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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.

Mood Fabrics logo

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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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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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

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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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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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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CDDC Challenge designs now available

I started updating my website and included pages of my challenges. You can view them here.Madeleine Rose Couture
I’ve been having fun doing this contest, but it has taking precedence over my other work of designing collections.
Challenge 1

Challenge 3
I’m hoping to get a collection together soon-there is one in the works.

Now it’s back to work on the latest challenge!!

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CDDC Challenge #3-Embellishment

Oct 6th

Em-bel-lish: v. 1. To add beauty or ornamentation; decorate. 2. To heighten the interest of by adding details.

Here is our new challenge given Oct 4:
Embellished – Our guest judge this week is known for her fabulous embellishments. Use your creative skills to create an outfit that is the epitome of perfect embellishment.

Hmmm, I don’t really embellish my designs much-well at least not for the 16″ divas. Now my BJD’s I’ve been doing the silk ribbon embroidery and the 18th c gowns which in the 18th century embellishment was the thing.

My first thought of inspiration for this challenge was to check out my files and books on LaCroix. One of my favorite designers, his use of embellishment, fabric mixing and draping is unsurpassed. He, in my eyes, is a true genius in the fashion world.

Original inspiration design

Original inspiration design


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Detail

Detail


My other thought is to also go through my historical books, especially ‘Historical Detail of the 17th and 18th Centuries’. Wow, the embroideries, trims and fabrics are amazing. Slowly, ideas start forming in my head, maybe mixing a little of my SRE with free motion machine embroidery appliques, 18th c fashion…… to the sketchbook!!!!
18c corset
18th c stomacher
Corset third quarter of 18th c
18thc gown


Oct 7th

Started gathering up fabrics today. I have some brocades, tapestry types and lace. Nothing is really coming together yet, not sure what I want to do the skirt in. So I decide to check out a couple fabric stores.
I only made it to one store and found a tan with light green, pink and light brown check heavy taffeta type fabric. I have some damask and other tapestry fabric that I think might blend with this. And my gold lace that I plan on doing applique with will look good too. Unless I decide to do the pink and gold lace I have. We’ll see after the base is done.

embroidered birds and butterflies maybe?

embroidered birds and butterflies maybe?


So I now have my preliminary fabrics, I start drafting a base pattern for my muse. For this challenge I decide to use Antoinette- I just got her after being preordered forever and soon discover her body is completely different than any of my other dolls. First step now is a basic sloper! I got that done tonight- so I think I will call it a night for now.


Oct 12 9am

I worked most of the weekend on the corset. The fit ended up a little smaller than anticipated but will still work I think. It depends on how much of a perfectionist I am going to be with this. I need to finish the bottom edge today and figure out how to put the sleeves in. Probably hand sewing which I hate to do. The silk ribbon embroidery though, turned out very nice. Overall I am liking the look so far. I wish I would have thought out the construction on this a little more, but when you do your own patterns it is always a trial and error. I just don’t have the time to spend on too much error. Like Tim Gunn says- “Make it work”!!!



Oct 12 6pm

The sleeves just aren’t working out. I didn’t think through construction and the armholes are too small to try to hand sew for it to even look presentable. I tried satin stitching around them-it is ok but not up to my standards. I’ll go forward with a mesh top underneath instead of just sleeves and work on the skirt. Hopefully I will have time to redo the corset. Maybe without straps this time.
first corset



Oct 14 9am

I managed to make a little top instead of sewing sleeves to the corset. It turned out very cute but something is still not right. I worked on the skirt most of yesterday and that isn’t turning out like I planned either. UGH!!! I hate when this happens but it can’t turn out perfect every time. I think the corset is throwing me off. Right now it looks too Ren Faire. I am going to work on a new one today and streamline it more. For one, make it strapless, and change the bottom of it. Maybe that will help. I should have just gone with a wedding dress- but I am sure someone is doing that. I mean, how perfect is a wedding gown for embellishment?



