It’s a fashion genre of Japanese origin that combines things that are hardest to do in miniature: draping and layering. It’s really cute, “forest girl” which is like vintage x boho done in neutral earthy tones and small scale floral prints. Google Image “Mori Girl” if you’re not familiar with it. Here it is in doll size:
I’ve gotten a few requests for this one, but it’s one of those styles I’ve let simmer on the back-brain-burner for a while. I don’t know how many other people are like this, but there are some problems I can’t figure out directly. Give them 100% of my attention is less effective than letting it sit in the periphery for a couple of days or weeks or even months. Eventually, I’ll have that “AHA” moment and I’ll be ready to go. It’s like when you wake up with a snappy comeback for a conversation that’s been over for days (or years), but slightly more useful 🙂
For mori fashion, the trick is not so much the pattern–which is pretty basic–as much as the instructions on how to fake the draping and which parts could support real layering vs fake layering. There’s a lot of real layering in this pattern! So much that I thought it would be a good idea to take a picture of the clothes off the dolls to show the bits that are covered up when they’re dressed:
Nice! If you ever find yourself at some point sewing this, thinking “would that be too much ruffles/lace?” the answer is no. Heck, I’m writing this, looking at the picture, thinking “hmm, I should have added more white lace above the green ruffle at the bottom of the dress.”
This is also a pattern that works really well with other patterns. Like the peasant blouses from the 70s Hippy pattern, the blouse from High Fashion, or the gypsy skirt from the EGL dress pattern. I also tried sticking the white skirt under the Vintage/Lolita outfit I have on Ashlynn, and it both supported her skirt structurally and the extra lace at the bottom really made it pop!
That’s all for this week! Remember, the theme for March’s Challenge is GREEN, and that’s a core color for mori girls 😉