Sunday, November 18, 2012
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
We have just released another 'Special Edition' Dress. What is a 'Special Edition' you ask?
Normally I am able to produce up to several dozen of a particular dress, but sometimes I find a fabric or trim in a smaller quantity. If I am not able to make more than 4 of a particular dress or design, I release it as a 'Special Edition' instead of including it in my seasonal collections. Once these 'Special Editions' are sold, they are gone for good. Sometimes I am able to reproduce the design in a different color or with a twist, but usually not.
Monday, October 29, 2012
It is our 'Queen Charlotte' Dress. It's a rich and elegant dress made with brocade, taffeta, lace, and all sorts of fancy trimmings!
Queen Charlotte was a German princess who married into the British Royal Family. Up until the 19th century, many Christmas traditions had not become popular in the English culture. Although Christmas Trees did not become popular until Queen Victoria's reign, Queen Charlotte is credited for bringing the very first Christmas Tree, a German tradition, into the royal family.
We thought the Queen Charlotte Dress was perfect for our 2012 Holiday Dress, and we hope you do too!
Also, the official release date for the Winter 2012 Collection is November 17th - right before the Thanksgiving Holiday! However, many of our new items are being quietly introduced ahead of time, so keep a lookout for new and exciting items!
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
- A Medieval 'Special Edition'
- New 'Winter Warmth' sets to keep the dolls cozy during the snowy winter months!
- My 'Regency' section is sadly lacking in variety at the moment. I'm planning on at least 2 new 'Ball Gowns' and hopefully a new 'Spencer' jacket outfit soon.
- New Tudor designs!! I have found so much material and inspiration. I can't wait to get started!
BUT, I want suggestions from YOU! What would you like to see as a new doll dress? What time periods would you like to see more variety in? Leave a comment here, or, send me an email!
If you have a particular style in mind, please send me a picture! A historical painting would be best, but any picture will do! Who knows, you might just see your idea made into a doll dress! My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love to talk with you about your ideas!
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Olde Salem Days is this Saturday, September 8th. If you live in the area, or if you want to make a trip, come down! Over 60,000 people come to look and shop for unique Christmas gifts and other things!
If you come down, look for the banner pictured above. It will be hoisted above our booth!
Friday, August 31, 2012
After months of work and planning, our Fall collection is finally here! Our new items include:
- A Medieval Surcoat outfit, circa 1400's
- A deep green Tudor dress
- A Regency robe and 'round gown'
- An embroidered Civil War ball gown
- A 1934 inspired polka-dot dress
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
But - it's only here for as long as supplies last. Right now there are only 2 available, so don't miss out!
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
I would like to have the Fall Collection out by the beginning of September, but in the meantime, I have a special edition that will be released on July 23rd! It's similar to our classic design 'The Southern Belle Dress' which was originally inspired by Belle in the Disney film, 'Beauty and the Beast'. There will only be three available, so keep watching!
Saturday, July 7, 2012
One of the things on my list is to design several new 'Anne of Green Gables' inspired outfits. Therefore, I will be watching the classic film version starring Megan Follows. It is the best version by far in my opinion. The process of getting new designs out takes several weeks, so don't look for anything new too soon! I am still rebounding from the HEAV convention!
For all of you out there who read this blog, what would you like to see turned into a doll dress? Please, throw your ideas out there and I will consider them!
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Friday, June 15, 2012
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Some have expressed an interest in my process of creating and releasing a new design. Here are some of the steps:
- Find an idea that I like - this often amounts to months of research.
- Decide which colors/fabrics/trims to use. I am very indecisive, so my wonderful Mother is of great help to me.
- Find someone of historical interest for inspiration. This is harder than it sounds in many cases.
- Draw up the pattern and test with muslin or scrap fabric.
- Cut out the new pattern
- Sew and finish the new dress. This takes much more time than a dress normally does because I often have no idea what I am doing.
- Take the web pictures of the dress.
- Edit the pictures using Photoshop so they can be used (this is usually just lightening them - basements are not conducive to good pictures)
- Make the slideshow pictures for the homepage.
- Write up a complete description of the dress, including biographies and fashion information.
