Green “plaid” Lolita Skirt

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Omw to Närcon 2015.

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Side view.

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Back view.

I love green, and I love checkers, and I kind of like the Lolita style, when it isn’t too frilly. This skirt ( I suppose you could call it a dress, but I define a dress as something that can be worn alone, and this can’t unless you want to be absolutely scandalous!) is made with polyester fabric imitating plaid. I drafted it myself, partly basing it on a skirt I already had. I cut the fabric to make the squares align on the bias. It is lined with linen for more support at the tight waist and buttons at the front with fabric-covered buttons from an old shirt. The straps tie at the neck.

This is one of the few garments I’ve made over the years that I actually use on an everyday basis and not just special events. It’s pretty but doesn’t make me feel over dressed, and can be worn with many different tops underneath!

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Lot’s of skirt!

Curling hair with silk!

I have tried just about every method there is for curling my hair: plastic curlers, foam curlers, curlers with velcro, curling irons, round brush+hairdryer, pincurls, rag curls, braiding, perming… When I was in high scool, I actually slept with my head full of my grandmothers hard plastic curlers every other night– crazy uncormfortable, but I was determined! These days, now that I’ve achieved my goal of having really long hair, I am more concerned about hair health and less displeased with my naturally straight hair. I always sleep with in in a braid, so it’s perpetually wavy anyway. But for special occasions, for example when I want to do a vintage or victorian hairdo, I still like to get real corkscrew curls. My favourite method has been rag curls, but that tends to leave the ends of my hair a bit bent. So I decided to invent my own curlers, combining the soft roundness of foam curlers with the material that is most kind to your hair: silk!

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Silk and cut-up foam curlers.

Here’s how you do it:

  • take a packet of foam curlers (the long kind with wire inside)
  • cut them open and remove the wire
  • cut them up into smaller pieces about 5 cm long
  • sew casings for them using strips of silk fabric wide enough to contain them and long enough to tie into a double knot (or a bow if you’re feeling fancy and have silk to spare).
  • sew seams at the ends of the foam bits so they won’t slide around in the casings.

 

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One little silk curler went up on my head…

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All the little silk curlers live in a pretty tin box.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To style:

  • dampen your hair and roll it up in your new curlers
  • sleep on it
  • take out when your hair is completely (!) dry
  • leave the curls as they are, do them up in a pretty hairdo or brush them out for more natural-looking waves
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Curls well done!