Sunday, 31 January 2016

La petite Princesse set listing on Ebay

I have just planned the listing of the set 'La petite Princesse ' on Ebay .

The listing will start at 6 :00 Rome time  in the morning on 1th Feb 2016   -  24:00  at night  New York time  on  31 th Jan 2016  so that Europe and Usa can bid  quite easily .

The listing name is  :

 La petite Princesse set for Blythe and Licca doll    

and the listing number is  :  262269866597 

 on the Ebay account     :     blythevogue .

You can find the listing inserting just the listing number from the ebay site of your country :). 

I am at you disposal for any information .

Have a good bidding time and Thank you for your kindness and ....  good luck to the winner

Friday, 29 January 2016

La petite Princesse

When I started my historical research to make the first Victorian dress I was fascinated by the elegant luxury of details, ideas,possibilities that fashion of this period  showed.

Not only the richness of the fabrics but also the tailoring geometry, embroidery, construction details were so interesting that could not be summed up in only one dress.

This is the reason why  from time to time  I have had ideas of other tailoring possibilities , other decorative patterns  to express the refinement of the elements of this period.

Quite naturally then I wanted to give life to these chances once again in a new ensemble.

Renoir was the main inspiration for this dress more than any other painter of the Victorian era.

This wonderful painter loved the color light blue  as shown in his paintings and like in the The Blue Boy  by Thomas Gainsborough, he knew how to express on canvas the joyful lightness, purity and vibrant life of this color for  several portraits of young girls.

 The new creation shows a lower skirt  kilted  all around: the discreet richness of classical vertical pleats  skirt , typical of the victorian girls skirts ,with a symmetrical central  detail complements the horizontality of the overlying draping in blush color, placed in a context of lightness given by  the use of silk as  material  of  the dress .

The front and back drapings are closely gathered to the bodice with the lower ends looped up . Valenciennes cotton lace , stained with tea , gives a symmetrical front decoration at the top of the dress : the victorian silhouette lives in the delineation  of the princess-cut base.The long bodice fits  smoothly to the hips with curved seaming . A blue silk bow  at  neck emphasizes the delicacy of the ensemble.

The Valenciennes cotton  lace collar , always stained with tea , shaped as an opening flower  gives the grace and elegance of a dancer moving in space

The sleeves, gently flared at the bottom, echo the same decoration of the central part of the dress with vertical pleats and  horizontal ribbon with Valenciennes lace details on the edges of the cuff.

The dress is fully lined with silky white lining.

Two side bows of pure silk give movement to the composition of the  skirt and draping  effect.

On the back of the dress a bow emphasizes the wave  line of the draping

 The pure silk cape   takes over the definition of the decorative elements giving lightness with a flower design in

cuts underlined by pure silk  tassels (2 on the front , 3 on the back ) in a soft cream  color and double-stitched cream  rows that emphasize the subtle elegance in the  wedgwood shades.

A hairpin made of the same silk of the dress in a very  elaborate composition of multiple bows to emulate a blooming flower, is  part of the hairstyle characteristic of the time. I freely took insipration from the b hairstyle in the next  image

The crocheted  purse of pure cotton  rose-shaped, closed with ribbons of pure silk arranged in a game of double flamboyant bows , adds a touch of elegant refinement.

La Petite Princesse ensemble  (dress, cape , hairpin and bag ) will be listed on Ebay on 31th January 2016.

I hope you will like it , thank you

Monday, 10 March 2014

"Once upon a time..."

Once upon a time....

The first time I have seen this painting by Renoir my attention was attracted by the quiet and light sense of elegance that you can feel in the deep  contemplation of the little ladies in this scene . Renoir is so sublime in his soft touches that you can listen to the delicate notes of the music  while the delicate fingers are dancing on the ebony keys.

Jacob Maris , a wonderful Dutch painter is so able to capture an intimate and at the same time delicate portrait of a little girl playing piano in a timeless melody.

Time loses its pointers,the light of the lukewarm spring time afternoon surrounds you,their emotions are your emotions,their elegance becomes your elegance . They are here, with you and wrap you up in the atmosphere of that moment .You are living their dreaming reality, in an eternal spring time .That's all your present.

A full immersion in the study of fashion history is always a pleasure , looking for the key points , the basic elements to identify a period dress line from different painters and portraits. The loving study gives the couturier the opportunity to compare human sensibilities among the different artists of the same period and through the centuries  to enrich the final results following a fine, invisible and palpitating file rouge in the creation of the ensemble.

For example,note the rich dresses of these ladies and their interesting sleeve cuffs
Following the style of the dresses of the  ladies in the paintings you can pleasantly fix the pleats of this pink dress with a refined and  tactful gesture of your hand among the rustling silk
With this inspiration , I have sewn  for you this silk set listed on ebay

The final result is a completely original set of garments .Originality is the key point  of my collections.  I always want to explore new chances of expression of creativity to open new perspectives and new points of views in Blythe fashion

The dress has a high cream cotton lace collar with a tiny pink  bow  and follows a princess cut with a resulting low waistline to recreate the peculiar figure  of the 1870 fashion . An linear  game of  pleats and lace  embellishes the front panel of the dress and a vertical row of antique gold colored Venetian glass beads gives the illusion of an elongated and thinned waistline that in the late XIX century was reached with the use of the whale bones of the corset . The lower part of the skirt shows a controlled pleats hem with more freedom at the back of the dress to give a sense of vitality and movement , emphasized with a fine high cream cotton lace kept high at hip line by two silk beige bows. The sleeves have an interesting  lace and pleat cuff that repeats the decoration of the front of the dress.
The dress is fully lined  with white rayon: bust, skirt AND sleeves.

The silk hairpin  , in an intricate game of multiple bows , follows the bow on the back of the dress with a sense of unity and continuity of inspiration.

The cape has an interesting joke that remembers the typical shamrock of the spring grass in a warm shot silk fabric.
This rich and gorgeous color is the blend of two colors, a deep claret red and  ancient gold  resulting in a final burnt Siena -terracotta with golden and red burgundy reflexes . The cape has  side fronts sections with opening for arms. Four golden  shamrocks decorate the upper and the low edges of the cuts. The cut of the joke on the back of the cape repeats the same  line of the front enriched with three tiny tassels made in silk burgundy thread. A pink silk bow decorates the front .
The cape is fully lined using white rayon fabric.


A  real lady of leisure like  Blythe loves pretty bags so I have styled a  fine and coquettishly elegant  crocheted flower bag to have  a stroll in the Spring time air with an Irish rose element in cream cotton thread. A double pink silk ribbon closes the bag and completes the set.

For this period  dress, cape, hairpin and bag I have used  luxurious and natural  materials  : 100 % silk  fabric, 100% cotton lace and threads, 100% silk ribbons.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

A NEW creation is coming soon :)

........A new dream is coming , it crossed the oceans of Time ......

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; UllallĂ 


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.