Category: how it’s made

Not Dead Yet…

One square inch takes about 2.5 hours to complete by hand…so it should come as no surprise why bobbin lace was so valued in days of old. And when you use silk and precious metals to compose your unique symphony, then it becomes evident why lace was virtually considered ‘currency’ then, and a supreme symbol of wealth and power. On a recent trip to … Read More Not Dead Yet…

J’adore Dior

He is arguably one of the greatest contributors to modern fashion – possibly the greatest. He is Christian Dior, and his name goes to many ears without a need of introduction. In his early days as a boy in Granville, through the influence of mother, beauty and gardens around him, Dior ascended to the fashion world mostly as a dreamer, contributing to the Paris fashion scene via such initial … Read More J’adore Dior

A Romantic Fantasy…

So what if Claire’s daughter, Brianna, had fallen through time and needed something to wear outside her comfort zone in order to be noticed at ‘court’ maybe in pre-Albert’s death Victorian England – what would Charles Worth do…? Hang on then…I’m getting ahead of myself… I don’t know what it is about the Starz series, Outlander, that aggravates my inner romantic. Is it the … Read More A Romantic Fantasy…

Aye…

As you read here…I am making a great pile of pouf for MetroDolls’ 2017 Charity Auction…actually, that’s DID MAKE! More this week on how Brianna was made…enjoy the eye candy…ummm…on Outlander, of course.       …

Making Goodness…

Because we at Tommydoll have an affinity for making pure 100% American goodness, it should come as no surprise that our brand of goodness vastly involves talented individuals in other countries. And as you wait patiently for me to complete the big lens images of Red…(catch-up here, dear)…please take a moment from your morning tea to indulge in pure teasery… The fine folks at … Read More Making Goodness…

Check Under The Hood, Please…

I know what you’re thinking: “I thought Alice in Wonderland was your thing?” Well…it was when I still had a doll collection; but honestly, I’m into just about any kind of fairytale heroine as long as she’s wearing couture. When I received The Modsdoll’s Eileen in late 2015, I fell in love. The sculpt, styling and painted details so captured me, that I honestly … Read More Check Under The Hood, Please…

Breaking News – GlamourOz Dolls Confirmed to Production

I have had a truly fucked fall. And as is true of most Tommydoll posts, this will include a fair amount of Tommy Drama…so deal with it… Not since my being laid off from Tonner in 2010 have I felt so disparaged by the doll world. Not that they haven’t been supportive in some ways, mind you…but also in other ways that totally and … Read More Breaking News – GlamourOz Dolls Confirmed to Production

Arpeggio Encore – Items for Sale

What a great showing at Integrity Toys’ CINEMATIC Convention this past weekend in Long Beach, CA – thank you to everyone who came by the room and the Bazaar table to view The Collection! As promised, items still available have been posted on my Sales Page – click here – please let me know if you have any questions…and thanks again!

The Anatomy of a Collection – Arpeggio

Needless to say, I’ve been a busy little beaver. I started on this collection months ago, but was side-tracked by several of life’s little curve balls. But I’m happy to say that it is now complete. If you’ve never been able to partake in the planning of a collection, or done if you’ve one yourself, this post is for you. Designers approach collections in … Read More The Anatomy of a Collection – Arpeggio

The Anatomy of Menswear – Dressing The Kinsman

NOTE: I decided to re-publish this and other Kingdom Doll/Kinsman Doll posts…because they are a reflection of me, too – despite Kingdom/Kinsman shafting me on credit deserved and promised for designing this outfit and making the pattern/samples (in addition to others not yet produced) – AND being denied a production sample – all as promised (they did pay me, though…so all was not lost). I … Read More The Anatomy of Menswear – Dressing The Kinsman

We’ll Have a Gay Ol’ Time…

I always loved The Flintstones as a kid. So you can tell instantly where I found inspiration for this little en-som. The animations were so simple, yet they invoked amazing creativity in turning everything we knew into prehistoric icons. I was, however, somewhat dismayed (even as a child) that they all wore the same clothes. Yeah, that’s right…for Betty and Wilma to be so … Read More We’ll Have a Gay Ol’ Time…

MetroDolls Proxy Bidding Now Open

If you haven’t had a chance to check out MetroDolls charity auction for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – now’s the time to do it. If you are attending the event, you’ll have an advantage of live bidding – but for those of you who cannot be there, you still have a chance to own some of the magnificent artistry offered by donors from all … Read More MetroDolls Proxy Bidding Now Open