All posts from June, 2015

Easy Lolita Petticoat DIY Tutorial for Beginners (Video)

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Kawaii DIY- How to Make Petticoats for Beginners (with only 3 yards tulle)(easy)

Yumi King is a Youtuber who frequently posts DIY videos for making your wardrobe cute!  Turn annotations on if they are not showing up by default~

If I had to add anything, my advice would be to fold your edges under TWICE if you try this out yourself, rather than just once as shown sometimes in the videos, and backstitch at the beginning and end of sewing every line as well. n_n

The Most Adorable Pet Games on iOS

Monday, June 29th, 2015

I have featured dating sims and RPGs a lot – let’s give super cute pet-raising sims a chance in the spotlight!  The selection here is various in terms of how much “raising simulation” you’re allowed.  Some are very ‘sit back and watch’-y and others are very much into the stat-raising to grow into different pets.  I figured I’d cover different types so that everyone could pick a type that they’d enjoy playing!

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Nekoatsume

Although this game is in Japanese, it is simple and intuitive to play
so you can pick it up and play right away!
You decorate your room space with cat toys, then close the app.
When you return later, cute kitties will have shown up,
which you can take pictures of to fill up your albums!
It becomes a fun game of switching up what toys you have out
to see all of the different and rare cats,
and photographing each of them to remember their cute poses forever.

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AfroCat

Because you can never, ever have too many cute kitty games.
In this one, the cat that you raise grows various different kinds of hairstyles
based on its level, what toys you have it play with, and how much wool
you’ve collected from a herd of sheep you also apparently own.
It’s adorable, don’t question it.

Personally, I love the soft pastel color palette AfroCat uses!

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Koke-O

Another super kawaii game with a sweet, soft color palette~
In Koke-O, you raise a moss ball by choosing a food item to start with
(choosing no item is also an option) and watering it.
The pets grow quickly – within minutes –
so the fun comes from trying different combinations of starting items
and how much water you give it.
There is also a decoration mode where you take photos of your moss ball pet
along with different backgrounds and stickers – they would make
cute wallpaper backgrounds for your phone!

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Fairy Doll

If this one looks familiar, it’s because I wrote an entire feature
for it because I so quickly became so enamored with it when I played!
This might be the most ‘stat-raise’-y of all of the games here,
where your objectives are to work toward different personality types
for your Fairy Doll and collect lots of cute outfits.
What’s most pleasing about it is
how much content is available for free players!

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Mandrake Girls

Featuring a moe anime style like Fairy Doll,
this time the cutie pies you are raising are adorable plant girls!
If there’s anything I love as much as fairies, it’s flowers,
so the theme and setting of this game is SO EXCITING to see!
Now, if there were an anime bunny-raising sim out there,
I would be pretty much set for life.

Pretty White Glitter Fairy-kei Makeup with Yui Minakata (Video)

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

White FAIRY MAKE-UP TUTORIAL by Japanese kawaii fashion model Yui Minakata | 皆方由衣のフェアリー系メイク講座

Japanese fashion model Yui Minakata’s FAIRY MAKE-UP TUTORIAL at last!

Kawaii FAIRY MAKE-UP TUTORIAL
by Japanese fashion model Yui Minakata
皆方由衣のフェアリー系メイク講座

Super Easy Wide Fabric & Elastic Headband DIY Tutorial + Pattern

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

Hello lovelies!!  I mentioned the wide headband that I made in my bell-sleeved dress post, so here is my tutorial detailing how to make one yourself!!

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The headband is shown here almost completely hidden under this giant bow.  Adding details to this headband is VERY EASY!!!  I have suggestions for potential details at the end of the tutorial!

Now, let’s begin the tutorial!!

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Drawing your Headband Shape
Here, you can see how messily I’ve scribbled a rough pattern shape onto the wrong side of the fabric.  I didn’t even use a marking pencil, just a mechanical pencil that was nearby LOL.

Anyway, the shape is 24 inches long.  At its widest point in the middle, it is 6 inches wide.  It’s going to be folded in half, so a 6 inch wide shape here will make a finished headband that is 3 inches wide.  When I tried it on later, I actually found 3 inches to be cloooose to being too wide.  For future headbands, I think that I will make them 4 inches wide at this step, resulting in a 2 inch wide headband.

The shape tapers in at the ends to about 2 inches wide – this is the part that’s going to be underneath and at the back of your head, and it’s where the elastic is going to be fed through.  It’s not really necessary to taper the shape in like that, though, and in fact, since I said that future headbands that I make will be slightly narrower, I probably won’t taper the ends at all, and just use a long, simple rectangular piece.

You’ll also notice a small X drawn in the center of the piece – that’s to remind myself which side is the wrong side!

