Sunday, December 18, 2011

Getting Serious

So I feel as though Poison Sugar is starting to expand, I'm getting interview requests and I'm finally finalizing the details to go to New York in September. So, while I'm happy that things are going well I am also frightened to let them get away from me. I like how small my business is, and would maybe only want an assistant to help out in the long run. I like being able to talk to my clients personally and get to know them. I really wish more people sewed like they used too, sewing used to be a part of most women's lives. But now you can barely find someone who knows how to actually draft a pattern on their own. While I don't mind experimenting, I'd like to find some experts to really learn from, and I don't think going to an expensive school is really the answer. I don't want to move to New York and work a job ironing for 5 years to get a chance at maybe apprenticing someone. But that doesn't mean I wouldn't like a little help and tutoring every now and then. I feel I'm at a strange stage with this hobby, where if I cross the line it can become far more than a hobby. The question is, do I want that or not?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

My new love for salopettes

So I mentioned on my Facebook about making salopettes soon, and I thought....some people might not know about their sheer awesomeness. So I thought I would post some pictures of them, so I can spread the love.

I myself don't know if they would be all to flattering on me, but I think they are just so cute. The cutest version of overalls I've ever seen anyway and much better than the version I wore as a kid. So I hope you enjoyed and look forward to seeing the ones I make.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Saboten Review 2011

So I went to Saboten in Phoenix, Arizona last weekend, Sept. 30 - Oct 2. I had a wonderful time and met some great people. Here's a recap of events.

Friday- Friday is always a busy day for me because the fashion shows are always Friday night. I got to set up my vendor booth Thursday night though, so I had a lot less to cram into the vehicles. I've found that packing in those big plastic tubs is easier than suitcases, and I can generally fit more cosplay stuff into them. I had a panel on Friday all about Poison Sugar and lolita and me and I was really surprised how many people showed up to this, I honestly thought I would have a really small audience, but I had about half the room, at 3pm on a Friday, so I was thrilled! I felt so happy that people came to support me, and afterwards I had so many questions and met some great people, who I hope to see again!
Friday night we had the fashion show, I had great help setting up even under stressful conditions. Every one looked amazing and the diversity of designers was perfect. I love working with the local designers here, they are all so creative and supportive.

Saturday- Saturday I had two panels, Chemistry and Cosplay- which was a casual panel about working with paints, glues and resins. The other was my Modern Millinery panel, which went really well. Someone even posted it as one of their favorite panels. For the first time of me doing that panel it went really well. I loved doing it too, making hats has been something I really love doing, so sharing it with others makes it even better. I also got to watch the masquerade instead of be in it, and there were some skits that made me laugh so hard I cried. After being in so many masquerades there is a great feeling watching others compete, it just makes me root for everyone and feel proud of them. I cosplayed as Entei (with a Raiku) and as Virginia from Wild Arms 3.

Sunday- Sunday I co-hosted the Lolita tea party with my buddy Spence. We had great help from local lolitas and I think we had a great time. I have managed tea parties before the convention but this was my first time being part of it, and I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. I wouldn't mind doing it again. We had great donations from some wonderful people who I am going to pimp right now.

Sugar Clay Cafe is a dear friend who I wish I saw more, she makes adorable little things. Find her stuff here

Antiquties- I don't have a website for them, as I don't know if they have one. But they donated these really cool clockwork parts ear cuff charms in pink and black and a tea cup hat.

Many of the other prizes were donated by me, including a Baby dress that some lucky person won. It was so fun to do a raffle, definitely be doing it again I think.

The worst part of the convention was that I didn't get to sit at my table, really at all. There wasn't very much room behind the tables. I will be sitting at the PCC table a lot, because I won't be as busy at that convention.

I want to thank everyone who stopped by and who came to my panels. I really appreciate it. The highlight of the con is when one of the girls from the tea party (Tiffany I think) came to the booth to pick up her prize and told me to keep doing what I love. It made me so happy to hear that from someone. So sweet! It really made the weekend for me.

So there you go, not all that exciting but it was a great weekend

Sunday, September 4, 2011

30 day lolita challenge post 7

Day 7 – people who inspire your lolita style.

