Finally, for whatever reason, I took a couple of weeks off from illustrating and dedicated my time to refining the pattern and making several dresses. I put them on Etsy and they sold out.
My friend Dean Rhys Morgan saw them and asked if I would put them in his booth at the New York Gift Show. Dean represents such artists as Jeremiah Goodman, Michael Stennett and Jane Bixby to name just a few so, needless to say, I was quite honored.
I have also included shoes in the line and will be adding other items before the January show in New York.
I thought it might be interesting to show a little bit of the process. All of this happens after I figure out the basic pattern. For the dresses this took about 4 days and a dozen or so scrap-paper dresses. The shoes took a little longer (the heel was a killer).
Currently I am working on groupings of stitched paper flowers for a class that I am offering through the very talented Alma Stoller. Registration will begin December 1.
I guess the moral of the story is that you really should listen to that little voice in your head. If you are putting off something that you have always wanted to do-go for it! You never know where it will lead you.
Cutting and gluing the bodice.
Drying after joining the shoulders.
Drying after setting the sleeves.
Pleating the skirt.
Matching up the skirts and bodices.
Adding a collar to "Jewell".
Adding trim to" Julia".
A flower detail for "Bluebell".
"Bluebell's" completed collar.
6 lovely ladies.