This week’s pattern is one I’ve been wanting to do, but also kind of avoiding doing for a while! Lemme explain:
I love black and white combos. I have to actively add color into my own wardrobe because if you present me with two dresses, one being black and white and one being color, I will almost always go for the black and white one. I don’t know why, I just do. I LOVE color and brightly colored things, but there’s something about black and white combos that seems so perfect. Black by itself is boring, and white by itself is boring, but together? Perfection! So obviously I have a thing for any kind of dress, suit, or uniform that takes advantage of this combo. At the top of that list is the iconic, often-reinvented, classical European maid uniform!
So that’s the part about where I love it. Here’s the part where I hate it: do a search for ‘maid outfit’ and you’re going to get results that are 98% either lingerie or sluttified Halloween costumes. Not really the kind of thing I’m into making patterns for.
BUT I’ve been watching some anime lately, and it’s reminded me of the Japanese meido obsession which has more of a focus on cute than sleazy. It’s like Maid x Lolita style. In fact, structurally this is essentially a classic lolita dress pattern with a lacy underskirt, ruffled dress with poofy sleeves, and blousey/pinafore layering options. Do it up in pastels prints and you’ll have a knockoff sweet lolita Baby the Starts Shine Bright type fashion!
Another fun thing about the Meido pattern is that you can absolutely swap around pieces with patterns like High Fashion (sew the dress with a ruffled collar, high sleeves, and use the wide waistband instead of the narrow one for the pinafore, for example) or pop the pinafore over the Wa Loli or Qi Loli dresses for instant traditional Japanese or Chinese x maid styles (also totally a thing!). And of course, you can use the lacy, layering-friendly bodices from the Drndl pattern under the dress instead of a blouse top, or swap pinafores with the Looking Glass Lolita pattern for a slightly more ruffly Alice type lolita dress.
Check it out in the shop and enjoy!