Tuesday, January 14, 2014


Another way to embellish a doll dress, is to use any number or form of appliqué's. They come in all kinds of materials from cotton to beaded & rhinestones, and a few in-between .  One can even design one's own and make them, then apply them to the doll's dress. On Costuming With Style, I have used some  appliqué's that once graced a dance costume of mine. They were to pretty to leave in a box. Check it out then come back to see what else is to be said about this subject.
    These days you can get any number, size, color, style and made from all kinds of materials. They can be small or large, plain or decorated in a number of ways. What is needed here, is some sense of what you want to say with them. The green velvet gown screams opulence. Had they been white, it would have been bridal. Tiny and colored, more then likely whispering  lingerie.
  Where you put them is as important as how many you use. If you combine more then one design, at least have them look similar in style. A square design doesn't really go with a more rounded look. Color is also important. Don't mix ecru with white. At least stay in the same color path as the material used for the dress, or a neutral shade also works. One can get white appliqué's and dye them to match or recombined with colors used.
  A word about nylon, it doesn't dye well. So try for cotton, if your going to go this route. Always sew by hand. Machine sewn just doesn't look good. You can even sew a plain one down and embellish it with ribbon roses, beads etc. There are many ways to use this concept, and no it doesn't have to be only on the bodice or the skirt. Even tiny ones can be scattered about the skirt.
  Be creative.
Try a different accent!

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