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Lacroix Inspired…

I love mixing prints. Either in one item or in a collection. And one of my favorite designers is a master at it. Christian Lacroix mixes the unexpected, adds the details of lace, crystals, beads, extravagance galore and creates the most beautiful pieces imaginable. Granted, his designing isn’t to everyone’s taste, but I think it is so romantic and beautiful. I’m saddened that he no longer has his couture house. His designs are always a source of inspiration for me.

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So I’m trying to use up some of my fabric stash and decided to finally do something with a collection of prints I picked up a while ago. I always had the intention of mixing these together as a little collection, but never knew what to do or how. Sometimes its best to put it away for a while and then when one pulls it out again new inspiration pops up.

Coordinating prints

Coordinating prints

The first idea that comes to mind is Lacroix! Lets do something with inspiration from some of his older collections.

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So I came up with a couple gowns with embellishments inspired by Lacroix.

Applique for gown

Applique for gown

My Lacroix inpired gowns… now available in the Madeleine Rose Couture Boutique

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Summer Blues…

Ok, it’s been a while, I know.  And so much has gone on I don’t even know where to begin, but I’ll start posting little things from the last several months going forward.

Meanwhile, I’ll start at the present.

Summer! Ah, who doesn’t love it, with it’s sunshine and blue skies, sandy beaches, and cool ocean breezes.  While I guess not everyone has this climate, but living in Southern California, I’m very lucky I do.  And that is one thing that inspired this mini collection.  On one of my last shopping trips to Mood, I purchased this beautiful shades of blue designer silk chiffon.

fabrics from mood

shades of blue designer silk on far left

I also ended up having in my large fabric stock some other blues that happened to blend in rather nicely.

Summer Blues fabric selection

Shades of blue-from top- light grey silk chiffon, textured blue chiffon, designer print silk chiffon and metallic blue knit.

I wanted to do easy summer dresses, the kind you would just slip on for summer with silver statement jewelry.

The mini collection of Summer Blues-four short dresses, three long gowns and a skirt with bodysuit ensemble.  Available now at the Madeleine Rose Couture boutique

Here are a few of the looks:

Short silk print dress

Knit Tank Gown

Summer Blues print gown

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Flamme Framboise….

It’s been a while since I’ve designed anything for a Sybarite. So when I picked up this fabric, Gothica decided no one else but her would have something out of it. And why not? It  suits her coloring perfectly.flamme framboise closeflamme framboise 3

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Candy Crushing…….

I know, I know.  I said at the year end post I was going to be more consistent in writing, but here it is the middle of the year already and have I written?  No.  For that I apologize.  Life seems to get in the way.  Anyway I haven’t really made too much lately to be able to write about.  I did do a fun little gown at the first of the year- Glitter Disc:

Glitter Disc 2modeling is my new Ajuma by Paul Pham.  She is fabulous- I have to design more for her but she is a challenge to photograph.

I also had been working with Angelic Dreamz on some stuff.  I designed the gown for the special intro Gene luncheon held at the IDEX show.  As well as the little suit for the BJD mixer AD sponsored.

Gene IDEX

Photo by George G

Now that summer is here I am hoping to get a little more finished.  I cleaned up my sewing area, and while doing it gave away four small boxes of fabric.  I still have one box left if anyone is interested- just pay shipping of flat rate $12.95.

I found this fabric while I was cleaning up and finally decided to do something with it instead of giving it away.  I reminded me of Skittles, so I aptly named it Candy Pop.  I also used Skittles on the ground around it 🙂

Candy Pop

Candy Pop

I love the way it turned out.  The fit is amazing, although it will only fit small busted Numina dolls.

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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.

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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

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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.

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

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

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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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Happy Holidays from Madeleine Rose Couture

Les Scintillance de Rouge

A gown designed for the Couture Doll Shops Holiday Happening. I had found this red tulle with swirled ribbons and sequins and though it was pretty but wasn’t sure what to do with it.  So when the holiday happening came up, I thought this would be perfect.  I just happened to have some red silk taffeta that matched perfectly.  I was going to use it for another gown I had planned(but there wasn’t enough fabric).  I love how this turned out- it was a spur of the moment project and most of the time these turn out great.  I even experimented with glittering the mules.

I think I am going to have to try this technique with some more shoes.  I love the result!

Les Scintillance de Rouge (Glittering in Red) resides now in a private collection.

Ah, I was hoping to have it on display here at home for the holidays- but now it’s on to the next project!  And wait till you see what I have in store……..

Till Next Time,

Have a Great Holiday Season!

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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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