Monday, March 15, 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010
This has to be the easiest skirt I've ever made! I copied this skirt from ModCloth.com.
Here are my instructions for making your own paper bag skirt. It's yet another rectangle skirt.
Measure around your hips. Add 4cm for seam allowance and ease (or however much you need). This is your fabric width.
Measure from 5cm above your natural waist to your knees. This is your fabric length.
Cut out your rectangle, and hem the top. Insert a zipper into the back and sew up the back. You should have a tube.
Here's the "tricky" bit. Measure your waist. Work out the difference between the hip measurement and the waist measurement. Mine was an easy 28cm. Divide by 4. This is how much fabric each pleat should take up. So, each of my pleats took up 7cm.
Make 4 inverted box pleats around the top of the skirt. I made mine about 10cm from the centre front and back of the skirt. First mark the centre point of each pleat with chalk, then measure the 7cm (or whatever) around that. So for me, it was 3.5cm on either side of the middle chalk mark.
Make your pleats, and make sure you pin them about 5cm from the top of the skirt. Try it on at this point and adjust pleats as necessary. Baste.
Take a 2.5cm wide ribbon of your choice and pin it over the pleats, making sure it's straight all the way. Sew it down.
Hem the bottom of the skirt to where you like it. Yay you're done! Easy peasy!
There are so many Lolita shops in Osaka! Victorian Maiden I've already written about, but I also visited Baby, The Stars Shine Bright, Bodyline, Innocent World, Atelier Pierrot, Marble, and a Kera Arena shop. I'm sure there are more, but these are the ones that are around the Namba area which is the cool part of Osaka.
Please Note: I did not buy ANY DRESSES at ANY of these shops. This is not because I hated all the stuff, but because I'm a poor student. Pity me.
Baby, The Stars Shine Bright was quite a large store with lots of stock. My problem here was that I don't really like Baby's style much. I bypassed all the dresses save an Alice And The Pirates one, and ended up buying some earrings which were on sale. I do love looking around Baby, and probably would have tried on a dress if I wasn't so nervous. Seriously, there were four shop assistants! I don't really like how they bow and scrape and don't let you look for yourself. I guess I'm just not used to it, and it makes me worried I'll say the wrong thing when they tell me stuff. I sometimes wished I could say...
"WILL YOU LEAVE ME ALONE? I'M SICK AND TIRED OF BEING HOUNDED BY SALESPEOPLE IN SHOPS TRYING TO GET ME TO BUY SOMETHING. I'M BROWSING, ALL RIGHT? BROWSING. AT THE END OF IT, I MIGHT BUY SOMETHING, I MIGHT NOT, BUT YOU WILL NOT INFLUENCE ME ONE IOTA, NOT ONE JOT! NOW I HAVE FINISHED WITH YOU, YOU MAY GO!"
I really like the Alice And The Pirates pointy boots. They look like something a real pirate would wear.
Next, Bodyline! As far as I can tell, there are two Bodyline shops in Osaka - but I can't be sure. One I visited in 2008, and the other in 2010, so they might just have moved. Anyhow, the one I went to this year was HUGE! Giant! Two floors! I was so thoroughly impressed with their range of stock. I think they had everything off their webshop, unlike Bodyline in Harajuku! I didn't buy anything, probably because I was carrying my Victorian Maiden bag and felt smug and posh. But still, it was really good fun looking at that shop. The thing with Bodyline is that you aren't allowed to try the clothes on before you buy, so there's no knowing if it will fit or not. Luckily they have more than one size though.
Innocent World... does anyone else read their logo as Innocent Blorgh? The W looks like a Bl in that frilly font. Anyhow, this shop is nice. It's right next to a Village Vanguard (the exciting bookstore) so if you get sick of Mozart you can pop next door for an action-packed shopping experience! Innocent World has nice socks and shoes, but I find some of their prints a bit twee. I'm not that fond of rabbits-in-waistcoats-having-a-picnic (not an actual IW print... I think?). They're very pretty and cute, but I'd choose florals any day. The dress styles are very nice though.
Innocent Blorgh was right across the road from...
Atelier Pierrot. I LOVE this shop. It stocks several brands, such as Victorian Maiden, Mary Magdalene, Moi-Meme-Moitie, and Juliette et Justine, as well as their own brand. This shop focusses on Classic lolita and Gothic lolita, which is really my thing. Deep reds and blues and nice laces, and no stupid prints. Plus the shop girl didn't hound me. The weird thing about this shop was that it had Victorian Maiden pieces that even the VM press room didn't have! That was impressive, but I was a bit cut that I hadn't had the full selection at VM.
Marble. Does anyone buy stuff from this brand? It seems kind of nice. This shop was upstairs in some weird building (like most shops in Japan, I find). These clothes seemed to be tending towards Gothicy - Victorian period rather than particularly Lolita. Certainly not sweet. Here's the thing. There were mannequins that had really cool outfits on. But when I looked in the shelves, I couldn't find any of the items! The shelves were packed SO TIGHTLY with stuff that you could hardly separate the clothes. It's like they don't sell anything but keep getting more stock. They also sold some beautiful accessories, jewelery and gloves and the like.
Kera Arena shop was located in a mall, which was really close to the America Mura Triangle park. This store wasn't as cool as I was hoping, because they mostly stocked punk-loli and Maxicimam. I don't love Maxicimam. Too much race! They did have some nice Mary Magdalene dresses which I almost bought. They were adorable! But even if it was made of pure gold threads of awesome, I doubt I could afford a Y60,000 coat. Mary Magdalene! Why do you taunt me so!?
The end! Yaaaaay! Sorry it wasn't more comprehensive, but I'll answer any questions as best I can. Remember, I had a boyfriend in tow so it wasn't easy to visit all these girly shops! I had to trade off with a day or two in Akihabara electric town, and many Bic Camera shops.