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A Lady at Court WIP5

A lot has changed since my last post!

Her underbodice/stomacher is all finished. Here’s a pic when it was still full o pins!

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Her skirt has had embellishment applied. It will get a second row of froufrou :)

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I’ve made her some pantaloons :)

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Of course they’re a bit lacy!

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It looks more painful than it is, I assure you!

The overdress is what still needs attention. I’m having trouble deciding what to use to decorate the front verticals. I originally wanted lush and rich looking bows, which were popular at the time, but my attempts at silk ribbon bows are a disappointment, lol! Not to mention the fact that I’ll need to make rather a number of them and it would be best if they were as similar to each other as possible. I’m having a little trouble on that front as well! I’ll be looking in my reference books and such to find to best repeatable way to make a nice looking ribbon bow.

I also completed the work on the doll herself! I chose a girl who is a little pale, which is accurate to her I think. This picture makes her look quite a bit pinker and darker than she really is…

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I referred to the paintings of the actual Marquise for guidance in my painting.

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The book cover makes her eyes look brown, but on closer inspection I believe  they’re blue-grey. Also, this is a terrific book if you’re interested in this amazing lady’s life!

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I’ve painted her features and blushed and detailed her body too.

I then worked on her hair. She is pre Rococo craziness, so there’ll be no ships at sea on her head or anything, lol! That’ll be next time. Maybe I’ll do Marie Antoinette :)

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It’s a little hardcap wig. I did add a few beads. She is a Marquise after all and anyway I couldn’t help myself!

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Ooh wait! I almost forgot! I’ve given her some jewelry. A pair of matching bracelets (common at the time) of silver rolo chain and a silver, double strand very fine double ring link chain choker with a larger central silver wire ball bead.

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So, really all that’s left (apart from an appropriate diorama), is the overdress, and her shoes! And maybe a chatelaine like this one…

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So that all of her important bits are at hand whenever :)

Until next time, thanks for reading and have a great day!

~awsumgal

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A Lady at Court WIP4

The tiny sleeves are embellished! They look like I hope they would. I just carefully blanket stitched all the edges and then added a few beads. Looks pretty I think.

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I then attached the scallops to the main sleeve part and hand inset the sleeve into the over dress portion of this Robe a la Francaise. It’s actually starting to look like a dress now :)

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With the sleeves sorted, I moved on to the under bodice, the thing that hold the stomacher. I’m using a combination of tissue silk and my dyed blue main silk. The stomacher part itself should be well decorated which I was only too happy to do!

First though I had to create the base to place all that fun ornament! Here’e the stomacher with no backing and no ornamentation…

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And here it is after I played with it for a while :)

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Tiny glass seed beads and dyed to match silk ribbon bows :)

I added a little of that dyed to match silk ribbon to the back neck of the overdress and decided it was time to try on my model.

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Of course the underbodice and stomacher will give her much more coverage, lol! Phew! I need to take a little break!

Thanks so much for taking the time to read! Have a great day :)

 

~awsumgal

 

 

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Resolution? Finish Pompadour! A Lady at Court WIP 3

Looking back over this project, I simply can’t believe I started it last April! Shameful that it’s taken this long!!

My blank dolly is unimpressed and stares blankly at me from atop my sewing machine….. barely perceptible sighs can be heard occasionally.

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Despite the silent brooding of the little lad, progress has been made in the last couple of days. It had been so very long that I had to back to the beginning (mentally anyway) to figure out where I was and what should happen next. Thank god for the toile!

Shouldn’t be long now and I’ll be at the major embellishing stage, which is so satisfying :)

Of course, I remember now, teeny tiny pleats! That’s where I was some months ago when I last worked on this.

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As you can see I am referring closely to my toile. Truly helpful, especially when a fair amount of time can elapse between sessions.

It’s really coming together and starting to look like the gown it will eventually be.

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Here’s a close-up of the scalloped lower sleeves.

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I have treated the scalloped edges with a fixative and will hand finish all the scallops. Originally I thought I would use lace or some tiny purchased trim, and I just couldn’t find anything that didn’t just about completely mask the scallop shapes and then really, what would be the point in all of that careful cutting of the scallops in the first place?

So instead, I’ve come up with a look that I like which is what I have been working on today. I think it’s going to look great :) Pictures tomorrow! The dress might even be all put together….

Happy New Year, and thanks for reading!

