Saturday, June 11, 2011

Summer Collection: Pastoralism

Hey everybody! I hope you're enjoying the summer as much as I have been so far. I know I always work so much better when it's baking hot. Maybe it's because I lived in Florida for so long. . .

Anyway I'd like to introduce you to The I Do Declare summer 2011 collection! This collection is inspired by the general theme of pastoralism. Even though I live in a city it's wonderful to dream of afternoon picnics in the countryside. That's what I'm hoping to evoke with these summer pieces.

My model promptly dubbed it an 'ice-cream dress' because the colors remind her so much of her favorite ice-cream flavors!The model is 5'1"
The wide hat is vintage
The straw top-hat is one I made for fun

How do you like the first new dress?

I'm going to try to be more active. . . posting my sketches and pictures as I work on things! Sorry for not posting more often!

<3

~Kelsey

13 comments:

  1. That's so pretty! I really love the fabric!

    You made the straw top hat :D? That's so awesome! How did you go about doing it?! I've been wanting to work with straw braiding for so long!

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  2. oh my gosh, it's so beautiful!! i absolutely love the detail put into it.. major wantttt. will it come in other colorways too?

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  3. Daaaah!!! So pretty!! *Stare, stare, stare*

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  4. It's so pretty!! I really love all coordinate! <3!! ^^

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  5. I really love that awesome hem detail. This dress is SOOOO pretty :)

    And I love that its so long!

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  6. I would love to own this ♥

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  7. I'm glad you guys like it~!

    Julie Doll: I can make it in pretty much anything, though I've put commissions on hold for now as I'm trying to find a local factory to make I Do Declare a little bigger then just me and my sewing machine~!

    Caro-chan: haha The hat was really inspired by that staw bonnet tutorial you linked in your blog ages ago~! But I figured out that you could take those craft store hats and pull the stitching out and just play with the braid~! This was made by soaking the straw and then sewing back together by hand while it was still wet. I've made a few hats this way so far! This one is my favorite so far.

    <3

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  8. I love this dress! I've always had a soft spot for longer lolita dresses. I especially love the gathered detail on the bottom.

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