Monday, September 1, 2014

Popovy Couture Creation

Inspired by High Couture Fashion of the 1990s - 2000 era, when designers began borrowing various elements from history and incorporating them in their own designs in modern and edgy ways. The catwalk became a canvas for fantasy and avant garde  imagination-  underwear became acceptable on the runway as outerwear, notably with Gaultier's cone-bra worn by Madonna. With the rise of designers like Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, and Paul Gaultier, the high fashion world became an ephemeral platform for impractical and otherworldly creations. Compared to previous era's when a mere few centimetres of raised hemline could cause a stir, designers now had to stretch their imaginations to cause shock and gossip.
This era truly paved the way for fashion as we know it today, where "everything has been done" in previously in history, and designers are forced to look to the past and rely on their imaginations to come up with new combinations of refreshing the old.

This steely blue-grey "High Fashion" ensemble was created using the French traditional en-toile method: of laying fabric pieces directly on the model and hand-sewing to create one-of-a-kind couture versus using pattern pieces. Many of the fabrics start out as remnant "scraps" from designer gown offcuts, and I allow myself to react to their shape and colour, and how they sit on the doll when deciding on a design direction. I sew in a highly organic way, allowing the fabrics, textures and colours to dictate the direction of my design along the way, relying on aesthetics and meticulous design choices. Pieces are pinned, sewn, measured, re-measured, sewn, and adjusted until they fit the model perfectly, in this case the elegant and spindly bodies of the Popovy dolls.

Organza and beaded netting blouse, lace-up corset, ruffled panties with tiny silk bows, miniature stocking garters complete with tiny gold buckles, fine nylon hose with silk tassels and ribbon rosette's from Mokuba in Paris.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fainting Lounge for Blythe

I will be showcasing all our OOAK beds and lounges in individual posts. Information and links (where applicable) on purchasing will be detailed within each post. 

1:6th scale Fainting Lounge

Bespoke upholstered wooden reclining lounge for your Blythe roombox or dollhouse diorama!

Designed and completely hand-made at the House of Orchid's Designs, painted and sealed with furniture gloss. Part of our bespoke range of unique hand-crafted custom doll furniture, aiming to create the perfect additions to your collection for your dolls to love! 

Fainting Lounge measures: 25cm long / 12cm deep / 14cm tall
Perfect for Blythe sized dolls (Icy, Basaak, Pullip, Dal, Makies, Monster High, Barbie)

OOAK - Shop Here

Friday, July 25, 2014

Doll Furniture Shop Update

 Pleased to unveil our very first range of bespoke Blythe and BJD furniture is now listed in the shop!
We have one Blythe-scale fainting lounge, and a few beds, all perfect for not only Blythe but BJD up to 40cm in height, like Enchanted Dolls.

Browse our available Bespoke Doll Furniture here

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bespoke Doll Furniture - Coming Soon!

You know it's true love when he starts making you finely crafted bespoke miniature doll furniture....

My amazing man has begun an endeavour of crafting beautiful doll lounges to custom fit certain dolls in my collection like Enchanted Dolls, Popovy Dolls, Blythe and BJTales dolls. Each piece is different, and I'm delighted with the fine attention to detail and precise perfection he is so meticulously finising - the individual bed slats are all drilled into place with tiny wooden spokes, joins are secured and designed for strength and safety. I'm astounded and couldn't be happier that my dolls will have such elegant and masterfully made furniture to lounge on - the perfect compliment to their tiny haute couture costumes.

Please enjoy this small selection of detail photographs of his process. The good news for you.... we will have some for sale to delight your dolls too!

The first three creations, first coat of primer and undercoat.

Each bed-frame plank is individually drilled, and slotted over tiny wooden spokes.

Creating a weatherboard bed-head.

Each join is drilled through and secured with tiny wooden spokes, not just glued.

Quality workmanship, the joins are not simply glued together, but secured with drilled spokes.

Adding tiny details before we prime, undercoat, then paint the finished pieces.

