Dienstag, 20. Januar 2015

Fire Cannot Kill A Dragonfly

Hi my dears,

this weekend we'll have a Lolita meet-up at the Belle Epoque week in Kandersteg (we went last year and the year before too, maybe you remember). For this occasion, I desperately needed to sew something that's been on my to-sew-list for some time: a new coat.
Of course, not just any coat.
Last year, I inherited a fur coat from my grand-grandmother. It's real fur (fox I guess...?), and while the coat itself was still in excellent condition, neither the size nor its shape suited me.

So I decided to use the fur on a new coat. It took some time to assemble all the materials, since I wanted the new coat to be quite elaborate, but also needed to work out the exact design. Sometimes, it takes a while until I can decide, but seriously, it's also what I love most about the design process (^.^)

Sorry for the overexposion, during winter good lightning is scarce (-.-)

Inspiration came (as you probably already guessed from the title*) from Game of Thrones, not only a great series, but also equipped with amaaaazing costume design. For this particual project I drew inspiration from Catelyn Stark's wardrobe. She's often seen with long, flowing garment, adorned with fur trim in dark, natural colours.

kinda hard to find a good picture of her costumes, but I hope you get the picture

So I used the fur of the old coat for trims on my new coat. I rarely ever say that, but I really love the outcome! It turned out event better than what I had in mind (and that doesn't happen very often).

I'll say it right in the beginning, it looks super crumpled because of the impossible shape of the sewing dummy. I feel like I say this everytime, maybe it's time to finally invest in a better one...

The coat looks much better when worn with Lolita and a petticoat. So therefore you can see a sneak peak of my outfit I've planned for the meet-up! (^.^)

For the lining, I used a gorgeous cotton fabric with brown-black argyle pattern. It's a patchwork fabric and I've originally bought it for another project, but then I felt it would compliment the coat perfectly. Since the outside is rather blank, the inside is a bit more exciting.

 The coat is cosed with leaf-shaped buckles. With the fur and brown colours, the coat has a very nature-ish feeling to me, which I wanted to empathise with these buttons.
Unfortunately, while they're prettier and more special than normal buttons, they're also a pain in the a** to handle. Which I didn't notice until I actually started sewing them on.
Oh well.
In German we say Schönheit muss leiden (which could be translated as "beauty knows no pain", maybe?)

I sewed on the upper hem of the fur trims by hand, which took quite a while. I apologize for the scrubbiness and the lints everywhere, working with real fur inevitably makes quite a mess.

I made the sleeves flared (not as much as in the original though, that would be impractical).
Also I've had these lacey dragonfly ornaments among my lace supply (you can't have enough lace!). I chose the coat fabric so it would match the ornaments, giving the illusion that the dragonflys may be embroidered directly on the fabric. I like how this is a more subtle detail, despite the dragonflys are quite large.
I sewed one each on every sleeve and on the hood.

When I settled on a design with hood included, I was first afraid it might look too sporty. But on the other hand, lapels felt a bit too frumpy, so I risked it. I'm glad I did, I think it makes the coat look super wintery and comfy (*.*)

I had never actually worked with real fur before, so I was a bit scared of that. But I did some research beforehand and I must admit, it's a great material. Thanks to the fact that it has been a coat before, it was already lined and nicely tailored and everything, which helped a lot.
Although fox fur is available without problems here in Switzerland (we have rather too many foxes), I would never buy real fur new, same goes for real leather. Which doesn't change the fact that these natural materials are amazing to work with.

So, that was a lot of text and pictures. Congratulations if you made it till here! (^_^)

*You can't imagine how many titles with references and puns I had in mind for this post!

Donnerstag, 15. Januar 2015

It's Not Wednesday

Hello cuties,

I've survived all my exams and therefore my semester break has officially begun! Yay! (^.^)

Last Halloween, I was invited to a Halloween party, so of course I needed a costume (because Lolita is NOT a costume! I guess you all know that but you can't say it enough...). I didn't have much time for anything elaborate, plus I wanted to make something I could wear "normally" too. So I made a Peter Pan collared dress and went as Wednesday Addams.

I'm writing about this now because the dress was sewn quite hastily the day before the party, and afterwards I had to alter and re-sew some things in order to make it presentable.
Which I didn't until recently.

The dress is made of soft cotton jersey, which makes it super comfy to wear. It's closed with a button in the neck (which I forgot to photograph, sorry!) and is otherwise quite loose-fitting, therefore I put it on the dummy with a waist belt.