It will be hard to find 10 people for this, so I just put some.

1. Hirooka Naoto- aka H. Naoto. He is a designer that has so many layers to his brand: H. Naoto Frill, H. Naoto Blood, H. Anarchy, Hangry and Angry, hEAVEN, Hn+nois, and more. His couture stuff is amazing and even though he isn't my favorite style of lolita, his ingenious concoctions amaze me constantly and I strive to be a designer as diverse as he is.

2. Mitsuba (Alice and the Pirates designer). I love AatP so much, the prints and the designs.

3. The actual artists who design the prints for AP and Innocent World. I love prints and while I don't think about the artists behind them every time I see an awesome print, I do think about prints almost constantly.

I can't really think of other "people." I don't follow a ton of blogs or anything- I look at a lot of pictures and I admire a lot of companies, but not necessarily individuals. I guess I'm just not that big of a fan girl, unless your Wil Wheaton, and he has nothing to do with lolita.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

30 day lolita challenge post 6

Day 6 – 10 things you can’t live without in lolita.

1. A petticoat- or three. Without that, the lolita image just isn't there (unless your in kodana, then skip the petti- you'll just look like a weirdo with a petticoat over your pants).

2. Headgear- meaning bows, hats, flowers, tea cup, rabbit, pirate ship... SOMETHING- it seems so plain without something in your hair.

3. Knee high socks- I think knee high socks are best- not to say that tights and shorter socks don't work ( I just like knee high best).

4. Lolita shoes- either rocking horse shoes or cute Mary Janes with a big heel. I like shoes with heels because, well, I'm short. I love boots too, boots with bows and hearts and cute things.

5. Wigs- now I know you might be thinking, "Wigs are not essential to lolita, you silly goose!" but 1. this is lolita according to me, and wigs are necessary and 2. I am not a goose. So yea, I like wigs, a lot, like obsessively.

6. Some lolita clothes (duh)

7. Jewelry- I try not to over do this too much, like one necklace, one bracelet, and two rings is a good max for me. Unless I'm trying to go crazy over the top.

8. Make up- and blush and all that. Not too much though- I want to look done up- not overdone.

9. Purse that matches! I don't think anything looks weirder than a bag that doesn't look the part. My messenger bag is cool and all, but it doesn't scream lolita, not that grey canvas. So yea, I have about 5 bags that I use with lolita.

10. A positive attitude. I think this is something you should always carry with you, but in lolita you will get plenty of weird looks, possibly rude comments or insults and possibly compliments and questions. A positive attitude will help you deal with all of these, in a way that doesn't hurt your knuckles or damage your new rocking horse shoes because you had to kick someone in the rear.

So there ya go, my 10 things.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

30 day lolita challenge post 5

Day 5 – 10 items from your wishlist.

OH YEA BABY! This post is better made with pictures.
1. Alice and the Pirates 2 piece set (never fit me ever )

2.Angelic Pretty

3.Angelic Pretty jsk (another that will never fit me) the cut out heart in the back is so cute!

4. Baby jsk- minty and pink

5. AatP Horoscope underbust jsk

6. Milky Planet jsk in black by Angelic Pretty

7. Innocent World halter jsk

8. Fantastic Dolly jsk

9. Angelic Pretty mint chocolate jsk

10. Innocent World Bambi jsk

So, there they are in no particular order. For fun, I am also going to post the pictures of things I own that I dreamed about owning or that I have owned and then sold.

Twinkle Mermaid- yup I used to own it, in this color too.

Lavender Rose Jewel- I love this jsk and am SO happy it fits me.
Milky Chan, another dress I currently own that I HAD to have.
Just acquired this, in this colorway. Love it.

I used to have this, but it was WAY too small.

I have the version of this jsk without the light pink bust part. It's one of my favorite prints.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

30 day lolita challenge post 4

Day 4 – 10 different kinds of food you like.

Because food is TOTALLY lolita all the way.

