I've been finally getting back into my swing of sewing again, and hopefully will continue to pick up speed these next few weeks and turn out as many designs as humanly possible until my fingers are all stiff and I can't sew any more without a break! I just have so many things and ideas that I want to try, that really I just wish there were two of me sometimes. (At the very least Cookie should be pulling her weight, ya you heard me Miss Cat!)
Remember a few posts back in: Fall/Winter Prints, where I showed off some of the new fabrics? Well, I thought I'd show you what some of those turned in to, as well as, some NEW fabric that is just SO beautiful and I am super excited to use!
Jewelry Rose Skirt: A Sweet/Classic Skirt
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Alice in Wonderland Circus: A Sweet/Gothic Skirt
Alice in Wonderland Circus: A Sweet Skirt
Alice in Wonderland Circus: A Sweet/Classic JSK
I chose to compliment the creme overlay with a number of intricate parts of the design that can only be really appreciated in person. The silk chiffon neckline of the bodice was carefully hand beaded with off white faux pearls to match the chiffon overlay, as well as beaded that trickled down the lace peeking out from the princess seams. I choose a matching faux pearl as buttons for the waist ties, and a beaded organza butterfly on a whim. Both the bias bound armholes and the waist ties are made from the original Alice print without a chiffon overlay. I also made a matching beaded head bow, which I need to find a thin white band to put in on for wear.
Alice in Wonderland Circus: A Classic/Military JSK
I will freely admit, that while I knew I wanted white/coffee/chocolate accents to be the main focus of this jumper skirt dress, that the inspiration really didn't come to me until I was beginning to fall asleep sometime last week. (I get some of my best ideas in the twilight sort of phase where you're half awake but slipping into dreams.) Occasionally, I've seen a lot of main stream "military" style flourishes used in lolita ensembles, especially classic wear---buttons, epaulettes, chain, etc. I thought I would give it a shot since it's not really a style that I've been drawn to or tried yet.
When I went hunting for some accent fabric, I decided on a quarter yard of chocolate brown and a chocolate satin (which I was going to use as a waist bow until I added the button front) that I thought would be very light and pretty for ruffle accents and bows. I came across these adorable star buttons and new they had to be featured especially since the Alice print's stars were gold and glittery. I went ahead with the gold top stitching again just like in the blue Alice skirt as I felt it gave it an appropriate shimmer, as well as a handful of faux pearls to compliment the previous jumper skirt as if they were a matching pair or collection. I wanted to have elements that would pull all three fabrics together.
In the end, I decided to go with a tea colored silk for the top of the bodice and scoop neck with princess seams to add both dimension and fit. Then I accented the bodice with healthy sized ruffles, beading, bows, and star buttons with chain. A friend suggested a little military like cap would be cute, but I am uncertain of how to make one or I would!
NEW FABRICS! (Prepare for cuteness induced heart attack!)
|Gorgeous Alice in Wonderland!!! I've searched for this rare fabric for over 2 years!|
|B & W Alice Silhouette with gold glitter|
|Red Bunny Tea Party|
|Rose Red Velvet to go with Red Bunnies|
|Blue Strawberry Kitties|
|Blue Bunny Tea Party|
|Blue Pony Carousel|