How to Make Your Own Gothic Lolita Clothing

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How to Make Your Own Gothic Lolita Clothing
Create your own unique gothic style with basic sewing skills and your creativity. (sewing image by pncphotos from

Gothic Lolita clothing is a style defined by baby doll dresses, ruffles, lace, and bows, all with a dark twist. Those who revel in the gothic Lolita style have a high reverence for individuality and creativity, and no one wants to be caught wearing the same dress as someone else. If you're interested in gothic Lolita garments, creating your own wardrobe is a great idea. While many gothic Lolita clothes look complicated, the style can be emulated by even a novice seamstress.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Measuring Tape
  • Dress pattern
  • Fabric
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Notions
  • Lace and ribbons (optional)

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    Measure yourself while wearing the undergarments you plan to wear with your dress. If you plan to wear a corset with it, be sure to wear the corset as you measure, since corsets can dramatically change your measurements.

  2. 2

    Purchase a sewing pattern for a medium or short length dress with a full skirt. You may want to consider a dress with puffy sleeves as well. Check the back of the envelope for the correct size you need to purchase, being aware that ready-to-wear clothing and sewing patterns are not created with the same measurements.

  3. 3

    Buy the correct amount of black fabric required to make your dress. Read the back of the pattern to see what notions, such as buttons, zippers, or lace, you may need. In order to get desire gothic Lolita look, you may want to buy additional lace and ribbon to accessorise your dress.

  4. 4

    Cut out the pattern and fabric for your size, as determined by your measurements and the pattern envelope. If you plan to wear a petticoat or crinoline with your dress, consider adding on additional length to the bottom of the skirt pieces, so the dress is not too short.

  5. 5

    Pin the pieces together according to the pattern instructions. Try the garment on, again making sure to wear the undergarments you plan to wear with the dress. If any major changes need to be made to the fit of the dress, this is the best time to make those alterations. Gothic Lolita dresses are generally very fitted at the bodice and full in the skirt, so a good fit in the bodice is crucial.

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    Sew the pieces together as instructed by the pattern instructions. After sewing any major seams, such as the bodice portions, try the dress on again to make sure it fits as desired.

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    Hem the dress while wearing your petticoat or crinoline, if desired. You may want to have a friend to assist you in the hemming process, since they can help with the back of the dress.

  8. 8

    Attach any additional lace or ribbons to the dress. Consider putting ribbon bows on the front of the bodice, on the back at the waist, or along the hemline. Lace can be sewn into ruffles along the bodice neckline.

Tips and warnings

  • Since gothic Lolitas appreciate unique fashion, consider styling your garment with craft store items such as flowers or feathers.
  • Your gothic Lolita dress isn't limited to black. Pink, red, light blue, and white are all popular choices for these types of garments.
  • Be careful when trying on any garment with sewing pins in it, as these can scratch you.

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