1. Milk shakes
2. Blizzards
3. Sushi
4. Japanese Curry
5. Ice Cream
6. Coffee (it is the "other" food group- deal)
7. Mashed potatoes
8. Milk Shakes
9. Fruit plates
10. Fruit and yogurt mixed with crunchy things- the best one is at Fresh and Easy.

Milk shakes and the like ARE food and yes I put that more than once. I think I am 1/3 ice cream actually.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

30 day lolita challenge post 3

10 things I hate about lolita.

1. The limit of sizing for brands, a lot of the stuff I really like I can't buy because it won't fit. My broad shoulders and big boobs just aren't fitting in there
2. Prices, although I understand them better than most- a lot of AP stuff is limited and I can see hand work in it. It is also SO expensive to print your own prints. OMG- yea.

3. The low toleration of newbies, I know it's annoying to answer the same questions that you learned forever ago, but hey- we were all newbs at one point.

4. USA lolitas seem to have giant sticks up their butt about mixing the fashion with other stuff. I understand there is the style lolita, but I can still wear the dress without HAVING it be lolita. Calm down, it's a dress.

5. Shoes with snaps and buckles, the buckles work just fine- the snaps don't. I didn't pay $60 for my strap to pop off every 5 minutes. I hate how this is becoming more and more popular.

6. Cheap accessories with big price tags. It's plastic AP, PLASTIC.....why $35 for a plastic ring?

7. Replicas that actually have the name of the brand printed on the replica. Why hello Ebay, look at this Baby the Star Shine Bright replica with the name emblazoned across the bottom. Totally shameful.

8. Crazy over the top shit.

9. I'm a slob- slobs and expensive clothes just don't mix.

10. The lack of boobs in lolita, I have boobs....why no one else have boobs? Seriously- not cleavage--boobs-- just adult body shapes would be nice.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

30 day lolita challenge post 2

Day 2 – 10 things you love in lolita.

1. I love that lolita has so many genres and that I don't have to choose to be sweet all the time or gothic all the time. I can jump between my favorite styles and be different every time I dress up.

2. My lolita friends! They are so awesome!

3. Lolita lets me express myself, I can make my own dresses and accessories and just go all out. I can be crafty and stay away from scrap booking :p

4. Angelic Pretty

5. Alice and the Pirates

6. Mini hats- this includes tricorns, boater hats, sailor hats, marching band hats, top hats...hell! any kind of hat is better in mini form.

7. Giant Hair is quite normal, I love that my hair can be like 2 feet tall and 2 feet wide. (I usually look happier with giant hair then this person)

8. Prints! I am in love with prints on fabric. I love finding prints and using prints and anticipating new prints from brands.

9. I can feel absolutely beautiful without the least bit of cleavage. I feel beautiful because I think so, and I'm not judging it based on how many men offer to buy me a drink or look at my ass.

10. It's different, what can I say- it's the hipster in me. I love that lolita is a different style than the norm and anyone else into it automatically has a bond with you.

Friday, August 12, 2011

30 day lolita challenge post 1

So I've seen some people doing this and figured, sure- why not? You can steal this, since I did.

Here are the posts....after this list is my response to day 1.

Day 1 – 10 things about your lolita bubble.
Day 2 – 10 things you love in lolita.
Day 3 – 10 things you hate in lolita.
Day 4 – 10 different kinds of food you like.
Day 5 – 10 items from your wishlist.
Day 6 – 10 things you can’t live without in lolita.
Day 7 – 10 people who inspire your lolita style.
Day 8 – 10 songs that inspire you for lolita.
Day 9 – 10 things you will never do in lolita.
Day 10 – What’s in your bag?
Day 11 – One day in your lolita life in pictures.
Day 12 – A picture of yourself before lolita came in to your life.
Day 13 – A picture of your favorite sweets.
Day 14 – A picture of your dream item.
Day 15 – A picture of your last lolita purchase.
Day 16 – Your outfit for the day.
Day 17 – What do you want more then anything right now?
Day 18 – A picture of your favorite lolita style.
Day 19 – What’s in your make-up bag?
Day 20 – A picture of a lolita friend.
Day 21 – Your favorite fictional lolita.
Day 22 – A picture of your room.
Day 23 – A picture of your handwriting.
Day 24 – A picture of you from a meet.
Day 25 – Your favorite lolita themed artwork.
Day 26 – Your Facebook profile picture.
Day 27 – One song that fits your favorite lolita style.
Day 28 – A picture of the perfect lolita location.
Day 29 – A picture of a lolita you would love to meet for real.
Day 30 – A photo of yourself taken today and 3 good things that’s happened over the last 30 days.

