Sunday, 4 January 2015

I love it when a plan comes together.



Whenever I make a strapless bodice dress for any dolly, I always wonder how best to make some kind of off-shoulder sash or ruffle. (I don't even know what the correct couture term is for such a thing.)  I tried it back when I worked in 6" Pippa scale and had a small degree of success, but since then, I've always chickened out of trying.  It's slightly more awkward than one might think to add this sort of thing once the dress is fully made, but I came up with an idea last night before going to bed, and woke up raring to try it.

It worked first time and I was so pleased.   Now it's on Patience's new dress she looks a bit like a Southern belle.


Because of the way the shoulder ruffle is made, and the way it's attached to the dress, it's really versatile.  It can be worn a couple of ways, and removing the detached armlets gives it another look again.

Once I've drawn out and scanned in the pattern pieces, this pattern should be ready for sale.  :)   Tomorrow, I hope.


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  1. That shoulder ruffle looks the business! I`ve never figured out how to do a pippa ruffle like this - it`s perfect in your lightweight fabric with the carefully frayed edges but doesn`t much lend itself to silk. Whenever I try shabby chic style it always looks like something a mouse has chewed for bedding!

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    1. I know - my Pippa ruffles were a bit clumsy looking ans stuck out annoyingly. I do admire anyone who can work with silk though, I've always found it really hard, and not at all amenable to fringing, which is a pity.

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  2. Fabulous! We're looking forward to the pattern - the Patience gang all want to be southern belles ... I have told them it will take a while..... and the Ells keep muttering about a Valentine party..... and tomorrow I must go back to work but at least it's payday lol!!

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    1. Haha! So many dollies and so many demands. I have a bunch of new ideas now this is done and don't know where to start.

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