We’ll Have a Gay Ol’ Time…

Let's get groovy, Bedrock style!

Let’s get groovy, Bedrock style!

I always loved The Flintstones as a kid. So you can tell instantly where I found inspiration for this little en-som. The animations were so simple, yet they invoked amazing creativity in turning everything we knew into prehistoric icons. I was, however, somewhat dismayed (even as a child) that they all wore the same clothes.

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Yeah, that’s right…for Betty and Wilma to be so dishy with such dumpy husbands, I never understood why they didn’t glam them up just a bit more.

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Oh sure, they had their moments – but in such a fun age of 60s fashion and the sarcasm played on the show, you would think they would push it just a little bit more…

And not quite like that.

And not quite like that.

I started this from a fabric I’ve had for quite sometime. I’ve always wanted to use it – a stretch leopard velvet. I bought it because of its sheen and scale of pattern, and it was a nicer fabric than your everyday, run-of-the-mill velour.  It had a surface hand of panne velvet, but a knit backing for added stretch. Now, you may recall the draping from Bijou – and that generated a ubiquitous pattern to move forth with stretchy materials:

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I cut the pattern with an extended skirt to check for the scale and drape – just to see how much it would stretch, and if I wanted to change the neckline and armscyes:

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The idea that came to mind was a woven mesh of beads at the center front, and having bought some amazing stone beads for use on Madison (which were substituted for gold beads instead), I had a perfect ‘Bedrock‘ combination.

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After installing the back zipper and assembling the pieces, I slashed the full center front, fully lined the gown with mesh tricot, and roughly basted the center front opening in the shape that I wanted.

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The asymmetrical ‘slash’ appears more exaggerated in the basted version above more so than the cleaner effect of the stones you see below:

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After the stones were added, this cascade of a dry river bed took effect, and would serve as the basis for my continued frippery later. As I always love to do, I post work-in-progress shots to Instagram (which re-post to my personal Facebook page so my friends and family can follow along). Instagram is a great way for me to show what I’m doing between blog posts – so you should follow me there if you want to see my most current project. But a funny thing usually happens when the images get to Facebook – the commentary. Starting with this image:

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Now you must understand – I love getting feedback – sometimes others’ minds are in a different place than mind, so a little openness is a good thing for an artist. But I am also in a bit of a quandary how people judge so quickly without knowing where I’m taking it next. I’ve resolved the whole ‘like‘ v. ‘comment‘ thing on Facebook – ‘like‘ is a good way to let your friends know you saw something when you don’t have time to leave a comment. But I seldom understand why someone would leave a comment that isn’t complimentary – why just not say anything at all – after all, isn’t that what ‘like‘ is all about?

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LIKE?????

No…not necessarily so. A friend explained to me that critical comments come from people who typically do call themselves your friend…and usually those who know you have a sense of humor. These are people who understand that it’s not meant as a personal dig, but one I might want to hear. Yeah…might.

You might want to try witchcraft, girls.

You might want to try witchcraft, girls.

Actually…I might want to try and not take things so personally. Because when I posted this, I got a wee bit annoyed:

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I’d been playing with a cape pattern for another project – this made in a fabulous sandblast raw silk shot with gold Lurex threads – I tried it on my model (I switched to Silkstone Babs to check fit, and for a more rigid body needed for the next step). “Interesting, but way to formal for a gown like this,” my mother told me. And sure enough, I had folks who didn’t get it. Well, you don’t have to get it – I do. But in the end, I find comments like these more annoying because they are true. You heard me…oui, c’est vrai.

You can't handle the truth.

You can’t handle the truth.

And that’s the true core of it – I can’t always handle the truth – I want to think in my own mind that I don’t need commentary, that I won’t listen to it – and that this is my vision, and anyone who doesn’t like it can just go straight to hell. But after a few world-class Tommy-fits, a fine session of championship pouting, and taking it all out on the internet – I came to realize that it was true, and the opinion is offered because they care.

No, really...I care.

No, really…I care.

Now there will be times where I just don’t agree…and that’s probably when you will hear little to nothing from me. I know when I’m right – but I don’t always know when I am not right. You may think that doesn’t make sense…but for a true Libra, it hits the target and splits the arrow…right, Merida?

You're a pure wanker.

You’re a pure wanker.

Anyhoo…so the cape was removed to another project that I’m sure will be just as infinitely fabulous

Thank the Stone Gods!!!

Thank the Stone Gods!!!

As I was saying…it was time to proceed with the beading. The stone beads were the ‘river bed‘, so-to-speak – and I wanted to create a three-dimensional effect that not only contrasted with the velvet texture, but was also cohesive with the leopard pattern. I double-checked my lining with the woven beading at the front for remains of the white basting threads which needed removal:

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And started the new beading pattern:

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Gradually decreasing the length of the tassels, until the center waist became tapered:

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With a mosaic effect at the bustline, an optical illusion of texture and color sprang forth:

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But because the cape didn’t quite work with this, it still needed some draping accessory to make it an ensemble – something that would allow dramatic posing, while picking up the drape of the skirt:

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Voila!

Voilà!

Using the same stretch velvet print, I cut a lining strip of Gianfranco Ferré silk jaquard – and created an uber-extended stole with matching beaded corners. In fact, it was a fabric I bought 20 years ago in London and used to make a waistcoat/bowtie set for our Navy Office Christmas Party…

1994 - I was into waistcoats then...

1994 – I was into waistcoats then…

And so my Bedrock Couture was complete, but I wasn’t loving the name ‘Bedrock‘ – I also thought of Primeval, Sauvage, Spice and Leo as names…but it was Feline, on which I settled. Leopard prints always make for a good fitted feline fantasy, yes? Who says fashion can’t have a sense of humor?

Spandex is not a containment device, Pebbles.

Spandex is not a containment device, Pebbles.

And thus, I am thrilled to present FELINE – a one-of-a-kind evening ensemble for 12inch Poppy Parker, Victoire Roux and Silkstone Barbie – I also made a beaded necklace to go with the neckline dressing – and absconded some earrings from another lady to create a whole look. This outfit is for sale on my Sales Page – Click here if you are interested in purchasing it. And now, I leave you with the big camera shoot of Poppy and ‘Kitty’…enjoy, and have a gay ol’ time!

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FELINE is a One-of-a-Kind Evening Ensemble by Tommydoll for 12inch dolls such as Poppy Parker and Victoire Roux by Integrity Toys, and Silkstone Barbie by Mattel. Photo by Tom Courtney

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