Saturday, December 31, 2011

My new dolls for the new year!

So, I got home late last night from Miami (the new ladies were waiting) -- in my mailbox!

Here's a quick preview.

Don't know why the photo is so pixelated.  My bad.

Here are some more shots to make up for it.  Of course, these dolls are from the talented Andrea Meyer.  (Wild Flower Dolls).  I absolutely love the ethnicity (so absent from most doll lines) -- skin tones may differ, but most sculpts don't.

And, my favorite:

Friday, December 30, 2011

Guess what? More new ones (coming in)

Yeah, I took the plunge (I still want-- I think-- 3 more).  They should be here soon........

These ones are a little different......

Once they are here, I'll post them.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

It was Agnes' turn

Agnes was next.  She sat waiting.  Finally, the lady from the Agency was ready to see her.

Agnes listened as she was told that she had good bone structure and good proportions.  She was then told that she wasn't particularly good looking, her feet were horrible and her hair was thin.

Her aunt commented "well, no one is perfect" then she sat by and just smiled.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

I was playing with the dolls today

I wanted to see what they would look like together.  Yesterday, it rained!  (I waited till the afternoon and the skies blackened and the rains came).

Greta sat with her mom listening to the woman from the modeling agency.  "Your torso is long, your arms are short, you've got cankles and your feet are too small, your chest is narrow... but I do like your face." "Too bad your hair isn't more of a blonde -- but we can change that."

Her mom:  Aren't you being a little hard on her?

Agent:  Not as hard as a client is going to be!

Agent:  I have all girls take off their shoes, then I measure them and inspect their feet!  I model has to take care of her feet!

Monday, December 26, 2011

I don't think I shared this before... And since it is Boxing day...

Boxing day, the day after Christmas... I wondered what's the origin of that British holiday.  So, I looked it up on google.  Best description is on here:   What's Boxing day?

Now, that family has descended, I have to grab from my archives for my blog... no time for new photos.

Here's Agnes on her very first Magazine cover

Thanks to the doll boards for this little beauty.  I did this back in June when I took these photos of Agnes.  I had on my desktop but forgot about it.  I love this "program" that makes Magazine covers out of your photos.  In Agnes' backstory, she moves to New York and is an aspiring model.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

It's Christmas all over!

So, instead of the usual pictures of the girls opening gifts, they have decided to model the gifts from each other....

Agnes received the Louis Vuitton* headpiece that Madonna wore a few years back... (Greta found it at a resale shop) and so she also got her a body suit and the shoulder epaulets.  (can't remember if that was lady Gaga or Madonna).  Agnes (also shopped at a thrift store and) found a great dress and a pair of shoes for Greta.

Agnes isn't sure where she going to wear this....  and Greta is definitely getting rid of the hideous ornamentation on the waist of her dress.  Agnes looks on (wondering if that dress is just too short on Greta -- it would probably look better on me she thinks).

Agnes, being Agnes, decided to try it on.  Well....  it may not have looked too much better on her (but she thought it did).

I found both outfits (in one package) -- It is from the StarDoll line... Very interesting -- fashion forward stuff.   It came with another "tote" pocketbook which is clear and reminds me of Marc by Marc Jacobs. There's a faux Chanel jacket I like (but I'd have to buy the doll to get it) -- these came as clothes.

*Loved Terri Gold's blog talking about Louis Vuitton's head shoe designer being inspired by his fashion dolls.  I'm not sure which doll he is pictured with.  Is that Fashion Royalty?  I'm so ignorant when it comes to the latest fashion dolls.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

New Dolls!!

Yesterday I received a surprise in my mailbox!  I knew they were coming but with all the hub bub surrounding Christmas, I nearly forgot.  I have been eying these dolls for a long time.  I missed getting one on EBAY just before I ordered Greta.  (So, they have been "in the works" -- or at least in the back of my mind for a while).

I have to say, photos do not do justice to these dolls.  (As I want to continue blogging, I will have to learn to take better photos).

