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My latest obsession is wanting to make myself some fabulous gothic lolita, and victorian style clothing to wear to conventions, renaissance fairs, LARPing, and to parties. Or just whenever I feel like it.

Too bad spring semester is just starting and I won’t have any time to sew until spring break. So all I can do for now is dream and scheme about all the cool things I’m going to make once I have the time. I have been scouring the internet for all sources of inspiration and have come across a few good sites. Here are some that offer free patterns or tutorials.

http://www.tudorlinks.com/treasury/freepatterns/index.html

http://www.fyeahlolita.com/p/lolita-tutorials.html

I have also found some really great inspiration on ebay. Not that I can afford most of the lolita clothing on ebay, but its still worth looking at.

I mean, LOOK AT THAT.

Look at THAT. You can find these dresses at this ebay store. Free advertising, there you go. This merchandise is gorgeous. However, I have not bought anything from this store (because of how expensive these things get) so I cannot advise you on the quality of their clothing. Though at $120 a dress, I bet its pretty good.

I am truly in love with that blue dress, and I want to try and make a similar skirt this summer. I have also been filling up my sketch book with ideas of things that I want to make both for my lolita looks and to use up some of the extra fabric that I have lying around.

I’m especially excited to pair some fabulous skirts with my new overbust corset. Now if only I had the time!

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Because I clearly don’t have enough other work to keep me busy (sarcasm) I decided to make a three-tiered Lolita skirt in order to use up some of the fabric I have left over from my past costumes. I have TONS of fabric. Either I bought too much or I found a sale or I  dismantled old clothes for their fabric, and I have ended up with three big bins worth of extra fabric. Some of it is in big pieces and most of it in small scraps. A skirt like this was a good way to use up some fabric without requiring one continuous piece.

The skirt was really simple to make. I used the waist band from a skirt pattern that I already had lying around, and I made my own “pattern for the rest of the skirt” Basically, the first ruffled tier is 2-times my waist (waist being where the skirt would sit above my hips, and not my waist at its smallest), the second tier is 3-times my waist, and the third tier is 4-times my waist.

I made the skirt red, because I had a lot of red fabric. And I put lots of bows on the side because I just learned how to make those bows, even though they’re like the simplest thing ever, and I really like them…so I put on seven….

I also added some black lace on the bottom because I do love black and red.

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 9,500 times in 2010. That’s about 23 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 37 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 170 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 115mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was January 9th with 228 views. The most popular post that day was Anime & Manga Cosplay.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, shaunart.net, cosplay.com, shaunart.wordpress.com, and en.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for last exile, team rocket grunt cosplay, officer jenny costume, officer jenny cosplay, and team rocket grunt.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Anime & Manga Cosplay January 2010

2

Team Rocket Grunt (Pokemon) January 2010
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3

Maka Albarn (Soul Eater) January 2010
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4

Officer Jenny (Pokemon) January 2010

5

Sheik (Super Smash Brother Brawl) January 2010
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