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This is not so much a costume as it is a demonstration of my upcycling skills. I love the pretty dresses that come out of the Lolita community, but most Lolita brands and stores are not friendly to curvy girls like me!
I was thrilled when I found a really cute Bodyline dress, made very close to my measurements. Unfortunately, it was all a stinking lie because I could only zip it up halfway when it came. There wasn't enough material in the back bow to make darts, so I simply cut off the top of the dress and made an adorable skirt with an elastic waistband.
I still needed a top to go with the skirt, so I grabbed my trusty Gosu Rori magazines for ideas and found a cute pin-tuck blouse to go with the skirt. I even had enough black broadcloth in my scrap bin to make it. I took apart the bodice from the dress and used the lace to trim the blouse on the hem, collar and the front. I even found some rose-shaped buttons to fit the "rose" theme of the outfit!
You can't see it well in the picture, but the dress also had a big bow attached to the front of bodice, which was only attached with a few stitches. The bow made a perfect hair accessory, so I sewed it to a giant barrette. Add in a matching wig and some basic tights and Mary Janes and I'm ready for tea with my fellow Lolitas!
A little creativity can go a long way!