Dear contestants, thanks for joining our Maid Lolita Photo Contest. The Contest ended yesterday and the voting time ended at 12:00 April 30th.
We’ve received a lot of complaints saying that some of the participants gained votes by an improper way. We looked in it, and found that many votes of some paticipants were from brand new members that joined in the last few days and the only action they did was immediately comment on the contest deviation and add it to their favorites. It is totally fine and normal if there are a few new deviants voting for you. But if there’s a high proportion of new deviants, we’ll take those as abnormal and trustless votes. It is against our original intention and is contrary to the principle of fairness. That’s why we have to make the following ajustment to the rules.
If the proportion of votes from new deviants (joined in the last few days when voting and the only action they did was immediately comment on the contest deviation and add it to their favorites) is more than 10%, every vote from a new devaint over that won’t count. For example, if someone gets 50 votes and 10 of them are from new deviants, only 5 of the 10 votes will count. He/she will get 45 votes at last.
According to the ajustment, we recalculated the votes and here are the top two paticipants:
Thinking of cosplaying as a maid? Love Lolita fashion? Want to stand out from the crowd when waiting for the bus or train? Well this is a tutorial that will show you how to make your very own super cute and elegant Lolita headdress. The tutorial will show you how to make the headdress below.
Lolita fashion is based on the aesthetics of the Rococo and Victorian periods. The most classic colours used are black and white. These colours are perfect for those who are new to Lolita fashion. Lolita headdresses are typically rectangular in shape and generally have a focus point that runs along the middle of the headdress and lace trims for the edges. Repetition and balance are also key aesthetics that we have to keep in mind when designing our headdresses.
What you need:
• Light cotton fabric – this is our base colour
• Interfacing – this will strengthen the fabric and make it easier for us to work with
• Fabric binding glue – can be sold in a small roll or by metre. This looks like a web and is used for appliqué.
• Ribbon – find a colour that suits nicely with your base fabric colour. A ribbon colour that is opposite to the base colour is usually pleasing to the eye and it also gives emphasis.
• A variety of lace trims – the reason for a lot of different ones is that you never know a certain type may look better when you are putting fabrics together 😛
• Plain black headband/hair band
• Hot glue gun and glue
Here are some examples of different types of headdresses you can make when playing around with fabrics and lace.
1) First cut out 2 rectangles 25cm x 9cm or 10 inches x 3.5 inches.
2) Fold in the edges roughly 1cm or 0.5 inches and iron down. Do this for both rectangles
3) Where the fabrics overlap at the corners, cut it at an angle. Do this for both. This will make sure when sewing the corners, it will not be too thick.
4) Lay your rectangle on the interfacing and cut around it, slightly trimming the edges so that the interfacing piece is a bit smaller than your rectangle.
5) Iron down the interfacing onto one of your rectangles. The interfacing seals the 1cm flaps you made.
6) Cut out 2 pieces of lace, make sure the lace has at least 3cm [1 inch] hanging out on both sides. My lace piece is much wider than the headdress so I decided to fold it in so that when 2 pieces are next to each other and the combined width slightly goes over the edge. The folded parts also become a feature on my headdress.
7) Using the binding glue/web put this along both lace pieces, making sure that it runs along the middle of the rectangle and iron down. NOTE don’t forget to change the iron temperature to low, the lace might shrivel up.
8) Now thread your sewing machine with black thread and sew along the middle of the headdress. You should be sewing one line for each lace piece. It’s alight if you can’t sew straight lines, the sewing will be covered later.
9) Lift up the lace flap on one side and sew a strand of ribbon along the edge leaving a small gap. Do this for the other side as well.
10) Cut your desired ribbon/lace etc that will be the centre focus of your headdress. Make the length of it slightly longer than your headdress because it will be folded in later.
11) Cut the binding glue/web to the same length as your headdress and place it in the middle and then put the ribbon over it then iron down.
12) Choose a lace trim and cut it to a length that is slightly longer than your headdress. To add more volume to your headdress you could sew on a few more layers of lace trims or frills.
13) Sew the lace to the back of the headdress using white thread. Make sure to sew as close to the edge as possible this way the thread does not cross over to the ribbon. Do the same for the other side.
14) Place your other rectangle piece under the decorated side, make sure that both the 1cm folded flaps are facing each other.
15) Fold over the black lace and sew on that side of the 2 pieces.
16) NOW change over to black thread. With the extra lace hanging off the sides, cut it at an angle to make a triangle and fold this in between the 2 rectangle pieces and sew together the 2 shorter sides.
17) Change back to white thread. Doing the same step as 16
18) Cut off the lace trim to the same length as the headdress.
19) Grab your headband/hair band and place your headdress over it. Find the perfect position for it where it will be in the middle and balanced out on the band.
20) Holding one end of the headdress and band, put a dab of hot glue in this spot and press them together. Wait for the glue to dry before continuing. You may find that hot glue goes over the band, don’t worry too much because it will be hidden when you wear it.
21) Once you have finished gluing the headdress to the band make 2 bows out of ribbon the same width as your headdress and glue them to the sides of your headdress. This will cover the black thread underneath as well as make it extra cute. You could also add flowers, bells or whatever you find awesome.
And there we go, a cute and elegant Lolita style headdress.
Check out my page at mixiao.deviantart.com for more maid lolita costumes, accessories, anime inspired stationary such as vampire knight folder covers and other artworks. Thanks for reading! o(^0^)V
Maid Cafe also means Meido cafe or Cosplay restaurants are more and more popular these days. This first Maid cafe shop was been opened inin Akihabara,Japan around 2000, recently a few more maid cafes are been opened in Shinjuku and other Japanese cities like Osaka and some others around the world. If you are not familiar with Maid cafe, just check it via here .
