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Lolita Inspired fun in the sun!

Added Dec 4, 2010

by Ruffles Gazebo

Adelaide, Australia






This was a dress i started a significantly long time ago…so about 5 months! im not the kind of person who leaves things a while to get done. i like just getting it done asap and wearing it! But sadly because of school and all its busy-ness, it had to sit in the background for a while. As holidays are now upon us, i had the time to go back and finish it off completely!

So how it all started….as of the last while…ive fallen very much in love with the lolia style (actually…i think ive always loved it, but only recently decided to embark into its style more drasticly…oh and mainly classis lolita….sweet is a bit too much in my opinion!). As i was perusing the greatness that is ebay, i found an eternity of dresses i wanted to buy! But seeing as yes i was studying full time….the liklihood of me purchasing anything and being able to justify it was very slim…. I started saving pictures of my favorites and figured i could just make one myself at some point

Mother kept harping on at me to go through this huge pile of sheets one of my grandmothers had given to us when she moved into a smaller place, and as i did found some fabrics i liked! 3 or 4 of the same kind of bed sheet (the main part of my dress) which were new, and then a nice plain peachy kinda coloured one which matched quite well….and then became the creating!!! I drafted a bodice pattern using the coffee date dress bodice as my basis (changed it significantly :p) i turned the front into two different piece and added pin tucks to the lower panel. i also played around with that fabric origami, but i didnt end up using it in the end. instead i pleated some of the contrast fabric and attachted it to highlight the panel line.

After making the bodice…it sat there for a little bit. Until i got motivated and figured out exactly what i wanted to do with the skirt. So many different possibilities!! Eventually i decided to use a similar skirt to one of the dresses i liked, which had two layers. I wanted to do something a bit more different, and not so traditionally lolita, so i pleated the whole skirt (ironing all the fabric took sooooo long!!!) and then drapped it, and cut it how i wanted it to sit around the under skirt. Then i attatched it, did that zig zag stich on the under side of the pleats to help hold it in place, and added a thin strip of lace around the buttom.
….and then it sat around for some more!
Until i got motivated enough to put the zip in and do the binding. And when that was done i made a little simple gathered skirt out of the main fabric to wear as the under skirt…just because i was too impatient and wanted to wear it. But after i wore it once i realised it needed to be lined, because the two fabrics sitting on top of each other kept getting caught and it didnt sit pretty :( soooo i unpicked the binding id already done, added the lining in (this was a pain…garr) and then it sat there some more.

Until 3 days ago when i was like ahhhhh! i want to put this into my portfolio!! FINISH TIME! So i finally made the skirt! I bought a ruffler foot half way through the term, because i didnt want to gather all this by hand! i bought it for 30 dollars from ebay, which is about 60 dollars cheaper than any store in Canberra! its so much fun, a little confusing to use at first. but so worth it!!!
There are four layers to the underskirt, two of the main, then a single peach one, then the main again. There is sooo much fabirc in the skirt. its very fun and full, which is why i made my friend take a photo of my spining.

anywho! immm super happy with the end result :) it took many hours and alot of motivation to get it finished! but now that its done its all i want to wear! im really glad that there are 3 pieces essentially to this outfit, because it means i can use them with other things :)

Also, kudos to my great friend, Mr Spring for his fantastic photos! they really make it!!!

Let me know what you think!! (and congrats if u actually read all that….hahah sorry!!)


Material Notes

Linen bed sheets... × 3ish…
peachy bed sheet x 1
zipper and lining

total cost = $10!!! boo yeh!




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Evening Wear, Grunge, Romantic, Victorian

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    Jul 9, 2012, 12.34 AMby chrissy CHRISSY


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      Jul 9, 2012, 03.42 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

      thank you for the kind words, i look forward to following you on burdastyle _

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    Apr 9, 2012, 01.32 PMby surfjewels

    Really pretty dress, love the skirt

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    Oct 1, 2011, 06.47 AMby tine94

    WOW! This is great! Beautiful fabric. Is there a hoop in the skirt, or it that just how it falls?

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    Sep 11, 2011, 06.37 AMby LudoTela

    Good use of old bed sheets …. Inspiring :)

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    Aug 16, 2011, 01.48 PMby chrissy CHRISSY

    So so beautiful, I cant wait to be on a level where I could make something so special

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    Jul 29, 2011, 03.01 PMby iamrotkappchen

    i always wanted to make lolita dress but never made one :/ this one is gorgeous ! you are amazing !

