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CDS-The Other Red Carpet Challenge

You can read what the challenge is here

February 22, 2010 The Making of An OOAK Gown
Red Carpet again. Well I guess with the Oscars right around the corner it seems fitting. And Purple. Hmmmm. Guess I’ll have to pull out my purple stash that I don’t even know if I have. Purple is not a color I collect too often. But I do believe I have some; an orchid color silk velvet and vintage pale lavender beaded silk; a deep lavender silk charmeuse I could use with a black lace. I immediately think of Dior’s Spring 2010 RTW collection with the lingerie inspirations.

Dior Spring 2010 RTW

Dior Couture Fall 2009

February 23, 2009 On with the Design!
I start fitting a bodice to a Syb but there is Psyche (Numina Grey) looking at me-“When are you going to do my gown? You know the crossdye orange and ombre mesh?” Yes I know. I’m dying to use this fabric but it is not purple. But, the fabric shop did have it in a purple tone, didn’t they? If I remember correctly. I’m going to have to check that out.

February 24, 2010 Idea Changes
I ran down to the fabric shop after work today and picked up the purple ombre mesh. It has a lot more brown in it than I remembered but I still think it will be pretty. Now to find a coordinating fabric for the bodice.
While I was going through my fabric bolts I ended up finding (buried under some other taffetas) a bright purple crossdye that blends in great with the mesh. I forgot I had this one! Now I will be able to do sister gowns: one in purple and a similar style in the oranges.

Ombre mesh and silk taffeta

February 28, 2010 Fitting the Bodice

I started fitting a bodice to Psyche. For this I am going to use an existing corset pattern I drafted a few years ago on the Tyler bustform.
I sewed up the corset in muslin and tried it on Psyche. It’s a little big in the chest but the waist length is good. I’m going to pin in where it is big and mark it it on the muslin. I also want to change the front seamline a bit, so I am going to mark that as well.

Muslin toile on Psyche, adjustments marked.

Back view. You can see it's a little large


Now I am going to cut along my marks, and take apart the corset where there are seams along the marks as well as cut away the seam allowances.

When I cut a pattern, I always make a couple copies (I have a 4-in-1 copier at home, makes it very convenient for pattern making).
Placing the cut muslin pieces on top of their corresponding paper patterns, you’ll see where to draw new lines.

muslin pieces on top of their paper pieces


From here I true up the seams and and seam allowance. I’m also changing the bottom line from a V to a curved drop waist.

truing up with a french curve


seam allowance added and bottom adjusted


matching the seams and notching

March 2, 2010-Going Straight to the Fabric
From here I would usually make another toile to check fit on the revised pattern, but I have enough fabric to do another if it doesn’t work. Besides,(and I know this sounds a little conceited) but I am pretty confident in my pattern making skills that the fit will be pretty near perfect.
So here it goes…. I’m underlining the pieces in a stiff cotton underlining instead of the usual woven fusible I use.

underlining basted on the taffeta

Here the seams are stitched and pressed open; topstitching is going to be applied for decorative purposes and to hold the boning. I’m using a Sulky rayon embroidery thread and an edge stitch foot to get a precise top stitch. I set the needle position to 1/8″ away from the seam and the edge stitch foot fits neatly into the seam.

edge stitch foot and topstitching

corset with topstitching


See how great the topstitching is? From here, boning will be inserted after the bra cups are sewn in.

Bra sewn in-boning inserted and checking fit. I couldn’t be happier with how it’s turning out. Psyche is too- she can’t wait to strut her stuff on the runway.

checking the fit before lining is sewn in.

March 5, 2010-Starting the Skirt
Tonight I sewed in the lining. I’m dying to get the skirt started though. Drafting out a skirt on tissue, I’ll use this as a guide and stabilizer to sew the ruffles on.

corset almost finished- lining sewn in


tissue skirt pattern with guide lines drawn

I want this skirt to be flowing- not stiff so I found some mauve tulle that will work well for the underskirt the ruffles are sewn to. Plus I’ll be able to see the guide lines rather than having to draw them onto taffeta.

lines drawn for ruffles and tulle base pinned on top


First row of ruffles- I’m using a 5:1 ratio for the ruffles and am starting at the bottom. I managed to get two rows sewn on tonight.

