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Tribe…

Got a chance to use one of the fabrics I purchased from Mood.  The tribal influenced graphic print silk chiffon.  This fabric is sooo gorgeous, I had a hard time trying to decide what exactly to do with it.  A simple drape neck silhouette won so the print could shine.  The necklace is by Leigh in ME (Asher of New England) and is the Chanel J’Adore inspired necklace.  So beautiful- he does amazing work on these miniature masterpieces. My beautiful Damia (Numina Ajuma by Paul Pham) is modeling.

Tribe LE 2 by MRC

This was made for the Couture Doll Shops yearly special Dolls Fashion Night Out, something I participate in every year.  you can read about it on their blog

http://couturedollshop.blogspot.com/

Until next time….

 

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And Another Year is Over…

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I have written. Probably because I didn’t get much designing done up until recently. So just to share the past year, here are the designs from 2012:

Valentine’s Day gown

Dark Heart

Easter 2012 – For this we had a themed event on Couture Doll Shops – It’s a Mad Hatter Tea Party.  We each picked a character from Alice in Wonderland and I choose the White Rabbit.  Quite different for the rabbit huh?

White Rabbit

White Rabbit

Since I had a lot going on this year in my personal life, I really didn’t have many opportunities to do as much as I would have liked.  I am hoping that 2013 allows me a little more time.

This gown I did for a collection that has yet to be finished- Dark Forest.  I have about half of it done but ended up using this main gown for the Gothic themed  event on Couture Doll Shops.

Dark Forest Collection

It seems the most designing I was able to get in were the challenge for Couture Doll Shops-at least it pushed me to do and m,ake the time for something!

This was another that I still have collection planned around.  Maybe this year for resort or summer I can finally bring it to reality.  Meanwhile I sold the prototype dress.

Marrakesh header_edited-1

One exciting highlight of this year was a challenge that was presented to the merchants at Couture Doll Shops sponsored b Angelic Dreamz.  We were to design a gown influenced by a character in a chosen Opera that our girl would be able to wear attending the opera for their Jamieshow FBJD.  I chose the Marriage of Figaro’s Susanna- fiance to Figaro.  Since the opera was set in the 18th c it was right up my alley in coming up with a design.   The exciting part of this contest was the winner would have their design produced and manufactured by Angelic Dreamz.  Guess what?  I won!  Look for this design to be sold in Angelic Dreamz in the spring.

Suzanna Marriage of Figaro

Angelic Dreamz photos by George Gonzales

The other thing that came from all that is George from Angelic Dreamz commissioned me to design and draft the pattern for his Holiday Jamieshow doll.  This was such a great opportunity.

Jamieshow Holiday

So actually towards the end of this year I started to get quite busy getting some designs finished.  SnoFlake was the DFNO (Dolls Fashion NIght OUt) on Couture Doll Shops

snoflake sitting

Kabuki was a gown that was started in the spring but never finished.  Alas, I had finally finished it. Now I have a sister gown to do for it.

Kabuki full

My November limited edition gown was Moss.  I included a hand beaded choker and mesh hose with this.

Moss header

And now to the end of the year.  My annual Holiday gown Evergreen

Evergreen full

So that was the wrap up for 2012.  I will definitely be better about blogging in 2013.  Got a new iPad for my birthday so I have the WordPress app on it.  No excuses now!

Here’s to wishing everyone a great and prosperous New Year!

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Steampunk Couture

Back in July we were given another and one of the last challenges on Couture Doll Shops.  This one was on the current Steampunk craze.  NOw I love Steampunk, and there are so many different genres of it, I had to decide which way to go.  First thoughts would have been using one of my larger BJD’s to model, but I had just got my new OOAK Numina from Paul Pham and really wanted to use her.

Victorian and historical clothing are one of my favorites to design- funny how I never really paid attention to it when I was younger and going to fashion schools. One always appreciates the past as they get older.  I think I am also much more into fashion in a different way than I was back then too.  I can see the influences past and historical fashion has on current designers- although some of the greats (John Galliano, Christian LaCroix, McQueen) are not showing designs at the moment, two being out of work and the last having passed away.

Anyway, I wanted to Victorian influences as the base of my design.  Stay with the true Steampunk origins.  Lots of research of Steampunk went into finding out what Steampunk really was- so many blogs and websites.  It really is quite interesting.

I decided on a a corset, jacket and short skirt with a bustled back.  I didn’t take too many pics while making it but did take some- so here’s how it went.

Making the Corset

Trying to do something a little different than just a corset so I decided to quilt the fabric like I have in some previous designs:

I used my basic corset pattern drafted a while ago but had to fit it to the Numina body.  Muslin sample:

From the fabric stash (since I am trying to use up the fabric I have on hand) here are the fabric choices for a old Victorian feel

Ivor silk brocade, tan and ivory herringbone twill with just a touch of rose stripe, and a rust colored crossdye silk taffeta.

