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ember and shaelyn

  • Posted on July 7, 2012 at 2:16 pm

here’s a quick comparison of ember and shaelyn, taken together ’cause someone commented that the girls looked a lot alike. when you see them together the similarities are mostly superficial – they both have heart shaped faces, but not much else the same.
ember and shaelyn

they haven’t been getting a lot of camera time lately. both of them are on really gimpy bodies that need fixing but i’ve had a lot of time and health issues this year and haven’t been able to attend to theirs. hopefully we will get that cleared up one of these days, because they both are lovely girls and deserve more time.

glamour challenge

  • Posted on March 1, 2012 at 12:57 pm

at the last minute i decided i didn’t like the way the skirt was going so remade the fabric and started over. the bodice was right but i changed the skirt ruffles around
short dress
and i redid the underskirt as well to give it an airier and less substantial feel
front view i had major problems convincing ember to pose properly. she looks very awkward when standing.
i learned how to make a collage in photoshop to focus in on the details
detail collage
and since she hated standing we did her glamour shot sitting down, which i think was particularly effective
pretty lady big

glamour challenge accessories….

  • Posted on February 28, 2012 at 10:22 pm

once again i took a break from making the dress to work on something else, in this case beading a necklace to go with it. after several attempts that yielded nice necklaces that just didn’t work with the dress i finally made one that i think will work

the white looking beads are actually clear aurora borealis beads and look much prettier in person. even if it doesn’t end up working with this dress i am happy with the result

eyelash heaven

  • Posted on February 28, 2012 at 5:54 pm

i love doing face ups and seeing how i improve with practice, but always hated adding the lashes ’cause i just couldn’t seem to get the hang of it. it would usually take half an hour of fighting and glue everywhere! not to mention i would be unhappy with the result. so when trying on a dress caused ember’s lashes to come partly unstuck i decided to try andreja’s method and it worked amazingly. who would have guessed that cutting them in pieces and using tweezers instead of trying to push a full length strip into place with a toothpick made such a difference. less than a minute per eye and i have perfect lashes!

new lashes

new lashes

new lashes

for anyone else who would like to see how she does it here is a link to her video

glamour challenge underskirt

  • Posted on February 19, 2012 at 5:07 pm

i decided to go with the underskirt idea to add the bottom ruffles. i made a net underskirt with just enough volume to allow movement and gathered it to a waistband, which i finished with a hook and sewn eye.

skirt ruffles front 1

the skirt is raised in the front so that it is easier to walk without stepping on it, and flares to a slight train in the back
next step will be to finish the top…

glamour challenge:the skirt

  • Posted on February 18, 2012 at 1:30 pm

i started on the skirt for the dress. the first layer of skirt ruffle is done, and that is the end of my “art quilted” fabric. i’m happy with how it is coming out so far. i made the ruffle to be flat in front and increasing in fullness to the back. i’m thinking now i may make the rest of the ruffles as a separate skirt so that the dress can be worn long or short. as long as i keep the top part narrow and soft, it shouldn’t wreck the lines of the over skirt.
skirt ruffle layer one

here is a side view
skirt ruffle layer one side view

and a back view
skirt ruffle layer one back view

it is just pinned in place at the back as i still haven’t decided on the closure and also need to add the top ruffle.

glamour challenge: the bodice

  • Posted on February 18, 2012 at 12:27 am

i finally got a chance to sew the bodice together from my “art quilted” silk. i have to find time to work on this or the challenge will be over before i’m done. so today i put it together and tried it on ember for final fittings. it’s hard to see in the photo, but the bust is a little big, and needs to be pulled in. the tiniest change in cutting out the pieces shows up when sewing this small, as does changes in the fabric. it will look better after a good press, but i want to fix the bust first. i also need to be careful not to stretch out the top edge which has nothing to hold it in place yet.
bodice fitting 1

here is the bust line fixed. the underarm seam looks a bit high, but that should be right once the lining is attached. the extra height is just my seam allowance. my “quilting” lines are showing up nicely on the bodice now. i don’t know if its the angle or the light that makes the difference, but i’m very pleased with the result.
bodice fitting 4

i also have to somehow fix her posing. she was pretty “kicky” today, i’m almost sorry i switched her from a cutie bust to a small bust. her old body posed better, but wouldn’t really suit an evening gown, she just looked too young to me. however she is going to be hard to pose in the requisite “glamour” shot if i don’t figure something out.

glamor challenge: starting to fit

  • Posted on February 1, 2012 at 4:39 pm

the challenge is now officially started, so today we started sewing. ember is going to be the model for this challenge, since she will be representing meldilorn manor at a charity ball at the end of the month. chloe usually dresses in a casual style, but for this event she needs a very formal dress.

test fit1
the first fitting shows lots of changes are needed to the original draft.

test fit 2
the second fit looks much better but still needs some adjustment. also the top is not working out as we had hoped in this stiff fabric so a reworking of the design is called for. the black shows where the pattern will be split.

test fit 3 back
a miscalculation in cutting off the side back will be an easy fix. the fit is good. those little wrinkles should disappear when the seams are clipped.

test fit 3 front
we had to make a small adjustment at the top to snug it up but overall it looks good. chloe now wants a shorter dress from the pattern as well, but she’ll have to wait till the formal one is finished 🙂

lace shawl

  • Posted on September 25, 2011 at 12:03 am

crocheted shawl
i whipped up a shawl for ember to wear in the chilly evenings. it’s not blocked yet and i have to sew the ends in, but i’m happy with it none-the-less.

color me purple

  • Posted on September 21, 2011 at 6:53 pm

new eyes

i changed ember’s eyes to different purple ones that i had in my “eye box”. they are lighter, but with a dark ring and one size smaller. i didn’t think they would work, but they fit really well. i love her new look and she is now much easier to photograph, (even though the lighting right now is horrible for taking pics.)

she is wearing a new thread lace shawl i made for her, not finished or blocked, but it really brought out the color in her eyes.

now if i could just figure out where i got the eyes from! (anyone know/recognize them?)