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This guy is not actually this stupid, right? Like, he’s just putting on a show? You can’t actually function at this level of stupid.
Fan-fucking-tastic. The girl in the student center with me will not shut the fuck up and she keeps trying to talk to me.
Budget Lolita is Getting Lace to Fit The Budget
A big part of Lolita fashion is about lace. It’s a commonly discussed topic from the oh-my-frills so cute custom laces from the new Brand releases to the really questionable lace on the Milanoo and friends dresses.
Fastest thing to throw a good dress into the ita (which roughly translates to “so badly done it hurts your eyes to look at) category is to use the wrong lace.
I’m not going to use names for lace today. I’m going to talk about the qualities of lace that make it something I would use or not.
There are two main reasons why you put lace on a dress: Contrast and texture.
Lace is a detail that we give to dresses to add visual interest, to draw the eye to certain places. To help take a plain bell-shaped dress and give it the detail overload that Lolita fashion relies on.
So let’s get started. This is all from my personal lace collection, so you may have seen some of it in a past post.
Here’s an overview of laces I would use. All of these laces provide contrast and have a pleasing or acceptable texture.
Take a look at how they look together. Notice what they have in common.
So for this text, the laces are laying on, from left to right, black fabric, white fabric, pale-colored fabric, and patterned fabric.
The wide rose lace at the top (ignore the thin strand up there. It doesn’t know what it’s doing there) provides a lot of texture. You can see that on the black fabric. Everything is black or white. Nothing looks gray. The roses themselves have texture. The center of the petals are thicker than the edges. This lace is interesting to see from many angles.
I would use this lace on any garment where the rose theme is appropriate.
The cream colored lace with the flowers and the leaves doesn’t look very good on the black. The contrast is off. There is too much gray muddy color in the background. I would not use this lace on black fabric.
But look at what happens on white fabric. Look at the detail there. The way the flowers stand out on the white looks really pleasing. This effect disappears on the blue and patterned backgrounds.
This lace is also thick, though it doesn’t have the variety of thicknesses that the rose lace has.
One more thing to mention: Note how the pattern on this lace looks blocky or pixelated. Normally, this is a sign of bad lace. This is because of the way that raschel lace tends to look. In this case, the lace is made by the filet method, and it’s a different look of blocky. This is up to you, though. If you don’t like the lace, you can simply not put it on your dress. There will sometimes be lace that is totally Lolita that you don’t like. You’re the one making the dress. You have all the power. Exterminate the lace you do not like. Do not give it shelter in your dress.
I would use this lace ONLY on white fabrics.
The ruffled lace with the eyelets has a lot of contrast (though not much balance in the contrast. Lots of white.) and it looks pretty much the same on every color.
It’s made of cotton fabric with embroidered detail. That gives it texture and the eyelets in it allow it to have some contrast.
Since this lace is opaque, I like using it on hems and in seams, and not on the dress itself. It tends to not look good when it’s not ruffled (IMO)
The very wide lace with the embroidered flowers has a variety of textures due to both the eyelets and embroideries.
It doesn’t look too good on the black. Everything comes across as gray.
It doesn’t look too good on the white. The pattern’s lost.
I would use this lace on hems. In hems, you have light shining through the lace that will highlight the embroidery.
The ruffled lace second from the bottom has great contrast. Even ruffled, nothing loses its pattern.
This lace is not my favorite in this batch. It is thick but it feels rough, stiff, and a little bit scratchy. Un-ruffled, I would use it on all colors of fabric. I’ve used it on hems, but it’s not my favorite.
The bottom ruffled lace has good contrast and interest. However, the pattern looks somewhat rough and blocky. I think this lace would look good on white fabric, but is usable on all fabrics.
Okay, my collection of lace I probably won’t use.
All of these laces fall into a category called rashcel lace. This is generally a lace to be avoided (though it is not inherently evil. But that’s another entry, using raschel lace tastefully). All of these laces are thin and flat. Their thickness is not more than a couple pieces of paper.
The yellow lace is actually something I’ve used. The multicolors give it contrast, in addition to the holes on the top. However, I would never use this lace on fabric that wasn’t yellow or white. Notice how it’s turning the blue strip a little bit green? Green is not a color I’d want in a blue and yellow coord.
I’d use this on white or yellow fabric.
The pink lace is interesting, because when ruffled it looks like a much higher-quality lace. When stretched out, it becomes obvious that it has no contrast.
I would use this ruffled, on the hem of something like bloomers where it will not be looked at too much.
The wide white lace shows everything wrong about raschel lace. Look at it stretched out. It’s not white-on-black, but gray-on-black. Ruffled it’s scratchy and boring-looking.
I honestly cannot think of a Lolita application for this lace.
The red lace at the bottom IS NOT LACE. I know it looks like lace, but it’s called seam binding. The lace pattern allows it to bend with the seams and it gives it a cute look when you look at the inside of a use it to help with a hem that’s just not quite long enough. This is a tool to be used on the INSIDE of garments.
If you want to put it on a dress, fine, but know that everyone who sews is going to look at it and go “oh, seam binding.”
So I hope this was in some way helpful.
I think it’s more important to know what qualities good lace has than to memorize names of different types of lace. If you find something mislabeled or on sale, you’ll be able to look at it and decide if it’s Lolita quality. From now on, you don’t need to worry about stocking up on lace and discovering that it’s not usable. Budget Lolita is not wasting dollars.
And remember, if you like the lace and you want to put it on something, but you know that it’s totally wrong for Lolita, go right ahead. Make clothes you love. If it’s not Lolita, it’s not Lolita. Put on your Lolita-inspired outfit, wear what you feel makes you beautiful, and fuck the haters. There’s never anything wrong with wearing clothes you like.
Just don’t go posting things you know aren’t Lolita on Daily-Lolita or they’ll tear you apart.
Go forth rejoicing in the power of the frills.