Quilted taffeta for the corset

First I quilted the taffeta then cut out my adjusted pattern pieces diagonally on the fabric.

Because the quilted taffeta has a stabilizer for the quilting I did not need to interface the body but did interface the lining.

Corset taking shape

corset lining in ivory brocade

Finishing the corset up, the top and bottom are banded with bias cut strips and hand sewn on the back.  Antique brass eyelets for lacing are added and the corset it done!  Now onto the skirt.  My time is starting to run out………

Finished corset with banded edges

Corset back with eyelets and lacing

Assembling the Skirt

The skirt I made out of the ivory brocade, a basic mini skirt, and added a drape like the Victorian fashions, in the taffeta.    The train I drafted by hand,  cut it out in muslin to make sure I had the right shape and sewed it up in the taffeta with the brocade lining it.  This I hand sewed on to the back of the skirt.

Skirt with drape

Train ready to be hand sewn onto skirt

The last part was the bustle and this was a little tricky to figure out.  I din’t want something super large and wanted something light enough that could also be removes.  I also wanted to use lace.  The brocade was just too heavy to do a full bustle out of.   Again I drafted a shape out of paper to test it, cut it out of a nylon tulle and sewed layers of pregathered lace onto it.  Finding the right lace at the right width was a challenge,  I liked how it turned out though

the top was banded, then attached using snaps

From here my time was really short and I made the jacket without pictures.  It was lined in the ivory brocade.

A top hat was also made and I’ll add a tutorial for that later.

Love how the photo shoot turned out.

Steampunk Couture

Steampunk Couture can be viewed and purchased at Madeleine Rose Couture

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Romance is in the Air

A little while back we were given a challenge on CDS- Romance was the theme. I couldn’t share back then because it was going into a magazine and of course the mags don’t want anyone to know ahead of time. I will be blogging on it in a little more detail within the next couple weeks but for now I wanted to share one of the romance related collections I will have available on my site. Please note that these are not the outfits that are in the mag- still can’t post those yet.

White tea and Roses


Now this is a little collection I had started over a year ago and never finished (gee I have a few of those things around). I was going to do a third gown- but ran out of fabric so I guess the two will suffice. Hmmm is that is why I never really finished it-trying to figure out what I was going to do for that third gown? Anyway, when the Romance theme popped up I figured this would be a good ensemble to finally complete and put on my website for the theme. I really like how they turned out- very romantic, don’t you think?

Katara in White Tea gown

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Be Mine- Valentine Customer Appreciation Promo


Yes CDS is at again, and this time with a Valentine Promotion for the customers at Couture Doll Shops. Actually anyone can buy any of the great items that are special for Valentine’s Day that are being offered at many of the shops at Couture Doll Shops
They are also doing a fun Scavenger Hunt and prizes will be awarded to the winners. Bummer that I can’t play- I love searching for stuff.
Check out more info on this at the CDS Blog
So here at Madeleine Rose Couture I created a little gown for my CDS Shop for my new favorite Divas, the Numina, but it will also fit Jamieshow bodies as well (which by the way are fabulous too, I have to get a pic of my Margeaux posted on her new bod)

Valentine gown on Numina

Be Mine features a delicious concoction of candy pink silk charmeuse, bias cut to drape and swirl, a one shoulder gown with deep wine velvet bows and red, red blossoms accenting the shoulder.

It is available in the boutique at Madeleine Rose Couture

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Just Japanese

The CDS (Couture Doll Shops) is ready to move on to phase 3, adding another street to our little dolly mall!! So you know what that means… yep, Another Challenge!! I love these challenges- one they make me work hard and stretch my creativeness, and two- I get new stock to sell!

So this one is titled Just Japanese. You can read about it here:
Just Japanese Challenge

Now I love Japanese culture, in fact, I’ve used Japanese influence in several collections, including my latest one Urban Geisha.
Urban Geisha limited edition by Madeleine Rose Couture
urban-geishas

here are some more of the designs I’ve done using Japanese inspiration
From the Asian Fusion Collection:
pieces from Asian Fusion by Madeleine Rose Couture

Asian Fusion kimono

Asian Beauty OOAK gown by Madeleine Rose Couture

Gown made from vintage kimono panel


Urban Geisha for BJD's

I needed to come up with something new for this challenge. And this time I needed to use my Angel Rose store and do the design for BJD’s.

I’m an avid collector of vintage Kimono panels. I need to start doing something with the ones I have and this challenge proved to be a perfect one to incorporate a few into a design. I didn’t want to do your traditional kimono with them, but more a street style look. I remember seeing a pic where a kimono worn on the street as a jacket or something. Very interesting.
The street style looks of Harajuku and Shibuya caught my attention for this, I can incorporate the fun colors of the kimono and mix it with funky styling.

Choosing the kimono panel:
I have several different panels to choose from. I know I want to do a black mesh tiered skirt underneath a jacket made from the panel.

selected panel


I chose one with black in it, and bright colors. A fun print that would work well pieced together as my jacket design had several panels itself.

I also wanted it hooded to give a more casual look to it and started looking through my various trims to add another dimension to it. Finding a piece of vintage dyed fur scrap I got from Dimithia (on ebay) it proved to be perfect to pull out a touch of pink in the kimono panel. My daughter Madeleine helped me pick it out and gave me some of her fashion advice. I also found some stripe knit for over the knee socks- a pink, white and black combo that I wasn’t sure if it would coordinate at first.

I guess to pull this whole thing together will be the tee underneath. Reading that the Hello Kitty characters are a big thing in the Harajuku style- I knew I wanted to do a graphic on my tee and Kuromi from the Hello Kitty characters would be perfect with her little black outfit with pink scull on it. I enhanced it even more with some studding to bring it modern.

Once the whole ensemble was put on Regan (my Lishe, who would be the only one able to model such a fun look) for some reason I thought the whole look worked. In a very quirky kind of way. I added black lace mitts, and fun black strapped platform mary janes. Madeleine wasn’t quite sure about the socks still but she liked the jacket and wants one for herself now. She is now in a free dress school (after 5 years of uniform she is loving it) and is starting to get into fashion at 11 years old.
Guess who is doing most of her styling-although she won’t admit it.

Anyway, here’s Regan modeling my entry for the Just Japanese challenge. I haven’t named the fashion yet- need some help on that.

It is available on in the boutique on my website Angel Rose

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CDS- Haute Couture Challenge

It’s time for another Challenge!

This time it’s a Haute Couture challenge- oohhhh right up my alley.
http://couturedollshop.blogspot.com/

The Challenge: Haute couture is the creation of exclusive, custom-fitted clothing. Clothes that fit to one person’s precise measurements are the norm. It is also defined by the opulence of fabrics used, the fabulosity of cuts performed superbly, and/or the rarity of the elements used to develop it. Haute couture is definitive; it is something you just know when you see it. And, haute couture’s exclusivity makes the privileged few who can afford it go mad! Hum…….Could haute couture also drive doll collectors this crazy? Well, we hope not – at least that isn’t our intention at all, dahlings!

So for this challenge I immediately think of the new Dior collection-and a design I have had for a while that just never came to be completely. I had started the pattern for it and was going to originally make it in blue, but gray would work too, wouldn’t it?

Dior Haute Couture Spring 2010


Dior Haute Couture Spring 2010


And who would be the perfect model for this challenge? Psyche-my FDQ Numina Grey, of course. She wears the color gray so well.

Psyche- FDQ Numina Grey

Wednesday, July 7
I’m using the idea of my Victorian riding habits as a base, but will use a shorter straight skirt and do some bows and flowers in the back.
I was able to get the skirt done pretty quickly since I started this thing pretty late with only less than a week before due date.

skirt almost completed


skirt back with bow

Thursday, July 8
Now the jacket was going to be a challenge. I can use the jacket pattern from my CDDC challenge 2 as a base, but I will need to change the collar on it.

collar done


Got the base of the jacket done today, tomorrow I will need to get the lining in and finish it. Time is running out. Doesn’t look like I will be able to complete the corset like I had hoped. Oh well, I’ll make it for the sale of this suit.

Jacket almost finished

Friday, July 9
Today was a busy and exhausting day. I don’t know why I wait until the last minute to do these things. Wait! I know why- because I procrastinate!! Well that and I always have so much on my plate. We did take vacation, and I have been redoing the bathroom so, this had to wait a little bit. I did get the lining finished and the suit is complete. Now on to the hat! in which this will be a whole tutorial.

the back- still needs the flowers for color

Sunday, July 11
I didn’t get a chance to work on anything yesterday. So today is finishing touches. Finish the hat and make the shoes. So here is the tutorial for making a silk top hat:

Silk Top Hat tutorial

Got my pics in- now it’s just the waiting game………

Friday, July 23
I woke up late this morning-started my coffee and immediately went to the computer to see who won this challenge.
Surprise! Surprise! it was me! I really thought Mike and Ina were going to win. I thought they had a great entry with the Avatar inspiration Gaultier used. Every one did a great job and overall the whole purpose for this was to draw attention to CDS-Couture Doll Shops.

Well I can’t wait for the Cami doll- I really liked them when they first came out- let’s see what I come up for her!

As for the Haute Couture Challenge outfit? Well it will be available for purchase on my website later today.
The Boutique at Madeleine Rose Couture

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