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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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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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Mood Fabrics…..

So let’s see-how long have I lived in Southern California?  All of my life, went to school in Los Angeles at FIDM and I have never been to Mood.  Can you believe it? Well, maybe I did once, a long time ago but I didn’t know which store it was at the time when I was shopping for bridal fabric and if it was, it wasn’t nearly as famous as it is now.

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Mood fabrics So what did I think?  OMG, now I know why I kind of avoided it for as long as I had because one can get into a lot of trouble there.  Granted prices are not inexpensive, but what a glorious selection of fabrics- silks especially, I was definitely in heaven.  And kudos to my hubby who was a trooper through the whole shopping experience. Actually, he found a comfy couch to sit in and just watched me go through the rolls and rolls of fabrics in front of him.  Then he  took a few pics of the store and helped me make some decisions on fabric.

Wall of fabrics

A wall of fabric

I ended up with a beautiful Oscar De La Renta silk chiffon in shades of blue which is my favorite.  I also got a few other pieces, and a ton of white silk habotai for linings.  It seems I was always running out of silk habotai.  As far as the reviews of Mood on Yelp are concerned, we had a wonderful salesperson.  Aimee, who helped cut my fabric and was very entertaining to talk to.  She made my experience there pleasurable despite the apprehension I felt from the reviews about rude salespeople.  I will be making trips to Mood  a few times a year now- I really have no excuse since I really live only an hour away.  I still need to go back and check out the laces!! But at those prices I need to know what I am doing with them.

my selections:

fabrics from moodStay tuned to see what I create out of this!

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A Commission Finished….Finally….

Well, this one only took me a couple months to do.  For two of those weeks it was blazing hot here in So Cal that I couldn’t even think about sewing.  So glad that the weather is finally starting to feel like fall.  I’m ready to pull out those sweaters and do a little layering!

This commission request was to do a reproduction of my Street Beat vintage kimono jacket I did for BJD’s, only in 16″ Numina size.  LoriL3I love this jacket.  Wish I had one in my size.  Sometimes it’s hard to sell items you  create when you fall in love with them.  But anyway, I took on the challenge.  I had lots on vintage kimono panels on hand and some colored fur, so it was up to the client to pick out which color scheme they liked.  The finished product:

street beat numina2My Ajuma Numina by Paul Pham is modeling wearing her own pants, Numina bra, goggles and shoes, and necklace by me.

Now onto the next project-a separates collection for Jamieshow dolls for Angelic Dreamz….. stay tuned….

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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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Halloween 2011- Creating the Black Swan

The one thing I do each year is create my daughter’s Halloween Costume.  Through the years, she’s been  several princesses-Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty(in blue not pink)- a glamorized devil, a couple of fairies, a fairy witch, a witch, the white rabbit,  a 70’s hippie, last year a Gothic rag doll(very cool- I made  the green yarn wig)


This year she decided to be a Black Swan.  We had seen this pattern from SimplicityThat she fell in love with.  So doing what I do-and researching the costume I started creating her Black Swan.

I guess it was a pretty popular costume because I found so many interesting blogs and images of it.  I found tutorials on making the crown (unfortunately we didn’t have time to make one) tutorials on makeup, and images from the movie.

(and no, she hasn’t seen the movie-just the dance sequence ending. I don’t think it is appropriate for her at this moment)

I started with the pattern and the basic corset.   I wasn’t sure if I was going to follow the pattern with trim ideas or go more for the actual costume design from the movie.

I loved the White Swan costume too.

I pinned different trims on the corset to see what she would like- since it is her costume she needed to have some say in the design.  Here is the trim like the pattern.  We had found a really pretty black with silver thread vine like trim with roses and sequins. A feather boa adorns the top.

Sorry for the poor quality pics.  I had taken them really quick with my iPhone.  The lighting is horrible in my hallway too- plus it doesn’t help that my walls are tan.

I wasn’t completely happy with this look- although Maddie (my daughter) liked it.  I felt we needed something a little more sleek in a way.  Well, let me get the skirt done and try something else.

Ok so that was a job.  The tulle skirt was quite a challenge and working with tulle is NOT the easiest thing in the world to do.  I had added an extra layer too, to make it a little fuller, but had eliminated the boning through the bottom of the lining as the pattern called for.  Maddie and I didn’t like the look the boning had gave it.

We also decided on the feather bust, and I had some very pretty Alencon lace trim from a previous project that I was able to cut and use as applique on the bust.  The pic above has the lace trim pinned as well as the felt panels pinned on that I will apply the feathers to later.

So we both preferred this look that is more like the movie costume.  I hand sewed all the lace on as well as the feather panel.  Now to make the feather sides.  I wanted it to be like wings folded close in the shape of it.  We had found a feather wreath at Joann’s that happened to have the perfect feathers to use.  You just can’t find the right feathers in the craft areas and feather trim was just way too expensive- plus we were short on time and didn’t have time to order online.  Wreath was 50% off along with a 15% off coupon- I think it cost less than $17 for more feathers than I needed.  I probably couldn’t have got the trim or the bags of feathers I needed for that amount.

Maddie stripped the feathers off the wreath form and I started gluing them onto the felt bases.  Starting at the bottom I glued one row trimming the top of the feather off.  Then I let it dry.  I didn’t take pics as I was working on it- wish I would have.   After it was dry I did a second row and so on – I think I ended with 3 or 4 rows.

When they were completely dry, I took some black bias tape and sewed it along the top to cover the raw edges of the top layer of feathers.  After it was completed I had two feather side panels- one right and one left.

They were then hand sewn on the under side of the corset.  But not until after we bedazzled the lace with rhinestones.  As much as I would have loved to use real Swarvoski  crystals- time and money wouldn’t allow it.  Plus this was just a Halloween costume.  So we used various sizes of an AB acrylic rhinestone because it looked less fake than the plain clear rhinestones.  We also mixed some black rhinestones in there too. (again poor picture)

So here she is  modeling it with sample makeup to make sure everything is right.  We had gone to a dance shop and were able to get a pair of pointe shoes on sale, purchased pink tights and trunks as well.  I needed to make a flesh colored under shirt so she could wear the costume to school since her school had a costume dress up.

Here is Maddie dressed in her costume for school.  We did a smoky eye for the makeup- Halloween night we did the Black Swan makeup following a tutorial by Michelle Phan

So here is Maddie Halloween night with Black Swan makeup.  Wish we would have had the time to make the crown also- but we found a very pretty tiara for her to wear instead.

And with her BFF Briannah.  They Trick or Treat together every year.  And totally make out with the candy.  This year 4.5 lbs of it!

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