Qi-Loli Dress Pattern for PS Dolls

I am super psyched over this week’s pattern!  It’s one I’ve been working on for a while:

PS Qi Lolita pattern now available!

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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 😀

 

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