- FINALLY I add it all to the website, post on Facebook and this blog, and send out an email blast.
This process usually takes about 2-3 weeks. This time around I am trying to do most of this in 3 days.
Oh dear. It will get out eventually! Thanks for your patience!
Monday, June 11, 2012
Monday, June 4, 2012
And this is also why the date for the Summer Collection 2012 debut is later than I wanted it to be! I've been scrambling to get ready for this weekend.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
- The 'Catherine of Valois' Dress - A Medieval surcoat outfit, circa 1300's.
- The 'Dorothy Hancock' Dress - A Colonial outfit circa the 1750's (pictured).
- The 'Martha Washington' Outfit - A Colonial ball gown of purple striped silk.
- The 'Mary Chesnut' Outfit - A aquamarine Civil War walking dress.
- and more!
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Thursday, May 3, 2012
- Panniers (pocket hoops)
- Crinoline (hoopskirt)
- Combination (learn more on the product page)
Combination (learn more on the product page)
Check them out now!
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The format is going to be a bit different from now on. Several of these dresses were photographed with the following:
- Colonial Panniers, Shift and Petticoat set
- Civil War Hoopskirt, Chemise and Drawers set
These are not available yet, but they will be within the next week!
And please, if you have bought a dress from us and loved it, leave a review on the dress page (if you can find it - Our dresses sell out quickly). Let us know what you think of the new site!
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
The main reason is that I have been working on updating yoreclothes.com. There are many, many things that I could add to it, but so far I want to add the following features:
- A section on each product page where customers can add comments and reviews
- 3 information tabs instead of 2. Right now I have 'Product' and 'History'. I want to have 'Description', 'History', and 'Fashion'. The 'Description' tab will have all the information about the dress, just as the 'Product' tab does now. The 'History' tab will have information about the product's name. For example, the 'Clara Barton' Dress will have a whole tab on Clara Barton, instead of just a few paragraphs. This will allow me to do more justice to the people, places, and things that inspire my designs. The 'Fashion' tab will have information about the fashions of the time period. This, I hope, will become a valued resource to anyone interested in period clothing.
- A search engine that will allow customers (and anyone else) to search for particular things, such as 'ball gowns'.
- more product pictures!
Unfortunately, because of the amount of work that will go into this, I will be a little slower than I would like in getting out my new designs. I am also using this project as a homework assignment (for a college class). It's due the end of April, so hopefully by then the site will be completed. Thanks in advance for your patience! In the meantime, I will be writing a bit on this blog about new designs, ideas, and other things.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
- The 'Cinderella' Dress - a remake of last year's 'Carolina' Dress, only this year it's not peach. It is pale blue and white, which made me think of Cinderella from the old Disney classic. I have also been researching the history behind 'Cinderella' and many other fairy tales. It has been fascinating, and I can't wait to share some of my findings with you!
- The 'Antonia' Dress - named after Marie Antoinette (her German name was Maria Antonia). I have had a beautiful piece of fuschia damask fabric in my possession for several years, and I have always wanted to do a Georgian, or Colonial dress out of it. I finally designed a dress that I thought best fit the fabric. Unfortunately, there will only be 4 of these dresses because of the lack of material, but I am very excited about how the design is turning out.
I have several designs that I want to do as well. I want to have at least four before I release the Spring 2012 series. Hopefully that will be in April. Here is what I have planned to create in the next few weeks:
- A tudor-style dress. It will be a beautiful combination of colors with forest green, gold, and brown. I believe I will call it the 'Anne Boleyn' Dress, but I am not sure yet.
- A new style of walking dress for the Civil War. I am experimenting with covered buttons for this one, as the aqua color I am using is very hard to find! I don't know what I will call this dress - Mary Chesnut lived in the South during the war and kept a very detailed journal. Her journals have given great insight into the political goings-on in the 1860's. I might name the dress after her!
- A mid-1880's walking dress. I found an old design of mine a few weeks ago and I would like to recreate it. I am also working on a mid-1890's dress - leg-of-mutton sleeves and all!
I am also going to try to do a blog post every week. I am not much of a writer, but I hope you all enjoy reading about my little endeavors!