Day 1 – 10 things about your lolita bubble.

I'm not sure what exactly this means, but hey- let's give it a go shall we? My lolita bubble is basically in my head all the time. I barely get to wear it on a weekly basis. I'm an older lolita (as in I'm older than 25) so my day job gets in the way of wearing my over the top sweet co-ord (damn social standards). But my brain thinks about lolita all the time. To me, lolita is a fashion- and one that makes me feel frilly and pretty without feeling overly girly. Normally ruffles and lace and pink would make someone feel pretty girly, but maybe because it is such an extreme style it doesn't make me feel as girly as when I'm wearing an pink cardigan and heels. I feel more at home in bloomers than in slacks. Lolita also makes me feel ageless, like my brain. I'm not young or old, I just am. And I am quite beautiful too, lolita is the best pick me up ever and makes me feel put together in a way that matching earrings never could.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Larger Sizes

So most of us know that lolita tends to be made for the Japanese- which means smaller bone structured people. Those of us with broad shoulders, large arms, long legs or large chests can forget about fitting into quite a few brands. This sucks, a lot, especially when you find your dream dress in a brand you know will most likely never fit you (Mary Magdalene cough cough). So...I thought people might appreciate a list of places you can buy blouses and other things custom made for you.

Fan Plus Friend- They can custom make almost anything in their inventory- it just costs a little more.

In the Starlight- This is an Etsy store where they custom make bloomers, petticoats and blouses. Nice prices too.

Qutieland- this site offers a lot of replicas and original dresses that can be tailor made for an additional cost.

Sweet Rococo- This site you can design your own dress or skirt and then have it made for you, they are usually pretty far out for orders though. It just depends on how long you are willing to wait.

Anna House- This site used to "bespoke" items which meant they would tailor make them. I don't see it advertised but if you contact them they may still make things custom sized.

I know there are more, but I hope this opens up some shopping for people. If you know of any more shops please leave them in the comments.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Dream Design Contest

So I wanted to do something really cool to thank everyone for all the support, and that includes "liking" the Facebook page. So I decided to have a crazy contest that no other same person would want to do, but I wanted to do because for one lucky person it will be the most awesome "thank you" gift ever. So I announced the Dream Design Contest...details below.

Want to try putting on the designer's shoes? Well here's your chance. Announcing the Dream design contest! Where you get to design your own dream lolita dress or skirt.
Here's how it will work. You will brain storm and come up with an amazing dress or skirt. It will be fabulous! Then get it down on paper or on your computer or however you want to represent your piece- you can color it, leave it black and white whatever you want. You will then send that image to as an attachment and I will add it to the photo album of entries. You will then call forth all your friends and lackeys to vote for your awesome image and you yourself will also vote. Voters will need to like the page to vote, but they don't have to stick around if they don't want to. Whoever has the most votes by Midnight on August 31st will win their outfit- custom made for them. For real! Get to brainstorming!!

Rules: please follow these or I will return your image to be adjusted.

1. Use solid colors only. I can't make a print that doesn't exist and I (unfortunately) can't give out my expensive existing prints for free. You can use as many solid colors as you want, just please no prints.

2. Your outfit has to be make-able. Meaning no hovering parts, suspended stuff or all over just weird craziness that I have no idea how to recreate. This is not "lets make Mikki crazy" contest.

3. This is a skirt or dress contest- not a full coordinate. So while I encourage you to add pieces to your drawing if you think it will help the design, be aware I won't be making your blouse, cardigan, sock garters, bracelets and rings. I will make a head bow or headdress though to match your outfit.

