UFO Friday

UFO Friday is my (usually) bi-weekly series where I show you what projects I’ve been working on (UFO standing for UnFinished Objects). For more of these, look here and for every other week’s feature, Finished Things Saturday, look here.

UFO Friday: Bodyline JSK to Skirt | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comThis week is less of a UFO and more of a short walk-through of one of the quickest projects I’ve had lately. I’ve had this Bodyline dress for ages now and have hardly worn it for several reasons, one being the dreaded boob loaf effect (you know, when a garment presses your breasts into one very unflattering, flat, well…, loaf. Especially horrible if you’re big-chested and the loaf suddenly reaches much further down than you’d like and you wonder what the point in bras is anyway… Anyway.). I’ve probably worn worse but the ruffles along the chest weren’t exactly helping, either. That being said I was and still am madly in love with the print that is called Sweet Biscuit (or at least that’s what I call it). Baked goods-themed prints are always something I’d happily throw some money after.

UFO Friday: Bodyline JSK to Skirt | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comTo make the JSK a bit more casually wearable – that’s the beauty of Bodyline, it’s affordable, hence there are far less scruples to wear it more frequently – and flattering I decided to turn it into a skirt instead.
Now the thing is shirred in the back but also has a zipper. I decided to keep both because that was, honestly, the easiest thing to do. I cut around the dress, keeping twice the height of the waistband I wanted for the skirt of the bodice. For the opened (!!!) zipper I switched from fabric to sturdy crafting scissors, snipped it off at where the waistband would end and then pinned the waistband down in half, tucking in the edge to have a clean finish. The shirring got included, I just had to pay attention to stretch it as I sewed to retain the intended use. I also sewed around the top edge for the whole affair to lie flat again.

Bodyline JSK to Skirt | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.com

To easily finish off the zipper again I added some velvet ribbon I still had around, heat-sealed the edges (because luckily it was plastic fibre) and sewed it around the zipper’s ends. Now the thingy can’t fall off, and I also had an excuse to add a cute button from my stash and a loop made from embroidery yarn to close the thing properly and keep the zipper closed even through rougher movement.

Bodyline JSK to Skirt | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comAnd that was it. I love quick projects because everything under an hour doesn’t cost me any UFO points (I’ll explain another time…) and I think this skirt will see much more wear again from now on. I still think about shortening it a tiny bit to the length of most of my everyday skirts but I can still do that another day.

What have you been working on lately? I’d love to read about it in the comments! Have a lovely weekend!

10 Things I ♥ in February

February Favourites

  1. Israeli Artist Ronit Baranga makes such beautiful and unsettling sculptures. They look like Guillermo del Toro suddenly found a love for all things pastel and went on to make a soft aesthetic Hellboy spinoff about dark fae (which I of course would totally watch). I’m especially fond of the crawling tea sets.
  2. All About Better Wonderland, a mash-up of Meghan Trainor, Daft Punk and the 90s. Nils, the German guy who mad this also made a great Rick Astley-Avicii mash-up (plus surprise elements). Hat tip to my tattoo artist for showing me these works of art (and making me notice that singing along to stuff is a great way to deal with pain). And the videos are on point, too.
  3. Fat Kingdom animal paintings by Mike Mitchell. I’m always a fan of fat animal pictures (sorry, not sorry) but his technique is perfect as well so I’m completely smitten. He also did Fat Birds (this one is for Verdinium!).
  4. Last Week Lolita News. While I’m not really part of the Lolita fashion and subculture anymore this sarcastic, over-the-top news show is hilarious. From what I’ve gathered from the comments Tyler is an incredibly sweet person but her snarky news anchor videos are a form of mean and dedicated (all the time and research!) and well-done vindictiveness that I willingly subject to.
  5. I absolutely love this make-up tutorial on natural freckles by Cheyenne of LarpHouse. So far I always used eyebrow pencils for my freckle make-ups but this one is a game changer for more natural looking spots.
  6. The stunningly beautiful underwater photography of Cheryl Walsh. Her work is so amazing, definitely check out the Mermaids and Heroines galleries on her website (my favourites, but the others are great as well) and her Instagram for more pictures. Lots of art this week. I’m not even sorry.
  7. #28DaysOfBlogging. Honestly my biggest problem with this challenge is that I don’t seem to have the time to read all other participants’ great content. Apart from that I love pushing myself and my creativity this way!
  8. I’m getting back into old-school Lolita fashion. When I think about the things that I love the most about this style it’s always the really old stuff I come back to (and prints with food, to be honest). For inspiration I’ve been reading F Yeah Lolita’s old-school tag and scrolling through this themed Tumblr.
  9. Aunt Dimity. I found six of the cozy mystery books at the open book shelf while I was hunting for Pokémon and decided to grab them on a whim (everything with a pink stuffed bunny and the word “mystery” gets my attention). Getting them home while still trying to throw virtual balls at virtual beasts and with freezing hands wasn’t really that comfortable but definitely worth it. I’ll have to see if my library has the 18 volumes that I don’t have!
  10. Winter Sunshine. While we’re still comfortably in the minusses (°C, of course, and the forecast claims it’s going to stay like this for a while) it’s been clear for almost a week now and the bright light gives the city a look no instagram filter could ever achieve. Now if I’d remember to put on gloves when I go outside before it gets warmer again, that’d be great…

