Thursday, 4 November 2010

Autumn collection on Etsy

The Autumn collection 1 ,2 and 3 is in my Etsy shop

Thank you for looking

Autumn collection 3; Victorian garden

Victorian garden

Back to the art history, I followed the Degas girl carrying flowers picture for this dress.

I have always loved the delicacy and romantic freshness of the typical victorian garden.
The classic cut is softened by the use of the byssus of linen,100% cotton laces,100% silk double ribbons on the puff sleeves,the double ruffle on the neck,the central element of the skirt with two horizontal plane pleats as frame of the lace.

Usually, in these sewing situations the so called 'over' mistake is always behind the corner; I mean the 'over' use and abuse of ruffles, laces,ribbons,pleats ect but I think in this dress there is a sense of quiet equilibrium and serene harmony rather than the excess of the 'wedding cake' effect.
The colours for the dress fly from the natural shades of cream white to ecru,from off white to a delicate antique pink mixing up harmoniously keeping each one its identity.

The silk belt ends on the back of the dress in a ribbon knot and the little roses crown on the same silk allows this dress to come aut from a fairy book and the Degas picture to be the protagonist of your fairy tale.

The underskirt is more than a simple lining;100% cotton made,it repeats the horizontal elements as pin tucks at intervals between the cotton lace to recreate an ideal effect of fullness and wideness like the victorian crinolines.

The dress is fully lined with white lining: bust , skirt and sleeves so that, where possible , the lining elements are part of enrichment (double sleeves effect and double skirt) and final touches.

Autumn collection 2; Ullallà


This dress takes life from a playful idea;a jesting , easygoing Blythe girl ready to jump out of a 1930' movie to incarnate a modern version of Darla, the little female heroine of Little rascals series with all her grace and witty sense.

In my opinion, a 1930 little girl and Saffy Blythe have a lot in common and I have tried to emphasize these elements by a dress that ,in its pattern, uses the lateral cuts to keep intact the central and symmetric continuity for an increased lateral volume control for a rounded shape.
The lines of this pattern are carefully studied to avoid repeating the 'usual' girl dress with an orizontal cut all over the waistline like in the usual 1950's dresses.

The cheeky flair comes out the use of a blue and white polka dots 100% cotton fabric; even is the blue colour may seem quite solid the white and red elements as ribbons on the sleeves , rounded neck and skirt hem give movement to the dress.

The ribbon for the hair, repeating the central elements of the dress, gives a sense to the symmetric pattern of the fabric always carefully followed.

The dress is fully lined by white silky lining ; skirt,bust and sleeves.
The little Bunny toy is the natural party to the pranks and so has a similar dress and ribbons hairdo.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Autumn collection

I have got the inspiration for this outfit visiting Minerva' square in Rome:the Elephant of Bernini has reminded me an element of a picture of Dali, the master of surrealism.

The rarefied atmospheres,the suspended time,the bright colours mixed to delicate shades,the feline and sinuous geometries.The choice of the 100% cotton fabric had to have that elements inside of it and had to be adaptable to the making of the ideas.I am happy for the choice I have made.

The promenade of elephants is reflected in the cutting choice of the pantsuit. Elaborating the profile of an elephant the first outfit starts living in the fabric; the long legs transform themselves into the dressing legs of the pantsuit,the tusk gives definition to the curvilinear cut of the high waist, the ear takes the form in the inusual geometry that follows the scapula ending on the shoulder with a particular round connection.

The vitality of the elephant is reflected in the fluid cutting lines following one another so that they chase each other to meet in the pantsuit structure adopting all the variables of the paintings-linearity, circularity, colour

In the dress the construction of the pattern ,in the cleanliness of its lines,follows the idea of Dali sense of time given by the Dali's clocks.Usually the darts are hidden and used to shape the fabric on the variation of planes between the upper and lower part of the bust.Here they are open and , using a sewing technique different that the usual one , they accomplish the structural function giving regular and continous movement on the front of the dress.This is a new interpretation of an A line for Blythe and I am quite proud of it :).

