Monthly Archives: July 2017

“As Seasons Change”

Is it starting to feel a bit like fall (or spring) where you live, maybe a day here and there? We had a morning last week that was quite cool.  If I hadn’t been aware of the exact day on the calendar I could have believed autumn was right around the corner simply by a “feeling in the air”.  But alas, we still have August which is still summer.  And, I am happy about that; I’m not ready to say goodbye to summer just yet.

Lucy is my last little model in the July fashion show.  She is wearing a transitional ensemble in navy blue, my favorite back-to-school color.  Her dress is made with a popular print designed by Rifle Paper Co. and manufactured by Cotton + Steel.  If you go to Instagram and search with the tag #riflepapercofabric you can find lots of other thing made with this print.  It was also produced with a light blue ground and a warm peach/salmon colorway.

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I customized Lucy’s rose with cobalt seed beads to mimic the stylized roses on her dress.

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Lucy’s hand knit lace cardigan sweater is made with a heathered rose colored merino lace yarn.  There are vertical lace panels on the fronts, sleeves, and a wider one on the back.  The cardigan can be worn unbuttoned or buttoned with natural stone navy bead buttons.

It took me a few tries to get the shade for the rose embroidery just right.  I kept trying shades that perfectly matched those on the dress, but they did not look right at all.  Finally, I squinted my eyes and picked the color that the pink and red blended together to make, which was the color that you see here.  There is some reddish orange in the yarn, so this shade of embroidery also ties in with the sweater.

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Lucy’s beret is knit in the round from my beret pattern.  It uses a heavier yarn, but in the same colorway.  A hand made two-color pompom decorates the top, and a tiny hand made navy silk (same color as the waistline ribbon) bow decorates the front.

 

 

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Lucy’s other accessories include pastel hand dyed pink cotton tights and a bracelet.

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“As Seasons Change” made for Dianna Effner’s Little Darlings will be available tonight (July 29, 2017) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

Thank you so much for attending my July fashion show.

Have a great weekend, my friends.

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“Blooms for Late Summer”

Welcome to day 5 of my July fashion show.  It’s sweet Patsy’s turn today, and she is very excited to show you her new ensemble.

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Does this print look familiar?  It’s the same print I used for Patience’s “Pink and Plummy” ensemble, which I showed you yesterday.  I think it looks quite a bit different in this colorway though.  Instead of an ecru background this one is ivory.  The colors in this print are raspberry, burnt orange, buttery yellow, chocolate, muted turquoise, and dark teal used to depict the greenery.

I am not a huge “fall colors” fan, but I do like this print a lot; it’s probably due to the fact that it includes a pinkish color (raspberry), and I find the muted turquoise gorgeous.

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A petite cotton ivory eyelet edging decorates the hemline of Patsy’s dress.  I brought out my favorite shades in this print with a hand dyed raspberry rayon ribbon, which ties around the waistline of the dress, and muted pastel turquoise cotton tights.  To further accent the rosy shades, I added a tiny hand made raspberry bow to the crocheted pearl headband, bright pink blossoms to Patsy’s bouquet, and tiny pink bugle beads to her bracelet.

Patsy’s cardigan is hand knit with a beautiful heathered merino lace yarn in a chocolate color.  It includes teal shades which coordinate nicely with the teal embroidery.  Also, there’s a rosy shade in there too.  There really are too many different colors in this yarn to name.  Isn’t it pretty though?

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I was worried about the embroidery getting lost on this dark color.  Before beginning, I made sure my floss colors were either bright, light, or very dark.  I am happy with the end result, and Patsy’s little cardi coordinates perfectly with her dress.

Patsy can wear her cardigan buttoned with the ivory pearls or left unbuttoned.

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I just noticed that even Patsy’s eye color and lip color coordinate with this ensemble.  Uh oh, she’ll never want to take this one off!

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“Blooms for Late Summer” made for Patsy (will also fit the 10″ Ann Estelle, Sophie, Georgia, and Gracie dolls) will be available tonight (July 27, 2017) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

I hope you all have a great late summer or late winter day, my friends.  Bye for now! ❤

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