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 am so very, very thrilled to be working on this – first collection – and I hope you like it. Dear God and Christian Dior help me


So you’ll get to watch (and silently judge) me along the process of creating – cheer at my triumphs – sob over my mistakes – and laugh at my vision (if you are so inclined). I’m actually pretty psyched about it – and I wanted to share the first pics of my working color/texture choices in fabric. It’s the OCD tour de force, so to speak.


Some of these fabrics you’ve seen in a couple of my recent designs – loved them so much, had to go back to them – and there’s another surprise design coming your way soon…


For my textile-ophile friends out there, and fellow designers who just love fine fabrics – this is for you…chant along with me while we dance in a silk garden, shall we?

The Collection


Swiss Lace with Swarovski Crystal Accents over Lyonnaise Changeant Silk Taffeta


Sequined Silk Shantung


Beaded Silk Chiffon


Embroidered Synthetic Organza


Cream Alpaca


Silk Italian Taffeta


Chinese Silk Brocade


Chinese Silk Brocade


Beaded French Tulle


Lyonnaise Changeant Silk Taffeta


Beaded French Tulle


Chinese Silk Brocade


Silk, Cotton and Wool Suiting


Crispy Silk Organza


Printed Italian Silk Charmeuse


Lyonnaise Printed Silk Chiffon


Lyonnaise Silk Tissue Taffeta


Lyonnaise Silk Chiffon


Silk and Lycra Taffeta


Beaded Silk Chiffon


Silk and Cotton Suiting


Blush-Tinted Guipure Lace


Chinese Silk Brocade


Sequined Silk Chiffon and Beaded Motif Appliqué


Embroidered Silk Shantung


Silk Charmeuse


Irish Linen


Lyonnaise Silk Chiffon


Ultrafine Italian Worsted Wool

Italian Silk Herringbone

Italian Silk Herringbone

Pretty, no?

10 Comments on “2015 Fabric Studies…

  1. Mmmmmmm – fabric porn! The fabrics alone are worth the price of admission. Glad you have decided to throw your hat into the ring. Best of luck to you in your endeavors! Remember to edit. When in doubt, leave it out. I know that’s hard for you, but this collection is meant for other people, not just for you. Will be watching with great anticipation! Jackie

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  2. The fabrics are very pretty! Are you going to use them all? Some look very challenging for doll scale (brocades, suit fabrics and organza especially) so I’m all the more excited to see what you make 🙂 Good luck!

    • Thanks, Arina! Yes, i do plan to use them all, though some may only appear as linings or trim…and yes, very challenging, so wish me good skill!

  3. Tom, I am so thrilled that you are designing and sewing again. I hope I will be able to acquire a few special pieces. Happy New Year. Meg

  4. I have a sewing question if you don’t mind. I would like to make my niece’s female dolls some suits however all the pretty linen type fabric or a fabric with a large wide weave I shutter at though I love the color and texture. I’m trying to figure out how to cut and not ravel before sewing. I have thought of fray check a 1/4 inch outline from the pattern but fray check always leaves the fabric hard around the area. I guess I could then sew inside of that but trimming would still cause ravel out. And I hand sew most of her doll clothes instead of machine sew as some are so little in spots. I would greatly appreciate some ideas for the ravel issues so I can start making cool suits in the wider weaves. Is there a different stop ravel product? Or a sewing technique beside zig zagging that you could suggest. I would greatly appreciate the input and any ideas.

    • Absolutely…but it’s work. Underline the fabric with something very lightweight like batiste or even tulle…baste around all edges, and hand-tack on the face to keep it from buckling. Don’t use fusible interfacing, it warps and puckers when you press. Fray check works well…but use it sparingly…it’s usually enough to keep weaves in place…just dot it every 1/2 inch or so…

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