Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Shoe colors!

Where do I begin on the leather colors I have available for shoes?!  It is a vexing problem for me.  Why? because I am continually adding new colors and using up the last of another color!  It's "ever evolving" it seems.  Let's not even add into the discussion my mediocre photography skills which makes accurate color representation challenging!  

What's the solution?  You can describe what you want and I can take some pictures of possible matches, OR you can even send a fabric sample if you have your heart set on a near-perfect match.  

OR: be adventurous!!  Everyone orders "practical" shoe colors, which does make sense, but you'd be surprised how many outfits you have that would work with "wild" colors, too! Sometimes that unexpected pop of color really makes the outfit!

Here are some pictures for examples of colors!

The upper left is what I affectionately call "lizard green."  It is actually metallic!

The center in the top row is a slightly metallic pewter color....really versatile!

Yes, leopard print leather!!  

The top row farthest right is metallic, shiny silver!  The blue in the front is no longer available, unfortunately.

I like textured leather!  The top left is green "alligator", the red top right is "ostrich."  The red center left is a mottled dark pink/red suede and next to it is a grey "squares."  The orange in the bottom right is an "orange peel" texture with an overlay of silver....really unusual!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Spring Styles for Sasha!

Lately I have been catching up on orders and not posting fun pics to have a look at, so I thought I would remedy that right now!!  Here are more styles of clothes that I can make for Sasha.  Since so much of the fabric I use is vintage pieces, they end up being OOAK.  I can make these styles in equally elegant, fun or interesting fabrics from my....erm....*extensive*.... collection of fabrics.  All of these are currently SOLD, they are just examples of styles.  

Something a bit more modern than I usually make.  It is a dress made to look like a jumper!

A friend sent me this table runner, made by her grandma, to be turned into something for Sasha.  I barely squeaked it out of the piece!  This was the first time I had tried cutting crochet (hazardous, as it wants to ravel) and using it for a ruffle and it worked!  

Such a simple little style for Sasha yet so effective.  You probably can't exactly tell from the pic, but the sandals match the 2 colors of blueberries perfectly!  All set for her summer vacation in Maine!

A little yoke dress made from lobster print fabric with matching sandals.
This Maine vacation wardrobe was really shaping up nicely!!

This little dress is sheer English netting lace (antique, in this case) lined with Swiss batiste in yellow.
Because the netting lace is very expensive, the cost of this dress is a bit higher than normal.

This is a Sasha sized reproduction of a picture I was sent of a child.  I  copied it as closely as I could, right down to the blue shoes and white laces.  It was a mother's day present from the child in the pic (now grown, of course) to her Mom.  I hear that when Mom saw it, tears were shed!  Awwhh, I am pretty proud of that reaction!!

A very simple dress is all that was needed to highlight the extensive embroidery on this piece.
I did put some tucks in the bodice as it was looking a bit plain compared to the elaborate skirt here.

I couldn't believe that I could get an apron out of a hankie, but I had to try it anyway.  PS, the collar on this dress is fine, it was flipped up when I took the pic.  (sigh....I need lessons in photography....)

This WAS a very ordinary looking apron but boy oh boy, the fabric was fantastic!  It was very sheer, so I lined it with pale blue Swiss batiste.  I love a tiny hint of color under an otherwise simple white dress!

Don't overlook table napkins for doll clothes!!  The yellow plaid was one.  Note the use of the hemstitched border as the bands on the shirt front!  PS, I am not that great at lining up plaids, I just got lucky on this one lol!!

My ever-worried little Ruthie liked this dress (a former dresser scarf) so much and was afraid I would sell it and not let her keep it.  Who could "no" to that face, so it's hers.  Then she said she needed a blue slip and matching blue shoes.  She has me wrapped around her tiny little fingers, I swear!

Something for the babies!!  This little suit looks a bit funny when the doll is standing as it seems quite baggy.  Luckily, babies don't stand much and it is adorable when they are sitting!!  PS the buttons on the front are really sewn on straight, but my photography is crooked! 

These were some of the most unusual vintage pieces I ever found.  They were very sheer and used as little cocktail napkins, I guess.  The embroider was at the short end, which was a bit odd.  Instead of stitching them together, I just overlaid them on some yellow fabric so they float free at the ends.  The sash is imported French ribbon sewn together.