I created a variant crochet top for Lady B (Iplehouse Carina) based on the apricot top I created for Iplehouse Raffine, but this top has elbow length sleeves and is buttoned up the front.
The sleeve ruffles are based on a doily situated on a table beside my armchair!
December, and the weather is glorious! Sunshine, blue skies, light breezes... I forgive you, Auckland (well almost), for all that rain that you dumped on us for four long months in winter...
Raffine wears a top crocheted by me, with pleated shorts in noil silk.
Her feet are beautifully pedicured and decorated with "barefoot sandals" by BJD face-up artist "Vitta Vera".
This top took me ages, and one reason was that I kept changing my mind about what I wanted to do.
I'd just bought half a dozen Zhurnal Mod and Duplet crochet magazines, and was absolutely dazzled by the creativity and artistry of the new free-style crochet fashions. If you are unfamiliar with this, do an internet search on these magazines, and prepare to be amazed!
So I spent the next few weeks trying out different mofits - roses, violets, butterflies. leaves - and getting myself thoroughly muddled about what I was actually trying to create.
It was still a good exercise though, as some of the motifs I tried were really too big for the 1/3rd scale of the doll I was crocheting for. In the end, I put together what I thought was a rather nice layout on a black template - intending to duplicate it on net later. As it happens, when I re-fitted the template to Fantasia Vivian, I slimmed the top down so this arrangement didn't fit anymore.
So the top eventually ended up looking like this; the motifs are sewn to the net, which is lined with crepe in a pretty lilac colour.
The motifs continue around the back. The top is teamed with a flounced chiffon skirt in pretty Spring colours.
Fantasia Sleepy Vivian can be seen in the background.
And that's another thing I did over the Spring - I got an Iplehouse body for sleepy Vivian and rounded the top of the neck off with a hobby dremel, resulting in a pretty decent fit for her head. So now sleepy Vivian has her own body! As you can see, she really suits it - I love the curves and the long swan neck. Although the resin is pinker than that of Fantasia's normal skin, her face-up has plenty of blushing and the overall effect is a nice match between head and body. Her lovely face-up (like that of open-eyed Vivian) is by Angel Toast.
I quickly knitted her a top in pretty pastel colours and matched them with silver earrings by Lyanne. Perfect! And now I really feel that Spring has arrived :)
Goodness me, has it really been that long? ... Yes, yes, it has...
Strangely, I feel that I've doing lots, but my Flickr account certainly doesn't reflect that... of course, it has been a miserable winter and spring this year, with seemingly endless rain from July right through to October. I didn't think it would ever stop, but the weather reluctantly (or so it seemed to me) starting clearing up in November, and the first and second days of December have been glorious - blue skies, sunshine and light breezes. At last!
But I have not been idle over the winter - I've picked up my crochet hooks and have been attempting to make some pretty things for my bigger dolls. I think it's been thirty years since I last crocheted anything...
The first thing I made was a bolero jacket in little flower motifs - actually for my HID Doria, but seen below on my friend Lyanne's SID Lahela. In fact, it doesn't quite meet at the front on Doria, but fits SID Lahela tolerably well except the sleeves are a little long. Still, that's the style nowadays, right?
Lahela is wearing stretch cotton jeans by Lyanne - again for EID so a little loose on Lahela, but still very attractive. Lahela has been posed and photographed by Lyanne, who is brilliant at it.
Doria has her outfit back, but has never been photographed in it. Poor Doria!
The cardigan took me about two weeks to make - all those itty bitty motif squares - but it did whet my appetite for tackling another crochet project. Which turned out to be a little more ambitious than I thought... a free-style crochet motif top for Fantasia Vivian, which will be the subject of my next post.
Based in New Zealand, I've been a collector of ball-jointed dolls since 2011.