~awsumgal

 

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Twas the night…

Here’s my annual Christmas Eve dolly poem. Enjoy! Happy Christmas!

Twas the night before Christmas

When all through my house,

The dolls were all sleeping each as quiet as a mouse.

Not normal, unusual, my girls are not mellow

Most often heard here? A shriek or a bellow!

Good natured they are, to each other most often,

Add fashions and jewelry, peaceful resolve can soften.

This quiet , this silence, has made me uneasy

It’s eerie, unnatural and makes me quite queasy,

How can I sleep when I know what awaits?

The music, the dancing, the unsavory dates?

Sleep will come claim me, resistance is futile,

At least I’ll rest knowing they’ll party in style!

by awsumgal

 

May the all the love and joy of the season be with you and your loved ones throughout this holiday season. Many thanks for all your support through the past year.

Warmest regards,

~awsumgal

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Penelope – ooak Monster High Skelita Repaint and Redress

Good morning doll lovers,

I’ve just finished, in honour of the changing seasons around here, a repainted and redressed, fully body blushed Monster High Skelita doll that I have named Penelope.

She’s not unhappy about her current bodily situation, but it does get a little lonely especially when her friends are not about. So, she wanders the cemetery at night with her lantern, looking for lost friends….

In process…

So, sometimes I take copious quantities of photos as I work, and sometimes, well I just forget. If I’m working and I don’t have a lot of time and I’m on a roll, I just keep going and then lament the fact that I didn’t pause and take some shots. But, well, it happens….

I did take some shots as I made the lantern though :) And I have some NWS (if you can call a skeletal nude not work safe?!) shots of her full blushing/paint job sans vetements.

The Lantern:

It is made of water colour paper that has been cut and painted and varnished. Inside is a little candle with a long wick of black,blue, yellow and orange made of stiffened cotton, painted and varnished, acetate that has been painted with the yellow glow of the candle forms the “glass” and a decorative ring handle on the top so Penelope can carry her lantern with her wherever she goes.

First I decided on a design. I wanted something mildly medieval and a little goth. It couldn’t be too very intricate cutting wise due to the scale, but I wanted some visual interest of course..

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After all the cutting came the test fold to make sure it would go together well… I’ve left tabs on here and there for gluing :)

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Before putting it together permanently, I wanted to get the painting done. Apart from being easier overall, it made painting the inside feasible (I mean what old lantern is white inside?) Also, glue doesn’t take water based paints so well, and I didn’t want random white bits on my old medieval type lantern, so paint first and then glue!

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I’ve painted the candle to look as though the light from the flame decreases towards the bottom of the candle pillar. I’ve added the cotton which will be stiffened and then painted in what I hope will be realistic flame colours :) I’ve added a piece of wire to my chosen pretty ring carry handle which will keep the handle securely attached to the lantern.

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Here are those NWS body shots. ;)

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You can see that I have painted some mossy bits on her here and there. She’s been wandering the cemetery for a Long time! She also has a few well placed tiny bug friends on her, which she doesn’t mind at all. They give her someone to talk to while waiting for her other ghostly friends to come out.

Penelope’s hair has been modified as well. The random orange and blue locks original to her were carefully removed along her front hairline, and this has been rerooted, lock loop sew in method, with the same hair fiber in the same colour with the exception of course of her white streak which is mohair. The flower is a permanent addition.

The dress I’ve made for her is a lovely medium ecru fabric with lots of petal texture. It has factory applied petals and blooms all over. I have strategically added a few here and there for more balanced look. The attached bodice is a simple chiffon crossover with a sewn on flower decorating the waist. The same kind of flower that adorns Penelope’s hair. There is an attached petaled fabric fall that affords lots of posing options. The dress is easily removable and fastens with two snap closures. One at the waist and one at the back neck.

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Penelope does not have painted catchlight in her eyes. Her eyes have been finished in a 3D gloss to catch the light naturally wherever she is displayed. (There is someone out there claiming to have devised this type of eye finishing and claiming it as his own. Well maybe he made it up on his own and maybe her didn’t. I don’t know, but I do know that I do it and have done it for years and lots of other great customizers do it too! So there’s that!)

Currently this lady is available on my Facebook page, but I’ll be moving her to ebay probably later today and will update the blog with the listing info when I have it.

Thanks for dropping in :)

~awsumgal

 

 

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