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Romance is in the Air- Part 2

So I finally am able to post the pics now, and give you a little insight to my thought process on this Romance Challenge from the Couture Doll Shops.  The entries were published in the latest FDQ magazine-Romance edition- as well as a link from Couture Doll Shops to a voting page.  Tomorrow we will find out who won the challenge by popular vote.  So wish me luck!!

When we were given the instructions for this latest challenge, I knew I wanted to use my BJD’s rather than the 16″ fashion dolls.  I needed to represent my Angel Rose shop (located in Couture Court in the Couture Doll Shops).  I have done so many challenges using the fashion dolls that my BJD’s were getting neglected.  I also knew I wanted to do something with historical inspiration, because I think the historical dress is so romantic.

First was going through my books on historical detail and fashion, and finding my fabric.  I had quite a bit of off white silk dupioni that I really needed to start using and white/ivory is very romantic and bridal.  But I didn’t want to do a bridal look per-say.  Also, white and ivory seemed very in-fashion at the moment.  I also knew I wanted to do a corset and a full skirt. 

To top it off, a bonnet made of buckram and millinery wire, covered in the matching silk with a pleated under lining and flowers. (I didn’t get a chance to take many pictures while completing this ensemble-hubby was using my camera quite a bit for his stuff) I was actually sewing this hat during one of my daughters volleyball games hoping to get it finished in time.  I’m always completing at the last minute.

bonnet partly completed

under brim pleating

I did get it completed on time and the pics taken in time for the magazine.

Romance challenge entry White Rose

Along with the photos we needed to submit a paragraph explaining what our Romance depicted.  Here’s my little romance story:

A tortured romantic soul-she wanders aimlessly, not knowing when the eras or time begins or ends, as her fashion shows in a mixture of historical styles.

A ghostlike figure forever searching for the one true love she lost….

each picture had a caption to it

A lone figure wanders aimlessly
She pauses…Does she see her one lost love?
She looks longingly at the apparition of the one she lost
A ghostly figure clad in white says goodbye…

At least it was finished for now.  I needed to move on to another challenge that was presented to us on Couture Doll Shops for another magazine and it was a a big challenge.  So of course that will be a post in the fall.  Wish I could give some sneek peeks because I think it turned out great and there’s a bonus tutorial coming with it but you all will just have to wait…..

When that challenge was finished I was able to move on to finish the last component of this one- a jacket.  Taking inspiration from the Regency era, a ruffled front, pouf sleeve jacket emerged  to be worn over the corset.  Also, new pictures needed to be taken since the other ones were done in haste.

I love how this photo shoot turned out

White Rose will be available on my website Angel Rose

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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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Sharing a commission

I finally finished this commission a few weeks ago. I do hope the new owner enjoys it. Meanwhile please enjoy the pics.

Nouvelle Melodie

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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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Mika

Yesterday I made a trip down to San Diego to a BJD get together and to help celebrate my friend Ellen’s B-day. It was a great time, I haven’t been to one in quite a while and it was nice to see everyone again. Ellen’s request was that we bring our Lishes.

The Lishe table

There weren’t as many dolls this time as there usually is. But there were some pretty ones none the less…

My friend Raymond's beautiful Elf


This little cutie just wanted to play

And then Ellen brought one of her Minifee Lishes to sell. Well, she said I had to have one to design for because it was hard finding clothing for them and it would be great if I could sew for this size too. As this little beauty sat in front of me saying “take me home” I contemplated a new doll size.

Minifee Lishe


I had no shoes whatsoever for this size doll and would I be able to find any? Eyes? I have no idea what size she takes at this moment and 7/8 wigs? Do I even have any except for 1? Hmmm this would be a little investing, not to mention another doll to sew for.
She definitely started growing on me. I mean I love my Regan (SD size Lishe) and a miniature one would be soooo cute. So Ellen and I decided to do a payment plan.

All the way home I thought about what I was going to make her first-I couldn’t wait to get into my stash of wigs and eyes to see what will work. She happened to be able to wear the 16mm eyes I had and I found another 7/8 wig that fit her well. I did buy a couple pairs of minifee shoes Luts had left along with a couple more wigs. I think I might get a few more pairs of eyes also-would like to try some 14mm on her.
I also had to change her eyelashes- I think she looks much more glamorous now. I’ll have to make an 18th c gown for her too.

Introducing Mika:



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Urban Geishas

Madeleine Rose Couture

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