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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Dressing an older doll

I made this doll years ago, and then put her into a very simple white dress. I washed it after years of dust etc. and decided to make a new dress for her to wear. Now I just have to find her shoes, lol. But the dress turned out very nice, even if it took me forever to finish it.
  I seem to be doing a lot of browns and blues together in different shades. This was not an easy dress to make, but she really looks very pretty in it now that she doesn't have to stand around in her nothingness. What do you think?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Runner up

The Fashion Frenzy contest in the May Doll Collector mag was a lot of fun. I entered two different gowns for Maria Teresa, because I couldn't decide which I liked better. I was one of five  runner ups with the chocolate and teal gown.
  So now I can post the pictures. I hope you like her new gowns.

Monday, August 8, 2011

The wicked Witch goes Rio!

Or something like that. lol. This outfit has been languishing in a box all cut out and waiting to be made up for several years. As it's a one of a kind and my design, I really felt it should be completed.
  The green matches her skin tone and the touches of blue and yellow just makes the whole outfit pop.

A cloak, middy bodice, tight skirt and decorated dancers belt are designed for the exotic look, and she was that if nothing else when she came out a few years ago. I'm so glad I took the time to finish this creation.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Lavender air

Strike a pose in lavender, and this would be it. A french fashion lady dressed to the nines, and a trained skirt that goes on forever. I like the dress but I don't like the pattern instructions. They left a lot of confusion in the air, and I finally had to just go for it and try to finish it as best I could. If I ever use this one again, I'll change a few things.

  But all in all she looks great, and it's another project finished.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Cissy does Bellydancing

I have wanted to make this outfit for my Cissy for a long time but just didn't have the spare minuet to do it. Well, I got the time and now here it is.
  A half circle veil, trimmed out with sequin motifs. Love this plum purple color on her. It's so rich!
The long over-gown is a princess style with a very full skirt, long draped full sleeve gathered at the top and accented with sequin motifs. What's under this?

A decorated bra and dancers belt, trimmed with beaded fringe and sequin motifs. Draped and sparkle fabric harem pants
And close ups of the bra and belt.

Even her heels are trimmed out to match.

The costume with the veil. There are all so simple hoop earrings and a detailed necklace to match.

In all a very sexy costume for a pretty doll.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The V&A Back Room collection

It has taken me months to put together just the right kind of lace and fabric to make this gown up for an Tonner American Model doll. This is one of the gowns I viewed in the back room of the Victoria and Albert Museum. It was a dream come true and I knew I wanted to reproduce these gowns as close as I could to what I saw, only in a doll size. I choose the American model, because of her size, and her ability to pose, as well as how pretty she is. My model had a straight ponytail, so one of the first things I had to do was to restyle her hair into a Gibson Girl style.
  This first gown is from 1884, in an iridescent burgundy taffeta, with a black net {not nylon} overlay. That is then hand sewn with black lace motifs. The bottom ruffle, of the skirt {which is separate}, is hand pleated from the same netting. and a black net {nylon}ruffle is laid under this to help create fullness.
  On the underside of the skirt is a dust ruffle with edges pinked with scolloped sheers. The bottom facing only extends less than half way up from the bottom.
  There are several different style laces decorating this bodice and skirt, and I tried to match them as closely as I could. I have paid very strict attention to every detail, and reproduced the gown as closely as I could to what I viewed.
  I hope you like this endeavor , and can perhaps see the likeliness to the original as well as the many hours spent recreating it. Please email me if you have any questions or comments, as I would like to hear what you think.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

I shall wear purple....

The purple gown in the book that Alice has been using for her costumes for this little FF doll, was very attractive, and I thought it would be fun to reproduce it for my doll.
  So here it is.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Blues time

This simple blue dress has a square neckline, cap sleeves and a panel front skirt, with 5 gores. A belt around the middle and a pair of tie slippers finishes it.

Simple but elegant.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Something new.

Marie Teresa now has a new dress, and the time it took to make the scallops was significant. However as a replicate of a gown in the book "The Trousseau Of Blondinette Davranche" {as are most of the gowns produced by Alice Leverett and the Vogue doll co. for this doll} it comes very close even in the fabric design. I also made slippers to match and am working on the little red snood. Always something new to create and play with. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

She finally got her dress!

Sometimes I don't get to a doll as fast as I might like, so she has to wait for something to wear. This dress is made up from a Jackie Chimpky pattern. Now she has a dress she won't be satisfied, but at least she has something to wear while she waits for the next one.

This doll is also created by Jackie. Isn't she pretty?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

And she said Nightgown Please!

Well she got a bit more then just the nightgown. She also got a robe and nightcap. However somehow I don't think it will end there.
This little doll has been a lot of fun dressing, and I hope to create more for her in the future. But for now I think she wants to sleep.

Monday, March 14, 2011

It's Purple and Gold!

Royal colors for a beautiful girl. Aeianna looks wonderful in this french fashion inspired gown. She also has a new full set of underwear to go with this style gown. The bodice, sleeves, and underskirt are all one piece. The jacket has one closure at the front. The overskirt is separate and can be worn with the dress or without.
I'm glad I finally got this finished. So is she {although she did mention something about a nightgown and robe..... are they every satisfied?} The beaded trimmings were a long strip.