I wanted them for my Agnes backstory.   The "problem" with most dolls that they are either pre-pubesent, teens, or young women.  What happens when you want to tell a story with older or more mature women?  There really isn't anything out there.  How many times have I seen photo stories with the "mom" looking like the same age as the teen daughters? ;)

Before I forget, the artist is Andrea Meyer.  She's very talented and does lovely work.  I also love that she has dolls of various ethnicities.  Will definitely be ordering more dolls from her!

(I forgot, the ladies on either end are in Dress Maker Details, the one in the center is in Eaki)

Friday, December 23, 2011

Here are the girls in their stage outfits!

So,  I'm strapped for cash (after purchasing Greta) -- but I did want to get some clothes.  I was in Walmart, in the Barbie section (best bang for my buck).   I saw some Disney outfits.  The Cinderella 2 pack -- for under $10 -- you get two dresses.  Very fancy for the price!  I may cut Agnes' and make it a cocktail length party dress.  But I had Christmas cards to send.....

In her back story, Agnes belongs to a local theater group.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Time to stick to my knitting

This is purely figurative.  (as I can't knit).  I wish I could, but I found it difficult.

The point of this blog was to chronicle Agnes and her trials of obtaining a wardrobe.  So, I've been working on (forever) that dang Zuhair dress...  I had Agnes do a "fitting".  I'm re-motivated as I like the dress on (although it is far from completed).  I've been "fooling" around with photo editing.

Clearly that other dress has problems.... Agnes' is coming along nicely...

Through photo editing magic, it's now Agnes' turn to get fitted.

That dress has so much more work, it's not even funny.  Yikes.....

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

My first "shopped" image

I did most of the editing, but I'll admit, I had help.  I'm trying to get the hang of it.  Old dog, new tricks.... see where this is going.

Greta and Agnes try to get some shopping done.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

My Girls on their way to a Christmas party

Agnes has graciously allowed Greta to wear one of her gowns!  Although their body types are very different, Greta seems to wear most things that fit Agnes...

Also, I'm learning how to evolve in editing....

Monday, December 19, 2011

Looking back...

So, I found one of my original lists from a few months ago....

 1)  The Zuhair dress (dang dress)
  2)  Black Silk couture dress
  3)  Crazy blonde/yellow wig
  4)  Red pants
  5)  Antique lace skirt
  6)  Blue silk slip
  7)  Human hair wig
  8)  Eymeric dress
  9)  shoes
10)  leather pants off white
11)  denim cut off shorts
12)  purple lycra pants
13)  lace jacket
14)  nightie
15)  jewelry
16)  slippers
17)  alter the Volks shoes?
18)  Marie Antionette wig
19)  dread lock wig

Ad Hoc

Tutu outfit
skirt with graffiti print

I'm still working on the Cinderella carriage, the taupe dress, a leopard dress and that Zuhair dress.

GUESS WHAT???  More dollies are coming.... I'll post pictures as soon as they arrive.  I've been wanting dolls to correspond with the back story I'm writing for Agnes.  I found the perfect ones.  I was on a doll board and saw one of these beauties....  I may have to get some more even....

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Now for my magical xmas scene

This one is courtesy of my daughter.  She was "showing me" how to do it.  Her job would be a lot better, but I said "enough already" (I guess I'm not that picky).

The background is credited from

Friday, December 16, 2011

Now for trimming the tree

I took a picture of this same tree with Agnes earlier (the very next day, the tree fell over) -- Disaster.  Half the ornaments came off.  I've decided I want to learn how to photo shop.  Actually, I want to manipulate the photo so I can eliminate the stands and add in random backgrounds.  I've asked my daughter and she is going to "set me up" this weekend.  (right now, it's finals for her).  In the meantime.  Here is my unshopped stinky photo.

One day, I'll learn how to "fix" the photos and there will be no turning back!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Here's her close up!