So yesterday I put it on for the first time, and I really love it! Probably my new favourite non-lolita piece (*_*)

Hat: H&M
Earrings & dress: handmade by me
Hairbows: Claire's
Boots: Yumentenbo

Dienstag, 13. Januar 2015

Ruffle Removal

Dear Dolls,

first of all, thank you so much for all the cute comments on my last post, that made me really happy! (^.^)

I'm currently in the middle of semester exams. While studying, I like to alternate between learning and sewing, it helps a lot with my concentration; I could never study efficiently for hours without break. So besides taking care of the orders for my etsy shop, I also made some smaller things for my own use, like mending and minor alterations. 
One thing I've altered is this jsk:

I've made it back in March 2011 (omg I'm getting old!) and I still like to wear it, it's super comfortable. However, lately the ruffles at the top became a bit too much, I wanted the neckline to be more simple and elegant. So I removed the ruffles, changed the neckline and sewed on some black lace trim.

The lace was a tiny leftover and was perfect in length and style for this project. I'm very happy how it turned out and looking forward to wear my renewed dress! (^.^)

I think that's a big benefit of being able to sew. Whenever I have a garment I don't like anymore, I usually change it until it pleases me again, which is almost as if I got something new (and I love getting new clothes, haha). But without spending a lot of money. So yay! (^.-)

Samstag, 10. Januar 2015

Positivity 2015

Hi dolls,

for this year, I only have one resolution, but it's quite a big one (for me, anyways) that'll need a lot of work. I decided that I need more positivity in my life, something I keep struggling with every now and then. Positivity in general, but very specificly also body positivity.

I've not been happy with my body for a long time. Of course, there are things I can do to improve my appearance, like eating healthy and working out regularly, which I took up again. 

But there's also a lot that I need to accept, because hating your body will defenitively not make you happy on the long shot. I'm sad to admitt that loving myself still gives me a hard time and also keeps me from doing a lot of things that would life make more worth living. For example, not wearing a certain garment, because the fashion industry tells me I need to lose like 20 kg first to "look good/acceptable" in said garment. But I'm really tired of being manipulated by some old male CEO of some fashion or beatuy related enterprise. So long story short, I decided not to give any fucks about what my scale or some "fashion magazine" tells me and just put on that adorable outfit I have in mind.

I did this yesterday, when I put on these boots for the first time:

They're absolutely gorgeous laced-up overknee boots and I've always thought I couldn't possibly wear them because my legs are too fat. But once I've put them on, I was surprised to see how they actually optically elongate my calves rather than make them look even fatter, and the best part of all, wearing these boots really pushed my self-condifdence. It's been quite some time since I've been as pleased with my apperance (^.^)

Hat: KayiLaFashion on etsy
Jsk: Emily Temple Cute
Boots: Ebay
Also, I reall liked my hair (*.*) I usually pin it up or braid it so I haven't noticed how long it has grown!

happy selfie! ^^

Samstag, 3. Januar 2015

Happy New Year!

Hey there,
long time no see, right? I'm currently studying for my exams which start next week and also sewing some orders from my etsy shop, so there's not really much to write about... but I have two recent outfits for you! (^.^)
The first is from when I went to see the third Hobbit movie with some friends (I forgot to take a full shot of the outfit, but I hope you get the idea) and the second one is what I wore for a tea party at a friend's place.

Hat and necklace: etsy
Cardigan: Chicorée
Jsk: Innocent World

Blouse: handmade by me
Jsk: Baby the stars shine bright
Shoes: Vagabond

Mittwoch, 5. November 2014

Lolita Meet-Up in Guryères

Hi lovelies,

some time ago, we had a Lolita meet-up in Gruyères, a small village in Fribourg. It's not only famous for it's cheese and meringues with cream (yum!), but also the location of the H.R.Giger museum, whitch was our destitation.
Before the museum we also paid the castle of Gruyères a visit. It's a rather small, medieval castle, so not extremely exciting if you're into the lavishness of baroque, but nevertheless it was nicely done up (^_^)

We met around noon and because the weather was very foggy and gloomy, we decided to take a look at the castle first, hoping that the sun might show up later to take some pretty outfit pictures. Unfortunately, it didn't clear up considerably, but we took some pictures nevertheless.

