Wednesday, February 22, 2012
My latest muse is the recent Integrity FR2 Vanessa from the WClub's Jetset Convention last Octotber. I wanted to design something fanciful yet elegant for her. I have always loved the classic Disney® heroines and with the fashion trend being golds and yellow as the new Spring neutral I decided to mix the two and see what developed.
Sheer gold embroidered lace was used for the princess shaped bodice. I used vintage gold colored silk satin for the skirt with a hint of the iconic drape of Belle's Disney dress. The asymmetrical folds meet at a whimsical Victorian cameo depicting a young prince on bended knee before his love. Pale yellow geometric print gloves and Isabelle Leprivey's beaded necklace finish the gown.
I am happy to have been asked to return as Guest Judge for this year's 4th CDDC fashion doll competition. I'll be judging the first challenge: "Sporty Couture".
Come visit Couture Doll Design Competition and see the wonderful designers compete.
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Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Thank you for visiting my doll fashion blog featuring the designs I enter into doll fashion competitions. The reason I enter competitions is that without a deadline I wouldn't sew. Most are sold or in private collections but please email me at email@example.com if anything interests you. Enjoy!
|My Vampire Couture entry for Fletcher Pattern Challenge|
Pattern used: "Opera"
Model: Fashion Royalty Black As Night Kyori Giftset
My Coffee Amaretto entry for Atelier's Cocktail Challenge
For the Atelier-des-Reves- sixth scale couture group competition in October 2011, I wanted to create a cocktail dress out of this stretch-smocked fabric that is softly distressed with small sequins and rough edges and though it seemed to be better utilized for a casual boho styled skirt or blouse, I wanted to challenge myself to make an edgier, less dressy version of a cocktail dress out of it. One that Kyori could possibly wear to a cocktail party after work by lowering her sleeves and putting her hair in an updo. The sash belt is a stretch knit, gold sequined, animal print that snaps in back. The dress opens in the front and is made from two pieces of fabric (the left side and the right), including the sleeves.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Challenge 1- Make Mine Mod - David Buttry
Challenge 3- Embellished- Model: Wigged Madame Alexander's Alex wearing a fully embellished three piece Diana as Queen ensemble had she lived to reign.
She flew in to attend Barcelona's Fashion Week's high profile Dinner to Ban Bullfighting along with retired matadors and the brightest Spanish runway designers.
In 2009, I entered a doll fashion competition "Project Dollway At Home". The Grand Prize winner of PDW@Home would be featured in Doll Reader Magazine in an article written by editor, Jill Jackson. Parameters were to choose one doll in one era that we would design for in twelve two-week challenges. I chose a diminuative model, Vintage Licca, and the era I chose was MOD. I won First Place and was featured in the November 2009 Doll Reader Magazine.
Montage of 12 designs: (Left to right)
1st Challenge: VINTAGE (MOD)
Design: Big print graphic hat & minidress, ruffled collar and contrasting silk tie.
3rd Challenge: DOLMAN
4th Challenge: LAYERED
5th Challenge: ZODIAC
7th Challenge: EMPIRE
6th Challenge: PEEKABOO
8th Challenge: ROCKIN
9th Challenge: REVERSIBLE
11th Challenge: DRAPED
12th Challenge: BRIDE
Monday, February 4, 2008
We are at the end of Season One of project Dollway and it has been an amazing journey for me as a doll fashion designer, which I now refer to myself as. Having had the opportunity to design my own creations to satisfy challenge guidelines and parameters has been a dream come true for me. I am a graphic designer who collects dolls. I ventured into costume design and found that gratifying but combining my love of dolls and fashion has been the ultimate gift for me.
This challenge was named: Black and white and red all over.
Initially I wanted to create a black & white plaid skirt, white top and little flirty red coat with ruffled sleeves. After doing a preliminary drape I realized the skirt was too short for this doll. Having run out of fabric and not being able to find similiar plaid, I had to rethink.
My model was an ultra-curvy 16" Eve doll by Susan Wakeen with hair restyled and her lips repainted. She wears a tight fitting back crisscross strapped dress topped with a sheer black and white dotted bust. I created the purse with red suede and super thin crocodile printed black vinyl. Croc vinyl strappy shoes finish the ensemble. Click on the photo to see it larger.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
In this next to last challenge of Project Dollway, At Home Designers were to create a collection "outfit" that would represent a 12 piece clothing line. I chose Gene as my stand-in doll because of her casual red swept back hair that works well with the Ready-to-Wear outfit that features rich color and tones and mixed patterns and fabrics. The peplum top is made from thin, red, ultrasuede. It is supple and soft and drapes beautifully. It is topped with a pleated detail to mimic the longer flirty pleats at the bottom of the fully lined skirt and gathered in a three knotted belt made from the skirt fabric. (Click on photo to see a close-up).
I wanted to play with the juxtaposition of the tailored look of suede in the sleeveless top with the gauzy, woven cotton "bohemian" pattern of the skirt, (see close-up below). I am looking forward to creating ready-to-wear to eveningwear with these varied materials!
I added a slouchy bag that wasn't too casual but could be dressed up as the collection unveils. The purse is made from a pre-gathered stretchy sheer tie-dyed cotton, usually used for hippie-styled blouses and skirts. I have been asked for a tutorial on creating the bag. Close-up of slouchy bag can be seen below.