post what I'm working on much more often and you can see pieces literally as they come to fruition in real time.

Rufflecon is fast approaching, so I have two dresses to make for myself before the weekend of October 2nd! I will be wearing handmade dresses and accessories all weekend long!

I will be here with detailed photos of everything I have made as son as they are complete!

Thank you for viewing, and I would love it if you all could support Lilith et Adalia too, which soon I will be exclusively selling the things I make under that name. Many of you have been following my work for years and I appreciate you all sticking around this long!

With love,
Aria Macabre

12 April 2015

Commission: Black Organza Overskirt and Black Lace Rectangle Headdress + Veil

Hello everyone! Just thought I'd do a quick post to reveal my latest projects, which were commissions for a friend of mines! She requested to have a black organza overskirt made that was reminiscent of Angelic Pretty stylings. The tiered skirt style was inspired by the Crystal Dream Carnival Tiered JSK and the cascade bow was inspired by the one on Milky Cross.

She also requested a rectangular headdress and veil inspired by the Katrina veil style. We both really loved that one and when I had mentioned I wanted to make something like it, she jumped at the idea of having one for herself! She however wanted her veil to be longer.

So anyway, lets get to the photos shall we?

Coordinated with AatP Name of the Rose JSK, Pumkin Cat Chiffon Blouse, and Jewelry from Moss Marchen.

The organza is very full and fluffy. Lots and lots of yardage went into the creation of this! The second tier has about 200 inches of fabric in it believe it or not! The front is cut away just like the style that inspired it, and I even managed to find lace to trim the edges that is strikingly similar to the kind AP uses! I was so excited when I found it in the local trim store. 

The waist is fully elastic and ties at the front with a hidden satin ribbon. The bow at the front is detachable with brooch pins and so are the cascades! You can take it off and wear them on multiple things! I'm really pleased with how this turned out, even though the organza was a bit hard to work with at times. I do plan on making more in the future, but first I need to make one for myself! I have a few ideas for different styled ones, such as asymmetrical, ruffle hemmed, different colors... 

Now for the headdress and veil!

I'm super happy with this one too! It gave me a few mishaps, but in the end I think it turned out okay. The veil is a rectangular shape as well and is long at the sides and picks up at the back when worn. This is a waist length veil, as requested. The headdress is all black with embroidered lace and braiding details that I find are becoming my signature. The headdress attaches to the veil through tiny slits I made and secured the opening with thread binding by hand so it wouldn't tear. The original Katrina veil has a similar finishing, thus where the idea came from!

I really need to make one of these for myself soon! I think I will make my veil shorter though and in a different shape. 

So that's everything for now! I hope you all liked them! I have so man more projects in the works coming up (maybe too many!) so wish me luck in successfully completing it all!

01 April 2015

Dixmacabre Sewing Chronicle: Now on Facebook!

Hello followers!  I bring some quick news!

I just wanted to let you all know that I have a new page on Facebook for you all to follow my work! I will still be posting here on Blogger every time I complete a project, but if you would like to see things as they happen, please like my new page! There, you will be the first to know when I have something new, and see updates in real time!

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!