A brief history of Lolita fashion

I love Lolita fashion and subculture. And before you ask, it has nothing to do with the book. It’s a street fashion that started in Japan in the mid 90s (or arguably as early as the late 70s, early 80s) with the rise in popularity of Western Goth fashion and music in Japan. The style didn’t have a name until Japanese designers started to notice and emulate the clothes that teenagers were wearing, like many subcultures that started organically and then were packaged and resold. At the same time, rock stars and and bands started wearing frilly dresses and fancy clothes, and the style spread even more. No one knows who first started calling it “Lolita” but it’s one of those English words that the Japanese adopted to describe the growing fashion without understanding its context. They thought it sounded “cute” and appropriate to describe the look. The term was further popularized by the rock star, Mana, who started his own clothing brand in the late 90s and coined the terms “Elegant Gothic Lolita” and “Elegant Gothic Aristocrat” to describe his brand’s style, further popularizing “Lolita” to describe the look. Since then, the style has spread worldwide and Lolita fashion enthusiasts can be found almost anywhere, even outside of Japan.

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What to do when a shirt is too short? Add a peplum

So I bought this great shirt during a Labor Day sale.

So colorful!

So colorful!

However, the shirt was too short because it was a cropped shirt. I don’t normally wear crop shirts but I thought I’d try it and see how I liked it. Aaaaand turns out I don’t like crop shirts.






One of the reasons I learned to sew was so I could modify and tailor my own clothes so what do I do? ADD A PEPLUM!

Because I’m lazy, I used a McCall’s pattern that had a peplum pattern piece rather than trying to measure and make my own. I used McCall’s #6754.

Peplum shirt 02

I want to make more clothes from this pattern.

Also a really cute dress and shirt pattern. And really easy!

The shirt was made from a stretch fabric so I found a stretch fabric in a similar color at JoAnn and went to town with my seam ripper, scissors, and serger (I love alliteration).

Peplum shirt 03

Hemming the peplum on my sewing machine.

And now, I have a super cute n’ color shirt that doesn’t make my stomach cold!

New shirt!

New shirt!

Back view. I love clothes with a back interest.

Back view. I love clothes with a back interest.