Monday, December 31, 2018

Fabric Haul, Prom Gown Commission, 1890s-inspired Period Lolita Dress and More!

Iris treated us to some lovely, lovely fabrics - can't wait for the night fairies one to be turned into a JSK... a sweet surprise post-Christmas pressie from my sweetest sister.  

Slow but steady progress on the prom gown commission... the lace is just delicious! Now it's just sewing on the sleeves and flowers, so I hope it will be done relatively soon.
Mock up of the floral decoration
So many flowers to sew on yet though...

Finished silk taffeta drawers commission - decorated with tulle lace, ruffles, pintucks and silk satin ribbon, they were a pure delight to work on!

In the few spare moments I can steal, I'm slowly working on another 1890s-inspired Period Lolita dress - and once again, it's made of polkadot fabric:-) I hope I can get my hands on a pink, yellow and lilac one as well one day to make yet some more Period Lolita dresses...
This one's gonna have the biggest sleeves I've yet tackled and in hindsight, I'd add more tulle support inside than was recommended in the pattern. Still haven't found the right kind of lace to go with this...
Cutting out the sleeve lining out of white cotton batiste
They don't look it on the picture, but in real life they are seriously huge.

Happy New Year everyone. I hope it treats you all well, brings you happiness, love, health, success and contentment. See you in 2019!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Kokoshnik Commission Finished, Kitten Skirt, Pink Silk Taffeta Bloomers - Or It's Project Dump Time Again

Just a quick update on some of the stuff that's been finished lately... I'm too tired to write a proper post, sorry, but I'd at least like to share some photos of the current-ish projects with you, guys:-)

Kittens, strawberries, cherries, polkadots and lace - isn't it just adorable? A sweet surprise pressie from Iris...

Finished kokoshnik commission - I'm kind of thinking about making one for myself for the upcoming Animefest 2019 Fashion Show, but I'm not entirely sure yet, since this type of a headdress is extremely laborious... but so regal when worn!

Silk taffeta and silk satin ribbons bloomers commission. Now the second pair, longer, is almost done... next up is a prom gown. So much to sew yet!
Cloud-printed bloomers in pink and blue; I have the black version of the fabric at home as well, but right now have no time or energy to turn it into bloomers. Someday in the future, then! The pink colourway is for sale at our Lacemarket shop here...
...and the blue colourway here.

That's all for now, next post will hopefully be up in December - hope you'll have a wonderful Advent time!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Viviana Iris Brand Launch Giveaway: Enter to Win Bloomers Worth 100 USD!!!

Click the image to enter the giveaway!!!

Yaaay, finally figured out how to use Kingsumo (sort of), so the giveaway we promised on Lolita Updates we'd host is live! *happydance* After you sign up, like us on Facebook and share the giveaway there to win this lovely, fluffy cotton sateen and tulle goodness! For the best chance to win, follow us on Instagram and share the giveaway on Pinterest and Twitter, it all earns you extra entries! Good luck everyone, can't wait to find out who the winner is:-)))

Friday, August 31, 2018

Mini Projects: Real Soap For BJD, the Gothic Door Update and More!

 The Gothic door is almost done from one side - have to figure out what to do with the reverse one...  plus the frame for the door is a nightmare so far - I think I need to get some balsa wood for it.  But finally in Romania I found some nice hinges for it, yay, so at least that problem is solved!

The sitting room, how it looks so far. It looks beter in reality, but I'm not satisfied with it, anyway. The colours of the walnut and the mahogany furniture clash. I think I'll just transfer the walnut into the study, once I begin working on it. And I'll move this room to another one, to make space for a corridor with a staircase, I think.

Harvest and preparing for winter in the Barbie dollhouse. Looking forward to making some nice tiled stove in the style used here in Bohemia in the 19th Century... Gosh I wish I could get my hands on some local 19th Century catalogue!

Embroidered towels for the ladies of the Barbie house... three done, about thirteen more to go, I believe. I lost count. Need to make census of the inhabitants...

The cook resting after a lot of baking. Made the bread, the baguette and all the other baked stuff out of salt dough, the kettle was a gift from a friend who found it in an antique store - seems it's actually copper and looks lovely when polished. Been a while since I did, looks like it needs to be done again. The bread baskets are made of wire and cord in one case, in the other, of wire and bast twine, if I remember correctly. The table was made by daddy and me, the chair is from a flea market. And I really need to re-root her hair and finish the dress... oh well, one day.

Real scented soap for our BJD!!! It was such fun to make! We traditionally put scented soap into the clothing in our wardrobes to make it smell nice and to ward off moths, so this was a must have for our dolly. I might make some more with a different scent when I have scraps of it...

Now, there is more, but I can't walk because of a sprained knee, so more photos will have to wait till it heals a bit:-) What are you working on, folks?

