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Free Gothic Lolita Patterns and Instructions

Can't afford to send off to Japan for gothic lolita clothing? Are you nothing like the size and shape of a typical Japanese woman? Can't make head nor tail of the patterns in Japanese magazines? Do you have your own designs, but don't know how to make the patterns? Hopefully the resources here will be of some use.


Understanding the patterns in Gosurori.
This worksheet will take you through the process of finding the pattern you want, working out your size, adding seam allowances and making up your garment. It includes a large glossary of Japanese terms for fabrics, garments and parts of garments and other sewing terminology. [PDF, 863Kb]


A Classic Gothic Lolita Skirt
How to draft a pattern for a classic gothic lolita shirt to your own measurements, with suggestions for variations. [PDF, 162Kb]
Mini Witch's Hat.
A little bit of silliness - the perfect accessory for a gothic lolita Hallowe'en. [PDF, 267Kb]

Historic materials

Needlework and Cutting Out by Agnes Walker and Jane A. Strachan
First published in 1898, this book was aimed at teachers in Scottish schools and provided a needlework curriculum. These extracts are from the 1914 edition: