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Marietta

I’ve been working on some new designs to debut at BlytheCon Europe in Paris this year! I’m really happy with this Rococo influenced design; a dainty confection in a most surprising color scheme. It reminds me of a Mod Marie Antoinette, so I’ve named it after the Dauphine’s nickname, Marietta.

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Back to the bows! Hope to see you all in Paris!
❥ Maggie

April Showers

… bring May flowers!

The newest version of my Pocket Dress design, Spring Umbrellas, is available now!

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Parasol Doll Spring Umbrellas

I was really happy to finally use this fabric because it’s pretty special; it is vintage designed by none other than Charles & Ray Eames!
In my experience, I’ve only found heavier upholstery fabrics in an Eames print, so I was double lucky to find something so lightweight and with umbrellas. hooray!

The other aspect that makes this dress a bit unique are the sneaky* pockets in the front colorblock section. There are two pockets and the buttons accent their locations. In this dress, Blythe can pick wildflowers, collect frogs, and hide her lollipops from the other dolls. They can also hold many of the adorable playscale printables by Bees Knees Industries.
I think the seed packets are especially appropriate!

Happy Spring dollettes! ❥ Maggie

*as named by Monica!

Macaron Batches!

Happy New Year Lovelies!

It brings me great pleasure to announce the Macaron Dress commission list is complete!
If you were not on the commission list, there will be a shop update with four different colors of Macaron dresses very soon!
Enormous thanks to each and every one of my customers and supporters. I hope you all love your dresses as much as I have enjoyed making them for you!

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What’s up next for Parasol Doll?

My next sewing project will be a blue/green/silver version of the psychedelic rainbow design that debuted at BlytheCon Seattle. The first batch will be for a shop update.
Then, I will be opening up a small commission list for each colorway.
My plan is to keep smaller commission lists for each design I am working on so customers are not left waiting for months and I can open them up more often.

❥ Maggie

The Lovely Citron Macaron

Hi hi doll faces!

Long time, no sew!*
I’m currently putting the finishing touches on a batch of Macaron Dresses in the loveliest, happy making Citron color! These dresses are as warm and bright as the unseasonably sunshiney autumn days we’ve been enjoying here in Portland.

I will be fulfilling the commissioned orders for the Macaron list, but I will have a few of these lovelies up for grabs in my shop this week. I’ll announce the update tout de suite!

Citron Macaron

*In August, I was hospitalized with Meningitis (inflammation of the membranes (meninges) surrounding your brain and spinal cord). I was diagnosed with the viral, not bacterial variety, but I had a bad reaction to the antibiotics given to me just in case it was bacterial. This lengthened my recovery time and since my immune system was exhausted, I caught every little cold and sickness possible for months afterwards. I am incredibly grateful to be fully recovered and for the medical care that saved my life.

I will be finishing up the last few commissions on the Macaron List and then I will open up a list for the psychedelic rainbow dresses. Thank you all for your continued enthusiasm!

❥ Maggie

Design & Contrast

I fell in love with this fabric and knew I needed to make a dress out of it. After three prototypes where I tried to match contrasting fabrics to the myriad of colors in the print, I realized that I had to approach this dress differently.
The background is a pale dove grey, not the normal white or off-white. When I used a coordinating fabric as a collar, sleeve or panel on the skirt, it would make the print look muddy and put too much emphasis on that color family. Sometimes the solutions are what is not right in front of your face – I needed to add what was missing.
After trying out my idea as a gift for a dear friend, I knew I had found the right balance. Since then, I have shortened the skirt a little and sewed the lace into a peter pan collar with gold bead accents. A little gold belt and a fluffy crinoline finish the piece.
The Parasol Doll ‘Doll Hearts’ Dress – Bold and sweet!

Lucie In the Sky with Diamonds

I will be spending the next 1.5 days trying to finish a batch for BlytheCon US in Seattle. *fingers crossed*
Since I’m waiting on lace from France before I can continue work on Macaron dresses, I’ll be making some for the shop soon! I also have a blue color way that I will accent with silver.

Hope you overcome a little challenge today too!

❥ Maggie

Framboise Macaron Dress

The first batch of Framboise Macaron dresses are complete! The next batch is cut and ready to be sewn. I will have a few of this color available at BCEU in Amsterdam this summer.

Framboise Macaron Dress

Up next is the sunny yellow, Citron (D) color way!

Interested in a Macaron Dress of your own? The Macaron Dress list will reopen in August.
I hope to have some for sale at BCEU Amsterdam and BCUS Seattle!

The Extraordinary Mango Macaron!

The first batch of Macaron Dress Sets in Mango are complete! This warm, vibrant color has been a joy to sew with between the spring showers and glorious spring sunshine.

I like big bows and I can not lie! *giggle*

I have a few more of these to sew up, then it will be on to Raspberry (color E)!

❥ Maggie

Parasol Doll Macaron Dress in Mango

And the bead goes on…

I’ve been working hard on batches of Macaron Dresses! I recently finished the last set of pale blue clip dot (B) and I am super close to finishing the last set of rose pink clip dot dresses (A). If you are on those lists, you’ll be hearing from me soon!

Parasol Doll Macaron Dresses in Menthe

Up next is the warm and wonderful orange clip dot (C)!

There is still room on the list for colors D-H.

❥ Maggie