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Beautiful Sights: Hluboká nad Vltavou Castle

Once upon a time, Prince Jan Adolf II Schwarzenberg and his lovely wife Eleonora travelled to England. The Schwarzenberg couple fell in love with it, truly, madly, deeply,  and decided to build a bit of it in Bohemia. The result is breathtaking.
Inspired by the Windsor, this castle and the grounds took some thirty-one years to build and it is as spectacular inside as it is outside. You can clearly see the Schwarzenbergs were a wealthy and powerful family in every room and every lobby - which is good for us tourists, because we can now admire all the wonderful castles and palaces they've left behind as their legacy:-)
So much inspiration for dollhouse decoration...
The castle is filled with incredible carvings both in wood and in marble, some of them of unearthly fragility. One especially frail carved mirror frame took seventeen years to make to the local masters - I wish I had a photo of it to show what beauty human hands are capable of producing. Sadly it was not possible to take photos inside, so let me share the exterior at least:-) Welcome in a fairytale.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

1870s-inspired Pink Brocade "Innocence and Roses" Period Lolita Gown Project

Hiya everyone! So, we've just had a blast at the wonderful Bring&Buy event organized by Margueritte Weinlich and this inspired us to start planning for some more events in a couple of months to come. But, the classical problem - we've got nothing to wear!
I've got this sweet pink brocade laying in my stash and initially I thought, hmm, maybe I could match Iris and make something Rococo-inspired.
Iris: "Are you sure? You've never worn it, do you think you'd feel comfortable? You usually feel good in 19th Century-inspired stuff... how about you turn it into something 1870s-like?"
Me: "I'll just watch the I want Candy Marie Antoinette video and I'll be fine, you'll see."
I fiddled around with it for a while, Iris improved it, I fiddled around with it some more till I was so-so satisfied... and then I went back to Iris, peeked in and timidly asked: "How about we add a bustle to it and 1870s it up?"
One big chuckle and a knowing look from Iris later, there was the design for the skirt done and I had the basic idea for the shape and the decorations on the bodice laid out.

Now the work on the bodice is going to be interesting... enlarging teensy tiny patterns from old magazines is always fun. Good thing I've got Iris to refresh my memory as to how it's done... she's the most amazing, patient and fun teacher.

So, fingers crossed, the back and the front are going to look similar to this... I especially love the back.
We are, however, actually starting with the skirt part - it's an interesting experiment to see how the gored panels (?is that how it's called?) will translate to the Lolita shape.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Travelling in Lolita when you're ill: a small guide

Tropical temperatures are here, holidays are fast approaching and the season for travelling is here, so I thought I might put together some tips that worked for me when travelling in Lolita as a person with frequent health issues. This list is by no means complete, so if you can think up a suggestion of your own, please go ahead and write it in the comments:-) Happy summer everybody!
(Ok, ok. I know it's not summer yet according to the calendar. But the nature seems to think otherwise.)

Image courtesy of JessicaDennisDesigns on Etsy

  • First of all, put on a dress or a skirt that is not constraining in any way. A-line dresses and simple skirts that aren't decorated with any heavy frills are a good idea.
  • Don't bother yourself with a wig; the cuteness is not worth the headache and the overheating. 
  • Keep your medication close at hand, especially if you've got some that's used for emergencies. It tends to hit when you need it least, so it's best to be prepared. This might be superfluous to mention, but better safe than sorry - if you are travelling with someone (a friend, a boyfriend/girlfriend, relatives...), make sure they know what to do if you get sick and won't panic in the crucial moment.
  • Water. Keep yourself hydrated, especially in these hot days, and have the bottle always close by. 
  • Make sure any of the layers can be taken off; might be actually better to travel with cute shorts underneath instead of bloomers, so that, if you get too hot, you can just strip down to a T-shirt and shorts and still be decent for public transport like trains or buses.
  • Your parasol is your good friend, if you can put up with this extra thing to carry and it doesn't tire you out too much. In extra hot regions like the Southern Europe it's often a lifesaver.
  • Skirts and dresses that have pockets often tend to be easier on an organism that tends to get exhausted easily than a purse, plus you can't forget them anywhere if brain fog hits you. Alternatively, for me at least, a cute backpack generally works better for the weight is distributed evenly on both shoulders and is easier to carry. 
  • Going heavy on the accessories might prove exhausting after some time spent on the road; casual and simple does it.
  • Keep a snack close by, especially if you are prone to hypoglycemia. Fresh fruit for example is good as a quick thing to nibble on periodically through the journey. Cools down, brings in sugar and refreshes.
  • Smaller, less poofy petticoat (or even none at all) might be a better idea than a huge one, depending on what travelling space you shall have available for yourself; in any case, at least in my experience, it tends to be a little less hot. Petticoats tend to be from synthetic materials, so in summer they can turn into a burning hothouse. Overheating can be dangerous for anyone, but for people with chronic issues it especially isn't a good idea.
  • Keep your phone charged and keep it with you at all times. Sometimes people will be nice and will help you out if they see you are sick, but sometimes they won't care or might think you are high on drugs and just step over you when you are in fact struggling to stay alive.
  • Medical bracelets can be made very cute and might be a good way to give yourself a slightly better chance this won't happen. Lolify it to Heaven and back; go crazy with it. Just make sure the important part with the info about your specific condition will be clearly visible.
  • Keep the fabrics light, if you can. Minimise the weight you carry in any way possible to prevent exhaustion.  
  • Cute, sparkly sneakers or ballet flats with sweet bows tend to work better for longer journeys than normal Lolita shoes that can be challenging to take on and off. They also tend to be easier to walk in in the long run. 
  • If you don't usually use crutches, but you know there are moments when having some support as you walk might be handy, consider trekking poles - they can be folded away and they can be gotten in pink. I've seen girls with chronic spinal or leg joints problems being saved by them a couple of times on longer trips when they thought they just can't walk any longer. 
  • Ellie had some brilliant suggestions! So here they come:
    Minimal make-up.
    Suncream with a high SPF.
    Supply of handkerchiefs for nasty summer colds and use on public transport. They could be used to cover mouths or hands, when holding railings.
    Having hair away from the face, in an up-do can be very useful for keeping cool.
    Thanks so much, Ellie!
Hope you enjoy your holiday! Where are you planning to go this year? Tell me in the comments:-)


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