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Monthly Archives: January 2014

L’Oeillet Rose

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Spring is beginning to make herself felt here in the Pacific Northwest. My daffodils are already coming up in the front garden, and the birds are getting busy thinking about nest building.

This suit is made from some spectacular silk brocade that I have had in my collection for years.  It is one of my very favorite fabrics.  Dark pink woven with white results in a shimmering, iridescent sheen.  A subtle woven check is the background for a scattering of small blooms.  Because it is a fully woven pattern, this brocade is equally beautiful on both sides.  I decided to work with that.  The sheath dress features the lighter flowers and darker background, while the jacket is made from the darker side of the fabric.  An iridescent carnation pink silk taffeta lines the jacket, while the same fabric is used for the pleated cummerbund.  Tiny pearl buttons decorate the jacket.  A golden butterfly, harbinger of Spring, decorates the collar of the jacket.  A pale pink satin flower hat with a cluster of pearl stamens finishes the ensemble.

If you are interested in purchasing this fashion, please send me an email at

hildaewestervelt@gmail.com

$110.00 (Edition of 4) SOLD

 

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Save the Date for “Paris au Printemps”

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Paris au Printemps

Wednesday, February 12

1:00 p.m. Pacific Time

An exclusive fashion show from Bellissima Couture

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Noir et Blanc

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A Chanel inspired ensemble in black and white, this fashion consists of a gown and cropped jacket.  The gown has a dropped waist, strapless bodice in white silk, highlighted with fine black grosgrain bands at the waist and under the bust.  The full skirt is multiple layers of stiff white net with an overlay of fine white tulle embroidered with black bows and white swirls. 

The cropped jacket is made of black organza roses and fully lined in black organza.  Pearl accents are hand sewn in the center of assorted roses.

Pink and White French Baroque Chair, Rebecca Berry.  Mirrored Console, Welcome Home.

If you are interested in purchasing this fashion, please email me at

hildaewestervelt@gmail.com

$110.00 (edition of 3) SOLD

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Le Bleuet

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Victoire relaxes before her dinner date arrives in an elegant, feminine gown.  The strapless bodice is made of French blue silk taffeta shot with cream.  The full skirt is made from numerous layers of scalloped tulle in pale blue and French blue.  The lace overlay has an embroidered pattern of flowers in creamy yellow and cornflower blue.  A bow belt highlights the waist.

Thank you to Maryann Roy at Welcome Home for the furniture, accessories, and window seat.

If you are interested in purchasing this fashion, please email me at

hildaewestervelt@gmail.com

$90.00

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Can Can

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Victoire models a new version of the Pirouette fashion, but this one reminds me more of the antics that go on at the Moulin Rouge, rather than the ballet at the Opera Garnier, so I named it Can Can.  The classic combination of black and red combine to make a truly Parisian fashion (not to mention the Eiffel Towers embroidered into the lace).  The lace is black tulle embroidered with red and random crystals add sparkle.  Multiple layers of sparkly scalloped red tulle fill out the skirt.  A strapless black silk corset top with a red silk band and bow highlights the bust line.

If you are interested in purchasing this fashion, please email me at

hildaewestervelt@gmail.com

$90.00 Edition of 4 (Sold Out)

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Pirouette in Radiant Orchid

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The color Radiant Orchid is the Pantone color of 2014 and inspired this special outfit.  It is also the last of the “eyelash” border of this exquisite metallic Alençon lace that I bought in Paris last Spring.  I only have enough to make two, so this is it!

The strapless corset top is in Radiant Orchid silk and has a removable belt with a Swarovski crystal bow and pearl accent.  The skirt has a dropped waist in Radiant Orchid and flares into a divine full skirt of multiple layers of silver sparkle tulle and purple tulle, both with a scalloped edge.  The overlay of the skirt is fabulous purple Alençon or “eyelash” lace highlighted with silver.

If you are interested in purchasing this fashion, please email me at

hildaewestervelt@gmail.com

$95.00 (edition of 2) SOLD

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Tilda Mini Rose

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One of my favorite fabric designers is Tone Finnanger of the Norwegian company Tilda.  A few months ago I ordered a number of fabrics from England, which seems to be the closest place to find Tilda fabrics.  Known for their whimsical and romantic prints, Tilda fabrics are perfect for 1/6 scale sewing.

This particular pattern is called “Christmas Play in Mini Rose.”  We have been having a great deal of wind and rainy weather, so I made a trench coat set in this grey printed cotton.  Tiny, old fashioned roses are scattered on a grey ground.  The coat is lined in an antique rose silk and sports pale pink faceted buttons.  The sheath dress has a rose printed skirt and antique rose silk top.  A pale pink silk sash and bow accent the waist.  A cluster of vintage velvet millinery flowers with Swarovski crystals in the centers as a brooch is a feminine touch.

The fabulous shoes are not included, but can be purchased from Ann Grahek’s shop on Etsy.  The amazing painting of Barbie as Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring was a gift from my dear friend Rogier Corbeau.  

If you would like to purchase this fashion, please email me at

hildaewestervelt@gmail.com

$125.00 SOLD

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