For Blythecon Chicago I tentatively started a collection I called Sweet Gown, and I completed it in time for Blythecon Tokyo. The dress itself consists of two parts; Dress with built in overskirt, and a skirt part. The main dress part is made of cute Japanese print fabric and I embellished it with trimmings made of velvet trim, pom pom trim and ruffled vintage ribbon. The collar and sleeves are made of two layered fabric, bottom layer being poplin fabric and top layer iridescent “hologram” lamé fabric. I remember the lamé fabric being as very hard to work with, with it fraying madly.
The underskirt is made of triple layered fabric consisting of poplin as bottom layer, iridescent “hologram” lamé fabric as middle layer and flocked tulled as top layer. It is then trimmed with vintage ribbon, ric rac and satin roses. I pleated the ribbon and then arranged it in fancy fashion on the skirt part.
The vintage ribbon is a rare thing, it is a nice lovely smooth ribbon made of nylon. The difference to ribbons of today is that it has a taffeta weave instead for the satin weave we see now and unlike grosgrain ribbons it is smooth. I absolutely love them and I only have a small stash and it is super hard to hand. A pity!
And to top off I made fascinator too, which is basically a slightly curved circle decorated with pleated vintage ribbon just as above and fake icing and decoden charms. I like how it turned out!
I made the collection for two doll sizes; Neo Blythe and Emerald Witch.