Patterns 1 - Gosu Rori ゴスロリ

16.11.07 - 12:23

The main problem with this kind of sewing is that there aren't really any patterns available.

There is a magazine called Gosu Rori
ゴスロリ which does include patterns, but it is in Japanese and although people say it is not to bad... I find it very difficult to follow. If you do want to try this, I suggest this website.
The section called 'Understanding the Patterns in Gosurori' is a very helpful pdf with translations of many of the key words.

I'm not entirely sure how the magazine works. It looks like people send in their drawings/ideas/designs and then someone at/for the magazine makes them into usable patterns.

There is one other problem I've experienced using these patterns. Quite often some of the pieces are not printed out and need to be drafted. I've never really had any dressmaking training and I find this difficult to do especially if the size needs changing too.


  1. I know this is an ancient post, but do you have the second page of instructions for this dress? Or which gosu rori it's from?

    Thanks in advance if you can share. :)

  2. I've added the second page of instructions, I hope it's useful. I'm not sure which issue they're from.

    It's a very cute dress. I'd love to see if you make one!

  3. This is an old post, but it's a popular result for searching "gosurori patterns," so I figured it couldn't hurt to share what I know. The Gosurori diagrams are designed to help you draw the patterns for yourself either directly on your fabric or on a piece of paper, like pattern paper or newsprint. Most of the markings have four different number options, ranging from small to extra large. For each line, pick the measurement that corresponds to your size (you may be different sizes for different measurements--I'm a medium in all measurements, but a large in height). All measurements are in centimeters.

    You start by drawing all the big straight lines using a yardstick and a T-square for right angles. From there, you start drawing the shorter lines by measuring from the big lines and drawing lines that will bisect the curves. If you draw both end points and the midpoint of a curve, your curve will be an exact, to-scale copy of the one in the diagram (use a device called a "French curve" to make this easier).

    For more tips, search the web for articles on "pattern drafting." They can explain more advance concepts like slashing and spreading the pattern to add material for pleats, gathers, shirring, etc. If you then familiarize yourself with the common shapes of different pattern pieces, you'll never have to read a word of Japanese to put together a Gosurori pattern. Good luck!