Elegant Gothic Lolita
Last Updated: 09-24-2006
This all started when I noticed how much leftover burgundy fabric I had from Sakura and Syaoran. I've always wanted to do an EGL, and I figured it would make a nice Halloween costume.
The burgundy fabric is cotton sateen, and the black is Egyptian cotton. There are two types of Venetian lace on the shirt, bonnet, and corset. Joann coupons let me feed my appetite for expensive fabrics and notions, and I'm glad because I think this type of EGL dress needs to look somewhat posh.
The corset is based on the top in McCalls 4709. I edited it for the heart-shaped front. I also put laces in the back instead of having it zip up. The black boxpleated trim is all handmade :).
The shirt is based off the jacket from See & Sew 3937. I rounded the corners of the collar, and made the sleeve pattern myself. The sleeves turned out a little bigger than I planned, but I like it! There's a bit of elastic running through it to create the ruffle.
The skirt was hand-drafted. The bottom layer is 4x gathered, and the top is 3x gathered. I also made the boxpleat trim on the skirt, and it took FOREVER! No more of that for me ^^;;. Underneath the skirt are two layers of black tulle and my very white petticoat, which I found at a garage sale for $5! I'm glad my skirt is long enough to cover the petticoat.
The bonnet (what ARE those little things called?) is trimmed in the same lace from the corset and boxpleated ribbon. I must be secretly masochistic, to do so much pleating! I think it would be nice to add something down the center to break up all the blackness.
I spent a long time getting my hair to curl, and I bought lipstick and eyeshadow just for this costume! This was supposed to be simple and quick, but it ended up being quite an event O_o.
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