Review: Otome no Sewing Book 7 (Handmade Lolita Fashion Clothes)

This is my first sewing book review and I hope you'll enjoy this post. I'm planning to post more sewing/craft book reviews in the future.

Today we're looking at Otome no Sewing Book 7 (乙女のソーイングBOOK 手作りのロリータファッション). I have book 4 to 7. As of 2018, they have released book 12.
I've stopped buying this series after book 7 because EGL's patterns are similar and doesn't change much.
If you buy 2 to 3 of the books, you'll get most of the designs. But this is just from my point of view, you're welcome to buy more of the series to get design ideas.
When I first came across this series I was excited because it was a magazine that was dedicated to EGL outfits. Gothic & Lolita Bible is nice to look through, but the pattern tutorials were more for bags or accessories.

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 This is the content page. It lists the outfits in order. See below for some preview pictures of outfits:

This is the content page. It lists the outfits in order. See below for some preview pictures of outfits:

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 This outfit reminds me of little bo peep

This outfit reminds me of little bo peep

 This book has more sweet lolita designs.

This book has more sweet lolita designs.

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 After the the outfit previews, it has selected tutorial tips. It's helpful to get the fine details in the outfit. 

After the the outfit previews, it has selected tutorial tips. It's helpful to get the fine details in the outfit. 

 This was a tutorial on the little bo peep hat.

This was a tutorial on the little bo peep hat.

 This was a tutorial putting an outfit together with a zipper.

This was a tutorial putting an outfit together with a zipper.

 At the end of the magazine they give you the hold out patterns for the dresses and assessories.

At the end of the magazine they give you the hold out patterns for the dresses and assessories.

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In conclusion, book 7 has more sweet lolita theme dresses. I do like this series and the step by step picture tutorials is good. If you're looking for ELG dress patterns, this is the book for you.
(This series calls itself a book, but it's more like a magazine, I really want to refer this as a magazine and not a book).

Author: Lady boutique series
ISBN: 9784834739800
Purchase from cdjapan (affiliate link)

Hope you enjoyed this book/magazine review!

Otedama (お手玉)

Recently I've been making otedama bags. It's like happy sacks, a small bag filled with beans. It can be used for juggling or to play a game which is similar to jacks. Otedama is a Japanese children's game, which uses 5 bags. 
I have a lot of spare material and thought these were really cute and a fun project to do on the side. All 3 otedama bags are different sizes because I wanted to see the end result. But I've settled on the smallest size because it's a nicer fit in my hand. Traditionally these bags are made with silk kimono material but I don't have any, so I've stuck with cotton material which is just as pretty.
All bags are hand sewn. Sewing machines is faster, but sometimes it can't get into small tricky corners. I don't mind hand sewing, I prefer it because I find it more enjoyable. My stuff toys/plushies are hand sewn too. It's good to practice your basics.

I'm planning to make a few more otedama bags to put on the store. So you or your family/friends can enjoy the bags too \(^-^)/

DIY Snack Backpack

Snack backpack was a trend that started in Korea and then caught the attention of the Japanese school girls. 
I don't know if this is still popular or trending because I always find things out when it's not cool anymore.
Oh well, but it doesn't bother me because in my family I always get the hand-me-down items. So everything is cool to me regardless. 

Tools you'll need:
- Lots of sticky tape
- Scissor
- Lots of snacks (chips, Pocky, lollies etc)

 When you have brought all of the above, now we can start making the backpack.

Instructions:

  1. Start with the base/bottom of the bag. I chose a hard plastic box for the base because it will hold the 4 sides in place.
    Stick the sticky tape on each sides of the box
  2. Place each chip on the sticky tape of each side to make 4 walls (or the snack item you'll be using to make the sides on your bag)
  3. Sticky tape the top and sides of the bag
  4. Once the 4 walls is stable, now you can create the cover/flap on your bag (optional, if you don't want a cover)
  5. Next put aside the bag and start making the straps. I would recommend using something long and soft like muesli bars or roll ups because it's easier if it's flexible. In my video, I used Kinder Surprise small blocks and when sticky taping it, I put a space in between each block.
    Once done, you can create the second strap. If you want to create a messenger style bag, just create one long strap.
  6. When you've finished the strap, attach it onto the bag

Now you've completed and created you're own snack backpack!

I think this will be great for kids during Halloween. Hope you enjoy making your own snack backpack! 
If you do make one, I'll love to see it.

Enjoy the tutorial video below: