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A Long Awaited Project

Have you ever been in a spot where you don’t know which direction to go next? I’m at that spot now. As I write this post, it will probably help me clear my thoughts and figure out what to do. I have one commission left to finish and then I am done with commitments. Whew! So where do I go from here? Do I do something that really inspires me? Or do I do a collection for those demanding 16″ Divas that I can make money on? And I do need money. It’s just that the thought of making the same thing at least 4 times and 12 different items to make at least 4 times each- well it just doesn’t sound appealing.

Here’s what I think I’d like to do. Finish a long awaited project. I started last year a riding habit for ReganReganprofile
An 18th century black silk riding habit. I had a corset finished and the base for the hat, a pattern drafted for the jacket but that is about as far as I got since other things became priority. Now the other thing is, is I don’t know if I would be able to sell it once finished. It’s something I have wanted to do for a while and will want to keep it. I should just do it. But then I have to make some money-especially if I need a new car and a new doll which is a whole other post.
I will do the riding habit. See, I knew my thoughts would clear out. I think. I want to make a Victorian one for Katara. I think she would be so regal in it. One like I have done for the 16″ girls
Victorian inpsired riding habit
We’ll see how it goes. I’ll be sure to post.

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Rose Noir finished

I finally finished Rose Noir. I love how it turned out and took pics yesterday. I think most of them turned out pretty good, I’m getting a little more used to this camera and using the settings.

Rose Noir
Rose Noir sitting pretty

It will be on eBay this evening

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Rose Noir

_MG_1965 copy

work in progress. Black silk dupioni with lace and silk ribbon embroidery corset to fit Asian ball jointed dolls.

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Bouquet et Rose

Sneek peek
Will be on auction this morning (Sun) on eBay
Bouquet et Rose

silk ribbon embroidery

Took me all week to finish this.

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Fleurs d’Antoinette

Another 18th c inspired gown.

Fleurs d'Antoinette BJD

Fleurs d'Antoinette BJD

I love everything french, Marie Antoinette, 18th c inspired and historical fashion. Such a period of extravagance. The details that the gowns had, and to think that they were all made by hand! I have many books on the details of the fashion of the 1700’s, and it is truly breathtaking. One thing I do plan on doing this summer is to visit LACMA for the textile and fashion and FIDM’s fashion museum.
I think this is why my favorite designers are Christian LaCroix and John Galliano. Both of these talented designers use the 18th c as inspiration in many of their designs. Especially LaCroix. He is just pure genius.

Love it!

Love it!

I have been having such fun doing these historical gowns for the Asian Ball Jointed dolls. I think they wear the fashions well and add a touch of whimsy to the style. I still have several fabric prints I plan on doing. Guess I better get a move on!

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Vanilla Rose

I got some pictures taken this morning of Katara modeling one of my projects using silk ribbon embroidery. I really like how it turned out and now can’t wait to do another.
Silk ribbon embroidery

Vanilla Rose
The book I got at the library said that this gets addictive and she was right. To take simple ribbon and fabric and watch it come to life with each stitch and each rose you add, it is so fulfilling. I think that is why I enjoy designing and sewing so much also. Here you have fabric, and the process of creating something beautiful out of it, to see it start to take form… It’s the process I love- well, I love the end product also.
I’ll be listing this on eBay later.

Vanilla Rose full outfit

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A New Media……

I recently saw something that inspired me to try my hand at silk ribbon embroidery. I’ve always been interested to try this form of embroidery. I love how delicate and beautiful the roses look in the silk ribbon.
After some research on the internet, a book borrowed from the library and a small kit that I had purchased long ago just for the ribbon, I was set to try this old art form.
silk embroidery stiches

Silk ribbon embroidery

Silk ribbon embroidery

I found it pretty easy to do since I used to do embroidery when I was younger. Wonder what ever happened to those pieces I did back then. I remember a cute Holly Hobbie pattern I had done that never got mounted or framed. Left it at my mom’s when I moved out-probably long gone now.

I guess I could always do it again

I guess I could always do it again

silk ribbon embroidery

silk ribbon embroidery

This is a second embroidery I did, to make into a needle book since I don’t have anything to keep all these embroidery needle in now. When you start a new art form, it’s a lot of time and money into the supplies to begin it. Still working on finding ribbon- eBay has a good selection, but I’m not sure on quality. I have found between the ribbon I purchased for this project and another, compared to the ribbon that came with the kit that there is a difference in quality.

The real project that I finally finished will be posted later as I still need to take pics of it. I’m really happy with how it turned out.

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