Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Skirt and Cummerbund


We are nearing the end of this project and I hope you are getting as excited as I am. It has been fantastic and a great learning endeavor for me. I have not finished, not by a long shot, but it is so nice to see her fully clothed. To achieve the skirt I changed my mind a few times, made things a few times, and finally, got to this point. So far, I am pleased. I will not point out a mistake in case you cannot see it for yourself. I will endeavor to fix them as I go forward. (Pictures tell an awful truth.) My final decision was to use a Thai silk taffeta. I like the body better and the color, too. Compared to the rest of the dress, this was "easy". (Well not actually easier, but less difficult to make than any other part). The side pleating attached to the lace dress ruffles will help hold the skirt in shape. Before completing the entire look, I will steam the skirt and parts into shape. Three bows hold the skirt back together. I have stitched them for security. I will have to make a new stand for her, as she needs a stand to support the entire dress and veil.
Please notice she has a simple, but pretty, hairstyle. I have pulled her hair away from the face in a classic style, but finished her bun in ringlets and inserted pearls.
Now it is time for more decisions. Do I make a lace hat, like Princess Grace? A tiara, perhaps? I just do not know. I must pause to make decisions on jewelry as well. I have an idea for the veil that requires some testing. Therefore, stay tuned, and we will see how it plays out together.
Kathi

10 comments:

The Old Maid said...

What a beautiful dress! I would probably just put a single flower in her hair. She is so elegant.Great job!

Carmen said...

beautiful¡¡¡¡¡¡
Es una falda perfecta¡¡¡¡ Un traje de novia precioso¡¡¡

Robin's Egg Bleu said...

Gorgeous! She looks exactly like Grace Kelly on her wedding day!

a painter said...

Breathtaking! What a wonderful job you have done! Truly a beauty. I have loved watching your progress. The cummerbund must be so tiny---the detail is amazing.

Pattyjo said...

You have created such a gorgeous doll! Imagine you have made her from the beginning and shared every step along the way. If I owned such a beautiful lady...I would put her under a dome of glass. Congratulations on such a beautiful, beautiful doll!
Pattyjo

Heather Cutting-Rayl said...

This has been the most wonderful experience! I am just learning to dress dolls and AI can't imagine get this much cloth on a tiny doll and you do it so expertly! I am waiting with bated breath to see the finished doll!

Michelle Mahler said...

Greetings,
I have quietly been watching all you have done with this little lady. I am very impressed with the detail you have done on each layer. And mostly I am impressed with the fact that you have been handling her a LOT to do all you are doing and she is still in one piece! You definitely have a gentle hand. Most artists would have broken every finger and maybe ears and arms by now. She looks wonderful. Congratulations! I look forward to seeing the rest of what you have planned for her!
I am also impressed with the little lady sculpt in general. Patricia must do a wonderful class teaching her students how to sculpt pretty ladies. :o] I love her work. They are always so feminine and graceful. Your sculpt has the same feeling. :o]

Hugs,
Karen Williams Smith :o]

dora said...

Me ha parecido maravilloso, todo el paso a paso. Realmente le ha quedado preciosa. felicidades.
Carmen

Michelle Mahler said...

rough translation for the above:
"I found it wonderful, all the step by step. It really has been wonderful. Congratulations."

Uneekdolldesigns said...

Very pretty, nice job! :)