Tuesday, February 4, 2014

A Visitor from the UK

I've been a bit behind in all my blogging activities, but I have a bit of a update, last summer I entered the Sindy Doll Makeover Contest, I was sent a very cute Sindy doll all the way from the UK, we had to give this young lady a makeover and send her back to England so she could walk the runway. I sadly didn't win...BUT they liked my styling and dress so much they added her to their 2014 LookBook, I'm including a link here:
 https://www.facebook.com/VintageSindy for the FaceBook page.
Any way they did a wonderful Illustration of my Makeover and I think she is so cute. This has been such a wonderful experience for me, I have gained such confidence in my doll designs from this that I want to do more. I do hope that I can get my hands on my own Sindy doll  as I'd love to have her come and stay, so that I can create some more wonderful outfits. Tonner Dolls has a liscence for Sindy and I can't wait to see what they do with her.

This is how She arrived I added the red simple dress. 

Quick pic of the top, I added a black bob wig
Full Length shot she is so cute and a bit flirty

This is one of the pics they sent, I love the use of pink as a accent color

The 2014 Desk Calendar so cute I beleive most of the illustrations came from the contest

The Illustration, she is so adorable, I now want to get my own Sindy and dress her like this. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A commission...

So some time ago a fellow Tonner Doll enthusiast commissioned me to make a dress for her Gothic Antoinette doll, I was so excited for the chance to create something for her and I had the same doll at home to use as a fit model, well...life got in the way a bit but I finally finished the dress in time for the May Tonner Convention, I think that my friend was very excited and she loved the dress and I'm sure it looks just as lovely on her Antoinette as it does on mine. This all started with a sketch, I wanted to do a bit of a Gothic style but all black has been done, so I choose a beautiful wine color, for the corset I did a bit of quiting to give it texture and strength, for the skirt I did an experiment with fusible backing, this gave the skirt a textured look as well and was totally what I wanted. On the bottom I sewed 4 rows of this real cool wine and black tulle, it's kinda cool instead of the usual type it was kinda random and the effect of putting the two together was just what I wanted. I found a beautiful beaded ribbon at a place in NYC called M&J Trimmings, it's one of the good things about living here in NYC all the cool fabric and trim stores and always something interesting. I sewed a lot of the lining in by hand and I even did a bias strip to cover the top and bottom of the corset, I will say I did deconstruct the beaded ribbon to get the right look, something I learned at the costume shop, thanks guys! Any way it all came together beautifully and I'm so happy with the way it turned out. So enjoy the pics and I'll be posting the next project soon. 
This is the sketch

In progress (planning stage)
Corset in progress.


Finished dress

The back

Sunday, February 24, 2013

A bit of steam and a bit of goth



Greetings All I know I've not posted in quite a while, I've been on a bit of a creative slump and I feel that the slump is over, one of the things that have gotten me going are some new additions to my collection, Meet Thea, Phin and Maudlyne, Thea and Phin are the from Wilde Imagination and were part of their SteamPunk Line "Imperium Park" I really enjoyed the line and for Christmas I received Phin after finding Thea at the Tonner WearHouse Sale, both are the basic dolls and I also got these wonderful fashions for them. Maudlyne is from Tonner Toys, she is a little girl who lives in a huge old house in upstate New York, her best friend is a ghost (who I'm told will be coming out sometime this year). Fingers are crossed cuz this one needs a friend. I've noticed that my collection has taken a decided dark turn with the steam punk and goth ladies I have gotten of late and to be honest I'm kind of fine with that. So here are some quick snaps. More to come as I learn to take better pics. 







Friday, September 7, 2012

Greetings Fans,
It's been a while, and I haven't been feeling very fancy of late, but that is all about to change, I have a official Studio MJ has suggested a room to make my very own and I'm super happy about it. For my Birthday MJ even took me to Ikea to find a larger Expedit and Desk, it is quite fabulous and I can use the computer and the sewing machines on it. I'm going to be in organization mode soon (this weekend) We've recently discovered some empty plastic tubs that can be used to sort the various art supplies that I have collected over the years, I plan to find a place to donate the bulk of it, or one day I may sit on my stoop here in NYC and give it away. We'll see. I have way to much stuff sometimes. Anyway. Here is the desk set up, I do love this and I can keep my remaining supplies close at hand.

I also would like to report that I am now working full time at a Hospital here in NYC, the fabulous costume job (Much loved) wasn't able to bring me back soon enough so I had to go back to my medical job, yes it was a hard decision but in the long run, it will enable me to keep up my studio and still make stuff for you all to view. I also tried my hand at retail, I took a part time position at "THE" Disney Store in NYC lots of fun lots of work and lots more hours than a fancy lad could take, I loved working there but I had not time to sew and make fab dresses for everyone. Now with renewed energy (cuz I got some sleep) I can tackle my studio and get to making stuff. I've been thinking of late to try my hand at Etsy, I've had a view ideas and I plan to work them up and see how they fly. I'll post somethings here and when I do please let me know what you think. And if you have some ideas of what you'd like to buy let me know. Thanks and enjoy September.


Sunday, May 6, 2012

Challange 6 Avant Garde for Lady Gaga

Well everyone the final challenge is finished, I scored a 70 on this one, I did not win, heck I didn't even come close, but I did learn a lot about myself and my abilities, I learned that I can do this I just need to explore my imagination a bit more, expand on my creativity and get out there and get it done. I've made stuff from scratch using my abilities to create patterns and take ideas and go with it. I actually loved this challenge as it inspired me to create this amazing bodysuit and corset for my Model Jax, I think that she is very Gaga inspired and even the judges said so, which I'm super happy about. I would actually do this again, now I know what to expect, what the judges respond to and how to get my ideas across. I plan to get a few more "models" and dress them all in my designs so that you can see my progression. I have to admit that using a different model helped my creativity. My first model, Prudence,who is great, inspired me to make cute clothing, Jax who is a bit more model like and a bit on the edge helped me explore more edge, which was a lot of fun. I have to thank my amazing photographer from http://web.mac.com/imagesbyfitz/Images_by_Fitz/Welcome.html  who has taken the best pictures of my model and fashions and http://www.couturedoll.com/ for giving me the opportunity to enter the competition, and have fun. Enjoy the photos and look for more designs from Fancy Lad. 











Saturday, April 21, 2012

CDDC #5 The Kimono Challenge

Well here is my latest design, you can check out the scores and my progress here http://www.couturedoll.com, I have to thank my amazing photographer Images by Fitz http://web.mac.com/imagesbyfitz/Images_by_Fitz/Welcome.html again, He has done a super job of capturing my designs. I feel that throughout this experience I've been able to grow and find my own way, the Judges mentioned that this was a bit too classic had a 50's feel and to be honest I'm pretty OK with that. For this design I was very influenced by the 2007 Dior couture collection, I didn't copy but put my own spin on it and I'm so happy with the way this suit turned out, once I started to drape and cut the jacket, I knew that this was the perfect look for Jax. I gave her a pencil skirt and remembered how to correctly put in a zipper. I even made the umbrella sculpture. So enjoy the pics and check out the links. And have fun, Next time join me for a reporting of the last challenge.











Monday, April 9, 2012

the 4th Challange

Well folks here are the pictures of the most recent CDDC challenge. This was create a dress for a Hollywood starlet, using the works of Adrian, Irene and Edith Head. What a exciting challange, and it was fun to do the research. So let me introduce Jax wearing a dress by me. Also I'd like to thank Images by Fitz for the spectacular photography www.imagesbyfitz.com