I am super psyched over this week’s pattern! It’s one I’ve been working on for a while:
The fun thing about Lolita style is it’s like fashion ad-lib. Country western Lolita? Sure, that’s a thing. Military lolita? Huge thing. Punk lolita? Of course. You even had to ask? Pretty much everything in the world can be lolita-fied with lots of ruffles and a big poofy skirt.
Qi-loli style is like traditional Chinese wear x Lolita. It isn’t quite as popular as Wa-loli (traditional Japanese wear x Lolita), probably because Loli fashion is such a huge thing in Japan and it’s where most of the big Loli designers are. But that’s not a bad thing! Since it isn’t as mainstream a style, there’s a ton more diversity in the styles that could be considered Qi-loli. I kind of felt like Goldilocks trying to figure out what my final design would look like and being like “Nah, too frumpy” or “Dude, that’s just a regular Lolita dress with a cute Mandarin-collared jacket” or “I love it, but it doesn’t really look loli to me. Not enough layers.” I really liked these and this one, but without the fabric choices and decoration, I think they would have looked like regular cute lolita dresses. Since small-scale Chinese prints are *SO* hard to find, I really wanted a dress that would still look Qi-loli even if it was made with plain solids, or not with Chinese prints at all.
It took a while and a lot of experimentation, but my final design incorporates almost all of my favorite aspects of the different styles and makes them look elegant and properly-to-scale on a tiny doll. I couldn’t be happier! I hope you all love it as much as I do 😀