Oct 14 9:47pm

Worked on a new corset today. Got the whole thing done-SRE and beading. All I have to do tomorrow is the binding on the bottom.
I have also played around with skirt some more and now I think I will go short. It seems more playful especially for Antoinette. I kept looking at all my LaCroix files for skirts and I’m really liking his shorter fuller skirts. So I have a few ideas to play with. I also did a gold lace top- but I like the black with pink embroidery and to do black tights on her with the lighter muted pastel colors. I think it needs a sleep on it again. Ideas always come to me in the middle of the night. (Doesn’t provide very good sleep sometimes though.)

LoriLDetailExtra



Oct 18th 10:45 pm

Just sent my pics off. Whew! Again, sending them in at the last moment almost. Well, I ended up going short with the skirt and love the way the whole thing turned out. My daughter really likes it too-especially how I did her hair.
Hair styled
Hair back

I mean, I pretty much went all out on this-styled it to a T. Very LaCroix, I think. I spent all day making shoes- sculpted heels yesterday and made a mold. Casted two heels today and finished the black satin pumps because I pretty much have no shoes for Antoinette.
Shoes
She was pretty fun to design and sew for and very fun to photograph. I just wished she would stand a little better on her own. Now I am inspired to do some more things for her.
LoriLFront
LoriLExtra2
LoriLBack
LoriLExtra3

Now that this challenge is finished, I have the daughter’s Halloween costume to sew.
Wish me luck on the Challenge and the Halloween costume(on getting in finished in time!)




Oct 25 9am

The scores are in. I didn’t win or come in second. But I did come in third and am now in second place overall. Not bad. This next one is going to be tough- but the whole competition is pushing me to lengths I haven’t really gone before. I’m sure after this whole thing is finished I will have grown as a designer.
Well here is what the judges had to say:

Shane Theme: 4.5, Originality: 4.5, Creativity: 3, Construction: 5

I admit I struggled with this one a bit. I absolutely love the lines of the fashion and the embellishment is mostly fantastic. The ruching on the skirt and the delicate ribbon embroidery and beading on the corset send me. I think the embroidery on the blouse and the jeweled adornment on the corset go too far and become a distraction from an otherwise fantastic look. Finally I think I would like to see the corset and the skirt better tied to one another through a slightly higher level of matching or complimentary colors.

Diana & Janet: Theme: 4.5, Originality: 5, Creativity: 4, Construction: 4

Diana:

I was very taken with the overall effect of this outfit, and the imagination of bringing the pieces together. Great work on the corset.

Janet:

I think this is utterly beautiful, and I was enthralled in the detailing in the corset. My eye was slightly distracted by the uneven finish on the delicate neckline of the sheer top. A better finish here would have taken it over the top!

Judith: Theme: 5, Originality: 5, Creativity: 5, Construction: 5

Tremendous outfit, wonderful skirt. Something different with fabulous detail.
Lovely silhouette.

Magalie Dawson: Theme: 5, Originality: 4, Creativity: 4, Construction: 4

I must have spent the most time on this design trying to decide if the mismatch of the elements worked or not. At first look, I loved it, and after I thought that the plaid taffeta did not work. But finally I saw that the silk ribbons repeated the colors in the skirt, and the mesh top tied with the black tights. The embroidery work is exquisite. I love the asymmetrical look, just as if roses had bloomed there naturally. I would have liked the mesh top to be a little more finished, but I love it!

Total Score: 71.5

After reading the judges comments, I saw the finishing on the top in the pictures, but had submitted already before I noticed it. That is the problem with waiting till the last minute. I didn’t have the time and was too tired to really take in the details shown in pics. I also wondered if the judges would ‘get’ my design. Like I said before it was very LaCroix and not everyone gets Christian LaCroix with the mixing of patterns and stuff and his use of embellishments. Overall I was very happy with my design and I guess that is what counts.

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