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Cut and Fold in Half
I used pinking shears to cut mine, which keeps little thread pieces from falling out everywhere, but this is my own preference and you can certainly use regular fabric scissors.

Fold it in half longways, with the WRONG side out, and pin in place.

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Sewing
DON’T sew the narrow ends – just sew along the long side, close to the edge.  Be sure to backstitch, because you will need that reinforcement there when turning it inside out later!

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Well, that one straight stitch was pretty much the whole project.  We’re almost finished at this point lol.  All that’s left is turning it right side out and putting a tiny piece of elastic in at the bottom!

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Turning Right Side Out
The beginning of this step is the only hard part, because the ends are so narrow.  I have a wooden dowel nearby my sewing supplies that helps me push fabric through, like pictured here.  Any pointy-but-blunt object will work, like the end of a pen.

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Almost Done Turning
Much easier at this point.

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Fold and Press
With your right-side-out headband, fold it in a way so that the seam is at the bottom center, then iron it so that it’s pressed nice and flat.  The fact that you can see small puckers in the fabric along my seam means that the tension on my machine was too tight.  Don’t be like me.  Don’t make my mistakes.

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Pinning Elastic in Place
Simply cut 3 inches of elastic.  What we’re going to do is feed it into the narrow ends, about 3 inches deep.  Hold the ends with pins while you’re working.  A lot of the fabric is going to get pushed together and gathered around those three inches.  That’s what you want, so that it stretches properly and holds on to your head~

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Fold the rough ends of those edges under, too, so that they look finished.  Mine is still messy.  It’s okay to be messy.  It’s good for you.  Very therapeutic.

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Stitch Over Elastic
These stitches are over the ends of the elastic that are inside the headband.  Go over them several times, backstitching to make sure they are each held securely.

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Go over the middle, too, to close up the opening!  Messiness is A-OK.

And you are finished!!  Try it on to make sure it’s comfortably snug~

And these headbands are highly customizable!!

  • You can leave yours blank like mine so that you can pin detachable bows or brooches onto it for mixy-matchy accessories!!
  • Sew ribbon or lace down the center, longways, for contrast!
  • Or cris-cross ribbon over it for that Lolita headdress look, especially in combination with the next suggestion:
  • Sew lace along the front and back edges!!
  • Or just one edge – mix it up!
  • Make a ruffle from fabric and sew that along one edge – you could make a psuedo-bonnet!
  • BOWS!!!  Big bows at the center or to one side or the other, small bows on either side, THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS.
  • Attach long ribbons (or long-tailed ribbon bows) near where the headband rests near your ears so that they trail over your shoulders and hair~
  • Drape strings of pearls so that they hang off of it for a pretty mermaid look!

I could keep listing things for ever and ever. o_o  I bet you can come up with things too!!

Meganebu! Episodes Streaming Online – Full Season 1

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Okay, there’s no getting around saying it – Meganebu! is crazy.  But it’s FUN crazy.  The brilliant colors and splashy patterns and designs bring pop art to mind – the corresponding TV Trope that comes to mind is Design Student’s Dream.

The “meganebu” itself is an after-school club for fans of glasses.  The members each have distinct personalities – it’s easy to pick a ‘favorite’ for yourself!  And they go on wacky adventures and misadventures together – there are a lot of cute male bonding & friendship scenes.  Things grow in tension when new characters from the student council are introduced as rivals.  At its climax, it might leave you a little tearful.  And if that fails, the very final scene with the club leader’s cute little brother definitely will.  Episode 3 is a surprising tearjerker as well.

What I’m saying is, this is the very definition of “you will laugh, you will cry.”

These are official, legal streams from Crunchyroll – watching them here helps support the anime industry!

Episode 1 – We don’t use glasses merely as a vision correction tool or a fashion accessory (…) That is our Glasses Club.

Episode 2 – Any Man Who Wears Glasses Cannot Be a Bad Man / The Current Strongest Frames

Episode 3 – I Hope You Finish the X-Ray Glasses

Episode 4 – This is What it Means to Wear Real Glasses! / Glasses Reflect the Soul and Who You Truly Are

Episode 5 – Even if He is, He Wouldn’t Tell Some Jerk in Fake Glasses

Episode 6 – MR

Episode 7 – Your Glasses Will Change the World

Episode 8 – As Long as My Glasses Sparkle, You Won’t Get Away with It!

Episode 9 – A Revolution for Glasses Wearers

Episode 10 – The Rules Say You’re Safe, But Glasses Say You’re Out / When I Look at the Glasses Club, It Makes Me Think of Us Back Then

Episode 11 – It’s Only Natural That Glasses Wearers Love Glasses

Episode 12 – Glasses Club