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    Jul 20, 2011, 12.37 AMby urbandon

    Super gorgeous outfit. Wonderful photos too.

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    May 20, 2011, 06.10 AMby Tokie Ang

    adorable!!^^ loves the asimetric ruffles^^

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    May 20, 2011, 06.10 AMby Tokie Ang

    adorable!!^^ loves the asimetric ruffles^^

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    Apr 7, 2011, 04.57 PMby tirrs


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    Jan 9, 2011, 05.32 AMby bmharper21

    Absolutely adorable. I am in love with this. You have a lot of talent.

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    Jan 6, 2011, 01.53 PMby elyzampa

    Super cute, love it! :)

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    Jan 3, 2011, 03.55 AMby squiddlepop

    This is quite possible the nicest dress i have ever seen!

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      Jan 3, 2011, 06.23 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

      that is quite possibly the nicest comment i have ever read. thank you! and im very glad you like it :)

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    Dec 23, 2010, 07.36 PMby morganalaine

    O.O I want it lol. It’s so cute! Love it!

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    Dec 15, 2010, 09.48 AMby DevorahAllen

    With this kind of Feminine dresses I can’t help but think ~ cute!! But what makes me really love this dress is the detail you put on the skirt… the cut and the layering give the dress a flirty fun feeling

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    Dec 14, 2010, 02.37 PMby SexyKolora

    Beautiful, Romantic, really cute. I love it. I give you 10! Great job in finish it and posted here, because is really amazing and not expensive ah! But look like, well thats the secret. Congrats!

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    Dec 14, 2010, 12.56 PMby cat-ears

    You are AMAZING! I think this could compete with Japanese loli designers!

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    Dec 14, 2010, 10.00 AMby jessdunstan

    Absolutely love it!!

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    Dec 13, 2010, 10.34 AMby coffeeaddict

    love love the dress, t’s a bit short for my taste but you rock it! and love the parasol too!

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      Dec 13, 2010, 01.11 PMby Ruffles Gazebo

      ah thanks! it doesnt sit seemingly as short when i dont have a hoop skirt underneath. also doesnt help what angle the photos are kinda on lol. but thanks for such nice feedback :)

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    Dec 13, 2010, 10.16 AMby robygiup

    That’s GORGEOUS!!!!! I really love it! :D Congrats for the great job!

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    Dec 12, 2010, 06.50 PMby dorip

    such a sweet dress!

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    Dec 12, 2010, 06.15 AMby bunnynivorous

    soooo cute very sweet lolita

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    Dec 11, 2010, 06.50 PMby vintagegirl1980

    I think this dress is sooooooooo cute, and I can definately relate to the 5 month thing! I just can’t start sewing on a project ,unless I know exactly where I want to go with it, thats why I have about 5 or 6 projects going on all at once, and my dining room table looks like a tornado hit it, Oh so what ! We got to create! LOL! and you definately look like you know what you are doing!

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    Dec 11, 2010, 04.50 PMby tinybows

    absolutely adorable!

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    Dec 11, 2010, 03.31 AMby mumsew

    that’s beautiful. you are very talented.!

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    Dec 11, 2010, 01.07 AMby prairieponygirl

    This dress looks amazing! All your hard work totally shows. Beautiful job!

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    Dec 10, 2010, 07.08 PMby carottesauvage

    that’s really great!Love your umbrella trick on the nose!

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      Dec 11, 2010, 07.07 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

      too bad im pulling such a ridiculously painful face :p

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    Dec 10, 2010, 06.05 PMby violeta lerma

    Beautiful. I really love this dress because it is a a soft and sweet number with it’s delicate ruffles and barely there color, but still striking because of the details in its construction, the pintucks, the offset, cascading ruffles, and the sweetheart detail on the bodice. Just beautiful.

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      Dec 11, 2010, 03.17 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

      thanks for the amazing comment :)

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    Dec 10, 2010, 05.30 PMby lili123

    wow!!!i’m really amazed that your wonderful dress just cost 10$, you are very creative.

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    Dec 8, 2010, 09.51 PMby tabyaby

    It’s gorgeous. I love it, you did a GREAT job! I like that the ruffles are just on one side of the skirt-part. And I love the colours!

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