The front rings of the chain express the passing by of the time and the sense of suspension between time to time like between ring to ring.The dress is fully lined by white silky lining.

Trait d' union : the cape. Trasparent ,light, impalpable like the Dali's palette makes the colours of the dress and pantsuit delicately shaded to show,at the same time ,the same colours brightly in their expressive completeness in the lateral cut.This game is made possible by the use of 100% silk voile and cream tulle to achive that transparent and structured look.The neck of the cape, geometric , linear gives fluid definition to the shoulders without interrution of the lines .The little elephant on the front of the cape ,in one of the wider rings,is a direct homage to Bernini and Dali

The hairdo takes origin (and then ri-elaborated for Blythe)from a 1967 Vogue magazine picture and follows the central idea of the outfit with curved and rectilinear lines that is the basic theme of the ensemble.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

At last...

at last the hot sun of August is calming down and I can start sewing again :)

The Dali ensemble and the historical ones have taken just a little more time to be fixed in their prototype versions...August is terribly hot , here...... but the final results are exactly what I was looking for so I have ordered the materials on internet and all the elements I need to sew them.In particular, the historical dresses have needed a long research ,not only for the pattern but for all the embellishments too, the techniques to reproduce them in the best way ect.

Anyway on next week my fave material shop will be open again and , waiting for the materials coming I can sew some other dresses I wanted to make for my blythe friends :)

Monday, 26 July 2010

So Happy :)

I am so happy, my first buyer has just received the Camelot dress and left a positive feedback.

I am so proud of her kind words and of my native post, italian post service has done a good work :)

I am currently working on two different projects even if the temperature is almost terrible and so I work slowly.

The first one starts from my love for Dali's and has origin in one of the 1940's pictorical masterpieces leaving a trace on material construction ,cutting lines and geometry ;the second , quite ambitious , has a strong historical background with all the fashion changes and adaptations for a Blythe.

So Thank you you, Merrilouu once again for your kindness ;)

Friday, 9 July 2010

On sale :)

My dresses are on sale on my etsy shop

Thank you :)

Thursday, 8 July 2010

The sporty girl dress origin

Can a double breasted dress be elegant and sporty at the same time or is it good for coats and jackets only?
This was a challenging question I have had for a while and at the end I can say that, yes, I think so .

Using clear and hot colors for silk as material , a rounded design for the skirt armonized with a rather square belt and soft bodice I thinkIi have given this ensemble a smartand soft look :)

The double seams all over the hems and collar subtly define the geometry of the dress, as you can seeon the following picture .The headband follows the same details and design of the waist to give a sense of unity and completeness.

The final results are in turquoise and hot pink :)

The Hot pink ensemble has got a 'flaming' look , I love it :)

Bye for now :)

Sunday, 27 June 2010

oopps....and the final result is

Here we are :)!!!!!!!

At last I am back home with my favourite hobby, sewing for Blythe girls :)

I have always liked the dress of the Camelot Era that Jackie Kennedy wore during her visit in India

So I tried to repeat this golden apricot dream for Blythe Girls.

My purpose was to give a personal flavour keeping the same sense of elegance and neatness of the lines.

I really liked the skirt and the "game" of the pleats on it ;for the bodice I wanted to repeat the same "game" and I have followed the inspiration of the image of a water lily flower.

So, the construction of the bodice was a choice between cuts on the pattern or pleats to recreate the shape of the flower.I have preferred the pleats because they give the softer lightness of the petals and a good amount of simmetric movement .

The back of the bodice follows the petal shape .
The use of the pure silk gives emphasis to this dress.The choice of the colors wants to express the same sweetness of the dress using pastel tones like light pink and a soft golden yellow.

The dress is fully lined with white silky lining.

The outfit is completed by a ribbon headpin following the inspiration of a 1962 hairdo and a similar ribbon at the centre of the waist like in the original Jackie dress.