Just a quick post! I finished my cotton plaid Colette Dahlia pattern dress!

It’s not exactly adventurous of me to make a plaid dress when one of the sample dresses was plaid, but I had already wanted to make a plaid dress and loved how their’s looked! I also loved that I was able to find this fabric for $2 a yard. Score! The pattern went together pretty easily and I liked how it was designed to work well with stripes and plaids. They even have a special PDF for tips for matching stripes and plaids. I added pockets. ūüôā

Pinup Parade 2014 at Disneyland with Pinup Girl Clothing!

I bought a beautiful Aurora Castle Print dress from Pinup Girl Clothing a few months ago.¬†Since we recently got annual passes to Disneyland I wasn’t going to miss the Pinup Parade event at the park this week! It’s a twice annual event. I really love vintage and retro style so it was a real treat to enjoy the park with lots of other folks in lovely outfits. On top of the fun pinup style¬†a lot of people also combine it¬†with “Disney Bounding” which is when you do a fun outfit inspired by a Disney character.

I decided to take my Aurora dress and do a Sleeping Beauty inspired coordinate/DisneyBound. (Make it blue!) It was an obvious but fun choice for me especially since Disneyland’s castle is Sleeping Beauty’s. I added a gold necklace a Baby, The Stars Shine Bright tiara and the Sleeping Beauty gold book pin I got from the Reagan Library Disney exhibit and wore them with my Leifsdottir sweater. I loved little girls’ reactions to my dress especially. This dress is really perfect. I can feel like¬†Disney princess in the parks as an adult without having to wear a costume. ¬†Magical!¬†So many park attendees were curious about the fashion and complimentary. Just good feelings all around!

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It was awesome to meet the Pinup Girl staff and fans! alishaakay as an amazing pinup-style Gaston!

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With the super adorable missrockabillyruby as Mickey Mouse!

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and the glamorous michelinepitt as the Horned King!

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Group pic of Pinup Parade attendees from PUG’s twitter from cupcakekillah! Look at all those pretty ladies! ¬†You can find more pics from the day on instagram #disneyboundpug tag.

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My twin babies picked out their own dresses for the day which happened to be two blue princess dresses, so we looked pretty cute matching together!

Twin mom life!

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Both baby AND mommy can have a pretty dress. One of the nice things about this dress is that it really was comfortable and practical for a day at the park with my family, not just for dress up pictures.

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Miss J loved Cinderella.

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Miss J hugging all the princesses!

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Looking forward to the next fun dress up day at Disneyland!

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We loved going to Hello Kitty Con!

I’ve been a fan of Hello Kitty since I was a little girl. When I was little there was one gift shop that was far away from me that had this little cart of Sanrio items. I remember that precious cart so clearly in my head! My mom would take me occasionally as a special treat. Now as an adult, I still love Sanrio’s appealingly designed items. I¬†really love that Hello Kitty and Sanrio products have been easier to get as the years have gone by. Sanrio fabric can now be bought from USA shops instead of having to use a shopping service from Japan to get it. Target has coloring books for my toddlers and shirts for me and them. We were all very excited to go to the first ever Hello Kitty Convention for her 40th birthday. It sold out weeks before, too, so we felt very lucky to go!

I had already made special coordinating Hello Kitty dresses for the twins’ 2nd birthday, so for Hello Kitty Con, I made myself a matching dress, too! My dress is a¬†1947 inspired¬†dress from¬†sewing pattern Butterick B5209 with a dirndl skirt substituted. The fabric is Kokka Hello Kitty Japan from fabric.com. Of course, toddlers being toddlers, they wouldn’t look at the camera.

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People dressed up with their family and friends in coordinating Sanrio character inspired outfits, handmade costumes and a lot of adorable outfits from JapanLA and Hello Kitty bows all over from IamChubbyBunny. It was so adorable to see so many life-long Hello Kitty fans in the same place. Everyone was very excited.

Some of the highlights for me (in no particular order) were:

  • Target Presents: The Adventures of Hello Kitty and Bullseye – This hard to get into room was worth the wait. My daughter really loved the music game where you hit the flowers to create tones. One of the Target staff guys adorably helped us play. The animated gif photo booths were totally fun as well as the video games! I won a Target pink bullseye plush and a Hello Kitty iPad mini case.

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(The two photos below with big thanks to Shannon Cottrell.)
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  • Hello Kitty Cafe Food Truck – This adorable pink truck was the precursor for the coming Hello Kitty SoCal restaurant! They had wonderful Hello Kitty inspired donuts, macaroons and petit fours! I’m definitely looking forward to the coming full cafe.

