Out in the garden

Homage to JF

I’ve been looking at the French haute couture designer Julien Fournié lately – I’m definitely in love with his clothes.  This pattern needs a bit of work on finding the right fabric but I had to work fast to get it in for the Dolls Magazine competition (Awards for Excellence in 2016). I wanted to use an African American model, and this is Dominique on a 2016 Nu-face body (my repaint).  The dress is silk with ordinary cotton bias (a) because I couldn’t find my black silk, and (b) it would have taken ages to sew it by hand.  There is also a separate vintage black sateen skirt (fully lined, paranoid about staining).  The 2016 Nu-face body is very easy to design for, and will mostly fit the FR2 bodies, depending on the design.

The beading is done with glass beads and bits for coral.

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Dominique in a dress inspired by Julien Fournié

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Starfire
A friend gave me this vintage fabric, and I have no idea what it is.  A burn test indicates a wood-based fibre, possibly rayon, with gold metallic thread in the lozenges, and a soft crepe weave.  Mice had eaten some of it as well.  I have appliquéd some of the lozenges onto the bottom of the dress and used them for sleeves.  I wanted the outfit to have an exotic Indian feel about it.  I’ve also put this fashion into the Dolls Magazine competition.

The headdress is made from freshwater pearls, gold plated chain and bits of stud earrings (modern ones) attached to a large metal butterfly base.  The matching fan has peacock and pheasant feather from a Victorian supplier (Australia).

The doll is Poppy ‘The Happening’ on a 2016 Nu-face body.

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Poppy ‘Travelling Incognito’ repaint

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The Poppy repaint I’ve entered for the Dolls Magazine competition.  Great hair, in this instance it has been spiral permed (boiling water method).  I’m afraid she’s borrowed a 2016 Nu-face body as well having nicked Giselle’s blue suit.

I don’t change all my Poppies, but I do in general do a lot of head swapping.  As the Integrity bodies evolved I kept putting my favourite heads onto the latest bodies, as you do. Absolutely NONE of my dolls are NRFB.  I tried it once, lasted a week.  I play with them all, have repainted most of them, and always wash that tacky spray out of their hair.

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Here she is wearing jewelry by Isabelle of Paris (www.etsy.com/shop/IsabelleParisJewels).  Below is more of Isabelle’s jewelry on Poppy.

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Poppy ‘Wedding Belle’, my repaint and Isabelle’s jewelry, IT dress.

Snowflake
For lack of a better title, this is Natalia (Vs2), my repaint and re-rooted with Katsilk hair (http://www.restoredoll.com is where I get mine, excellent hair.   I liked this tulle with the little bows on it, and the top is faux suede.  The fringe could use some gel.  The hat is silk covered with sequins, and was an effort to control the fringe – oh well.

I use a variety of hair when I’m re-rooting, depending on the result I want.  The most expensive of course is mohair.  Good mohair makes lovely hair, but it’s extremely fine, a nightmare to put in and quite hard to style once it’s in unless you use a lot of product.  Katsilk is lovely, heavy and fine, great for straight hair.  I also used synthetic mohair which is nice, but the range of colours is very limited.  Without doubt re-rooting is THE most boring job on the planet.

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Vintage Thai Silk
Finally, a couple of very different dresses made vintage Thai silk.

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Agnes ‘Feminine Perspective’ in a 1960s vintage Barbie pattern dress

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No one does bitch-face like Agnes.  I’m never quite sure if she’s furious or about to cry.
Finally, we have Vanessa:

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This is my ‘go to’ dress to make when I’m bored, or just between projects and wondering what to do next.  This is Simplicity pattern No. 9521 (Museum Collection).  I was wondering if this vintage Thai silk would work as an 18th century dress.

This Vanessa reminded me of Angelique in a series of novels by Anne Golon, a French author, better known to English-speaking readers as Sergeanne Golon.  They are fun and real bodice-rippers, and besides, Angelique is a feisty kind of ‘can do’ gal.  They were introduced to me by my friend Sappho, now departed this earth.

