Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Recent Sewing and Other Projects

It's been quite some time since I've done a sewing post.  After dropping out of school I actually completely stopped sewing for about a year, taking on only a few commissions and very few personal projects.  Then, at the beginning of this year, I suddenly took a big style change, but did begin sewing and crafting again.  Here are some photos of things I've made so far this year!

First is quite a simple fishnet sweatshirt that I made for Ano:

Then I made some simple hair accessories.  The bat wing clips are available on my Storenvy currently!
I also made a kinda silly "monster" set of hair ribbons.  Haven't actually worn them yet.  They were a bit spur-of-the-moment!  When inspiration and motivation happen to strike at the same time, you don't hesitate!

 Then I moved on to more clothing items.  First is a spiderweb pattern tank top with a lace back:

 Then a couple of chokers.  The base is actually detachable bra straps!  They are from old bras, so I thought I'd repurpose them.  The inside is plush and soft and comfortable to wear; perfect for chokers!
Spooky skull moth thing

 Then I finally completed this old project.  It was originally going to be a kigurumi pajama, but I did not have enough fabric so I made it into a hoodie instead for Ano!

Then I made a spooky dress:

And you've seen this skirt in my last meetup post.

This jacket uses the same print in a different color, red.  I'm not completely happy with it because  it's quite loose-fitting.  I would have preferred a tighter fit to avoid looking baggy or chunky when worn, but the overall look I'm quite satisfied with!

Then I made another necklace on the whim.  I plan to add some decoration to the bears!  It's quite the statement piece, but I wore it out to ART2016 as seen in my post.

Finally, some custom lower lashes!  I've since added more gems in varying sizes to this particular pair.  Custom lashes is quite fun, though it's incredibly finicky to work with something so delicate and small!

That's all for now.  I hope to continue creating things as I figure out just what it is I want to do with myself.  It's quite anxiety-provoking to not have a plan for your future, isn't it?
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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Art Revolution Taipei 2016

It's that time of year again!  Or it was, from April 21-25; Art Revolution Taipei!  I did not take as many photos this year. The majority of exhibits were still traditional art, which is beautiful, but honestly looks much the same after seeing dozens of them -_-;

Still, it is really nice to see the gorgeous and unique things people create from all over the world!

Of course, I stayed mostly at Ano's area ^_~
Onward to art!
Door Gods
 Pixelated door gods to protect your home!  I remember we put door gods on our garage doors when I lived in Rochester, MN.  After we moved, we never replaced the gods though :o
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Long Time No Wear Meetup

 The thrills of finding a Lolita dress at a bargain deal is addicting!  So much so, that sometimes we can go overboard with buying and never get a chance to wear the dresses out.  Well, that may have affected some moreso than others, and was the theme for April's meetup!

Hako chose this theme, and it was quite fun to see what everybody wore!  In the end, I lost because my skirt was the newest (made two weeks ago) and Hako and NiYa both wore dresses they'd bought at the end of the year in 2013 O_O;

We went to an oldie but goodie, Rose House!  It's my favorite afternoon tea place because they've always got nice decor, good space, and really good afternoon tea at a reasonable price, and the foods on the platters change periodically.  I definitely suggest giving it a try!  Though the franchise branches tend to not have food that is quite as good, the tea is always spot on!
Group Photo
It was my first time wearing punk lolita, though it is one of my favorite styles!  I also tried a new makeup look for the first time @_@  I'm still on the fence about whether I like it or not... 
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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Lace and Ribbon Hair Bows Tutorial

Small hair ribbons are easy to make and dress up any hair style easily.  They can also be pinned or clipped onto boleros, handbags, wrist stoppers, etc.

Today I will show a quick and eay way to make some lace and ribbon hair bows, which can be made completely by hand if you don't have any sewing machine!  You also only need very few materials ^u^v

*Edge lace trim
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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Love Chocolate Meetup

Every year, Sweet Lolita brands put one one (or several...) chocolate prints.  Chocolate often shows up in other sweets prints as well, either as toppings, dips, etc.
So with this month's meetup theme of "chocolate," you would think that it would be quite easy!
Well, I flipped through every dress and skirt in my closet only to find... I'm the worst Sweet Lolita ever!  I have NO chocolate!

