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“Fall-ing for this Sweety”

Hi all!  Are you enjoying August?  Honestly, it feels like September to me.  My daughter is all moved in at college and ready to begin her second year.  Temperature-wise, it is another rather chilly morning.  I’ve heard others say how back-to-school feels more like a new beginning than January first does.  I feel this way, do you?

I feel like planning gobs of new ensembles and patterns, and painting my studio, which will then need to get straightened and pared down.  Yikes!  One step-at-a-time!

Today I decided to get Gracie’s new ensemble ready to show you.  I’ve been writing the pattern for her cardigan as I’ve been creating the ensemble, so it’s taken a little longer to complete.  However, she is now all ready!

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Gracie’s cardigan is knit with fingering weight merino wool.  It is wonderfully soft and hand dyed to a cool tonal pink.  This color picks up the cool rosiness of the roses on the dress print.  Bullion stitched shaded roses and rosebuds in three different shades (plum, mauve, and raspberry) are sprinkled on the front panels of her elbow length cardigan.

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The cardigan can be worn unbuttoned or buttoned with off white glass pearls.

Her dress is made with a Japanese cotton print which features tiny rosy colored roses/rosebuds on a cool plum ground.  The bodice is shaped with waistline darts.  Her full skirt is embellished with very fine scalloped English cotton Cluny lace snugged underneath a tuck.  A raspberry colored silk ribbon ties twice around her waist and ties into a bow in the front.

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Gracie wears a delicate necklace and bracelet made with amethyst colored AB Czech glass crystals, golden Delica beads, heart charms and a gold-toned bow charm.  Her headband is hand made with velvet ribbon, and has an elastic loop at the back for slipping on over her hair.  She wears off white cotton Lycra® tights.

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Gracie holds a Victorian styled crocheted basket with a beaded handle and tassel.  Inside the basket are a few lilac blossoms she’s picked just for you.

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“Fall-ing for this Sweety” will be available tonight (August 8, 2017) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

Look for Gracie’s cardigan pattern later this week.  I’ll let you know when it’s ready.

I hope you all enjoy your day today. ❤

 

 

 

 

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“Pink and Plummy”

Hello everyone.  Let’s get on with my July fashion show.

The ensembles are starting to feel a tad fall-ish now.  Yes, I know it’s still the middle of summer, but I felt like working ahead, so why not.  (I almost made a Christmas in July set, but I held back, lol.)

Today, it’s sweet Patience’s turn to model her new ensemble for you.

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Patience’s dress is made from a Japanese cotton print in a colorful, but muted palette.  The tiny pink and violet blossoms look like they were executed in watercolor, so pretty.  The greenery is depicted with charcoal grey, and the background is ecru or beige.  My darkest ecru lace (English cotton Cluny) worked perfectly on this print.  It decorates the skirt underneath a tuck.  A muted raspberry rayon ribbon ties around the waistline.

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Patience’s cardigan is knit with heathered plum lace weight merino wool.  I can’t seem to get enough of heathered yarn; I find all the subtle color differences in one strand quite irresistible.  Hand embroidery around the neckline coordinates with the dress.  The cardi can be worn buttoned or unbuttoned.

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Patience’s is wearing a crocheted pearl headband and holding a crocheted basket with bouquet.  Both are made with natural colored bamboo thread.  The tiny bouquet sits in the basket, and can be removed.  The stems are wound with a bit of bamboo thread.

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Patience’s other accessories include a bracelet and tights.

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“Pink and Plummy” will be available tonight (July 26, 2017) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

I’ll see you tomorrow.  It will be either Lucy or Patsy’s turn to model their new ensembles.  Hmm, wonder who . . .

Have a beautiful day, my friends!

I’m Finished with my July work! and “Summer Meadow”

It’s hard to believe, yes it is!  I feel like I’ve been working on these 6 projects—well, all month long!  Having 6 doll outfits in the works all at once was an interesting experiment, and one I will most likely not repeat.  I did not work any more efficiently, which is why I tried it in the first place.  And, this experiment made my creating seem like work.  When I work one-at-a-time, or almost that way, I enjoy the process so much more.  The only task that I enjoyed doing all at once was the embroidery.  I found once I got into embroidery mode I happily worked from one sweater to the next although it took the same amount of time!

So without further ado . . . my first Little Darling, Gina, is here to show you her new ensemble.

Gina’s drop waist styled dress is made with a pure white cotton floral print.  The blossoms are in clear and simple colors: blue, red, green, pink, yellow gold with black outlining.  A blue organza ribbon ties around the waistline and the hemline is prettied up with white cotton edging.

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Gina is wearing a hand knit blue bamboo cardigan.  This shade of blue is sort of nautical, sort of periwinkle, kind of in-between.  At any rate, it matches the blue in the dress print.  I chose to stick with white embroidery to keep the look crisp and clean.  I’ve never embroidered with only one color before, and I like the result; it keeps things from getting too busy.  It also keeps the colorful focus on the dress.  The sweater can be worn open, or buttoned with the white gemstone bead buttons.

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Gina’s cutting basket is crocheted with natural hemp in the shape of a typical cutting basket.  It has a braided handle with a silk bow.  After a visit to a nearby meadow, Gina picked flowers to match the flowers in her dress, clever girl!  Her blossoms are kept together with a  clear elastic, but can be rearranged, or put in a little vase.

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Gina is wearing a crocheted beret made with white bamboo.  It features a mix of crochet stitches for interest, and it frames her cute doll face perfectly!

White cotton anklets, panties, and a bracelet complete the look.

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“Summer Meadow” will be available tonight (July 22, 2017) at 7 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

I really and truly enjoyed hearing from so many of you after my last post!  Thank you so much for taking the time to comment!

I hope all of you have a relaxing summer weekend with lots of sunshine.  Bye for now, my friends.