I recently attended Portcon, a local Maine anime and gaming convention. Saturday looked as if it would be a perfect day to wear Lolita, but what would I wear?! Since I wear Lolita on a more frequent basis, it is nice to have a dress for a special occasion. Due to timing, funds, and the desire to try something new I decided to put my skills ambition to the test! In less than one week I would construct a Lolita dress to debut at the convention. Challenge accepted!
Before the assembly of the dress could take place, I needed to adjust the skirt to a more Lolita appropriate length. I carefully measured another one of my dresses for my desired length and added an additional inch. This would allow for me to appropriately shorten the dress to my preferred length and give appropriate space for the hem. I then cut the dress, measured the bottom and sewed the bottom to create an even hem.
Now that the bottom of the dress is even and secure, it is time to join the two loose sections together! The shirring on this dress allows for a lot of space. I purchased one yard and even had a generous amount left over! I wrapped the dress around myself and secured the dress temporarily with a binder clip. I then measured to create a hem (1/2") so the edge of the dress would be straight and even. Once this was completed I secured the top through the bottom with head pins. I lined up the hem left to the foot of the sewing machine.to create the hem and then I sewed the two free pieces together.
This dress needed straps. Since I had only two days to complete my dress, I chose to use ribbon for the straps rather than create elastic straps. Not only was it a time saver and less expensive, the overall addition was of pink was extremely sweet! With a 1" ribbon I temporarily clipped a binder clip for the front and back of where I would like to attach the ribbons to the dress. I measured to find the desired length for all four strips rather than make two complete pieces, I added four so I would be able to tie two pieces together and make more adjustable straps. I followed the same principal to create the dress hem to protect from fraying and add some additional support.
I am very happy with the way my first dress came out. I was touched that so many people at the convention liked my coordinate! Since this experience was so positive, I will be sure to create more dresses to add to my wardrobe again soon. Next time I will be sure to make a Do-It-Yourself Dress tutorial with step-by-step instructions and photographs for anyone else who is interested in a handmade Lolita dress!
Thanks for reading and remember to Stay Frilly!
This is the account of one young woman and her passion for Lolita Fashion.