Friday, 4 January 2013

Review #7: FanPlusFriend

Recently we bought some new clothes from FanPlusFriend, some for the Soul Capture model wardrobe and some for me.

For the model wardrobe we got:

Victorian Rococo Lolita Jacquard Square Neckline Ball Dress

Elegant Gothic Aristocrat Under Bust Lacing Up JSK/Dress

I have no real comment on either of these at them moment, other than that the zip on the green jacket thing is a bit wonky and doesn't like zipping down. However, we're going to use them in shoots soon, which will show up on facebook first if you're really keen to see how they look on.

And now for the things for me!

Gothic Lolita Basic Short Puffy Sleeves Pintuck Blouse

Firstly, it has to be mentioned that the random detached collar looks as ridiculous [if not more so!] in real life as it does in the stock photo. I will not be wearing it, ever. However, it may be able to be turned into a bonnet. We shall see... 

Other than that, this blouse is adorable. I'm coming to realise that for me to look really good in lolita, I can't wear collared blouses most of the time. They're definitely cute for some things, but the most flattering on my body is a lower square neckline. There are a few loose threads, mostly around the buttonholes but that's no big deal. The fit is wonderful  and there is corset lacing at the back to make it even more perfect. I'm very happy with this blouse.

Classical Gothic Lolita: Short Sleeves Blouse & Embroidery Frilly Jabot 

One thing about this blouse I didn't notice in the product photos is that the lace on the collar is in the shape of flowers! So cute! The sleeves are also more poofy in real life than in the picture. It's a good fit on the bust but I think I'll take the waist in a little - I got it in a size where the bust fits but the waist is too big so that's only to be expected. The jabot is detachable but unlike jabots on Bodyline blouses, doesn't button up at the back, you have to tie this one in a bow. And I suck at bows. But given that the jabot is really only going to be used for photoshoots that's not a problem.

For some reason my phone didn't want to photograph this blouse and refused to focus. However, the stock photo is very accurate on design and colour.

Both blouses do have one issue that isn't really an issue but is noteworthy; due to the pale colours of the fabrics they are both a little see through. I tried them on with a black bra and you could tell. The cuffs on the sleeves are also a little tight, and I don't have particularly big arms for my size, so that may be something to look out for if you have larger than usual upper arms.

Exquisite Maiden Lolita Neat Jumper Skirt 

Ahhh the cuteness! I love this dress. I've always had a fascination with sailor lolita, but it always tends to look a bit costume-y so it was great to find a dress that has a distinctly sailor vibe without being too in your face about it. The size I bought is slightly to big around the bust, but that can easily be taken care of and I'd rather spend a few minutes taking something in rather than paying for custom sizing.

Neither the stock photo nor my picture show how pretty this dress really is. The ruffle at the bottom is something chiffon-y and over that, around the neckline and armholes is a really simple lace that's really nice. The length is wonderful as it just hits the bottom of my knees, which makes it a bit more mature than most of my just above the knee lolita gear. Again, I love this dress.

As far as speed of ordering and shipping goes, we ordered December 7th, our order was shipped December 29th  and it arrived January 2nd. Not the fastest making time but not too bad either, especially given what time of year it is, and that is very good shipping. So all in all, I am a very happy Roli.

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