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An Afternoon at Pemberley Summer Sundress

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When I saw this new fabric from Liberty of London called Lotta, I recognized immediately that the ladies were wearing Regency period dresses and I imagined that the Bennett sisters were visiting the park and gardens at Pemberley.  The fashionably dressed ladies interact with wildlife that one might expect to find at a grand English estate, such as deer, rabbits, peacocks, and the like.  I was delighted to find that the fabric was created by Lotta Nieminen, an illustrator and graphic designer from Helsinki, Finland, who researched garments from her favorite BBC show “Pride and Prejudice.”  After finalizing the characters she went on to create something for them to wander in. A flower and animal filled garden seemed appropriate so that the background also interpreted patterns found on clothing in this era.

This lovely sundress has layers of pale blue tulle, giving fullness to the skirt.  A French blue silk taffeta band an bow defines the waist.

This fashion fits Silkstone Barbie, Poppy Parker, Victoire Roux, and FR2

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Summer Sundress in Liberty of London Tiny Poppytot

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Greetings from Maine!  It isn’t every day that I am able to photograph my fashions in front of a bower of sweet peas.  I wish you could smell them.

This lovely print from Liberty’s Wild Flowers collection, Tiny Poppytot was inspired by illustrations in children’s magazines from the 1930s. The design features flowers with symbolic meaning: bluebell for the Greek moon goddess Selene, and the snowdrops and honeysuckles symbolize friendship, consolation, hope and devoted love.  This colorway is unusual and so striking, with shades of purple, orchid, and greenish gold.  The full skirt is have a deep purple tulle underskirt.  A mauve silk cummerbund and side bow are an additional pop of color at the waist.

This fashion fits Silkstone Barbie, Poppy Parker, Victoire Roux, FR 2 dolls

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Le Chat Noir Coat Ensemble

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This outfit has a story.  When we moved to our little neighborhood in Oregon almost 4 years ago, we made a number of cat friends. One of these was a big black cat named Frazier.  Although reserved at first, once we made overtures of friendship (treats), Frazier became our most devoted and loyal friend.  Every evening he would join us on our walk, following us all around the neighborhood at a stately pace.  Frazier had an owner and a home, but he spent most of his time with us.  He was usually asleep in our bushes during the day, coming out when he saw us with a welcoming chirp. 

About a month ago, Frazier’s owner stopped by to ask if we had seen him.  He had been missing for a few days.  We looked everywhere for him, but to no avail.  Already attacked once a few year years ago by a coyote, we fear that he was not as lucky this time.  We are heartbroken by his loss.  This outfit is to honor our friend the best way I know how.

The swing coat is made from a Japanese cotton.  Made up of squares, each containing a different Asian print, the most prominent design is the black cat with the big yellow eyes.  The coat is lined in dark orange silk and has gold and crystal buttons.  The coordinating strapless sheath dress is made from the same orange silk as the lining with a gold lace overlay.

Rest in peace, darling Frazier.  You are much loved and terribly missed.

This fashion fits most 1/6 scale fashion dolls.

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Bellissima Couture Summer Sale

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Hello Friends, I am having an end of summer sale in my Etsy shop to clear out merchandise before the new fall fashions.  Just enter Summersale15 at checkout for 15% savings on your entire purchase.  Offer is only until tomorrow, so shop now for best selection!

Coat Ensemble in Royal Peacock

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A stunning print of stylized peacock feathers makes up this dramatic coat.  The colors are turquoise, royal blue, aqua, and kelly green, liberally touched gold.  The coat is lined in aqua silk and has gold and Swarovski crystal buttons.  The matching strapless sheath dress is made from a deep teal green silk with a gold lace overlay.  A striking necklace of Japanese Miyuki fringe beads sets off the strapless dress beautifully.

This fashion fits Silkstone Barbie, Victoire Roux, FR2

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Sheath Suit in Rose Gold Brocade

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A lovely metallic silk brocade from India in shades of rose pink woven with gold makes up this elegant evening suit.  The slim sheath has a band of rose pink silk at the waist.  The cropped jacket is lined in rose silk, as is the sheath.  A collar beaded with tiny pearls, gold beads and pink beads adds sparkle.

This fashion fits Silkstone Barbie, Victoire Roux, and FR2

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Sheath Suit in Tropical Hibiscus

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This beautiful fabric is an iridescent, embroidered silk.  Pale peach is woven with pink, resulting in a lovely shimmer.  The fabric is embroidered with hibiscus flowers.  The sheath is fully lined in an iridescent guava silk, which is also used for the pleated cummerbund and the lining of the jacket.  The bolero jacket has a richly beaded neckline with beads in shades of peach, pearl, gold, and guava.

This fashion fits Silkstone Barbie, Victoire Roux, and FR2

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