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Taking non-lolita dresses and making them lolita 
25th-Jan-2013 03:28 pm
So how do you guys feel about taking dresses that aren't really lolita and making them lolita. I have a bunch of Hell Bunny brand dresses that I got last summer and the dresses are super cute like one is a zombie unicorn dress that could easily be a really fun lolita dress. I think Im gonna try it but, I wanted to know if anyone has done this before and could give me some tips or show your work.
Thanks xx
25th-Jan-2013 10:58 pm (UTC)
Please do it!! I want to seee! I love Hell Bunny dresses and with a little bit of work I think they would be perfect. They have a quite a few dresses that if I fit into them I'd totally make them lolita dresses. xD
25th-Jan-2013 11:39 pm (UTC)
Second this. Hell Bunny are very good at keeping with creepy-cute aesthetics. and I think they want to start treading in lolita themselves. I've seen one blue and white striped number (i think it's theirs) but the biggest question is whether you can get a petticoat under there.
25th-Jan-2013 11:41 pm (UTC)
Good point. Maybe a smaller A-line one would work so it could be a more casual?
26th-Jan-2013 04:43 pm (UTC)
First off, I third the Hell Bunny dress idea. Furthermore, I have one of their dresses that I think makes a great JSK. It is black with little pink polka dots and pink buttons up the front. This dress certainty fits a petticoat. Though this doesn't mean all of their dresses will fit a petticoat.
26th-Jan-2013 11:55 pm (UTC)
I think If I take the hem out and add some lace etc it will look nice. My biggest worry right now is if it will be too short because the dress without a petticoat is already a bit short.
25th-Jan-2013 11:11 pm (UTC)
I have made an old wedding dress into a lolita dress before, but I've never tried regular summer dresses. You'll have to tell me how it goes. I would think that as long as the skirt allows for enough flare, then the right petticoat and accessories could make a decent (though not great) dress, and with some alterations a nice causal lolita dress could be the result.
25th-Jan-2013 11:47 pm (UTC)
I think what you are asking is "Can you make a non-brand-lolita dress into a lolita dress?" and the answer is YES with styling. Many people take offbrand or vintage items and style them in a way that is clearly lolita.*offbrand**vintage*
25th-Jan-2013 11:53 pm (UTC)
I've done this, in fact in my first lolita cord the dress was with a non-lolita dress. It was a plain, sleeveless black dress with a ribbon waist tie and (most importantly) a big skirt. Once I'd put a blouse under there it looked just like an A-line JSK. This dress is a party dress more than a day dress though which helps. I'll try and remember to take a pic of the dress with the blouse and upload it tomorrow for you.

The key is really in the skirt, it has to be the right shape and have a lot of fabric in it. Looking at my own wardrobe you are more likely to find suitable dresses from the formal side than the day wear side of the wardrobe! Again based on my own wardrobe I wouldn't bet on finding a large enough skirt that is cupcake shaped, A-line is possibly the more likely option.

Edited at 2013-01-25 11:54 pm (UTC)
26th-Jan-2013 03:06 am (UTC)
I think it really depends on the dress, and usually you will want to have a little bit of sewing knowledge in case you need to make any adjustments. The biggest problem you will probably have will be the length and being able to fit a petticoat underneath. The latter is going to be the more difficult one, since length can easily be added with some lace sewn onto the bottom or something similar.

If I saw a picture of the dress I could probably be more specific. :)
26th-Jan-2013 04:41 am (UTC)
Ooo you deffinitly should and post pics, I love Hell Bunny's creepy cute dresses and I did find their were too short sometimes to wear by themselves so turing them into Lolita dresses would be awesome. I would love a creepy cute lolita dress. I sadly can't afford them from We're all Mad Here and I can't sew unless it's some hand stitching.
26th-Jan-2013 11:58 pm (UTC)
I definitely will once Im done. I have the zombie one that could make a cute jsk, and I have a fun sailor op. If the zombie works out Ill do the sailor dress too. I think the sailor dress would be super cute if I do it right. :D
27th-Jan-2013 08:26 am (UTC)
OOOh yes the sailor would look too cute.
27th-Jan-2013 02:45 am (UTC)
I have a Hell Bunny dress that I worked into a lolita co-ord! I used it for sailor lolita. My Meta petticoat fit under it correctly, and with the right jewelry, socks, shoes and a little sailor hat, it turned out pretty well I think. I even got to wear it in the lolita fashion show at Youma this year. So I say, go for it! Do some testing with different accessories and see how it comes together! :)
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