Finding this amazing kanzashi print was my inspiration! I found it on discount, had to buy it, and decided it had to be made into a wa-lolita dress even though I didn't want a wa-lolita dress before that. I love this outfit! I was surprised that it gets so many compliments when I wear it. Original outfits don't usually get noticed as much. I'm very happy with how it came out and it's comfortable to wear, too!
The top is basically half a kimono, made from the print and lined with pink broadcloth. The sleeves have an organza ruffle on the ends. It tucks into the pink satin underskirt, which is just a gathered rectangle skirt with a bottom ruffle. The printed wrap skirt is worn over it (also lined in pink broadcloth). On top is the faux-bi (faux obi) which is a stiff rectangle made from brocade that wraps and hooks closed on the side. The bow is sewn to the back, mainly brocade but with an organza accent. I wear an old pair of pink bloomers underneath and one of my petticoats underneath. The platform sandals were a lucky find. The hairbow is made from the printed fabric and stiff interfacing attached to a hair clip. Hanging from the bow are beaded strands with little kanzashi flowers that I folded myself. This was the most time consuming and difficult part. I used leftover pink broadcloth, painted it with fabric stiffener, cut the pieces into squares, and carefully folded them into shape.
Coordinator's Award at Con-Nichiwa 2010 J-Fashion Show