Monday, January 27, 2014

Dressing Warm

"Winter Wonder" A Doll By Mary Maki Rae - 2014(c)
More Winter Sewing for another one of our 18" Dolls - this one with a light delicate face - sculpted by Robert.
I was going for a "Scandinavian Look" this time - with woven trims and bright accent colors.  However - this Quilted Winter Tunic has now taken on a charming Oriental Flavor - that I find most pleasing-!
Actually - I would wear one like this myself.
Following are some Images I made of the "Work in Progress".
Deciding what color of Silk Fabric to use for the basic Tunic
and which trims - buttons - and collar would look interesting.

More trims - more choices - decisions . . . . decisions. . .

Decision made for now - patterns are ready
for cutting out the peices for the tunic.

 Pinning on the sleeves - to decide which way the colors work with the deep Magenta trim that I decided to use on the collar and at the Hem. Like the new blue buttons & Lavender Rosette on her Beret.

I like the Sleeves the way they are - a more interesting
color balance with all the other components.
Finished for now- but may sew some new Snow Hats.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Sweet In Silk

"Sweet in Silk" Doll & Painting By Mary Maki Rae 2014 (c)
January being what it is - so cool - dark - and subdued - I thought I would take some time to warm up on some sewing projects - putting to use some of my brightest Silk and Satin Fabrics that seem to catch the Light so beautifully.
Also this time of year is great for reorganizing the tools and materials that surround one. This could become a creative process in it's self-!
So . . .  this is what I'll be involved with for a while . . . .
 (Sculpted parts on the Doll by Robert Rae - 2014 (c)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Brilliant Color

"May Muse in January" By Mary Maki Rae - 2014 (c)

Interior Designer Linda Chase chose a charming 1817 Federal Style home as a Showcase for her Antique Collections of Italian Furniture -Paintings - Drawings and Tea Cups.
I Enjoy so much how she has allowed her Upholstered Italian 19th Century Chairs - and window treatments - to Flaunt their Vivid Silk Taffetas from Carolyn Quartermaine.
All stand out boldly against pure white walls - and bordered Panels - Painted by Karin Linder.

The Dining Room sparkles and glows with Crystal Chandeliers and Sconces - Plus many touches of Gold leaf on the Carved wood.

The Sideboard pictured above was once an Alter.
It now displays a Great Collection of continental 18th & 19th Century porcelain Tea cups.

Living room Pillows and Throw made of Silk Taffetas.

18th Century French Daybed with more Silk Cushions.

Antique Italian Dressing Table 18th Century.

In the guest room - French painted 1930's screen By Etienne Drian - sets the mood with Fortuny Bedcover.
All Images from: Veranda - March/April 1999
Two Books By Linda Chase: "In the Romantic Style" -
and "The World of Biedermeier" - On the Back of One:
"Timeless and inviting romantic rooms are sanctuaries filled with what the eyes have welcome to the heart."

Serigraph by Mary Maki Rae - 2014(c)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Magic of Red-The Painter

The title of this Painting: "The Couturiers Workshop" - 1760
Musee Reattu - Arles, France.
It was in my Files - almost in arms length - It seems the French town of Arles had a native influence on Christian Lacroix.
He must have viewed the painting often - during his childhood visits to the Folk Museums in Arles.
It would be quite Interesting to visit them today-!
The Painter: Antoine Raspal - This is by far his most known work.

Another view of "Lady Oracle" By Mary Maki Rae 2014 (c)

Monday, January 6, 2014

Magic of Red - II

Always Enjoyed this Painting of women sewing - However I 'm not sure who the Artist was (18th Century-?) If you know please tell me.

Drawing and Design of Costume By Mary Maki Rae - 2014(c)
It's amazing how some new fabric (shown in the last post) will definitely inspire some new Sewing Ideas-!

Character Doll - Costume By Mary Maki Rae -
Scupting By Robert Rae -2014 (c)
Have been working on this Doll and Ideas for her through the Holidays - quite a Joy - more about her later - Happy Sewing to all of you who sew - many Blessings to All in the New year-!