Dont throw that paper out

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I’m always amazed at what material’s people come up with for their dolls.  This beautiful girl is dressed for a night on the town with her bo, dinner and dancing.  Her dress is made from paper and eye catching paper it is.  She was entered in a convention contest and won 1st place.

I think the style is fab and the hair and shoes work with this outfit.  Nice job on the whole look!

Centerpiece eye candy

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Every event at the Wu convention was better then the rest, I saw the raven haired doll with the orange outfit and just flipped. She was the centerpiece for the second luncheon.  How approprate for a fall event.  Her facemold is Tatyana, upon closer inspection her facemold is a bit strong jawed, kind of manly even.  My thrill died down at home, not sure if I will be keeping her now.

The Erin in a colorful sequined dress was gorgous and another of the centerpieces.  I really wanted her but then I wanted one of everything I saw. I couldnt buy them all so I passed on her. I’m now kicking myself. She is such a stunning doll and you gotta love the blingy dress.

Jeannie

Wow to Wu

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I  had no idea what to expect when I arrived in Chicago for the Wu convention.  It was a first for me not only for the convention but to be in Chicago.  I packed for cold weather after talking to a few friends that had been in Chicago this time of year. I stepped off the plane into a heat wave!  My warm clothing wasnt a total waste as the hotel seemed to be below zero at any given time.  The hotel was beautiful though,  5 star all the way.

The first event was on Thursday night “The opening reception” the tables were set up with ten places, each place had a fun yellow capree set with embrodery on the top. The centerpiece was a beautiful Kyori in a red and black outfit with a large black hat. I won the chance to purchase Kyori at the bargan price of $175……..

After our yummy dinner of baked chicken with carrots and potatoes, Alan Trembly got on stage with two of the top designers (not Jason) and had questions from the attendees, we saw some new dolls in the making.  At the end of the night each attendee got a blonde Anya doll in a fun black and white dress with green accessories, I havent decided if i’m going to sell these so I didnt want to remove them from the boxes.  I think they are both beautiful dolls.

Everyone left the banquet hall with big smiles………

More on the convention in a few days.

Inspiration

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I get inspired by so many things, fashion magazines, old movies, a store window, flower gardens.  Fashion is everywhere you look, sometimes you just have to use your imagination.

Once you have an idea, if you can sketch, do a drawing of your design. Then on to your pattern.  Since I cannot draft my own patterns, I usually look for a pattern that is simular to the design i’m wanting to create then I will modify that pattern to work.

I almost always do a test garment first using cheap muslin fabric, I have been quilty of just going forward with the original fabric i’ve picked out and have wasted lots of nice fabric. I recommed that you do a test garment first to save money.

The inspiration for this piece is the theme of a fashion doll convention i’m attending in October “60′s Mod/Pucci”

I knew I wanted to do a simple piece so I did some research on Pucci and found a style I liked, found the perfect sixth scale fabric, made my muslin test using a modified Barbie pattern and WaaLaa the finished piece.  I originally wanted to add micro mini sequins, Pucci was very big on sequins on their designs but the fabric was a stiffer fabric and adding the sequins would have made it stiffer so I made the decision not to add them.

I’m happy with how it turned out, I made the silver chain belt using oval “O” rings and normal circle “O” ring.  I used black tights that I already had. She needs a purse but that will be another post.

More later…..

Jeannie