Jul 6, 2017

All white tutu framed in a Paris window

All white tutu with 9 layers of tulle, crystals, feathers, and all other kinds of frou frou and fluff! It takes me about a week working all day. Some of this of course is errors that need to be ripped out and redone. Sewing is one of these things that I am determined to succeed at! One day I started counting my errors in the first part of the morning. I hit 18. Not a good day. But when the results turn out how I imagined, it makes it all worth it!

Mar 21, 2017

Marie Antoinette Lives

My dolls from the last post were recreated from my sketches. I also decided to try them out for an illustrated recipe thanks to They Draw and Cook books. So Marie and her friends are baking a cake called Let Them Eat Cake Cake. Although, according to confirmed historical accounts, she never said this but it makes for a good story...and recipe!

Feb 13, 2017

My Sketches Come Alive with Dolls!

I love creating dolls. It is creating a character from scratch, Patterning the clothing for these dolls helps me learn for large scale fashion design. My inspiration came from sketching every evening in my notebook ballerinas or 18th century dresses with my love of Marie Antoinette as a theme. I thought that my drawings could come alive in the form of cloth dolls and moving joints. And so 4 recent doll creations were born. They measure about 18" but add that hair and she may be taller than that! The hair starts with the wool wound up in a coil to get the framework then curly mohair is added giving that exact Marie-look. One of the dolls has a Venetian mask. I loved my time in Venice over the holidays and fell in love again with this 18th century style.