4. You can vote for more than one person by liking the picture.

5. The winning design will be made for the winner to keep, but Poison Sugar has to right to distribute images of the design and finished product with credit to the winning designer. It won't be mass produced for sale. This basically means that Poison Sugar can advertise the winner :)

6. Specifying a certain type of fabric does not mean that it will be used in construction. You can definitely suggest fabric that you think will work well for your design if you want.

7. Once a winner is decided, I will need their measurements and the finished product will be done no later than 3 weeks from when I receive measurements- not from when the winner is decided.

8. Your design can be on a person or not, it doesn't matter :)

Did I forget something? Ask away below and I will clarify best I can.

Now get drawing!!

P.S. When you send your image to please label it however you want- if your dress has a title or whatever, so I know what to post.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Circle Skirt vs Rectangle!

So I recently made a circle skirt for a cosplay and I totally fell in love with it. While I usually use a rectangle skirt for most of my designs, I felt that you can substitute a circle skirt for most bottoms and get a bit more flare and spin if that's what you're looking for. I used this lovely tutorial to get the measurements and it was so simple, so I thought I would share it with you!
Tutorial here


Monday, July 4, 2011

10 random lolita questions

I've been reading a lot of random question memes and decided to create a lolita one and answer them. Feel free to pass this list around to your lolita friends.

1. What is your favorite brand? Angelic Pretty and H.Naoto
2. Do you have a dream dress and what it is?- I don't know the name, but it's a Bambi print from Innocent World (whose stuff I don't think I will ever fit in).
3. How many pairs of lolita shoes do you own?- I have 12 that are a lolita brand or style- then more that are just common shoes that work for lolita.
4. What is your favorite piece you own now? I think my Milky Chan JSK is my current fav
5. What is your favorite style? I LOVE super sweet and also pirate
6. What is the lolita style you wear the most? OOT sweet
7. What is your favorite color coordinate? Pink and Mint is my current obsession.
8. Favorite accessory? Acrylic bracelets are my favorite, I really want more of them.
9. Wigs? Yay or nay? YES YES YES
10. If you could make up a lolita style what would be it be? Marching Band lolita- this needs to be a style, not just one outfit from AP

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Phoenix Comicon 2011 Recap

This is my second year running the PCC fashion show, and my fourth year attending.The first day of the con I got there nice and early to set up my table. I bought some new displays and table covers and I was glad they worked.

The best part of this day was when Wil Wheaton walked by with his posse, then came back to my table to tell me my stuff was awesome. I almost DIED! WHY? Because I am a dork who normally fangirls all over him. So yea.

Friday was the fashion show, I ran a Beyblade tournament in the morning that involved lots of yelling, cheering children and then jumped over to my lolita sewing panel (which I'm still trying to get just right) then went over to set up the fashion show. I will not rant about the preparations for the show, but regardless of what I was given the show was fine and the content was amazing! Cake Shop Couture had really cute stuff and the models all looked fabulous! Dictator Fantasyland had a cool zodiac theme, The Fairest of them All FINALLY showed some of her great stuff
and Strawberry Black had the strongest Tokyo vibe I'd seen all night. The individual models looked awesome too! I don't have those pictures yet, but here are some of my new dresses in the show.

That last one is totally not a dress, but my friend modeling a jacket I made for punk/dandy. My son also finally walked with me in the fashion show, something I've been trying to get him to do for years.

Saturday I ran around all day from panel to panel to lolita swap meet and then to masquerade judging. I cosplay too :) My son and I dressed up as Windia and Sakura from Deathsmiles (a scrolling Japanese lolita shooter game). I took home best Master Craftsmanship! I really felt great about that because I worked hard on those costumes, and getting those done, my fashion show stuff AND all my panels was a lot of work.

Sunday I did an origami panel in the morning then FINALLY got to sit at my table for the rest of the day. I really like sitting at the table because I get to see everyone's cute expressions when they look at my stuff. I actually LIKE talking to my clients and customers.

It was a very successful con and by Sunday I was almost sold out! Which is a good thing, but now I have to remake everything for Saboten in October :P

I really want to thank every person who bought something or said a kind word or two. It really does make me feel so happy to hear people actually like the stuff I make. I can't wait for Saboten so I can meet more people!