Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sparkle Stitches~Fancy Lolita Canotier Tutorial!

Hair accessories can really bring an outfit from casual to fancy! Recently I have become quite enthusiastic about hand-stitching some ribbon projects. This one is originally for my class, but I rewrote the instructions in English for my readers, too!

This canotier can be made in any color with many different types of material for different styles. Try it out yourself! No machine required :)

*寬緞帶 (50mm寬左右)/ Wide Ribbon (an inch or two wide)
*細緞帶 (5mm寬左右) / Narrow Ribbon (just a few mm wide)
*雷絲 / Lace
*珍珠 / Pearl Beads
*吊飾 / Charm
*針線 / Needle and Thread
*鐵梳子 / Wire Comb

NOTE: I did a previous tutorial on making ribbon roses here where there are more detailed instructions!
1) 將寬緞帶從右邊開始捲。 捲2-3圈用針線固定住。
Starting from the right side of the ribbon, roll it 2-3 times and stitch.

2) 左邊多出來的緞帶往後折45度角,在繼續從右邊捲。 用針線固定
Fold the ribbon on the left side away from you and continue rolling from the right side, stitching as you go.

3) 繼續邊折邊捲直到花朵到你想要的大小。
Continue folding, rolling, and stitching until the rose is the size you want.

4) 花朵縫完再用細緞帶做葉子。
Using thin ribbon, create loops and stitch for the leaves.

5) 把花花的根往旁邊壓扁縫死。
Fold over the stem and stitch it flat.

6) 用兩條細緞帶縫到10cm長的寬緞帶上。
Sew two lines of thin ribbon onto a length of thick ribbon (about twice as long as you want your final ribbon to be).

7) 把寬緞帶縫成圈,再把中間折成蝴蝶結用線固定。
Sew the wide ribbon into a loop and gather the center into a ribbon-shape.

8) 用一小段寬緞帶折一半縫在蝴蝶結中央。
Take a short section of wide ribbon, fold in half width-wise, and secure around the center of the main body.

9) 剪一段雷絲邊抽細折,縫成圈。 可以多加幾成雷絲比較華麗。
Cut a length of lace and gather it into a circle. The length depends on the thickness of your lace and the fullness of your circle. Add more layers for more elegance!

10) 把花朵和蝴蝶結縫在雷絲圈上。 再把珍珠和吊飾串成一串縫上去。
Arrange your flowers and ribbon on the lace and stitch them down. Thread your pearls and charm onto a string and stitch them in place.

11) 將頭飾縫到一段寬緞帶上, 下方能縫梳子幫忙固定就完成了!
Attach the finished canotier onto a long length of wide ribbon (long enough to tie into a big bow under your chin) and secure a wire comb on the underside for extra security. You are finished!

POINT! Using a wide ribbon for the tying-on ribbon prevents a double-chin and makes a more beautiful bow. If you really want to use thinner ribbon, you can try tying it under your hair behind your head instead. You may need more bobby pins to secure it to your head in this case!

I hope this tutorial was helpful to some of you! This canotier and others are available for sale on my Etsy Shop!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Cyber Monday Sale!

Wow, I almost forgot about Thanksgiving! It is only an American holiday, so it pretty much went unnoticed ^^;

However, Black Friday is always very exciting in a dreadful sort of way. While I have not heard of anybody dying this year, apparently there was some pepper spray being used???? Stateside readers, how did you fare on Black Friday? Any hauls? Fights? Lock yourself in the basement and play video games to avoid the masses? Or did you have to... WORK RETAIL? (If you did, I truly feel sorry for you!)

Black Friday is no longer an in-store only thing. There is also Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday! And on that note, I present to you a coupon code to use in my Etsy shop for FREE SHIPPING! Just enter the code CYBERMON11 when checking out :) The coupon is valid now through Monday (though just for my blog readers, I'll let you know that I'll probably let it run through noon on Tuesday so it goes until Monday night in the US)

I hope you have a lovely and safe weekend!

P.S. I plan to add some more accessories (hair corsages/canotiers, specifically) to my shop. I'd love to hear what colors, themes, ideas, etc. you would like to see!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Meetup Report~ Handicraft Meetup! Making Berets

Generally, Lolita meetups consist of afternoon tea or a fun luncheon. In the US we also sometimes had meetups based on events such as a movie or going to a festival together.

Here in Taiwan, we almost always have afternoon tea and then photoshooting before being ushered out of the restaurant due to time restraints. Handicraft meetups are fun, but much more difficult to execute due to lack of space and time.

Luckily, this month we were able to get a room and bring our own cake/drinks/snacks and sit for several hours to decorate some berets!!

With wintertime just around the corner, berets are a fun and stylish way to keep your head nice and toasty warm~

Much thanks to the organizers! We group ordered the berets from TaoBao last month and the organizers handed them out and collected the money at the meetup. They also bought cakes for everybody!


I got to wear my altered Little Bear Cafe skirt and it was my first time wearing a bonnet of any sort! I made a half-bonnet from the layer I cut off of the skirt (it is a Dream of Lolita replica)



Nail Art

Doing Self-Introductions~

My finished beret! I just made it up as I went ^^; I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, though!

After I got home and took down my hair I tried on my beret :) This is my very first beret, so I hope it looks nice!

See my altered skirt!!