Not many dolls can take this kind of close up.  This is a testament to her artist's work.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Variety is the spice of life (new doll)

So, the girls are getting along fabulously.  Agnes loaned her new friend a pair of her jeans (they fit -- surprising as they have completely different body shapes!)

Imagine their surprise when they figured out that they both have the same Jason Wu sweater!

And now....

For the big reveal....

I wanted to picture them together so you can get a feel for the differences.  The differences are too numerous to mention.  The only thing they have in common is that they are both porcelain and both 12".  Their wigs are removable.  That is where the similarities end.

Introducing Greta.  She is a 12" articulated bjd made of porcelain.  She is made by Maryna Skubenko.  I didn't do a box opening for Greta.  Unfortunately, my daughter has finals this week and said it would have to wait until after.  I couldn't wait..... days.........  I love Greta's face.  She is called flower girl.  She reminds me of Natalia Vodianova.  The lovely model.  Years ago, I had the pleasure of seeing her in Paris.  She is as lovely in person as she is in print.  (trust me when I say this is not always the case).

Without further ado,

Greta has very delicate features.  (Of course Agnes holds her own with her classic looks).

As soon as I'm close to finishing Agnes' wardrobe, I want to "shoot" a photo story.  There are a few new dolls on the horizon for this project!  I'm working on it.  ;)

I guess I'm in full dolly mode!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Ok, I'm in full holiday swing

Which makes it hard to get photos for my posts.

Just a quick update.  As you know Agnes' friend is coming. Well SHE'S HERE!!!!!!

Now that I can have matching outfits, I decided to order some gowns so the girls can have matching ones.  I've ordered one white and one black.

I promise a quick shot by tomorrow.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

It's been dark here for two days!

It is really unusual when we get zero sun for two days in a row.  It hampers my photo taking ability (seeing as how I'm already "limited" even in the best of conditions, you can imagine bad weather in addition).

Her dress is off the internet, her wig is by me, her wreath is from the craft store.  The silver stuff is a cool coily thing that is for gift wrap.  It is super light weight.  The lighting misses the metallic of it.  

Friday, December 9, 2011

Moving at lightning speed....

Well, perhaps not.  I have so many things on my plate these days.  I still want to make time for Agnes.  Here's the bodice minus the top part.  This section is fully lined.

P.S.  Agnes' friend should be here soon, she's in transit...  I spoke by email to her artist and I can't wait for her arrival...  She's one flexible little devil....  The suspense, I just can't wait (but I guess I will have to).

Thursday, December 8, 2011

So, here's some minimal progress....

You get a peek at the bottom half, here it is with the lining pinned to it.

I decided this was the best way to do this dress.  I'm debating whether I will line the very top or not.... I definitely want to line the lower portion so it looks finished.  I like the sheerness of the fabric, but think it looks "cheap" unlined.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

I've promised Agnes that she won't be ignored ....

I love Agnes' proportions and I think she will always be my "special muse" --

Here she is.  This is lining fabric.  I've marked up the lining (it's for a gown)....  I've completed the "bottom" of the gown I need to work on the top but I think I may have to do that by hand and then I have to see how I will fasten it.  I wanted a zipper (but I hate putting in zippers)....

I've got a bunch of unfinished projects.... I'm still working those (too).

As far as ignoring, my other doll's progress has been faster than I thought.  I was contacted two days ago that she is complete.  I just paid my final amount yesterday.

Funny, how life is... First I'm looking everywhere for a bjd that is 12" and can share Barbie/Fashion Royalty clothes.  Very few out there.  Agnes was a lark.  I never knew if she'd fit those fashions.  She seems to be better with Poppy Parker.  Anyway, now I find out that Leigh in Maine has released a doll (yesterday-- really... the day I pay the final amount for my upcoming doll, ironic), I talked (by email) to the doll's artist for the one I'm getting I think I'll have more info about her and the doll soon-- just clearing it with her first -- I guess I will always in the market for some more dolls.  Oh, I have 3 more that I want from one artist to complete a back story for Agnes that I'm writing.  Those are amazing sculpts too.  I'm star struck -- or perhaps just doll struck.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

So Agnes is not happy with me

She's not happy that I'm showing bits and drabs with her in various states of undress.

