Thursday, August 12, 2010

Still Alive!

Wow a lot has happened in this past month! I joined a summer camp called Love Boat and had no chance to wear lolita at all. It only just ended on the 6th and I have begun to wear my normal lolita clothes again. My camera broke on the trip so there are not going to be more photos until I can get a new one... otherwise I have crappy cell phone camera I can take photos with!

The one lolita-related expedition I did manage to squeeze in during this past month was a visit to J-Live at ShiLin Night Market. J-Live sells punk, Goth, and Lolita clothes. When I visited, they were carrying K-Star replicas of Milky Fawn by Angelic Pretty and Rococo Accessories by BABY. The fabric quality feels pretty good and the print is clear, detailed, and actually still has "Angelic Pretty" and "Baby, the Stars Shine Bright" on it! Photographs were forbidden at J-Live, but I did sneak one photo of a blouse I tried on. Many places do not allow trying on of clothes, but J-Live allows all blouses, tops, dresses, and shoes to be tried on before buying, which is great because they still cost considerably more than most other night market stalls. An OP ran around US$100+ and blouses were around US$30

Sorry for the bad facial expression!!

The blouse was a little tight in the bust for me (this is a first!) so if you have a bust measure of more than 35" you probably will be unable to find a blouse that doesn't gap... most of the blouses are one size! The gaping here is minimal so a hidden snap could fix the problem.

It was also a little tight around the armhole, but that could be cut lower to allow for more movement.

There was no extra seam allowance to let out the side seams (all seams were serged together) so there is little room for alterations with this blouse. Most of the other blouses I looked at were constructed in the same manner, just with different frills and ruffles on them.

The lace on the majority of the dresses and blouses were good cotton lace or soft embroidered netting lace. Considering the amount of ita/cosplay lolita stores I have seen, I was very excited to find that J-Live uses much better materials!

I took sneaky photos of one of the 3 or 4 ita shops my roommate Jenny and I went into at FongJia Night Market (The one Night Market to RULE THEM ALL!)
I had to take these on my cell phone without looking so they are not that great...

Gothic Maid Lolita? The material was scratchy and the skirt was very very short

Wa-Lolita made of satin-y material

Some "Lolita", some not. I think these shops were catering towards moe complex type of customers...

Apart from J-Live at ShiLin Night Market, K-Star replicas are also sold at Kira Punk at XiMenDing, which is a very large market area catering towards a younger crowd. Kira Punk is much smaller and carries more punk and goth, but has many more accessories. The shop girl is a lot less friendly than the one at J-Live though, so I would prefer to go to J-Live than Kira Punk!