handmade lolita-esque bolero & a circle skirt

i’m pretty impressed by how much i’ve managed to sew lately. what with all the things working against my favour. here are a bolero & a skirt that i finished this weekend:

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like many things, this bolero took longer than expected. it was the ruffles. oh, ruffles. these ruffles are killing me. why do they have to look so cute?

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when i started, they didn’t look so bad. the bottom ruffles went pretty smoothly. but then the top! i had to redo them twice. first they were much too packed & it looked clownish. then the front barely had any ruffles left.

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i also added the second layer of lace at the last moment, when i had already finished up the rest of the collar. so i had to ruffle that lace separately & sew that ruffled lace over the ruffled fabric, under the more narrow lace. however, it was worth going back to do that extra work; it ended up looking fabulous. i’ve become a lot more critical with my work over the past year or two. it does lead to better results.

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i was planning to do a fuller ruffle at the end of the sleeves, but i stuck to this smallish bell shape. i thought it would be cuter. maybe i’ll add some (removable) bows to them. if they’re removable i can switch up white and black ones. the bow at the front is also removable for that same reason.

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i love this skirt so much. it’s high-waisted, super comfortable & has big pockets in the side-seams. it’s pretty basic, but basic can be very nice. i’ve needed a skirt like this in my closet for ages.

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it’s made of such nice materials. the lace especially was an amazing find.

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on a sidenote, i took out my old leopard print fabric backdrop which i used all the time back when i had my etsy shop. oh, nostalgia. i would love to have a shop again. it’s actually pretty doable at this sewing rate. difficult, but doable. maybe towards the end of the year…

ysl inspiration

last sunday i saw the new yves saint laurent biopic. what a feast for the eyes. any flaws it might have are easily made up by the visuals. the story was inspiring as well. it made me want to sew, draw, write, shop. it also made me interested in the designer himself, & his (older) work. yves saint laurent is one of those designers i’ve never really appreciated for some reason. funny, since he introduced pants for women.

i’ve been doing some googling throughout the week & now have a ysl folder in my pictures. some of my favourites:

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1956, for Christian Dior

1958_dior 1958, for Christian Dior

ARMIDE_A_H_1959

1959, for Christian Dior

1960_dior

1960, for Christian Dior


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1965

1966

1966

1966-2

1966

1970

1970

1976

1976

1981

1981

1983

1983

1983-2

1983

1994

1994

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1996

the pictures are courtesy of the v&a and met.