I made this cute retro-inspired Colette Hawthorn dress! I used a sweet embroidered strawberry linen I had in my stash for many years (originally from Joann’s.) For the white fabric I cut up one of my husband’s old business shirts to make the collar and cuffs. Of course, as with any dress you make yourself, it was great to be able to tailor the dress to be just the right length for me and fit my size perfectly. All the details on the dress ended up making it time consuming but I like the finished product.

I enjoyed using Colette’s pattern. It was really well explained and I learned some new techniques.

I changed the collar shape a little since I’ve always wanted a dress with a multiple scallop collar. I embroidered a little strawberry on the collar.

Colette Hawthorn

Cute red flower buttons!

Colette Hawthorn

This was my first time using Hug Snug Rayon Seam Binding! I got mine at fabric.com. I thought it would be fun to use a bright color. It took a while to do all those seams, but the result is nice, especially with this type of linen which would probably fray a bit around the edges over time.

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I added some side pockets for fun!

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One of the new things I learned was this menswear inspired sleeve placket!

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OMAKE: Me with Tako-san! (He’s a gift from Sonia.)

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I was a Guest of Honor at Fresno Ani-Jam this past weekend. I had a lovely time. All the staff and attendees were very friendly. I really liked the geek solidarity atmosphere of the convention. If you’re near the Fresno area, you should go! I had fun giving a panel on working in animation and dressing in lolita. Thanks for asking good questions, Ani-Jammers!

Here’s a few photos from our Ani-Jam trip.

For the first morning I wore a casual outfit inspired by Makoto (Sailor Jupiter) and wore my Kuma Craft Jupiter wand necklace.
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Later I changed into my Kiss the Girl Ariel and Annie wore her Snow White!
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The hotel had a lovely indoor area with a waterfall!
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I HAD to get a couple photos in my Ariel costume with it! 🙂 Photos by Annie.

There was a great Jack Sparrow! The next day he had a cool Mad Hatter, too!

An adorable Eilonwy from the Black Cauldron
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Steampunk Tinkerbelle!
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Instead of eating in the hotel for every meal, since Annie and I had not been to Fresno before and we had a car, we found close restaurants on yelp and ate there as a little side adventure! This was gnocchi at an adorable Italian family restaurant.
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And here was the best enchiladas!
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I was really excited to see these lolita Avengers, Captain America and Thor! I wore my Haenuli Little Prince dress.
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Thanks for the good times, Fresno!

Roadtrip home!
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This week I wanted to do a starry sky gradient inspired by some of the opening images of Sailor Moon. I did an 8-bit retro version and a non-8-bit version. The 8-bit one is for voting on Spoonflower, the non 8-bit, for fun just for me. 🙂 Hope you enjoy!
Fave here: http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/2266151
Larger variant here: http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/2268136
Non 8-bit Starry Sky 42″ here:http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/2268204
58″ here: http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/2268204

 

I think they would be awesome as pants, a skirt or a dress!

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