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Coat Ensemble in Liberty of London “Ricardo’s Blooms”

A striking print from Liberty’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection, Ricardo’s Blooms is based on a traditional painterly roses pattern from the 1960s. It represents the Ladies Designer Classics Department on Liberty’s First Floor.  The classic swing coat is made from vintage Italian silk faille in a vibrant shade of pink.  Pale pink pearls serve as buttons and a gold heart brooch shines on the collar.  The coat is fully lined in the Liberty print.  The coordinating party dress is also made from the Liberty print.  Pale pink tulle gives fullness to the skirt.  A pink rose fascinator is the finishing touch.

This fashion fits Silkstone Barbie, Victoire Roux, and FR2

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A Visit to Pemberley

Every year since I can remember, my Father read the novels of Jane Austen aloud.  Emma and Pride and Prejudice were always included and the other novels were included on rotation.  I consider Lizzie Bennett a close personal friend.  When I saw this new fabric from Liberty of London called Lotta, I recognized immediately that the ladies were wearing Regency period dresses (confirmed by my costume guru Rebecca Berry), and I imagined that the Bennett sisters were visiting the park and gardens at Pemberley.  The fashionably dresses ladies interact with wildlife that one might expect to find at a grand English estate, such as deer, rabbits, peacocks, and the like.  I was delighted to find that the fabric was created by Lotta Nieminen, an illustrator and graphic designer from Helsinki, Finland, who researched garments from her favorite BBC show “Pride and Prejudice.”  After finalizing the characters she went on to create something for them to wander in. A flower and animal filled garden seemed appropriate so that the background also interpreted patterns found on clothing in this era.

The fashion consists of a classic swing coat in light jade green silk noil, fully lined in the Lotta print.  Aqua pearls act as buttons and a pearl and crystal brooch sparkles on the collar.  The accompanying dress is made from the Lotta fabric and has layers of pale green tulle to give fullness to the skirt.

This fashion fits Silkstone Barbie, Victoire Roux, and FR2 dolls.

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Sheath Suit in Liberty of London Victoria Virginia

An elegant suit in a striking Liberty of London print of turquoise blue sweet peas on a black ground.  The slim sheath is in contrast to the cropped swing jacket in turquoise blue silk noil.  The jacket has a round collar and is fully lined in the Liberty print.  Tiny faceted jet beads serve as buttons and a jaunty owl brooch (removable) sparkles on the collar.

This fashion fits Silkstone Barbie, Victoire Roux, and FR2 dolls.

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Tunic Ensemble in Liberty of London Mitsi

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When entertaining at home, a hostess wants to be both comfortable and fashionable.  This ensemble is both, in vivid shades of hot pink, lime green, and red.  The loose fitting tunic is made from Liberty of London Tana Lawn and features elbow length sleeves and side vents for ease of movement.  A coral flower brooch (removable) adds some vintage sparkle.  Bright lime green silk capri pants bring out the pops of green in the print.

This ensemble fits most fashion dolls, including vintage Barbie, although the pants may not work for dolls with larger hips such as Severine and FR2 dolls.  If you would like the fashion to fit these dolls, please inquire.

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Bubble Dress in Liberty of London Victoria Virginia

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Nothing is fresher for Spring than blue and white.  This lovely floral print of sweet peas in shades of aqua and turquoise is delicately rendered in watercolor.  The off the shoulder, dropped waist bodice has a ruched bust embroidered with tiny beads and pearls.  The voluminous bubble skirt is like a souffle.  A dark blue silk bow belt defines the waist.

This fashion fits Silkstone Barbie, Victoire Roux, and FR2

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Bubble Dress in Liberty of London “Floral Eve”

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This beautiful fabric is a veritable botanist’s notebook of flower and plant specimens, meticulously painted in watercolors.  The dropped waist, strapless bodice blooms into a voluminous bubble skirt that is as light as air.  A yellow silk bow belt defines the waist.

This fashion fits Silkstone Barbie, Victoire Roux, and FR2 dolls

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Day Dress in Glamour Handbags

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A fashionable girl can never have too many handbags, so this flirty day dress is a perfect addition to her closet.  Vintage purses decorated with flowers, scarves, and brooches are scattered over a sky blue ground.  A large bow in deep periwinkle purple silk decorates the hip.

This fashion fits Silkstone Barbie, Victoire Roux, and FR2

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