It’s been a while. Too long in fact. And these last five years have not been without their challenges. I’ve gone through a major life change (happy to say not health related) -downsizing due to a job loss, selling a home we lived in for 25 years, and with this change, I lost my creative space. I also had to pick up more hours at my regular job (working for WW), and so my creative time was limited.
To finally find some balance, time and space to start creating again has been great. Even though my sewing machine has been sitting on my dining room table for the last two years, to sew again has been my peace. I also was able to purchase a new machine, Bernina 530, on layaway, so now it is even more fun to design.
And with COVID, I have found even more time, that I was finally able to release a collection last year and will be working on another for Spring.
Last year when the pandemic came, my company had us start working from home with Zoom. My days were very split up, but it still gave me some extra time to start and finish a collection. (I’ve had a bad habit of starting a collection and never finishing it, lol). So here’s what came out last year:
A modernized Rococo inspired collection, where I also made wigs to go with it and collaborated with another fellow artist that specializes in shoes, eikollander. Her shoes are to die for and I am completely obsessed with them.
After this collection I designed a special finale gown that was inspired by Dior’s Maria Luisa gown and held it on auction.
This was truly a to die for gown. Sometimes it’s hard to let these creations go, but since I have no space for displaying any dolls, I’d rather have it go to someone who can truly enjoy the beauty instead of having it packed away in a box. Maybe I will make another in a different color one day, for myself.
The first creations for 2021 was some lingerie and from that a Valentines collection, Je t’aime, evolved. Inspired by Dior Haute Couture Fall 2009 collection that used lingerie as a base, I took 4 of the looks to adapt to 16″ fashion doll size.
There’s the wrap up for the last few years and to now continue with 2021. I’m hoping to continue with this blog on a little more consistent basis. Stay tuned for Part 2 of To Create Again…..