Back view

Some tips I learned for wearing a beret from other Lolitas:
*After putting the beret on, pull it toward the back a little to show the decoration in front and prevent it from sagging forward
*Use a comb sewn to the front inside to prevent it from sliding off (esp. if wearing a wig!)
*OR use two wide ribbons sewn to the sides to tie it on
*Try wearing it to the left or right for a different look

It was a super fun meetup and I got to try 2 new headwear accessories!! ^u^v
What is your favorite headwear accessory? I think I have fallen in love with the beret! I might want to get more ^u^

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sparkle Stitches~Drawstring Pouch

Yay I'm back! Midterms were pretty terrifying and I ran out of time to finish :( I am a little sad and disappointed, but I really tried my best so it is best not to let it get me down!

Homework is getting more intense, but I will still try to update regularly :)

Today I am posting a tutorial for a little handheld drawstring bag/pouch. It can be made entirely by hand for those of you who lack a machine :D I made this in my "Hand Crafts" class. The fabric I used was plain, but this would be quite cute made out of a handkerchief!

Ugly Photo

A bag like this is a cute alternative to gift wrap or if you happen to wear kimono or Wa-Lolita and cannot carry anything on your arms/shoulders.

*40-50公分長X寬的四方型布料/40-50cm square fabric

Hem the edges of your fabric unless you are using a handkerchief.
Fold your fabric in half right-sides together
Fold into thirds
3)把第2步驟的形狀打開,在剛剛折好的兩條線直縫。 開口的那頭要留1-2公分的空間。
Open up the folded thirds. Sew along the creases you just made, leaving 1-2cm at the top unsewn:
Red: stitching line
Blue: un-stitched space
4)縫完後將小三角型往外翻。 前後都要看到布的正面喔!
Flip one of the triangles you just sewed right-side out. You should be able to see the right side of the fabric on the front and back!
Repeat on the other side, overlapping the triangle from step 4
6)在兩個三角形重疊過的部分縫直線。 只要縫到兩成布料。 縫好應該成為雙面信封口袋的狀況。
Stitch the overlapping portions together. ONLY sew through the top TWO layers of fabric or you will sew your bag shut! This step is best sewn by hand. Repeat on the other side.
7)在來把上方的三角形往下折。 之前流下的1-2公分要一起折下來。
Fold the top down on both sides, including the 1-2cm you left un-stitched previously.
Stitch across the top to create the case for the cord
8)用一段比袋子的關渡關兩倍的緞帶從一變的縫穿過第7步驟縫的小空間,繞一圈從同一個縫出去。 頭尾留個5公分左右。(圖是由上往下看)
Take a section of ribbon/cord more than twice the width of your bag and thread it in a circle through the channel made in step 7 (use a safety pin on the end to help thread it through!)
Bird's X-Ray Eye view (looking down from the top)
9) 緞帶尾巴打結後再從另一邊重複同樣的動作。 再打個結就完成袋子囉!
Tie the ends of the ribbon/cord in a knot and repeat on the other side.
You're finished!

Please let me know if there are any steps that are not clear! I've been using my bag to carry the supplies for my Hand Crafts class :) It is quite handy!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Mid-Term Hiatus

Hooray! It's that wonderful time of year known as "Week of Stress and Messed Up Sleep Schedules Due to Upcoming Mid Term Tests"!

In other words, I will be quite busy and unable to update for at least a week T^T Mid-Terms were never really a big deal to me until now because I need to write essay answers.... in CHINESE O___Q

I am terrible at essay questions. I only passed my U.S. History and Political Science classes because my teachers were pretty nice about how terrible I am at expressing thoughts. And that was while writing in English. Luckily, my teachers for my Art History class and Aesthetics of Fashion class have both announced the general gist of their essay questions so I will be spending this week practice-writing my answers and learning how to write the characters I need to know/use.

To be very honest and realistic, it is HIGHLY LIKELY I will fail both of them anyway, but I still need to try my best :)

Just for fun, here's a couple of photos of stuff we learned about:

This is a Chinese painting from forever ago (can't you tell I know my stuff?) by some guy. This is actually only a small portion of the whole painting because it is reeeeeeeeeeeally long!!

This is a different painting by a different artist. Photobucket refuses to upload the remainder of the paintings and sculptures, so this is all for now :P

The poetry + paintings thing was all the rage for a while. Sometimes a painter would paint something and have a poet interpret the painting and write a short poem on it. Sometimes a rich guy would take a poem or a line from a poem and have an artist interpret it and do a painting. Teamwork makes awesome art ;)

Are you in Mid-Term Week right now? Got any crazy tests coming up? Or are you out of school already and this post just reminded you of how awesome it is to not have tests any more?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy Halloween!

How was your Halloween? Did you go trick-or-treating, to any parties, host a party, or hand out candy?

I got all dressed up to go to class and brought Swedish Fish (mailed from MN because it is not available in Taiwan!) but class was canceled :( So I went to my sister's house and ate Bailey's brownie cupcakes and geeked out with my brother-in-law about Pokemon.

This was my makeup from yesterday! Full costume photos under the cut~


While on the MRT, a couple people asked of they could take a photo of/with me XD I was the only person that I saw in costume :( How sad! But it was still fun :)

Do the Dino Walk!

Since there was no trick-or-treating, I had Bailey's brownie cupcake layered with cookie dough and a cookie on top!


Hope you all had a wonderful holiday!! Did you eat a lot of candy and/or sweets?