I'm trying out things (trying to put together a cohesive spring line).  I envisioned these pants differently.  I was hoping they would "flow" more.  Still trial and error.  The fabric was inexpensive and looked interesting to me -- I think I will try to pair this with a jacket maybe solid black.

Monday, December 5, 2011

So, I realized I never got around to photographing the other gown (P)

Here it is:

It has like a taffeta feel to it.  I love this gown.  Gorgeous.  Photos could never do justice.   Again the materials are very nice.

The dress was made for the Fashion Royalty doll.  Agnes fits with a small adjustment!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

I saw on one of the doll boards

I noticed on one of the doll boards that there is a new "resin girl" in the works.  I can't wait to see her....

Ooooooohhhh,  ahhhhhhhhhhh....

To resin or not to resin that is the question.  I few years back, I had the most awful experience -- almost turned me off to bjds/ resin completely.  For the most part, I left DOA, just moved on...  It will be very difficult to convince me (or will it?) -- got to see the doll first.

Love the internet for this reason, you can learn so much about what's out there.  Before, unless you came across these dolls yourself, you had no way of seeing them.  I think the first bjd I saw, I was looking at some other doll and the person had this great dress that fit the doll only it was on a bjd.  My curiosity was peaked, I started doing some research on the web, the rest is history.  If I'm counting correctly, Agnes is my 5th bjd.  She is the only porcelain one (so far).

Suddenly, I feel like I want to be in the market, collecting again.

There is one thing I'd love to see....

Saturday, December 3, 2011

The mesh dress on

This dress was meant for Cannes in summer.  Agnes did not want photos -- especially without her wig!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Guess who's coming (forever)

Agnes' new friend is due to arrive.  I think I will name her Greta (as she is already in the backstory that I have been writing for Agnes -- she will either be Greta or Inga).   To date, I think I've written about 60 pages.

So, I verbalized my desires a several weeks back for my birthday post -- I've been wanting a doll.  Not just any doll -- she needed to "fit" with Agnes.  This has been the hardest part.  There are so many wonderful dolls out there.  I've looked high and low, but I do want one that fits with Agnes.  I needed one that could fit with 1/6 scale, is strung with springs, has a removable wig, preferably porcelain, is a young woman (not a child)-- this turned out to be a very tall order.  Most of the dolls were 13+ inches -- clearly not 1/6 scale (if you consider 12" would be a 6' female -- 13" would be a 6'6" female) -- that's a lot of woman!  If she could wear ready made clothes.... It's a sale! :)

So, I took the plunge at the beginning of the November-- Now, I wait....

I'm going to try to talk my daughter into another box opening stop motion (that's going to be a tough sell).  I was thinking to the theme "I'm coming out" by Donna Summer.  Maybe I can talk her into it.  The only thing about the "live" photo taking is that I think you miss some of the oooohhhh and aaahhh of slowly removing the doll and seeing it for the first time.  But the flip side is you can relive it (so it's worth it to me).

Want to know who she is?....  Here's a bit of her...

Just a bit ...

Thursday, December 1, 2011

So, here's one of the gowns I purchased for Agnes

I've very happy with the gowns.  They look better in person (always a relief).  You really can't tell quality and workmanship from photos -- luckily these dresses score high on both fronts.

Is that called a Mermaid bottom?  It is a snug fitting gown.  You can't tell from my crappy photo, but there are small roses like ribbon roses, but not really, then there are layers of tulle in cascading tiers.

It was intended for a fashion royalty doll, but Agnes fits with a slight adjustment to the top.

There's another photo on Flickr under my user name Dollutional.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Ok, so I've been delinquent in my doll blog duties. New dress.

The holiday rush is getting me.

I do have a few photos I'd like to show.

Here's a mesh dress, I've been working on.  It is stretchy with hand beading.  Something a little different.