I don’t know why I keep making this dress.  I have no great sympathy for 18th century aristocracy or the class system of the time, or any great love of the tizzy nature of the decorations.  I think it’s the undeniable femininity of these dresses, they scream ‘I am female’, and couldn’t possibly be anything else!  Besides that, I made it to go with the hat I bought at the 2013 IT convention in room sales.

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By for now.
Jools

 

 

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New in the Garden

I’ve been creating, redoing and refining some dress patterns for Integrity dolls, mainly Nu-face, Poppy and the FR2s.  Come to think of it, those are the only 12 inch IT dolls I make patterns for.  Rather than make it up entirely out of old sheeting or whatever, I make them up in cotton, or some other cheap fabric, because it isn’t as boring as sewing up sheeting (which I use to make the first pattern from by modelling it on a doll).

I’ll put them up for sale fairly soon I think.  This one is based on a Prada dress, well the neckline is at least.  I’ve made it up in new quilters cotton fabric, and it’s modelled by Poppy (my repaint).  I can’ quite recall which Poppy, but she has the Hungarian skin tone.  She’s now on a DG body.  I like the DG bods with some Poppy’s because they are a little taller and pretty much the same size everywhere else.

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The dress has a matching hat and clutch bag.  I love hats, can’t resist making hats for frocks.

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The cupboards is a 1/6 scale Chinese wedding cupboard with a little jug (I collect little ceramic things, like vases).

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My repainted Vanessa (Metal Malven) on an FR2 body.  Jewelry is gold plated findings and turquoise beads.

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The matching hat is vintage handwoven Thai silk, and the dress fabric is vintage cotton.  The trim came from Dona Dubbini in Italy.  I love it, and have used it on a couple of dresses.

Last, but not least, is Poppy, Irresistable in India.  Unfortunately for Dominique her Nu-face body matched this Poppy very well .  I was also experimenting with Indian silk brocade.  It’s not entirely successful and it was very difficult to handle (as in look at it and it frays/falls apart, and drops little gold threads all over my studio).  Silk does fray at the drop of a hat, but it is usually easy to handle – this stuff was a bitch but I love the colour.

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I don’t the white balance is quite right, it should have been on auto.  Oh well…. next time.

 

OOAKs for sale

Have finally decided to part with four OOAK dolls.  It’s a bit pathetic really, how hard it is to sell them off.  I don’t think of them once they are gone, but agonise over which ones to part with.  They are all going up on Mister Dollface. Details below:

Poppy 63Bride front lowresI was looking for a sort of descriptive name for her, and decided on Margarita Blanca, because it sounded better than ‘Nice Day for a White Wedding’ running through my head, which of course would not be suitable for sweet little Poppy at all.

Luchia SE front lowresNext we have Luchia Z. ‘Strict Elegance’, although she looks more like she’s been clubbing all weekend.  She’s very gothic, and quite rare I think.  At least I haven’t seen any of her around much, and she was rather expensive to start with.  She inexplicably lost her clutch bag, and broke one of her shoes, but then that’s what happens during wild weekends. Still, she’s managed to get some rather swish black platforms from someone and another bag.

 

Poppy JC full front lowresI just love vintage Thai silk, and it is perfect for that early 1960s cocktail dress.  It all ended up looking rather Spanish (or Balenciaga-ish but that’s a bit of a mouthful), so I’ve left her hair up in it’s original plait (rare for me).

RufusBlue front lowresRufus Blue is a cute little Dynamite Girl, and she had to have some cute little sheep to wear with her blue hair.  She could do with some hair product, but I’m out (well, Ok, I don’t have any and my daughter wasn’t home).  I’m selling her because I rather prefer my models to be older than jail bait, but that’s just me being an old fart I guess.

Everything but the Girl
So, that’s the end of dolls for sale, now I also got some clothes for sale.  Some of them are my designs, usually the long gowns in silk.  Others I’ve made from commercial Barbie patterns.

