Helen's thoughts
So, I recently won a sweepstake hosted by Acen's Khaotic Kouture Fashion Show and LivingLolita! My prizes for winning include the following:
1) 2 FREE Acen 2011 FULL WEEKEND badges!
2) Design my own lolita outfit!
3) Once the lolita outfit I design is finished, I get to wear it and model it at Khaotic Kouture! :D

So I made some sketches. Please give me suggestions!
Left to right: Sailor lolita, Classical lolita, and Kimono(?) lolita
Excuse the crap quality lol. Took it with my camera instead of scanning
So I made 3 simple sketches: sailor, classic, and kimono. Let me explain
  1. Sailor: I love nautical themed dresses, and I still don't own a full sailor outfit yet! I have a sailor hat, but that's about it. I would really love to have this made in navy, and the embellishment on the bottom in gold
  2. Classic: This is my top pick right now, since classic is my favorite style. However, the only thing I'm really unsure about is I want it in yellow (white back ground, yellow flowers in the foreground) to match a pair of shoes I have. Nice fabric with yellow flowers on them has proven to be rather difficult to find though so I'm unsure about this one :/
  3. Kimono: I got the inspiration for this one based on meta's kimono print jsk. I call it kimono because I imagine it being made with kimono fabric, but besides the fact that it'll be made with kimono fabric, it won't have any other real similarities with wa-lolita (no big sleeves, no full-blown obi, etc) This one is actually what I think would be the best out of all of them and still look nice. This one has no color limitation, so long as the fabric is those colorful, fancy kimono fabrics, something like this or this. This one would probably be the simplest to make. I'm imagining something like this dress by GaijinCupcake on dA, only different fabric and a bit less sundress-shape looking. My top color choices for this would be purple kimono fabric with a yellow sash like this one by Magpie Creations. Th
So yea, I'm sending this to the seamstress right now and I'm gonna see what she says. We don't have a lot of time to make these come true, unfortunately, so I'm leaning towards the kimono one the most right now as the fabrics will be a lot easier to find, and putting it together shouldn't be too difficult. 

Dear readers: what are your thoughts on these?


Anonymous at: March 25, 2011 at 5:58 PM said...

oooh congrats on the win! Your designs are pretty cute :3

{ Yoru-chan } at: March 25, 2011 at 8:28 PM said...

I think they're pretty plain looking. If I was going to get a free dress of my design I'd go balls to the wall, everything thats amazing about lolita rolled into one. But, if plain and simple is more your style then go for it.

Anonymous at: March 25, 2011 at 8:36 PM said...

I'm gonna agree with yoru-chan on this

Anonymous at: March 25, 2011 at 8:42 PM said...

"kimono lolita" would be wa-lolita.
I like the sailor loli best though. ^^

Anonymous at: March 25, 2011 at 8:46 PM said...

Whoops. I wanted to also mention that the clincher on the third one looks really out of place. Why not make it closer to an actual obi?

Anonymous at: March 25, 2011 at 11:11 PM said...

@Butters: thanks :3
@Yoru-chan&alice-lolita: I like plainer things, so I like to go plain (that and I'm not really creative enough for more elaborate things lol) Plus she doesn't really have a lot of time to put them together (a little less than 2 months) so I dunno. How could I make them more fanciful?
@Kidalana: The 3rd one is not wa-lolita, but using kimono fabric to make jumper skirts. Kind of like meta's kimono series:
also because I dunno how good an actual obi would look. I'm not really going for the wa-lolita look.

{ Winsome } at: March 26, 2011 at 3:27 AM said...

Congratulations! How fun. :]

I like the middle one the most, but even as a classic lolita myself (though I occasionally go off the deep end of hime) I have to agree it's a bit plain. When you're modeling, especially, you want to have at least one thing about the outfit that makes people say "wow." It really doesn't have to be that dramatic, but it should probably just stray away from casual (again, this is just my opinion) and have a bit more oomph. I'd suggest a puff-sleeved high-collar blouse with a ribbon tie or small jabot and maybe a thin, long, elegant waist tie. I'm also not very fond of the under bust belt, as it makes me think of a lot of summer-y baby doll dresses.

I love where you're going with the floral hair, and no matter what you end up deciding on for a final design I'm pretty excited to see the final result. =D

Anonymous at: March 27, 2011 at 12:01 PM said...

Helen!!! I didn't know you have a blog! :D
Congrats on the win ^u^v And I vote for the classic design. If you can't find exact fabric to match the shoes, how about matching the color theme?
Cream fabric with yellow frills, waist, straps, and bow for example?

Hope to see photos from this when you are done! P.S. following your blog now~

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