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  • Lovely Kitty Wonder – curated by Stephiee Nguyen of JapanLA! Gorgeous and imaginative Hello Kitty inspired couture dresses! Metal corsets, laser cut dresses and mermaids‚Ķ! Some of the talented designers were Mother of London,¬†Ophelia-Overdose,¬†Creatures of Habit and¬†Fiori Couture!
  • Super Supermarket – A lot of awesome Hello Kitty stuff I hadn’t seen before and some awesome exclusives for the con! I immediately ran to the JapanLA booth to try to get one of the limited pink Hello Kitty Kaijus they were selling. (Only 9 a day!) They also had limited Sephora makeup collaborations, beautiful Loungefly bags, Hello Kitty/SPAM musubi kit, super cute Bedhead Pajamas¬†and adorable toys.

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  • The JANM Hello Kitty Exhibit and Gift Shop – The exhibit was really gorgeous (and is open until April!) Lots of vintage Hello Kitty items, but for me the real treat was the imaginative artworks created for the show. I especially loved the Hello Kitty godzilla-like kaiju, the Hello Kitty “cake” and the giant Tokidoki Hello Kitty Egyptian statue. The giftshop had a lot of beautiful items with the Japanese Kokeshi Doll inspired Hello Kitty logo. There was a Precious Moments HK Kokeshi, large plushes, bags and bobble heads, all very well designed.

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  • I also loved seeing the very first Hello Kitty item ever made, a small coin purse! It really gave perspective to how Hello Kitty has grown. They also had a giant coin purse you could pose inside! There were other fun backdrops to take photos with, too.

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There were also fun food and tea events at participating local restaurants for Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt and a few celebrities and famous folks showed up at various times over the weekend like Yoshiki, Misako Aoki, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Katie Perry!

I hate to say this, since I love Hello Kitty so much, but there were definitely issues with crowd control. Perhaps “you can never have too many friends”, but it was too many friends in a small space. Many activities or features seemed designed for children, but the crowd issues made it very hard for children to actually participate. For instance it was impossible for me to have my daughters get a photo with any of the “walk-around” Sanrio characters because they were in crowded areas that we couldn’t even reach with the stroller. There were no queues to take pictures with them. There was no place to leave the stroller either, not in the Geffen or the JANM and some areas were so crowded that the girls could have been trampled easily if they were walking. The Target/Hello Kitty room only had room for a queue of about 10 people, after that you were not allowed to line up, which made it extremely hard to do that very fun event. I went back three times to try to get in line for a custom sign board from one of the Sanrio artists and was told I couldn’t line up each time. Hopefully if they do it again (and I hope they do!!) they will have better line and crowd control since Hello Kitty is for people of all ages and it’s very hard for children to wait in line for 3-5 hours (which is what the line for one of the shops was‚Ķ!) The actual events and activities were well done and awesome, though. Many of the staff went out of their way to try to help us with the crowd issues, too, which I really appreciated. Everyone was very nice, it was just too many people in a small space.

I didn’t take a ton of photos but you can find more photos of all the Hello Kitty awesomeness at LAweekly here¬†, here and here.¬†BudgetFairytale also has a nice con write up!

Rococo Sailor Moon Costume Redesigns and Print Sale!

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After I finished my Sailor Moon Idol designs, I wanted to do some truly opulent, over-the-top rococo inspired Sailor Moon designs. I have so much nostalgia connected to Sailor Moon and magical girl series. The new Sailor Moon Crystal series has reminded me how much I love Sailor Moon and how each girl has her own personality and style.

I came up with these Rococo designs inspired by the Japanese artist Sakizou, Japanese lolita fashion and a little bit of historical 18th and 19th century fashion. ¬†Even though I’m a¬†professional animation artist I’m¬†also a cosplayer and historical costumer, so¬†I wanted to make something beautiful and very detailed that a fellow costumer might enjoy making. I imagine them made with beautiful lace, elaborate trim and rhinestones. There are¬†lots of special details in each Sailor’s outfit based on their personalities and original costumes. For example, Rococo Sailor Venus has tights inspired by her transformation background and her Love Chain. Rococo Sailor Mars has stars taken from her original earrings. Mercury has a lot of pearl and dot details inspired by her bubble and water attacks. Jupiter is covered in roses and Sailor Moon with moon and brooches. ¬†Most of the poses are based on their classic transformation end poses.

Personal signed print sale preorder now!

If you would like to buy a print of any of these OR the Sailor Moon Pop Idol designs¬†or any Sailor Moon prints from this page, too!, please email me at sweetmomokoATmac.com (replace AT with @) with the Subject Line of “PRINT SALE”.

All single-Sailor (Idol or Rococo) prints are available in sizes: ¬†8×12″ ($8) and 11×17″ ($12).

The composite Inner Senshi (Idol or Rococo) prints are¬†available in sizes: 8×12″ ($8),¬†11×17″¬†($12) and a large 20×30″ ($20) poster size!

All prints bought directly from me will be signed. I will also combine shipping if you order multiple prints. Please note that this is a preorder sale so there will be a delay in shipping! Paypal orders with USA shipping only, sorry! $4 shipping for all prints except the large 20×30″ poster, it ships for $9

You can also find my work at Society6 and Redbubble.

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Remember that the Idol Sailors are available, too!

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