Thursday, 24 January 2013

My Sweet Mates Kumya Strawberry and Lace Millefeuille by BABY

Today I will be taking a look at BABY's latest offering. This series is called My Sweet Mates Kumya Strawberry and Lace Millefeuille. This series includes 2 dresses, a skirt, a bonnet, a head bow, an Usakumya mini purse and socks.

This is the Sophie JSK. The bodice is a pretty shape and it looks well fitted. There is a waist bow, which looks a bit on the big side. The lace around the edges of the waist bow is pretty and matches the rest of the dress, but it only emphasises the size of the bow. Despite the size, the bow does have a good shape to it and it doesn't appear to droop. I was kind of hoping that the waist bow would be detachable, but it doesn't appear to be. It's a shame, because I think this dress would look lovely with it detached. The neckline has a pretty line of ladder lace with ribbon threaded through it, which is a nice touch. The lace on the edge of the neckline matches the rest of the dress perfectly. The neckline is finished with a cute little ribbon bow. The bow is very sweet and sits well on the dress. I really dislike the shoulder straps on this dress. Although I think it is great that you can adjust the length of straps with the buttons, I don't like the appearance of them. With the rounded edges, lace and cutesy buttons, I think the straps look a bit too 'young' and childlike for my personal tastes. The back has a panel of shirring which runs the whole way across. The shirring does look a bit open and exposed. It is good to see this dress offers a bit of size flexibility but the thin, flimsy waist ties don't look like they will offer much support if you want to make the dress smaller. So this dress may not be the best choice for smaller lolitas. The skirt has a very straight and triangular appearance in the stock photos. I actually think the skirt shape goes well with the bodice shape, but I am not a fan. However, the skirt does have a decent amount of volume to it and will hold a decent amount of petticoat. The skirt is kept free of clutter and so, the print is displayed beautifully. The bottom hem is then finished off with some good quality lace. The lace is a bit wider here, but I don't think it looks too out of place.

This is the Judy JSK. The bodice looks well fitted. I am not too keen on the overall bodice shape though. I just feel it could have a prettier shape. The straps are a bit thin, but they do suit the dress. The outer strap edges are lined with lace, giving a softer edge. It also stops the straps looking too plain.

There is quite a bit of detail on the bodice. Firstly, we have the ribbon the corset. The ribbon is not shiny and of a good quality. The ribbon is also spaced out nicely. The edges of the ribbon corset are lined with lace. Whilst the lace is pretty here, I think it could do with being a bit thinner. The wide lace looks a bit too fussy and bulky. Then we have a raised, scalloped edge panel, which I despise. The scallops look too harsh when teamed with softer edges, lined with lace. I would have not included the scalloped edge panel on the bodice at all. The panel is topped with a large bow. The bow has a nice shape to it and it doesn't droop too much. The lace around the bow edges is pretty, although it emphasises the size more. Although the bow is a bit big, I don't think it would look so bad if it didn't have the scallop panel behind it. As the bodice is, I think it is too fussy and OTT. The bow is detachable, but I prefer the dress with the bow attached because the scallops look worse without the bow hiding some of it.

The back has a panel of shirring, which is concealed very neatly with a ribbon corset. It looks very tidy and the ribbon used is not shiny. This dress has 'proper' wider waist ties as well. The skirt has a very pretty bell shape to it. It flares outwards very well and will hold a decent amount of petticoat. The skirt is free of cluttering details and the print is displayed very well. The skirt has a scalloped edge. I quite like the scallops here as they have been done very well. It is a shame that BABY felt they had to include matching scallops on the bodice, as I think the skirt scallops would look fine without the bodice ones being there. The bottom hem is then finished off with very wide lace. I think the wide lace goes well when teamed with the scalloped edge.

And this is part of the print close-up. This print is available in off-white, pink, lemon yellow, sax blue and black. I think the print works very well with all the colours. My favourite is probably the pink colour way, although the lemon yellow is a nice change. As for the print itself, it is quite typical for an Usakumya themed print. Usakumya looks as adorable as ever. I think it is cute how Usakumya is poking out of the basket. Kumya's friends are also drawn very well. I love the use of strawberries and cherries in the print. The bows are also drawn well. BABY release prints featuring Usakumya from time to time. Although I like Usakumya, I tend to find that I am not that fussed by the prints. I think this print is very cute, but it is not my sort of style. I do love the Usakumya bags though!

The interesting thing about the newest Usakumya purse is the purse part is different from usual. It has an actual purse clasp instead of the typical zip and pouch. I think I prefer the Usakumya bags with the zips though, as I get the impression they may be a bit more secure than this purse style.

So overall, I think is a very cute series. It is not my sort of thing, but I bet Usakumya's fans are very pleased to see a new print to add to their collection. There are bits of both of the dresses which I am not keen on, so I would probably go for the skirt. But if I did have to pick one of the dresses, I would probably pick the Sophie JSK. Very sweet, but I will be sticking to just the Usakumya bags for now.


  1. I really like both versions of the JSK and in white they are fabulous o_O :D

    1. I think I prefer the skirt, but the white colour is very cute!


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