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Modeled by Vanessa, my repaint from the Metal series on an FR2 body.  This is my design and I’m chuffed to say I won an Industry Award for OOAK Design in 2014 for it, only in a different version.  That’s the good bit.  The bad bit is that the tulle has sparkly stuff on it and it tends to fall off – everywhere.  I will not be buying that tulle again.  However, I think most of the excess has already fallen off.  I also love hats and headdresses of all sorts.  You might have noticed that important people wear them a lot, like the Queen for example.  They also wear crowns a lot, and other stuff on their head, all of which screams ‘celebrity’ or ‘aristocratic’ or something like that – except for Americans, they don’t seem to go in for that sort of thing.  I’ll leave the cultural analysis just put up pics of the rest of the outfits.

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Cloud Silk (I also love feathers as well as silk).

Lavender front lowresThe Scent of Lavender

Magenta front lowresMagenta (my imagination failed me here for a name)

SilkLizard front lowresThe Silk Lizard

SummerRose front lowresSummer Rose (sadly, nothing chic came to mind, but it is a very chic early 1960s outfit)

Tartan front lowresTartan Tantie (I rarely post dolls with their hands on their hips, but it seems to go with the title)

Westward front-1 lowresWestwood Ho

Yes, it’s a bad pun on westward.  The outfit is inspired by the devine Vivienne Westwood, who is not so easy to adapt to one-sixth scale.  I did see the dress this is modeled on several years ago at the NGA.  This is nothing like it, but it is tartan, and it is silk.

Hopefully they will all be up on Mister Dollface tonight.

 

 

 

 

Dune, the movie (dir: david Lynch, 1984), costumes by Bob Ringwood.  I was thinking about the narrator, the Emporer’s daughter.  She is wearing a 16th century gown, but in black and pink candy stripes.  This one is silk with purple and silver etc. stripes. Doll is Amalie (Integrity Toys).

Amalie Dune dressIt’s interesting how different fabric and treatment can make a 16th century gown look Sci-fi.

Amalie headAmalie has such a sweet little face.  My repaint.

FOR SALE:  $300 USD plus postage with tracking. Payment by PayPal only.

Crowded House

After 22nd November a whole lot of dolls are coming home from their time at Canberra Museum and Gallery – and there’s not a whole of of room for them. Reluctantly, I’m going to have to start selling off dolls because there is always more coming in. I’ll most likely try selling through Mister Dollface, or possibly eBay, first and see what happens. Most of them will be $350 to $550 US dollars including postage with tracking and signature.

I haven’t quite decided which ones yet, but I know this Vanessa will be leaving. Some will be in IT clothes, some in OOAK clothes, some modern and some historical. When I get the hang of posting in Word Press I’ll put more up.

Below is ‘Adorned’ Vanessa Perrin from the 2014 IT Convention. She has lovely hair which reminded me of the late 19th century. Her dress is an 1870’s walking dress in silk and lace, jewellery is pink coral and gold plated findings.  After her is a CI girl called Minx, dressed in Downton Abbey style. The dress was pretty much made to go with the small pieces of vintage black lace I had. The dress is silk, the lace is very old and is an unknown quantity, so it is kept away from the body with the lavender blue silk (I’ve learn’t from experience NEVER to put black next to the doll bodies unless it’s modern polyester fabric). Both are my repaints, and both are FR2 bodies. (Edit, sorry, Minx is on a Mongram body.)

I don’t do a lot of 19th century clothes, I find them too fussy.

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FOR SALE:  $500 USD plus postage with tracking. Payment by PayPal only.

 

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FOR SALE:  $500 USD plus postage with tracking. Payment by PayPal only.

Natalia

Mucking around with my green-faced Natalia.  I’m not sure about this outfit, but she’ll keep the hat and veil.  I think she needs something a little more Dune-ish.  At the very least a bit more post-apocalyptic.  I’m on a sci-fi costumes exploration bender, besides trying to get them all ready for their little outing to the Canberra Museum and Gallery in September.

Natalia on a cream FR2 body, which matches her original body. Silk dress, beaded frog closures.
Natalia on a cream FR2 body, which matches her original body. Silk dress, beaded frog closures.
Natalia head, my repaint.
Natalia head, my repaint.