I still need to add the closure to the back..... that's another day.

I have more photos to take..... Got to go do that now.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Here's Agnes in her bargain sweaters!

Thank you to all the "dolly" people that made this possible.  I've never ordered these before, -- I'll Definitely order next year!

This was a 3/4 length sleeve one.  Great little sweater.  I also received 2 full length sleeved sweaters.  I'm going to alter those ones (open the seam and add a small button) -- to make it easy to put on Agnes' hands.  If my thumb can't fit in (I don't put her hand in)  Those delicate porcelain fingers -- they look so dainty -- I'm afraid to stress them -- so I don't.

Here are her other choices.  There was only one other sweater (don't remember why I didn't get that one) -- probably should have.

Now, this last sweater does not photograph well.  I almost didn't buy it.  I'm glad I did because it is my favorite of the bunch!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Treasure trove of stuff (arrived today)

I received 2 gowns and 3 sweaters!  Going to try to get photos in the morning.  Gowns are gorgeous.  I think with a minor adjustment, Agnes will be in business!

The sweaters are adorable.  I will need to "open" the arms to get them on Agnes, but what a deal they were!!!!  Very nice quality.

Reaching back, to the Back Burner!

Not literally,  for anyone that has been following for a while, you'll remember, I ambitiously started (probably too many) projects.

Here is the "awards" dress that I've worked on in the past.  I tried to make a push to finish this dress (figuring I had to be at least 1/3 of the way there) -- Boy, was I wrong.

This thing has been a nightmare ;)  If ever there were a project to abandon, this was probably it.  But I forge on.

It started with making a simple skirt.  Then I marked off using basting thread (black) rows for the layers to be laid.  I then templated and cut using rounded pinking shears 10+ rows of a thin (organza type material).  For the first 3 rows I had added the glitter, the problem was all the handling needed for the arranging and the sewing was causing havoc in my sewing room.  Looks like a princess party took place.  Glitter (super fine glitter) everywhere.  So I decided I would glitter post construction.

So, here's where I am.  Hope to finish within the week some time.  If all goes well.

I wish I had taken more photos (but I usually work at night and the flash on my crappy camera just washes out everything).

I need to finish adding the layers, apply the glitter, add the bodice (glitter that) and viola!

I seem to be one layer short......  Ugggh.  Back to the template......

Friday, November 25, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Sneak peak.

I've been wanting a Christmas tree (for Agnes).  Something large but in scale.  It is tough to find one with somewhat skinny branches.  Most look like they just took the top off a large tree -- with only 4 or 5 rows of branches.

I wanted a 10' tree (equivalent) -- that meant finding a 20" tree with small branches.  I looked high and low.  All the usual places.  Then I found this one it's about 16" without the stand and the star topper.  So, that's an 8' tree.

I started by rearranging all the branches (to display it -- the job had been hurried).  I wanted glass ornaments.  Not an easy feat.  There are a lot of miniature ornaments, but nothing I can honestly saw I wanted.

I decided to make my own.  First was the stand.  Well, it came in a big burlap sack.  Not to scale and not the look I'm going for.  I cut a water bottle and inverted the top.  It wasn't heavy enough to hold the tree, so I packed it with all the sculpy I'm not using anyway :).

I'm going to make a skirt from the left over brocade from the carriage.

Next the balls or as my mother says the Christmas bulbs (and she doesn't mean the lights).  I used glass beads.  I found some large ones.  I decided on clear/crystal and red.  Just the crystal was pretty, but I think the red helps it "pop".  I strung those on jeweler's pins and used a pair of pliers to fashion a hook.  So far, I've hung 96.  I have about 16 left to go.  As you can see, the red ones are the ones missing.

I need to shoot it outside.  It's just on my kitchen counter -- The balls look like plastic ones.  That's kind of disappointing considering the expense of using glass.   Still needs work....

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Turkey Day!

