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New outfits for Dawn and Pippa

Three fashion sets for Dawn and Pippa.

Silver Cocktails – available in miy Etsy shop


Blush and Gold Barrel Mini


Lastly, my favorite, Blush and Gold Ballgown


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Pink Silk Bliss for Dawn and Pippa

While waiting for waist confirmation on my other project, I was struck with inspiration when I was tidying up my work space and found a beautiful pale pink fabric. I’d left this out because I was so taken with it, I didn’t want to put it away, I wanted to remember and not stash it away and forget about it!

If you’re like me, there are ideas up in your head that you just haven’t had a chance to let out. This was one of those. I didn’t do much in the way of in process pics, so without further (or any really) ado, I present Pink Silk Bliss ๐Ÿ™‚




Well, there’s another idea screaming for attention, so later folks!

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Janet Jackson Concert Clothes WIP 6

Today is Janet’s shirt and the finishing of her belt and boot covers, now that my zippers from Zipper That Doll have arrived (Thanks Leeann!)

Let’s start with her boot covers ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m using a faux suede for these. They are lace leaf/feather topped and the perfect lace was elusive to say the least! I checked all my favorite haunts, of course, to no avail. I spent hours online, searching. I started looking at international ebay and other shopping sites. Not everyone describes things in the same way, and sizing isn’t always available either! I knew something appropriate existed because I had a piece. I just didn’t think I had enough. I’d had this for years, I think it was something from my Mothers’ stash…. Clearly, I was going to have to make this piece work!

Ok, so here’s the bit….


I’m going to have to cut it apart, of course, and sew it onto the lace piece. I added some silver thread and a few silver beads too.


There! Ready for zippers ๐Ÿ™‚ Just a quick fit test first…


I’ll put that aside for a second and move to the belt. This was a fun piece to recreate. Lots going on here. The basis is a cotton woven multi strand affair. I have treated the ends so that they will stay together and not fray and the rest of it will all be sewn. The discs have a baby soft suede backing so that I can circle them with silver beads. I found a nice irregular cube to go in between the two discs. A trio of pretty smaller silver round edged beads flank the discs.


Just checking against the original…..


Feather charms….


And the other side of the belt…..



More feather charms ๐Ÿ™‚


And three more for the middle and a fastener at the back and the belt is done – woot!

Janet’s shirt is next. I’ve chosen a tissue thin silk and cotton blend fabric for this. It’s hallmark is the really wide lace edged collar and lacy cuffs. ย As I gathered images of this outfit I came to realize that Janet has at least two different versions of the shirt. Very similar, not exactly the same. Both feature the statement collar and lace edged cuffs, so mine will too ๐Ÿ™‚

Below, I’m prepping the lace cuffs for the shirt. Prepped separately, it will be sewn to the shirt when finished.








The shirt above needs an ironing to be sure, and it has no lace on the collar as yet, but it does what I want it to do! The real shirt has elastic along the lower edge, no doubt to guard against an unplanned wardrobe malfunction, so mine will too. I don’t want myย shirt to ride up either!

Next time, this complicated outfit will be finished!

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Janet Jackson Concert Clothes WIP 3

Good day and welcome to Janet’s 2006 World Tour Concert Outfit – only smaller – WIP 3 ๐Ÿ™‚

In case you’re new to this project, here’s what I’m doing:


With the beads all shaped and whatnot last time, it was time to put them aside while I construct the jacket and the vest to which they will be sewn. I had them nicely sorted into their groups and didn’t want to have to resort later, so I’ve stored them in their own little labeled boxes…


That way, none of these tiny bits will migrate while I’m not looking!

The patterns were the only thing going for a couple of days. I’ve plotted the pants, the boot covers, the jacket and the vest. The only one left to do is her shirt.


I started with the pants which have a centre front seam, no pockets and are, of course form fitting. Just a side note here: I can see that Janet’s real pants are stretchy, I mean she’s dancing in them.ย So, of course they’re stretchy! On the doll however, I often find that form fitting stretchy pieces don’t look very good because (if they fit) they hug the doll tightly enough that the jointing shows through, especially the hip and leg jointing which I don’t find aesthetically pleasing. The doll isn’t going to be performing all of Janet’s moves anyway. Of course she’ll be able to pose but I may not use stretchy fabric ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s funny, I always think I’m going to modify an existing basic pattern that I already have, but I never do. It’s either not close enough, or it’s not for the same doll and I wind up deciding it will be easier to start from scratch, so I do, lol!

After drafting the pant, I made a muslin up to test the fit and the seam placement. The first go round was pretty close.


You can see in the pic that the crotch isn’t quite there enough, so I made some changes to the fit thereย and refined where the seams hit front and back and adjusted the waist height and then sewed up another test.


That’s better, although a little pinch needs to be removed from the CF seam.ย (The crotch won’t have a pull in it after the seam allowances are clipped properly on the real pants.)

Moving on to the vest. Making sure the bottom edge points fall in the right places, adding just a little bit of “ease” because it goes atop the shirt. I employed little darts too ๐Ÿ™‚

The muslin looks good but for the button up crossover point. You don’t often see it come to a point on the bottom edge of the center front button band. Usually it’s a straight across overlap the width of the button band. Of course, “usually” is not always, and I realized after sewing up the vest muslin that I would need to change that bit to match the original. I inadvertently gave her a bit too much chest room too (Antoinette’s bust is modest ๐Ÿ™‚ and so I needed to shift the center front back a bit at the top of the vest and lower the vest’s neckline too to accommodate the really big lacy collar which is quite prevalent in the original. Also it’s important for me to point out there is still a small seam allowance on the jacket and the vest and that when sewn up fully, both will be shorter. Same with the pants, waistline too will be lower which makes it a little too low, so I’ll have to add a bit of height there before I cut into the actual fabric ๐Ÿ™‚

Then I sewed up the jacket muslin and made some refinements to the bottom edge at the front so that it hits the vest just right in terms of length. The jacket is cropped obviously, just like the vest, but the vest points have to show below the jacket and the jacket can’t come too close together in the front. It’s not designed to ever close.





And that’s where I paused. The boot covers need a test sew and the shirt still needs to be drafted. After that, it will be time to cut into the final fabrics and get seriously sewing ๐Ÿ™‚

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Janet Jackson Concert Clothes

Well, the Skull case is on it’s way to it’s new home where I hope it will enjoy many miles of exotic travel ๐Ÿ™‚

Time to start on my next project. From the large to the smaller, this time it’s a concert outfit from Janet Jackson’s 2007 World Tour done to fit an Antionette doll. It’s a delightย of cream and ecru pieces. Pants, shirt, vest and jacket with loads of concert flair thrown in! The boot covers, and the belt and necklace … it’s going to be fun and challenging.

Here’s a pic of what I’ll be replicating.




Lots of fiddly bits, beads, feather shapes and lace ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ll begin, as always,ย by studying carefully, the original. After looking at the concert videos that my commissioner sent me and scouring the internet for photos, I studied, sketched and made technical notes so that I’ll have something concrete to refer to as I go along.

So now that I have a pretty good understanding of what she has on, I will begin drafting patterns too ๐Ÿ™‚

Some notes and some notions are gathering ….



Well, enough blathering! Back to work with me ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks, as always, for reading,


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