Lately I've been getting really into Lolita fashion again. You may remember the fairly intense phase I went through about five years ago; the flame hasn't died, it was just banked for a while. :P I've been hanging around a lot of Loli-related sites the last week or so, re-acquainting myself with the community and catching up on what's changed. There are so many more resources and accessible bloggers and tutorials than there used to be, my goodness. :D And a LOT of new brands. One I particularly like is a Korean brand called Haenuli, which seems to specialise in classy prints. The print that brought the brand to my attention is a stained glass print, which I love to death and lament that I can never buy (dresses too small); they've just released a Swan Lake-inspired print in collaboration with another brand, and it is also beautiful.
I'm basically getting really excited about this and my brain won't shut up with design possibilities, etc.; last time I sewed for Loli purposes, I a) didn't have as comprehensive / saturated an understanding of the fashion, and b) had not wholeheartedly embraced ruffles. Now, I'm like "four-tiered ruffle skirt? I should make one in THREE DIFFERENT COLOURS for VERSATILITY." XD
Also! I decided earlier in the week that if I get called in to sub on my birthday, that income is earmarked as a birthday present for myself. AND LO, one of the band teachers texted me yesterday asking if I could sub for the afternoon of the 12th. Sooooo I may have put in a rather large fabric order from JoAnn... a ton of black quilting cotton, which is somehow even cheaper than broadcloth usually goes for here?? Also some white quilting cotton and three different peacock prints. I also grabbed a couple of yards of this harlequin calico because how could I not? I'm thinking some kind of reversible shrug...
I'm also really excited about this weekend. Thursday is the Mass of the Lord's Supper and Sam and I are bringing up the chrism oil at the offertory; Friday is always fraught and I'm really looking forward to sharing it with all the catechumens and candidates in the RCIA program who've never been to a Good Friday service before; and Saturday is Easter Vigil, which is so beautiful and solemn and joyous, and I get to share it with my best friend for the first time.
...and also I may have volunteered as