Month: November 2014

2015 Fabric Studies…

Welcome to the opening inspirations surrounding the design process for Tommydoll’s First Couture Collection – debuting Winter/Spring 2015 – I am working on 15-20 pieces – and will have more information of the debut of this collection via the Couture Illustrated website soon. Well…I’m not going to share the full works in progress – but I am going to document the collection process here. I … Read More 2015 Fabric Studies…

Fabric Sketching

What exactly is a fabric sketch? Well, it’s exactly that – a ‘drawing’ that is done with fabric instead of pencil and paper – a sculpture, if you will. I used to do these all the time when playing and pinning – creating ideas from color and texture. Many of them are simply fabrics pinned to a doll – still others are fully lined … Read More Fabric Sketching

The Anatomy of a Competition – Part Two

  Part Two of the competition journey shows the making of a cocktail dress that rose from the frustration of a gown – namely, this gown. I had seen the ‘babydoll‘ concepts on a number of 60s fashions, and with that A-line silhouette made famous by designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, I was pretty sure this was were I wanted to go. This … Read More The Anatomy of a Competition – Part Two

The Anatomy of a Competition – Part One

I have always loved competitions. Whether you choose to participate or not, the dazzling array of creativity rarely disappoints. And yes, we all love to win, but there can only be a handful of ‘winners’ as one is never really certain just what specific elements on which the judges have placed their critical eyes. It’s usually a parade of the extravagant, involving such varying … Read More The Anatomy of a Competition – Part One

A Touch of Gloss…

Take note, Puddings…this is how you turn a doll convention into an experience extraordinaire. After now seeing all of the major event organizers in action, most recently with Integrity Toys’ 2014 Gloss Convention – I can accurately report on the top events with confidence… Two weeks ago, I turned 50. It was a pretty disappointing day considering all the birthday cakes I bake for … Read More A Touch of Gloss…