So, for the first order of business, I've got a pretty serious question for all you Lolitas living in colder climes: how do you do it? I'm planning on going to Canada to continue my higher education, and considering I get cold in 80º F weather while wearing a sweater, I am concerned about my ability to keep warm in the frozen depths of winter. I've got a decent list of things to make and buy before I leave, which will hopefully be in about 6 months but may be postponed until August 2016 (depends on transfer dates, gah), so I've got a decent amount of time to collect everything. So far I've got a list that includes, but is not limited to:
- All of the sweaters
- at least one proper lolita coat
- one fur muff
- knitted legwarmers/boot linings
- a flannel petticoat. I'm not joking.
Secondly: oh boy oh boy am I excited for this month's theme! I currently reside in Northern VA, and there is a wonderful little place called The Closet that is open from 10 AM to 2 PM Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays (as well as Thurs evenings during the summer). My friend and I have found so many items to repurpose or to use as salvaged material from this store at increadibly cheap prices. It's like goodwill on steroids. Have another list of things:
- Two straw hats with fabric flowers (I'm fairly certain one was a "wall hanging" but i don't care it fits)
- One chiffon border-printed skirt, repurposed and given enough lining to fit a petti
- One maternity dress that had been deconstructed and turned into the bodice for a tunic/sundress and the main piece of a skirt. This one also has a border print of lavender sprigs.
- King sized sheets. They're fantastic for underskirts; one top sheet can become two underskirts if you're tiny enough.
- Varous waistcoats/vests that just needed a little bit of altering to fit properly.
- One child's purple wool, Victorian style coat. We'll be adding fur to the cuffs and collar, as well as upgrading some of the details. It came with an attached capelet. Because we are both tiny people, it actually fits us despite being made for an elementary schooler.
- Crocheted doilies, which are absolutely darling as accents on felt or wool berets.
- Blouses. My friend and I found the exact same blouse at different times, and to date it's one of my favorite finds of all.
- Scarves and shawls, including pashminas and lace/chiffon ones.
- SHOES. This can be hit or miss, but we've found at least 6 pairs between the two of us in a variety of styles.
- Jewelry can also be hit or miss, but if you really like broaches, if you go often enough you'll end up with a very nice collection.
- My friend found a beautiful black lace jsk that I am eternally jealous of and will covet until the day I die.
If I can think of anything else I'll add it to the list; I'll also try to get pictures for some of the things up as well.