Monday, 3 July 2017

Simplicity Does Lolita *AGAIN!*

Simplicity 8444 and 8443

It's true, you're not seeing things, Simplicity has yet again released two Lolita patterns. They get better every time they try Lolita, which I find very encouraging. These two patterns are adorable and well made. The fit, the finesse, when did they get so damn good? I mean, look at the preceding patterns, they've come a long way:


The model looks like a Lolita girl. Her makeup is right, her hair isn't a glaringly obvious wig, she's young and doll like. But can we get a hell yes to them using the right kind of printed fabric?! She looks like she stepped out of a Baby, The Stars Shine Bright catalog. My head is spinning!

Simplicity 8444

Let's get one thing out of the way, they made a boo boo, they refer to this as a Cosplay costume and yes, despite having placed the rather ugly Simplicity 8233 in their apparel category, they are yet again selling Lolita clothing as "costumery". That's a damn shame. This pattern features a number of items: a blouse with mandarin collar with corset fastening in back, in long sleeve or short; a ruffled underskirt; a jumper with over-skirt or a jumper with a full skirt, both with elastic shirring in the back, can be made with bows or lace and corset detailing. You get a healthy amount of quality designed pieces in this pattern, it is well worth the money. In fact, despite not being into Lolita, I'm probably going to buy this pattern at some point.

Simplicity 8443

Like the previous pattern, this Lolita pattern also provides you with a variety of designs. Two bonnets, three head-dresses (hair bands), two purses and three medallions. They look cute, well constructed and are in keeping with the Sweet Lolita aesthetic. 


Please gods, let this mean they're willing to try more alt fashion designs in the future, and to push themselves to the point of getting it right

What are your thoughts?


Cosplay by McCall's BlacMagic and Mysstic

Halloween in July?!

Why not? And with these fantastic costume designs you can channel your inner witchy woman! Let's have a look at what McCall's has brought out for the summer. 

Off the shoulder dress with lacing

This is so Morticia Addams. I thought the peekaboo cut out on the side would be nude but it has a modesty panel insert, which I think most people would appreciate. I like how it has an iridescent sheen to it. I'm not so keen on the fit of the neckline, it looks as though it's slipping down on her. Without having the instruction manual I can only guess at how it's been constructed, but if it does in fact lack adequate structure to hold it upright there's a trick that I learned from my 1960's sewing book to remedy this fit issue - you sew elastic into a catch-stitched channel at the sleeve opening. A great technique for any bateau/off the shoulder neckline. I like this piece, especially with the train, although I must caution that it's not great for parties, one misstep from your dance partner and rriiiiip!

Hooded coat and belt

This is an unusual shape and I like it for that reason, it's very different from any other cloak pattern I've seen from the major pattern companies. The pattern is recommended for use with crushed velvet, you can't get more Goth than that. It has almost a phantom like quality to it, especially with the looseness of the hood and the wide bell sleeves. I could certainly see this with a pair of skin tight faux leather leggings and witchy boots, or a raggedy long fishtail skirt.


Overall these are two rather glamorous costume patterns. They're simplistic in design yet impactful. 

What are your thoughts?


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