Capsule Wardrobes and Why they don’t work for me

Why Capsule Wardrobes Don't Work For Me | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comBecause even if I count my many woolen jumpers, vest collection and my outerwear and shoes I still have less than 150 pieces in my wardrobe. And that already includes things like ball gowns, Lolita dresses, PJs and work clothes. I admit that everything under the umbrella term “costume” didn’t count because that would mean counting my LARP characters’ clothes, too. They are usually tucked away in their respective boxes and chests so they don’t count as they are not part of my actual wardrobe.

If I subtract fancy stuff (like, as I said, things that are strictly Lolita, ball gowns, my one blazer and woolen trousers I inherited from my Grandfather which are for “serious” occasions) it’s 10 pieces less. If I subtract my working clothes that’s another five or so. Do things like that even count with the capsule wardrobe gurus?

Aside from already not having that much clothing to begin with there is another issue I have with the concept – for me, that is.

There isn’t only one me. I am many.

No, I don’t mean that I suffer from dissociative identity disorder (I don’t). What I mean is that there is “casual fae punk Hedge” and “Porcelain Dolly Hedge” (which includes everything dainty and old-fashioned) and “Marshmallow Hedge” and “Hedgewitch”. And those are probably not all that I am. I have taken a liking to so many subcultures, alternative fashions, lifestyles. And that’s okay. I tried to find “the one” for a long time (and several times thought I’d found it) but by now I just embrace that I change all the time. And with this change comes a need for different sets of clothes. A marshmallow has other needs than a Changeling punk. My farmer’s market-me doesn’t have any use for frilly dresses, but the Porcelain Dolly has.

Capsule wardrobes work well for a person who has one very defined style and isn’t jumping from ripped leather vests and combat boots to tutus and glittery wellies within one week while still feeling completely adequate and not dressed up in a costume at all.
My boyfriend for example has a capsule wardrobe. It consists of a handful of mostly self-made (or hedge-made) hippie trousers, tie-dye t-shirts and two or three goa-style hoodies. He has two pairs of shoes, one for Winter, one for summer, one rain-and-cold jacket and a warm coat. I don’t count his fancy stuff because he has about one of everything (and not the LARP stuff again, too). And the thing is: the guy is vain. He wouldn’t wear only these things out of practicality, but they all match with each other and he’s happy with them. If something gets worn out it either gets fixed or thrown in the fabric scraps box in the living room slash workshop. For him, this works. He’s not that many people, he’s very much in his center and that’s fine. But as minimalistic as his wardrobe is he was the one who told me not to worry about having too much clothes. He was the one to say, “it doesn’t work, but that’s not bad. It doesn’t work because you’re not only one. You are many.”
This comforted me so much. Really. Because I was – silly thing that I am – worried about being a bad sustainability person for having more clothing than “necessary”. But you see, for each part of my personality I basically have a capsule wardrobe, so the things are necessary. Marshmallow Hedge needed new t-shirts. Did Casual Punk Hedge? Nah, not really. I got them anyway because I’d be so sad if I were in a marshmallow mood but only had subdued, dark colours and left-wing slogans or gritty pop culture references to wear.

Do capsule wardrobes work for you? I’d love to read your stories!

The Princess Code

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This post used to be a sub-page of my About section. Trying to slimming down the layout made me convert it into this, as I didn’t want the Code to be lost.

On some points in this blog the term “princess” is used. In a time and society where this term is highly associated with pretty girls in flaunty dresses it might need a little bit of explanation. This is mine.

Back when I started this blog, one of my big inspirations was Princess Skye, a now-retired Lolita blogger who strongly believed in this quote from one of my favourite books, Hodgson-Burnett’s A Little Princess:

“Whatever comes,” she said, “cannot alter one thing. If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside. It would be easy to be a princess if I were dressed in cloth of gold, but it is a great deal more of a triumph to be one all the time when no one knows it.”

I still think this is a great quote, and I believe that there is more than the Disney take to being a princess. I tame dragons. I fight for myself. I wear armour and pretty ruffled dresses alike. I have my sword, and I have grace. I can sit around a fire with rugged adventurers and drink my fill, and I can – as a proper young lady – sit at the head of the table at a banquet. I can do all these things, and there is no limit to what I can do.

Back in those days Skye also wrote something called “The Princess Code”. As in many other cases, these are no rules, just guidelines. They are to be interpreted. I don’t even hurrah to each and every point on the list. Also, they are definitely not limited to a gender. I didn’t write this, but I want it to go on.

The Code

~ A Princess inspires others to follow their hopes and dreams through pursuing her own.

~ A Princess greets everyone with a welcoming smile, melting the hearts of friends and disarming her enemies.

~ A Princess has dignity, which protects her from the opinions and spite of ignorant people.

