June 3rd, 2009

two unconnected things...

firstly, I apologise if this has covered amply in the past but searching yielded meagre results. I'm trying to find out how receptive Closet Child is to email sales inquiries about items on their blogs. Some people say they will sell you things from their blogs, others say they will only sell things from the online shop.

the other thing is a small note to people with AP OPs and JSK that have bias cut bodice pieces (as on Wonder Party, Rose Toilette, Rose Tiara - it is in fact a very common design element from them). I have noticed that the weight of the skirt is enough in some cases to distort the waist seam, because bias has more stretch or give than straight or cross grain. My Gingham Tea Party dress in particular has a distinct wobble to the waist seam now. I now store my dresses flat or folded over a hanger, and dry them flat after hand-washing.

It may be a small, persnickety thing, but I though I should mention it.

egl_comm_art - May theme winner and contest reminders!

Greetings from one of the mods over at egl_comm_art!
We advertised on egl when the art community was first created about a month ago. We're a community based around Lolita artwork, a friendly place to post your work and get helpful critiques (or if you just want to share artwork you did without fear of being torn apart by the non-art community ;)). In addition to being a great place to show off your mad art skillz and ask for help and suggestions, one of the things that we're doing to keep the community active is having art contests!
Congratulations to our first theme winner--me, actually ^^* Thanks to all who participated, and all who voted! The layout on the community has been updated to reflect the winner.

Current competitions:

Art-themed profile contest - The current contest is to create a piece of artwork to use as the profile picture for the community and an accompanying icon, using art as the theme. The prizes for this contest are:
- Three (3) month minimum feature in the icon and profile of the community.
- One (1) lineart commission from wonderfinch
- One (1) Brown x White Heart-Topped Jumperskirt from Bodyline (an alternate prize can be arranged if the winner does not wish to give out their mailing address)
This contest is currently accepting submissions until June 8th! The rules for this contest are here.

June's theme contest - The theme for June is Fanart! This is pretty self-explanatory: draw your favourite fictional character in lolita! This can be someone who would be completely comfortable in lolita, or a character who would sooner rip out her (or his!) hair than wear frills. The setting and situation is entirely up to you, just make sure that the main focus of the piece is a character dressed in lolita.
At the end of the month, the pictures done in accordance with the theme will be voted upon by members of the communities-- and the winning member's artwork will be featured in the following month's journal layout!
All entries must be posted to the community by June 26th at midnight! For more information, please see the original post here and the theme contest rules here.

You must be a member in order to enter any of the contests (obviously), and we're always accepting new members! If you're interested in becoming a member, please see our community rules here.

Food for Thought! (Har har har...)

Hey, EGL, it's been a bit!

So, a friend asked me some questions about Lolita, usual fare- cosplay vrs. Lolita, brand vs. non-brand, you know. But she then asked, "What's with all the cake?" And I was stumped! I eventually came up with this:

"I think it sorta goes back to how Lolita is stemmed down from Rococo and Victorian fashions. The whole "let them eat cake" bit. Sweets are universally delicious between Lolita, and there's something really decadent- AND kind of whimsically childlike about sitting down to eat a pretty cake. Cakes are usually signs of celebration and good events, too. Cakes are, like Lolita, fluffy, highly decorated and delicious!"

But then it got me thinking- there is a RIDICULOUS amount of cakes on Lolita things! Cupcakes, donuts, macaroons. On your skirt, on your head, on your fingers... I never thought about it, but in most Lolita coordinates, even NOT Sweet Lolita, there's food involved somewhere!

Anyway, to the point. Food symbolism in Lolita Fashion. What's your thoughts? Brands are starting to come out with more unusual foods- is there anything you want to see? Do you like having food all over your clothes? Do you hate food prints? Do you feel like there's any symbolism in all of the food?


Skirt tutorial?

Hi there! I'm pretty new to the lolita world and I would like to try to sew a skirt for myself. I hope it's ok to ask this but does anyone know where I can find a tutorial to make a skirt similar to this (it's so pretty!):

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Thanks for any help :)

Bodyline representative at A-kon?

In the dealers room there was a rack of bodyline dresses and skirts.  They were selling the dresses for $99.  On Sunday there was a sign on the dresses that said "SALE $75  Regularly $150"   They were the typical bodyline dress that sells for $33 on the website.  I tried to haggle to 50 for the dress but he wouldn't budge much on the price.. So I backed out saying I would just rather get something I liked more online for the price, to which he replied "Oh well I will look forward to your order then, from Texas."  It kind of threw me off for a bit at that sort of reply.  I just said Oh okay, thanks or something like that.. So..  Is he really a representative from bodyline?  He was an attractive asian guy with really nice long hair.. I can't quite tell how old he was though.  Not that I think he will really "see my order" when I make one... but I think it was cool if I really met a Bodyline representative.  Has anyone recognized him before or know who I am talking about? 
cute tsune
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steampunk lolita

hello ladies

i had a photoshooting with my dear friend aloha on monday. I wore my F+F angelic pretty "Mode girl" replica.
the photos are so cool <3 and to day i edited one of this photos in steam punk style <3 XD
i hope you like it <3

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Alice Deco help

I recently bought Alice Deco A La Mode Spring 2009 at a Japanese book store and it made me want more. I've been trying to track down Vol. 1 or any other volumes that may have been made. I live in the U.S., so I've been having a lot of trouble finding it since its an old issue. I haven't found anything in Amazon or Ebay. Does anyone have any good ideas as to where to find one in the U.S.?

Pics & short interviews with Lolitas at Fanime

Fanime took place a few weekends ago and I was fortunate to find many cute lolitas for a project I was doing for my blog on lolita fashion. I snapped some pictures and did quick interviews with them on their outfits and personal opinions on lolita fashion. As many of them were members of this community, I promised to link it here, so they could see, but I also thought the rest of you might be interested in it as well.

( Follow the fake-y cut )

It spans at least 2 pages and there's other unrelated stuff on there. If you're too lazy to fish through it, you can try looking at this link instead, but it still has some un-related posts in there.
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Lolita tattoo?

so, my friend and i are going to get our first tattoos soon, and before i run and get a star trek emblem marked on me i was considering getting something lolita inspired since its such a huge part of what i do. but im a total loss of what i might want. any suggestions from you girls?

Anyone going to the NYC lolita?


Is anyone going to the NYC  kinokuniya bookstore for the lolita day?  I was wondering if I can join anyone for their meetup.  My friends are going to drop me off in the front of the store (I was going to go with my cousin but she has finals this weekend T_T).

Anyone lining up at the store front?

Thank you...