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Handmade Lolita acessories

I made these little hair pins and barrettes with roses, and now I'm makings some with other kinds of flowers. I also have some really fun ideas for hair acessories with cakes and pies and all sorts of candies and fruits, all handmade.

They're just so cute I can't help myself ^^

And here's a lolipop:

So much to do...

Okay, the National Lolita Meet is only a week away and I haven't managed to finish all the acessories for my Steam Lolita outfit. Let's see how I manage.

Also, I finally went around to offer my services as Etiquette and Manners coach for the girls at the portuguese Lolita forum. Around this time next week I will hopefully have the contents of my first lesson posted here(probably just a small "lecture" about the basics, you know, to get things started).

This, along with the couple of requests for my seamstress and milliner services AND all the workload of my internship and college... Woops, maybe I should slow down a bit.

Oh well, I suppose I'll have plenty of time to rest when I'm dead.

Wish me luck...

Random Photos

Just a few photos of me and my sis, wearing steamy-ish outfits.

(My sis acting silly with my goggles ^^)

Pretty dress

I know I was supposed to be craming for my GIS exam, but I just hate this class and was starting to feel very frustrated, so I took a break and drew this:

Yay! Another project for my collection ^^

My sister wanted me to do one for here too, so here it is:

Aviator cap

A dirt-stupid easy method to make a nice aviator cap.

You start with a simple medieval coif pattern, like this one, provided free on-line by Mrs. Cyntia Virtue (don't forget to adapt it to the size of your head)

To make it even easier, grab an old coat of faux-leather or one of those that have nice plushy lining and don't have to be machine-stitched to keep from loosing threads (I used a coat of the second kind, so old and damaged, I wouldn't be caught dead in a hobo convention with it). If the coat is stained or slightly damaged, even better. Incorporate those cool-looking stains.

Pin the pattern onto the coat and cut one middle piece and two side pieces; make sure that you cut it correctly or you'll end up with one of the side pieces cut the wrong way.

Now, grab a sharp tapestry needle and some nicely colored yarn and stitch the pieces together, making it so the stitches are visible on the outside for that extra-funky look.

To tie the cap under your chin, I suggest this equally easy method.
Grab a broken wrist watch (after having harvested it for nice little cogs and handles), take the straps out and stitch them onto the ends of your cap. Just use the same needle and yarn (and a strong metal thimble to protect your fingers).

Finally, save what's left of the coat for future projects. If it's big enough you can make a cap and matching pair of spats.

(Once again, no photo. I'll post it when someone with a camera sails my way.)

Kisses from Annie 'Cycle
Ok, before I say anything else, I have a request. Please ignore the cruminess of these sketches. (I can't even draw a straight line to save my miserable life.)That said, here are a few sketches I made as a sort of visual aid in deciding what were the basics I needed for a proper neo-victorian / steampunk wardrobe.

Sketch 1: Basic undies

(Notice that the sketch is split in half. It's 2 diferent sets, each.)
Besides common modern underwear (not represented) you have a chemisette or corset liner with or without shoulder cover and coulottes, medium or short.

Sketch 2: Form correctors

Your basic corset and petticoat, knee or ankle length.
I try to keep these items as simple as possible. when it comes to undies I think comfort, practicality and cleanliness are the most important factors, so no superfluous ribbons or laces.

Sketch 3: Every day clothes

The skirts have the simplest, most comfortable and most flattering lines I know. the blouse is a sort of invention of mine, to fight the fact that the blouse I want to wear on any given day always seems to be just the one that's in the washing machine.
Hurray for adaptible blouses. The trick is, you have some short sleeve, low neck blouses, all the same, and you make detachable sleeves, partlets, collars, ruffles, you name it. That way, as long as those don't get soiled you always have them available to make whatever combination you please. ^^

Sketck 4: How to adapt

On one side, you use the right detachables and nice jewelry and "presto" you have a nice semi-formal dress. on the other, you put on some practical sleeves, a closed partlet and collar, a vest, practical and comfy boots and finally, a good apron to finish and you have clothing for light work.

Sketch 5: Out doing "field work"

Please ignore the left side, i'm still trying to decide what the duster should ideally look like. On the right you have semi-military apparel, apropriate for field and lab work (also, it's a good basis for those who prefer pants to skirts).

And that's it. it works as-is for neo-victorians or just add your favourite goggles, a crazy aviator cap, your faithfull ray gun or tool belt and you're good to go XD

Just as a curiosity, here's a sketch of my first full steampunk attire :

A skirt, blouse and corset I've had for ages, with my little goggles, a crazy cellphone-mp3-pocketwatch-holdy-thingy and some other nifty junk.

First items

I wanted to start with the basics, you know, petticoats and bloomers, crinolines and chemises, but I am totally dependent on other people's cameras for the photos, (I really have to get my hands on a camera -.-') so I will start with the following two items:

Simple victorian-style vest

Classic lolita skirt with big pleats

The photo isn't very good, mainly because the skirt is a bit crushed after a few ours sitting at a crouded theater and an even more so tea house table, so I will try to post better photos soon.

Until my next post,
Kisses from Annie Cycle

Meet me

Hi, everybody, just so you know my face, my sister has recently finished this little thing:

Yeap, that's me, wearing my little goggles. (that is not my natural eye colour, by the way)