~ A Princess always looks beautiful, even when she is asleep.

~ A Princess aims for perfection in every step.

~ A Princess should be given fresh flowers everyday, even if she has to give them to herself.

~ A Princess grows in recognition and stature in proportion to how much she treats others as royalty.

~ A Princess reflect’s her inner beauty in her aesthetic choices.

~ A Princess goes to war against the violence of incivility with the weapons of etiquette and prodigal generosity.

~ A Princess lives each day from the heart, expressing herself freely and treasuring every moment.

~ A Princess has the right to spend her funds on beautiful things she does not need because beauty in itself is priceless.

~ A Princess should follow her heart and believe in her dreams, even if the whole world seems to be against her.

~ A Princess respects her environment and nurtures the beauty of nature.

~ A Princess is never too busy to give a kind word or smile where it is needed.

~ A Princess’s most precious jewel is Hope, which lights her darkest days and shows her the beauty in every soul she meets.

(Princess Skye, now a Lost Princess)

Mori Challenge Revisited: Question 7

Are you also into Lolita? I find a lot of Mori Girls do Lolita as well! Whether you are or aren’t a Lolita, why do you think this is?

To be honest I started this blog because of Lolita. Without Lolita I probably wouldn’t have tapped into my girlier side and wouldn’t have found Mori Kei in the first place.

Mori Challenge: Mori and LolitaI think in a strange way Lolita and Mori Kei come from the same idea, from the same feeling. Of course there is also the fashions’ respective history to begin with, both are Japanese street fashion styles, both are inspired by frilly, girly, gentle vintage things. Compare old-school country Lolita and old-school Mori Kei, there are more than just a few similarities.

Both are fashions that intrigue people who don’t exactly want to curry favour with the male gaze or the ever-present sexualisation or rather erotisation of modern fashion and looks. Both are relatively modest when it comes to cleavage and hemlines, both are not into screaming colours or silhouettes that follow the lines of the body too closely. I’d even go as far as to call both of them somewhat escapist fashions.

Wait, you’ll say now, escapist? Aren’t you taking thing a bit far?
Alright, maybe escapist isn’t the right word. But both fashions make at least me feel… like I’m in a cocoon of lace and frills and ruffles and softness. For me (who is still hung up on old-school Lolita, to be honest) both have a gentleness to them, something not as rigid as many modern “mainstream” styles. Something to show the world that the wearer isn’t necessarily of it, more like a drifting fairy tale person, someone who is merely visiting, gracing the mortal world with their sometimes strange and outweirding presence. Both are styles to curl up and read classics in, or watch silly movies about princesses and girls in pretty dresses or in secret gardens. They have so much in common, in inspiration as well als looks.

Both are, in a strange way, for me somewhat dystopian. Both are a denial of the harshness of our world, one tries to flee this banality by donning the clothes of children of times long gone and royalty that never was while the other runs into the woods, torn lace trailing behind them. Both don’t feel quite right in the middle of all the grey and pollution and bees dying and noise and one-calamity-chasing-the-other news broadcasts.

Both offer us a refuge from the harshness of reality because the layers and layers of ruffles soften the blows of all that “real life” throws at us.

And that’s perfectly alright.

This post is part of the 30 Question Mori Kei Challenge. For other posts from this challenge, please look here for all the questions!

Fashion Diary: Adorkable Rosie + Guest Star Fragile

UO photoboothLast Saturday Fragile and I had a dolled-up day out in Frankfurt. We both missed wearing Lolita so we did something about it and took the train to the big city for tea at IIMORI and some window shopping.

Fragile being the guest here (look here for her beautiful modelling page!) has the honour of her outfit coming first. By the way: She’s not wearing circle lenses. Those are her actual irises. Isn’t that magnificent?

OOTD: FragileOOTD: Fragile - DetailsOOTD: FragileRundown:
– JSK: Enchanted Fawn by Haenuli
– tights: Haenuli
– shoes: Deichmann
– headpiece: Fidel David
– blouse: GlitzyWonderland
– collar: gift

OOTD: Adorkable RosieI look a bit dorky in that outfit – the rolled-up sleeves, my hipster glasses (that match the skirt very well, surprisingly), the trainers, the bow – but I think it’s cute and I like it a lot. The skirt is Rose Bouquet, hence the outfit’s name: Adorkable Rosie.OOTD: Adorkable Rosie - DetailsRundown:
– skirt: Rose Bouquet by Bodyline
– shirt: thrifted
– tights: Kunert- shoes (the pinks match!): Ethletics
– bow: from the skirt
– golden spoon necklace & brooches: selfmade
-cord belt: selfmade/from the fabric store
– headband: selfmade
– cake & cocoa: pâtisserie IIMORI (matcha chiffon cake – heaven!)

We obviously stopped at Urban Outfitters and they had a photobooth and I had to drag Fragile in there, no doubt. I got three strips out of it, one for Fragile, one for my photo album and one for room decoration. And we stuck stars to our faces (curtesy of spontaneously grabbing star glitter and mastix on my way out my door). We should do this so much more often.