first two rows of ruffles sewn onto tulle underskirt

March 7, 2010-Skirt is Finished
I finished sewing all the ruffles this weekend. Seven rows of tulle confection. I have already attached it to the corset and decided to have the corset lace up the back. It has turned out gorgeous and Psyche is thrilled. Now it’s onto the accessories.

ruffles getting sewn on- skirt is pinned to the corset at this time

March 11, 2010 Finished!
The accessories I decided to make were a silver faux leather clutch and matching crystal heeled sandals-in which shoe making needs to be a another tutorial. So here is the final gown-Passion. Psyche looks so great.
Close up of Passion
Full gown
Crystal heeled shoes

This will be on the CDS (Couture Doll Shop) blog fashion show and for sale on my website Madeleine Rose Couture

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A New Challenge

Now that the CDDC is over, things got a little back to normal. Just a little. I was busy designing and sewing 1920’s style dresses of my daughter’s elementary school play- the Velveteen Rabbit. They turned out cute- I had a lot of fun doing the research.

Aunt Rosemary's dress


My daughter did great in her part as head narrator, and no, she didn’t get to wear one of the dresses, but I had to make vests for her and her 2 co-narrators. (my daughter is the tallest one)

Narrators and Velveteen Rabbit


So now what? Well the CDDC creators have a project- the CDS- Couture Doll Shops- “Welcome to a new concept in couture doll merchandise and services. Couture Doll Shop features high fashion designers as well as other special doll services – all through individual merchants. Here you will find fabulous one of a kind outfits as well as many other items and services in this one convenient location.”

I will have a shop there with Madeleine Rose Couture. I have been busy revamping my website, adding Paypal buttons for shopping ease and streamlined the navigation. I love the new look and feel of it.

So CDS has proposed a challenge to the merchants;A Red Carpet challenge. It won’t be judged (darn! just kidding) but I love a good challenge. I can’t give all the details at the moment(like when all this will take place) but I can share the challenge at the moment. You will all just have to check back with me and the CDS blog to find out more.

The rules:

1. The Challenge
Besides Fashion Week, one of the most important fashion events is a Red Carpet event. Yes, no matter which award is being presented, all eyes are really on the fashions worn at these events! Now is your chance to have many eyes from the doll world on YOUR fashion!! Never underestimate the power of the internet, dahlings! Pull out your best silk, satin, or whatever you think “makes” it on the Red Carpet! You are going to be offering up a NEW item, and you are not going to have a long time to make this item. But you will have as much time as the CDDC designers had for those challenges; it can be done – so no excuses, my pretties!!

2. The Colors
The hot color we’ve seen on the Red Carpet this year, to date, has been purple. And purple is the MAIN theme color for this event. Now don’t go turning up your noses, divas, because there are lots of colors in the purple family – from burgundy to lavender – so there is bound to be one you can adapt to a vision I know is brewing in your delightful design mind! AND, to aid you while still enabling me to line up this collection by color, I’m also going to allow you the use of luscious creams and/or blacks to be used as an auxiliary color. Auxiliary means either/or cream or black; and that either color cannot overpower the base color! Any questions, please email me, because I do NOT want anyone disqualified. Remember, this is for fun and to help us open our shops with a bang!

3. Styling the outfit
ALSO, for this event your model will be untraditionally traditional. I already know each of you has an untraditional style, but I would like you to create the traditional long gown – your models are NOT going to a cocktail party. Let your presentation represent YOU……..but just in a loooooooooooooong version!

There is to be NO JUDGING of your outfit of any kind!! So no inside views, AND if you are an OOAK artist, you may present your item as such – non-removable fashion is the norm in the OOAK venue. If you just sell furniture, trot out a piece; and the same thing goes for shoes, wigs or jewelry. From toddler to high fashion and anything in between – every effort will be made to put YOU, our shop owner, in the spotlight on this particular runway!!

4. What You May Submit
Each of you will see your doll actually “come down the runway” thanks to the magic of our photography specialist; Larraine. She will truly work her magic to put these designs in just the right setting! That is why we have specific guidelines, and pictures that do not meet the criteria will be returned to you, and no one really wants that to happen – so please listen up!!!

Pose your doll or your item to sell it! Use props you feel appropriate ON the doll. I say ON because
props must be shown on the doll or item itself – it cannot be sitting off to the side for us to
properly spotlight it.

You must photograph your doll or item in front of a prop-less, plain (one neutral color)
background!

So am I up for it? You Bet!!

Stay tuned for more……..

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