So that means I had to draw for next month's theme -_-;;  But the meetup was still great fun!  Of course everybody else had a plethora of chocolate prints to choose from ^_^v

In the end, I wore my new BABY, THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT 2016 lucky pack dress and KC
None of my photos really turned out well today though!  Oops...
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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Lolita Fashion X Weapons (??)

On Feb. 27 we had a Lolita meetup with a theme from me... weapons!  I didn't really think it through very well when I submitted my idea to be honest -_-; but it was a fun challenge.  Surprisingly, most of the Lolitas were able to find swords in dress prints, but 柔柔 actually brought a cosplay sword that coordinated with her outfit quite well!  And NiYa brought a toy gun and grenade from her brother's toy collection <_<;;

The lighting was yellow and space was far too cramped so we did not get good photos indoors.  By the time we made it outside, it was already dark so this time there are not many good photos, sorry!
NiYa and her weaponry

Winner!  Amazing look

Group photo!
 I'm wearing BABY's Swan Lake skirt, which has images of the prince holding a sword, so that was my weapon print :P  It's only about 2cm tall, but I'm the one setting the rules so there!
Kamiko actually would have been the one to not pass because she wore a Peter Rabbit print and claimed the farming tools the mice held were weapons.  Logic being that the pig 豬八戒 from Journey to the West (西遊記) uses a rake as a weapon (九釘耙)
This guy
He wasn't exactly very useful throughout their journey though, to be honest...
My face of the day
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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Quite the Start to the New Year

I was originally going to post in the first few days of Chinese New Year but it's been quite a negative start to the year so I'll skip over all that childish drama

Just look at our food

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Yoki Watch X Taiwan McDonald

Completely unrelated to fashion, but I'm super excited that Taiwan McDonald also got a collaboration with the cute and popular cartoon, Yokai Watch!  I first saw that Japanese McDonald had collaborated and created "storage containers" which, let's be honest, are FRENCH FRY HOLDERS.

I bought one.
I plan to buy more.

Also, one branch of McDonald completely redecorated to be Yokai Watch themed!

The show is basically about a grade school student who was given a watch by a demon named Wyss (I'm not 100% sure of the English names) that allows him to see and communicate with demons in our world.  He solves problems the demons cause and befriend them, earning him a medallion he can later use with the watch to summon the demons to aid him.

Do you watch Yokai Watch? If so, who's your favorite character?  I love Jibanyan (the red cat demon) the most!  Though all the featured characters here are my top favorite characters.

Hopefully I can visit here while it lasts!
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Sunday, January 31, 2016

BABY Happy Pack 2016

I previously mentioned I'd been planning on buying the BABY Happy Pack from either Laina or Hako, and yesterday I received it!  I ended up springing for the lavender colorway, which is lavender X sax blue.

Of course, what you are most interested in in pictures, so I will share them!  The photos are shown with the Classical Puppets bell-shaped petticoat.

I'm quite glad the fabric is not shiny the way it looked in the photos.  It's got a lovely hand and is smooth and nice to touch.  The ribbon is my favorite type of ribbon, smooth and plush. The bow on the center front top is removable so you can wear it at the waist or as an accessory on your bag or elsewhere.

This JSK does NOT have a zipper; it is a pull-on style.

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Rar! Large Animals Abound!

First meet-up of the new year (or last of the lunar year)!  The theme this time was one of my choice: large animals!

Of course, there were loads of bears and a horse, but I went for zebra/giraffe, and Doro actually had a giraffe in her skirt print as well!  Not exactly a commonly-seen animal in Lolita fashion (or in general, really) ^u^

We went to Guess What, which was small and a bit crowded, but has no time limit so we could sit and chat for a long time!
Doro: giraffe, XiaoLu: bear, XiaoWang: bear, Hako: horse, Niya: bear, Laina: deer, Me: zebra/giraffe, Teddy: bear
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