Celebration: Kingdom Doll wears Tommydoll!

Every gown needs a pet...

Every gown needs a pet…

I didn’t take many of this gown in progress, because I was under a time crunch (aren’t I always?)…but you did get to see George Gonzalez’s stunning image of JAMIEshow Ginnie wearing Capricio in Haute Doll Magazine, here…and below…

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JAMIEshow Ginnie wearing OOAK gown ‘Capricio’ by Tommydoll – Photo: George Gonzalez – in the Jan/Feb 2015 Haute Doll Magazine

Working with densely hand-beaded silk chiffon is a challenge…requiring crushing of beads in seam allowances, and a fair amount of hand work to complete. But wouldn’t you agree the results are just stunning? I mean…if I had beaded all that myself, you certainly wouldn’t be seeing it now, despite the fact it was started in December.

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Lining pieces…

There are more abbreviated ways to use this fabric in a form fitting success…but I insisted on my princess seam solution – largely because I’m a glutton for punishment. I have seen clever designers drape this on the bias, and create a minimally seamed, clean creation that exhibits mastery. But I like my princess seams… capricio456 (19) The dress would have worked just like this…but I require frippery – and as I was going for classic holiday glamour; my inspiration of glittering snowflakes played like an whimsical capriccio in my head…hence the name… capricio456 (18) The zipper was installed by hand, and then it was time to sort the lining out…but before the lining went in, I needed to choreograph the capriccio dance of snowflakes… capricio456 (20) The first study was a bit much…and I have to give credit to George Gonzalez of JAMIEshow for guiding my edits into a neatly pristine, vintage solution… capricio456 (21) And advising me against using pink. Thank you, George! capricio456 (23) capricio456 (24) capricio456 (26) I have more of this fabric in other colors, so trust I will show you more detail on construction using fabrics that are not suitable for machine sewing without considerable preparation…but for now…the real treat in all of this – the end results. And Puddings…the doll industry’s best ladies are what truly make Capricio sing!

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Superdoll Abbe Lane wearing OOAK gown ‘Capricio’ by Tommydoll – Photo: Tom Courtney

In addition to Gonzalez’s JAMIEshow stunner at the blog post top, I took to photograph Superdoll‘s Abbe Lane for the Red Carpet to share with scores of doll collectors celebrating the 2015 Academy Awards Red Carpet Night on Facebook – sharing stunning gowns and couture from across the globe on all our favorite dolls. Don’t you think Superdoll’s ‘Pet’ was the perfect touch?

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Superdoll Abbe Lane wearing OOAK gown ‘Capricio’ by Tommydoll – Photo: Tom Courtney

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Superdoll Abbe Lane wearing OOAK gown ‘Capricio’ by Tommydoll – Photo: Tom Courtney

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Superdoll Abbe Lane wearing OOAK gown ‘Capricio’ by Tommydoll – Photo: Tom Courtney

But the pièce de résistance came from my friend, Marie Nido – and her stunning captures of Kingdom Doll‘s Chaucer wearing Capricio…these are natural, glamorous…and oh-so-sumptuous with Chaucer’s regal mood…the wig by Ilaria was the crowning glory…

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Kingdom Doll Chaucer wearing OOAK gown ‘Capricio’ by Tommydoll – Photo: Marie Nido

Kingdom Doll Chaucer wearing OOAK gown ‘Capricio’ by Tommydoll – Photo: Marie Nido

Kingdom Doll Chaucer wearing OOAK gown ‘Capricio’ by Tommydoll – Photo: Marie Nido

Kingdom Doll Chaucer wearing OOAK gown ‘Capricio’ by Tommydoll – Photo: Marie Nido

Kingdom Doll Chaucer wearing OOAK gown ‘Capricio’ by Tommydoll – Photo: Marie Nido

Kingdom Doll Chaucer wearing OOAK gown ‘Capricio’ by Tommydoll – Photo: Marie Nido

Kingdom Doll Chaucer wearing OOAK gown ‘Capricio’ by Tommydoll – Photo: Marie Nido

Kingdom Doll Chaucer wearing OOAK gown ‘Capricio’ by Tommydoll – Photo: Marie Nido

Kingdom Doll Chaucer wearing OOAK gown ‘Capricio’ by Tommydoll – Photo: Marie Nido

Kingdom Doll Chaucer wearing OOAK gown ‘Capricio’ by Tommydoll – Photo: Marie Nido

Kingdom Doll Chaucer wearing OOAK gown ‘Capricio’ by Tommydoll – Photo: Marie Nido

Kingdom Doll Chaucer wearing OOAK gown ‘Capricio’ by Tommydoll – Photo: Marie Nido

Kingdom Doll Chaucer wearing OOAK gown ‘Capricio’ by Tommydoll – Photo: Marie Nido

What a wonderful way to celebrate couture…yes?

6 thoughts on “Celebration: Kingdom Doll wears Tommydoll!

  1. Thanks, Tommy,mfor the thrill of a lifetime! After I sent permission to use these shots, I thought, “What if this post is about most common mistakes made by amaeur photographers?” But with you, Kingdom Doll and Ilaria in the mix, how bad could it be? You are all such artists, and it is a great pleasure to be able to photograph your work!

  2. The dress and the dolls are just gorgeous. I understand why you originally chose the pink tulle. Today, all white (which I love) tends to look very wedding by today’s tastes. I will admit, however, I was at the point of hating you when I thought you had self taught yourself how to bead that dress like that. LOL!!! Once took a course in bead embroidery given by a friend trained at Lesage. Let’s just say..no one will ever lose their job to me. All 3 dolls are glorious but Abbe Lane has that perfect 1950’s allure to pull off the vintage spirit of that dress. Chaucer as a platinum blonde is breath taking in your dress.

      • I should have started with English embroidery 1st. It may have made things easier in the long run. Instead I went straight for the beads which is difficult. Had a hard time manipulating the little crochet needle & working upside down on the frame. Too many missed stitches & unraveled beads. But, you have so much drive & natural talent I’m sure you’ll do much better than me.

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