Keep an eye out on his Doll Photography FB page to see progress, and be the first to hear about when the first range is finished and available!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Garden of Delights - Custom Blythe

Garden of Delights
First Prize Winner - BlytheFest 2014 Australia

Garden of Delights - my very special custom Blythe who made her extravagant debut at Blythefest AU in Sydney, winning first prize in her category. She is an exquisite art-custom, her body and head fully covered in intricate hand painted floral vine motifs. She wears a large floral crown atop her spring green hair. She has been given "sleep eyes" and gaze adjustment, and has two of my crystal-resin glazed illustrated cameo pull-rings.

Front and Back face-plates feature a bouquet of beautifully painted garden flowers, roses, leaves and hydrangea blooms. Her entire body is encircled with vines and blooming roses, wrapping around her arms, torso and legs.
Her eyelids also feature floral continuation of her facial design, so that when she closes her eyes she can merge into her floral background... a wallflower, a perfectly camouflaged nature spirit. Eye-chips include 4 custom sets: one pair Takara pink, one pair Takara forest green, one pair hand-painted metallic silvery green, and one pair human-iris prints.

She has been meticulously sealed between each layer to protect her extensive painted designs. None the less, I would recommend she is handled minimally, and displayed in a clean dust-free environment, preferably enclosed within a glass dome or show cabinet to ensure her everlasting beauty. 

Garden of Delights
First Prize Winner - BlytheFest 2014 Australia
Diorama Competition

OOAK fully hand-painted art custom by Orchid's Designs #005

Friday, June 20, 2014

Flower Dye - Blythe Dress Collection

Dyed with Hibiscus, Camellia and Wild Rose blooms

For BlytheFest AU's "Flower Power" theme I created a limited collection of delicate one-off dresses for Neo Blythe Dolls. Each dress has been dyed naturally using flowers and entirely hand sewn. The delicate varying shades in each fabric get their colouring from such flowers as camellia, hibiscus, morning glory, avocado and wild rose.

The "Flower Fantasia" series made it's debut at BlytheFest AU in Sydney for the "Flower Power" themed con. The collection was limited to just 8 individual dresses. 6 fit Takara Blythe, 1 for Pure-Neemo bodies only, and one for Makies.

The available dresses are now listed in the "Blythe" section of my Etsy Shop.

Dyed with Avocado and Morning Glory

Dyed with fragrant Camellia blooms

Find your favourite here...


Added behind the scenes peek... the origin of the beautiful and delicately varying shades glimpsed in this collection, the dye bath of camellia's, rose, hibiscus and morning glory:

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

BlytheFest 2014

Blythefest AU was wonderful! I've had a few days to recover, come to terms with all that happened and calm down! I was simply buzzing with excitement on the day, and have to say it was an absolutely fantastic event! I'm sorry I have to wait a whole other year until the next one! 

I had less than a month to prepare, so it's been hectic leading up to the day. Not only were we still reeling from our huge move back to Australia, but then I spent every day frantically sewing and customising to be ready in time. It's been stressful, but I feel it was all definitely worth it!

The Dolly Fashion Sketchbook had a whirlwind day! All our physical copies sold outBlytheFest! 
I am so excited that so many wonderful creative people will be filling up their sketchbooks with gorgeous designs soon! Hopefully our flickr group will soon be abundant with snapshots of the books in use! If you grabbed a copy on the day, feel free to upload your pictures to our group!

We have a few back-up copies left in our Etsy Shop, so if you'd like to grab a copy before the next pre-order, hurry over!

Our beautiful custom Blythe diorama "Garden of Delights" made her debut on the day, and to my immense delight she placed first in the competition! I owe a HUGE thank you to everyone on the day who voted for her, and who admired her, and came and complimented her, it meant so very very much for me! As a reward, she will be available for adoption soon to a lucky home!

I had an utterly fabulous day. I met SO MANY wonderful people, it was so lovely to put faces to names I already loved. It was amazing to get to meet everyone in person!
Of course, I came home with plenty of fantastic goodies!

For more photo's of the day and of course, all the dolls, here are our photo albums:
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