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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Here is the white cat



What's under the skunk costume!


"At Home!"


Evangeline is now At Home.
I have not seen a doll as beautiful as this one for a long time. I can't see how they could possibly make her "better" in any way. I have been waiting for a redhead, and when I saw this one, I wanted her with a capital W. I am so glad I got her, and now can't wait to begin designing and making her clothes. I already pulled a lot of fabric in the expectation of her arriving home. Now, I shall get out the drawing pad and start the process of turning the fabric into gowns. I will post them as soon as I can complete something.
In the mean time, I did bring home a couple of her outfits, and as always Tonner does a bit of fairy goth magic and gives Evangeline not just something to wear but something to show off her own unique self. You won't be disappointed in anything he makes for her, this go-round.
I shall be waiting for more shoes! lol.. what else?

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Another wedding gown



This wedding gown fits Cissy, and is so elaborate, that you can't help but see it, and admire it.
With it's own jewelry set , of a crown, necklace, earrings, ring, pin and 2 bracelets bracelets.
The dress is complete all in one piece with underskirt, overskirt drapes and train all sewn to the bodice. The sleeves are toward the more medieval side of the time line. On a whole she looks regal and of royalty. At the least she is a nobly born lady.

Wedding White






This wedding gown done in the 1840's style is close to what Queen Victoria wore on her wedding day. Made from white satin with a beautiful bridal lace along the bottom of the skirt {made separately}. Her overskirt/train is from my own wedding gown train. It's made from a very thin fabric but I don't remember what it was we bought to make my train over skirt from. Her bodice has a bertha style collar that is covered with the same design bridal lace that is also gracing the bottom of the bodice and a smaller version of what is on the skirt.
The drapes on the over skirt are held back with pieces of the same lace. It also backs the white roses and white flowers in her bouquet and her headdress.


Friday, June 12, 2009

The Velveteen Bonnet




Instead of waiting on black straw, I decided to make a black velveteen bonnet. It matches the black velvet pelerine. There is also a matching black velvet bag. This completes the black velvet set.
Next on the list for now and it will be the last as Monday I shall be starting on something new.
Her name is Evangeline.
But before I get to her, I shall make a wedding gown for Electra.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

A simple white dress


This gown is made of fine white lawn, and trimmed very simply with pale yellow embroidery in a chain stitch. It's a carriage dress with shirring across the bodice in the front. Simple but elegant. It's from the 1840's to 1845 time frame.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Black is black



This gown turned into an involved bit of work. Black flocked see thru fabric over black taffeta, with black velveteen bodice and trimmings. I did a lot of beading over the front of the bodice and as trimmings on the petals over the sleeves. It's a visiting dress with it's own Pelerine trimmed out with black lace. The same black lace trims the bottom of the dress. I like the way it turned out and will make a bonnet to match when I can get black straw.
Otherwise it's fine as is.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Pale yellow turns Gold



This silk has a wonderful sheen to it, so I used an embroidered chiffon for the overskirt. This evening dress comes complete with a hat. Something that they use to do back then and may seem strange now. A bit of beadwork and it's done. I hope you like it as much I liked how it turned out.

Monday, June 8, 2009

A bonnet to match




This is a ribbon Pelerine, to be worn over the plain pink dress that was under the flowered print.
I also made a matching bag from the same ribbon.
Then I decided to make a straw bonnet to go with this ensemble. Hand sewn and then decorated with hat veiling, flowers and some ribbon, all to match the rest of the collection but still be able to be worn with something else.

Rose pink print




Who said a redhead couldn't wear pink? I used a very wide rose pink lace to line the collar and drape on bodice. Then I used a deep hunter green velvet ribbon for the leaf shapes, and a power blue ribbon bow. For some reason these little touch really bring out the blue in her eyes.
This is called a morning dress. The print morning dress is worn over a rosy pink plain dress. This dress can be worn with other items of clothing such as a ribbon Pelerine, or lace collar and cuffs. Both the print morning dress and the plain pink dress are made up of a fine cotton lawn.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Moving on!





Here is thew first of the 1830's styles. This mint green dress is made of a fine lawn fabric, with a tulle and lace trim. It can be worn plain or with the tulle and lace apron.
The 1830's styles have very wide sleeves, and full skirts. Many variations with just these factors, created many different style. This one is an afternoon dress. All the undergarments are of a pale ecru and are pretty much like the last 10 years undergarments. Except the skirts are a lot fuller. The nightgown and wrapper, are very much the same design, also.
So now she has two full sets of undergarments. The corset being the only piece that is different, and it doesn't have the shoulder straps. It's completely strapless, and decorated with a wide ecru lace. The same lace decorates the nightgown and wrapper, lending them a bit different air. All of the sleeve designs, long or short, are full. It seems this mint green hue has changed her eyes a different shape of blue.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

It's getting filled up!


Here is Electra's wardrobe, and it's beginning to get filled up. These gowns are all 1820's style gowns. And this was the last of this era for now.
I shall work on 1830's for awhile, or perhaps work on a different doll for a bit.

Pink and cream





This gown was a lot of work, as each little poof was hand gathered and sewn down. The gown is cream colored taffeta. The tie belt, hat, muff and pelerine are pink velveteen. This is a dinner dress, and as she might be going out to dinner at friends I added the hat, muff and pelerine in a rosy pink tone.
Around the bottom of the skirt is a wide band of lovely lace, bordered on both sides with the little poofs. The hat and muff are trimmed with pink feather boa's. I really like the gown and it's endless little poofs. Something we would not do today, but I still like it here.

Monday, June 1, 2009

A dress for the Day




This dress is called a day dress, one would wear it during the day at home. It has some very interesting design elements to it. The front of the bodice is gathered, and it also has a white cotton lawn collar attached. There are two triangular shapes for each sleeve called jockeys. {Don't ask cause I don't know this one... lol} She has a ruffle of matching lace at the bottom with a hand dyed velvet ribbon trim just above it. A belt trim of the same velvet ribbon, and a matching bow tie at the neckline of a hand dyed wide satin ribbon.
This shade of blue turns her eyes another shade to match, as well.