So... what's this got to do with Lolita?
Well, nothing, really. Gertie is very focused on vintage (largely 50s-60s style) clothing. But she has a number of pieces that work really well for Lolita, and I thought I'd share some of my favorites, and some ideas about how to work them into your wardrobe.
Note: I am in no way affiliated with Gertie. I just love her blog and her style.
Also, each of her books contain different variations for the patterns, so you have 3 different ways to make this blouse, one of which includes a pan collar!
From her second book, this cardigan is simple but it's a great base piece, especially for the winter wardrobe. Adding a lace collar (or a cutsew with a lace collar beneath it) is a great way to make this more loliable. Basic, yes. But also very cute.
I personally love the style of this blouse. It reminds me a lot of the brand Mary Magdalene. This blouse/skirt combo in particular:
For the smaller-busted ladies:
This dress features a gathered portion at the top, which is a cute touch. Unfortunately, these tend to look a bit odd on most of us with a larger bust, but it's a nice detail otherwise. The only change I'd recommend here is making the straps wider. You don't usually see such thin straps in Lolita.
I'm personally in love with this jacket style. It's super cute, and if you want you could add some ruffles around the ends of the sleeves to give it a more lolita look. Ditch the shoulder pads, though. They've never been flattering.
What do you guys think of Gertie and her patterns? Loliable or not? Do you have a favorite? Is there anyone you draw inspiration from when it comes to sewing?