Gobble, gobble.  This is the first year my immediate family won't be together for Thanksgiving.  My eldest daughter will be in Massachusetts with relatives there.

As always, I'm thankful for many things.  Health and happiness being most important along with my family.

I can't believe how quickly the time seems to go.

More photos tomorrow.

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Got lucky I guess

I was at one of my favorite stores and found a plethora of fabric that was just the right scale and weight!  This never happens to me.

So I got to sketching. (I can't sketch to save my life -- trust me -- they are rough).  Just good enough for me to recall what I wanted to make.  I think I came close to sketching out an entire "line".  I think there are a total of 15 pieces (so it's a super small line).  I want to make the items, then I want to learn how to photoshop so I can put Agnes in all the pieces and have the whole collection in one shot.  I think that would be so cool.

Of course it is going to take a while for me to complete it (as I want to work off my other list of projects). -- but once it is done, I'm definitely going to get one photo that encompasses the entire collection.

In the meantime, here's Agnes in the next phase of the same taupe dress.

The front has been gathered, the side seams have been stitched.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

So, I did break down and make some more concessions.

Last week after contacting a woman who makes gowns,  I'm encouraged that she thinks her gowns will fit Agnes.  I ordered 2 to see if they "work" -- if so I'm definitely getting her to make more stuff for Agnes.  I know I keep saying it.  I'm no seamstress.  I wish I could sew all those tiny seams -- oh so straight -- but I can't (nor do I have the patience or the persistence to continue until I do)!

Like everything in the doll world.... it's going to take "a while".  I'm not going anywhere.  I can wait.  With Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up,  I'm hoping they get here before that!

On one of the boards I saw some great gowns.  Unfortunately, the woman who makes them no longer sews for Agnes' size -- she has moved on to Syb size.  I can't blame her as it is probably more profitable without too much extra material or effort.

I'm looking for glamourous without it being too tacky.

So, once I find a seamstress, maybe I can get some of the more complicated dresses made.

Monday, November 21, 2011

So, I guess this comes over me in waves!

Having completed the Eyemeric outfit last week, I felt a sense on accomplishment.  Although there were things I would have done differently (there always are!)

So, I moved on to a prototype dress.  When I say a prototype.  The actual materials for this dress were 1) difficult to acquire and 2) pretty expensive.  So I decided I would start by making a similar dress from less expensive material and "see how it goes" first.

I actually like the cheaper material better (for scale and the way it falls) -- go figure.

So, after a weekend of measuring, figuring and sewing, here's where I am:

This style dress holds extra special sentiment for me, so I want to make sure I get it right.  I was privileged enough to see the original dress in person (that's a whole other story).   Any guesses on the designer?  I'll reveal when I complete the actual dress (not this prototype) :)

I've put the zipper in the back.  I always screw up zippers.

About 3/4 down, you can see where my machine's foot hit the zipper pull and went a little off kilter.  I should pick it out and start over, but it's just a prototype, so I can't be bothered.  (shame on me).

Friday, November 18, 2011

Finally, a new fashion!

Finally.  I have completed the dress I wanted to make for Agnes.  I think I'm rusty.  I was never a seamstress, but this seemed to be harder than I imagined.  The difficult part was.... well there were several things.  (You can read about it, if you care to in the postscript)

Here's Agnes in a dress that was based on Eyemeric Francois's dress.  Love this designer.

Yes, it was windy and my photographic ability is very limited.


Luckily, this looks better in person.

Here is the original:

How I did it:
I had the benefit of seeing the back of the dress.  There was a lot of detail to that.  Large hook and eye closures closed the back of the corset (I decided to use leather for the corset as there was give) -- I needed give to be able to do the hook and eye closure -- as dolly skin doesn't give.  The fabric (although beautiful -- again not done justice with my pictures) -- didn't drape as I would have liked it to.  But that was a trade off.  I wanted a heavy satin so it wouldn't look cheesy.  This gave me a bit too much bulk.  The leather belt was a nightmare.  I cut it out (several times) -- when I tried to run a top stitch on it, the machine ate the leather as it was so supple and pliable.  Gorgeous leather really -- super soft.  I ended up having to mark it out.  Stitch it on the larger leather, then cut it out.  Worked nicely.  The pleated belting had a laced up back using what looked like rings to hold the ribbon that laced it.  I felt to keep true to the design I had to keep these elements.  The skirt had a few pleats at the top to get the volume.

