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I'm trying to make (as in, sew) an otome-kei wardrobe.
(Don't worry, I actually know how to make clothes and how to buy fabric. I won't end up with leg warmers badly made out of towels or anything like that.)
From what I can see, it's American 50s style dresses and basic gathered skirts, with hemlines to the knees, done in what american stores would call children's fabric (with cute pictures), or gingham or plad, or "country" patterns fabrics (with flowers). Is this correct?
What are some good types of shirts to wear with the basic skirts? As in, what are they called so that I can find patterns for them?
I'm in Chicago so it's cold as fuck, are leggings acceptable instead of tights? Or do you think would it be better to knit tights out of wool?
Also I would like some tips on looking... presentable, and comfortable for every day wear. My job is selling crafts online, and I'm an adult - so I don't have school or a job or anything to go to where I have to look professional. But I also don't want people thinking I'm crazy when I go grocery shopping.
Thank you for your time.