Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Falling leaves dress for 16" Poppy Parker




I love the fabric, and I do love the dress, but I'm not entirely sure about its proportions.  I think maybe I've dropped the waist too low, or the skirt needs to be a long one?   Perhaps also the neckline could be improved - maybe a sweetheart neckline would look better.

But yes, here it is finished, with a double-layered drop-waisted petticoat underneath.



Because I had concerns about the waistline being too low, I added a bow to try and give the illusion of fullness coming up a bit higher. If that even makes sense.  For the bow, I used the pattern from MHD Designs "Frou Frou".  It's not my own design, but is a great little embellishment when required.



A shot from the side:



And one of the two girls in their new fifties-inspired dresses:



I find it a tad tricky to photograph these 16" dolls, be they Tulabelle or Ellowyne, or even the 17" boys.  One of my pet niggles about doll photos online is when the head is up too high - pushed back as if the doll is looking up and not into the camera. It makes the doll look rigid and startled. Now it's a bit awkward to get  the doll to look down into the camera, and if one takes the photograph with the camera too high up, one foreshortens the skirt and legs.

I'm okay with dolly photography up to a point, but I've yet to work out how to shoot them without getting the camera too low so they're staring at the ceiling, or too high so the legs look stumpy and the skirt looks a bit foreshortened.

I think the answer is to move the camera a bit further away from the doll?  I'll have to give that a try.

All that aside, I'd welcome any constructive input on the falling leaves dress and its proportions.  I'm thinking of making a long gown version, but those princess line bodices are a lot of work, so I may take a break and do something else before coming back to it.

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9 comments :

  1. D I V I N A S.... me gustan los dos pero el claro me encanta

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  2. Gorgeous! I love drop waist dresses. Personally the proportions look ok - and I love that bow! I can see that it would work with a sweetheart neckline as well but I think the round neck looks absolutely fine. Maybe you need to do a strapless sweetheart neckline - might be easier than the princess bodice with straps.. mind you any princess line is hard... all those curves lol!! Funnily enough I was thinking of trying to make a drop waist dress from one of your existing Ell patterns... I just need to work out which one and how to do it ... lol... too little time at the moment is very frustrating!!

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    1. Me too, I love the way they hug the hips then the skirt springs outwards. I have a pattern for a strapless princess line dress for Ell actually, it's my corset pattern. Much easier to make than the one with armholes. The seams all line up much easier.

      Let me know if you do manage to adapt any of my patterns. I still have plans for lots more Ell fashion, it's just that every new pattern takes so long to develop, and I have such a long list of dolly requests!

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    2. Yes stapless princess line is much easier but still too many curves for my liking (I have to concentrate to get it all to match up!!). Of course if it works I'll let you see what I adapt from your pattern... I just need to find where I left my sewing mojo... I blame those dungarees....

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    3. Yes stapless princess line is much easier but still too many curves for my liking (I have to concentrate to get it all to match up!!). Of course if it works I'll let you see what I adapt from your pattern... I just need to find where I left my sewing mojo... I blame those dungarees....

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    4. Oh noes! your mojo! *Looks under the sofa for it*

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  3. OMG, you`re on fire! This is absolutely gorgeous and as far as I`m concerned the dropped-waist style works with any length of skirt from a frou-frou mini all the way down to a floor length extravaganza. The bow is perfect and I can`t fault the neckline, it`s demure and classy!
    Can`t help with the photos, there`s a bit of height difference between these gals and pips!

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    1. Those princess line bodices though, Man oh man. But thank you! <3 I do like all different tlengths for this kind of bodice too, but sometimes I winder if it has to be either really long, or really short, and if medium-length doesn't sit right.

      lol! I remember Pips being much easier to photograph.

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