Outfit rundown:
Blouse & skirt: Btssb
Shoes: Bodyline
Underskirt: handmade by me
Cupcake accessories: Etsy
 I wasn't very happy with my outfit that day. I haven't felt like wearing Lolita lately, so I changed my mind several times about what I should wear. I ended up wearing my new skirt from Baby, the Stars Shine Bright. The skirt itself is absolutely gorgeous, but I had planned to wear another blouse with it, which happened to be at my mum's place, unfortunately. So I had to go with this white blouse, also from Baby, which has a rather unflattering cut and is therefore more suitable to wear under a jsk (thinking of it, I might alter it some time.)

Some details of the skirt. It's called Queen of Snow - The White Kingdom of Which a Fairy Lands Gently (the longest print name I've ever heard of) and I was happy to get it in lavender, although the black version looks very pretty, too.

The print is, as always, super beautiful and detailled. There are even glittery silver snowflakes printed on it! I hope I can make a decent, wintery coord with it soon.


After the castle we finally went to the Giger museum. I find his work (altough a little disturbing) extremely inpiring, so I had planned for a long time to go there.
His work is exhibitoned in a relatively old, angled house. I felt it was very suiting, since the small rooms made looking at the paintings, sketches and sculptures even more intense, and you got easily confused by all the stairways and doors. I also liked that there was a lot of room designated to his work besides Alien (for which he's known best, after all, but there's just so much more!).
What was very intriguing for me was that a part of Gigers personal collection was shown. I always find it fascinating to see what inspires an artist. It surprised me that he collected a lot of colourful pieces of art, after all, his own work is quite monochrome...

"Some people would say my paintings show a future world and maybe they do, 
but I paint from reality. I put several things and ideas together, 
and perhaps, when I have finished, it could show the future. 
If people want to interpret my work as warnings about too much overpopulation, 
disease and mechanization in the future, then that is up to them. 
I like to combine human beings, creatures and biomechanics. 
And I love to work with bones - they are elemental and function and, 
after all, are part of human beings. 
I have many bones in my home in Zurich, and I study them 
and use them as models. Some people say my work is often depressing and pessimistic, 
with the emphasis on death, blood, overcrowding, 
strange beings and so on, but I don't really think it is. 
There is hope and a kind of beauty in there somewhere, if you look for it."
- H.R.Giger

It wasn't allowed to take photos in the museum (looks like you have to go there by yourself to see it (^.-) ), but I have one of (part of) our group in the Giger bar, where we went to have drinks and chat a little in the end.

photo by Fifi

Dienstag, 21. Oktober 2014

"A Book Is A Dream That You Hold In Your Hand"

Hi cuties,

besides winter, fall is my favourite season. Coloured leaves, the sound of rain on the window while cuddling up with a good book and a cup of tea, the smell of the air as it becomes colder and crisper, announcing winter... and of course fall fashion! Cozy sweaters, boots with (fake, hopefully) fur trim, knitted accessories, tons of layers of cute clothes in toned-down, natural colours... I could go on and on (^.^)

So inspired by my love of autumn, I made two new garments for my etsy-shop. I saw these amazing book (and cat) themed fabrics and had to buy them immediately. They're from Timeless Treasures, and I can't point out enough how much I love working with them. Besides the print, which is so beautiful and detailled, the fabric itself is of this high-quality cotton which doesn't wrinkle as much and has the perfect fall, for my purposes anyways.

Minerva high waist skirt

Calliope jsk

As you can probably guess, I'm very happy with how they turned out, so I hope you excuse the unusual amount of pictures...
As usual, follow the link under the pictures for more informations (^.^)

Mittwoch, 15. Oktober 2014

Custom Work

Hi dolls,

I'm currently working on some new designs for my shop, and university keeps me quite busy too, so there's nothing exciting I could show you... however, I did some custom work, so I'd like to share these with you. 

Black bonnet with blue and black roses, to match the Funeral Procession of Rose print by Baby, the Stars Shine Bright

Black chiffon bonnet, adorned with two detatchable bows, linked by a pearl string and a golden star pendant, and a larger bow on the back, also detatchable.


Brown bonnet with ruffles and a lace trim

A longer dress, made with coffee-themed fabric and cotton lace.

A more summer-ish dress, made of beautiful light-weight fabric with a brown flower print.

By the way, if you're interested to see the custom work I do besides the dresses for the shop, you can follow Medusa Couture on Facebook or Tumblr! (also, that would make me very happy, too (^.-) )