Back of the original dress:

Ok, how bad is it that I've sought out some gowns for purchase and I'm trying a couple -- if they fit, I'm going to be mostly buying... I can supplement with dresses I know I can't find ready made.  But there's a lot out there.  Perhaps I can find someone who will make custom ones for me.  For now, I'm on to my next prototype.  A copy of a world famous designer... any guesses?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

My one carriage post (for this week)

The throne has been coming along marvelously.  I'm very happy with the progress.  It actually looks like something.  Here are some steps.

I started off with the cup packaging.  I trimmed the sides and the back.  I added the velvet to the corners.

Then I fitted the cushion and the inner templates (white pieces)

Here's a side view:

I upholstered the sides, back and front panels.

I still need to pad (and possibly quilt) the inner panels.  Then I'll attach the outer panels.  And the final step will be to trim the throne with either silver, gray or possibly white trim.  I think I'm leaning to silver (although most metallics are difficult to work with).

I hate dragging this on, but the glue and the "design on the go" really is taking more time than I thought.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Windy day. Photo fail!

So, I wanted to get some photos of the skirt portion of this dress.  I attempted to get the back, but, this was all I could capture.  Fail!  It was so windy.  The skirt was like a sail :)  It was all I could do.  I held Agnes in one hand and snapped while her skirt blew!

I have the corset to work on.... It's going to take another day :(

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Previously moth balled project: Designer like dress

I've got three designer dresses that I want to interpret into dresses for Agnes.  Each one is going to take me a Loooooooonnnnnggggg  time.  As I have no pattern (or real sewing skills/experience) -- it's trial and error and learn as you go (which makes it fun and frustrating) all at the same time.   ;)

Everyone was out of the house...  I had time to just sit down and think about what to make and how to make it.  While I get a lot of inspiration via the internet, I also lose a lot of hours here.

So, I look at this dress and I think... How hard can it be?  Now, maybe it's me.  I look at this and I think -- start here.... then do this.... then that.  Only thing is, I start and it just takes so much longer than I anticipate. I thought I'd knock this out in a day (max).  Well, several hours later (measuring, trimming, pleating, sewing) -- see where this is going.  And this is where I am.

I had some set backs (what can I tell you?)  The belt has been the most vexing.  I'm STILL working on it.  I've had to scrap 2 so far.  I think I've figured out how to do it.  If this doesn't work, I'm going to give up for today.  I did work out the belt.  I've spent hours.... I do mean hours on this dress.  I was hoping to get finished so I could shoot it tomorrow (daylight).  I'm exhausted, but think I should be able to finish by tomorrow at the latest and get it shot.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Characters --

Going through some of my sewing and trim things, I came across a strip of embossed "leather" with fur attached to it.   The memory of that strip came back to me.

So, years ago I entered a contest for developing a character for a doll.  I was in New York at the time traveling with my daughter and had access to the Garment district.  My Character was going to be barbarian princess.  Imagining a young girl being "given" to the mighty Genghis Khan.  I made a robe of "animal Skin", a breast plate of antlers, a crown of leather and fur, a staff of crooked wood with a crystal attached atop -- it was packed in a wooden "laquered" chest with an impression of a seal from the girl's village.  (I have to search for the photos).

All that is left of this memory, for now, is a strip of left over fur and leather.   I had mostly forgotten that project; although it took so long to complete.   I have temporarily put it around Agnes' head.  If I ever get through the pile of projects I want to do, I will attempt to recreate the whole thing.

No more contests for me...  I barely have time to finish the projects I want to do (for myself) :)