Like the words mentioned in the post title, this post will provide some useful travel guide for cosplayers or Anime lovers who are looking for Maid cafe or other Cosplay restaurants worldwide, give you some spots or inspirations about the Maid Café couture.
1. Maid Café In America
IchigoCafe-based Las Vegas , Maid/Butler café styles, but differs slightly from Maid Cafés.You can check their twitter to get more lastest updates.
Royal/T-L.A.’s first maid cafe , and almost the best maid cafe shop in USA ,Which inspired by the other maid cafés in Toyko, Royal/T being as a café, art gallery and also anime retail shop, you can feelling all the modern Japanese culture in the place,espeical the work of some of today’s most sophisticated contemporary artists: Takashi Murakami, Yoshimoto Nara, and Hideaki Kawashima , etc. Other impressive private collection owned by Susan Hancock(owner of the space) ,which are being place in the gallery space,The collection includes pieces from all the above artists plus other great names like Aya Takano,Yayoi Kusama, and Keisuke Yamamoto.You can find the royal/t cafe at 8910 Washington Blvd Culver City, CA 90232
FarOut Toys, a store in San Jose, California specializes in Japanese toys and anime collectibles, is still promoting the maid café it has been managing on Saturdays.
MAID for 1 day – from the washingtonpost.com ,Coverage of a temporary Akiba-style maid café set up at Katsucon, an anime convention held just outside of Washington DC.
2. Maid Cafe in Canada
Actually there was only one maid cafe in Canada before – imaidcafeopened in in Toronto, Ontario in 2006, had closed down in 2007, so pitt ,maybe the cold weather in Canada made the maid cafe shop did not have enough customers 🙁 .
3.Maid Cafe In UK
There is no offcial maid cafe in UK, But there are a few maid cafe events in London. Jetlag bar is running maid cafe from 2pm until 8am,they’ll be serving Japanese dishes, such as curry with rice, Japanese omelet with rice and Japanese Hamburger,Plus teas, coffee and cakes,but Over 18’s only,tickets are £5 and the lastest one will be launched in March 18th. The address of jetlag bar is at Nearest Tube is Great Portland Street.
4.Maid Cafe in Australia
In Australia also do not has any official maid cafe shop ,but Anicafe provide maid cafe event regular, if you are in Australia and also wanna get some maid cafe trip, check Anicafe maid cafe event detais here.
5.Maid cafe in Philippines
The first maid cafe in phillppines has been opened inin capital Manila, a post from deremoe.com has post it in details :
To get to Brookside, just board to any bus going to Taytay.Board a FX going Tikling if you’re coming from Megamall. You’ll pass-through Ever Gotesco Ortigas, the Big (Ironic) R and the cross road called Junction. It’s a long straight road. If you made a turn along the way, then you’ll be heading the wrong way.
Update: I got the time to check this cafe a while ago. Although I never went in, it’s pretty much decent. From what I saw, the patrons are pretty much kids in their early 20′s. That means, the food isn’t that expensive. The furnitures are tailored to a Japanese setting, with low cut tables which means that you have to really sit like a Japanese. I’ll take back what I said earlier and go and try this out. I can’t say when, but I’ll take a note on that.
also you can check the video report at youtube.com below :
6. Maid Café in Hong Kong
Maid date– hong kong’s first maid cafe opened for business on 5 Aug 2007, Address : Suite D, 2/F, Percival House, 83 Percival Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.
Cafe-Matsuri– address :Hang Lung Mansion, 578-580 Nathan Rd, Mong Kok, Hong Kong .
7. Maid café Singapore
Cosafe – address 30 Victoria Street,Singapore 187996,6339 2276 , and there is already a shop review about cosafe, just check it at here.
8.Maid cafe in China
m-moe – a maid cafe in Shang hai, China, address : Near China Shanghai Huang Pu Qu Zhe Jiang Zhong Lu 229.
Cate la maid – 4th Floor, Buynow Shopping Mall , 339 Caoxi Bei Lu (near Nandan Lu).
Niaohai – Shanghai Jin Jiang Tower 6F,161 Chang Le Road, Shanghai
9.The last part -Maid Cafe in Japan!!
Actually there are a lot of good maid cafes in japan right now, especial in Tokyo area , so we will show you some of best maid cafes for examples:
Most foreign friendly: Popopure, which has several non-Japanese, English-speaking maids on site. Dub your own souvenir anime DVD with a maid for ¥1,500. (2F, Soto-Kanda 1-8-10, Chiyoda-ku, tel. 03 3252 8599, popopure.com)
Weirdest service: Royal Milk offers “Soul Care” — 90 minutes of one-on-one talk with a maid for ¥9,000. This is more expensive than a private English lesson. (Nikka Sekiyuu Building, Soto-Kanda 3-10-12, Chiyoda-ku, tel. 03 3253 7858, r-milk.com)
Strangest concept: St. Grace’s Court is a nun café where the staff offer miniature food for men dining with dolls and pray for the souls of all their guests. (Chiyoda K1 Building 1F-B1F, Kanda Sudacho 2-19-33, Chiyoda-ku, 03 5298 5947, www.st-gracecourt.com)
For the ladies:Queen Dolce, a “danso” café where girls dress up like beautiful boys and strut their stuff. They are better men than any man ever could be. (Akibako Tower 3F, Soto-Kanda 3-15-6, Chiyoda-ku. tel. 03 3252 2031, www.akibakotower.com/queen-dolce)
Most overrated: Pinafore, which appeared in the Fuji TV primetime drama “Densha Otoko” in 2005 and put Akihabara maid cafés on the popular radar. They don’t actually offer the services seen on TV, and the place smells like cat urine. (Yamanaka Building 1F, Kanda Sakumacho 1-19, Chiyoda-ku, tel. 03 5295 0123, pinafore.livedoor.biz)