Adele’s design is now final!

Hey everybody! The wait is now over and Adele’s design is now is now final! I did not want to complicate the design process, since, as you know, Adele’s neck and shoulders are articulated. However, she still is a figurative and fragile. Also, let’s not forget that she is tall 18 inches (45,6 cm) and for those who have been following me understand what I mean : the taller the doll is, the more fragile she is!Many may ask why I do not make smaller dolls, the reason is simple: I prefer taller dolls to create beautiful designs and since, I started collecting dolls in 2008, they were all tall and I wasn’t interested in smaller dolls. Period! More images will be posted tomorrow! Thank you!

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Design sketch 3

Good evening! Here is my third design sketch for my sweet doll Adele! I don’t know what you think about it, but this outfit is my favorite one so far! From the moment, I learned how to make tailored suits in fashion school, 20 years ago, I knew that complex clothing were my favorite ones to make!  But, I can’t make this nice design for Adele: she’s too fragile and I truly don’t want to break her! And, yes that means I have to go back  and design something different and safer…Anyways, I will make this tailored suit for a future doll for sure!

Design sketch 2

Hi everybody! On tonight’s post,I will continue with another design sketch for Adele. For this second design, I was inspired by  the early 1970’s, a time where many women where under the influence of ethnic styles: African, Eastern Europe or Native Indian to name a few. From Romy schneider to Diana Ross or to Diane Von Fürstenberg, they are all women who represent that decade so well. The design shown below is one of them. Sadly, I will probably not use it for Adele, since the trench coat sleeves are too tight to fit the doll’s arms and I am afraid to break them because of this.

Design sketch 1

Hello doll lovers! I’ve been sketching a few designs for my doll Adele and many things have crossed my mind. At first, I wanted to design something very elaborated with many ornamentations (embroidery, hand beading work and crochet). However, the fabric that I’m using is already beautifully rich. The patterns are so beautiful and should not be covered, since their scale is perfect! But, my second and main problem is: when I’m sketching an idea or a fashion design, I don’t like to feel limited. I like to let myself feel free! I guess that this is “artist” in me who feels this way! Then, I’ll see if the design idea is workable technically. Also, though Adele has a movable neck and shoulders, she’s still a figurative doll, which limits and complicates any fashion design technically. I must make sure that I will not break any part of her after many hours making her! For the first design sketch, I was completely in  a folkloric vibe with hand beading work! More design sketch ideas in a few days. Thank you!

 

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What’s inside of this box?

Hello to you all! What’s inside of this box? No more secretes, this is all of my sketch books!  I have over twenty of them if is not more and that’s not including the small pocket ones which I carry all the time in my bag.  Most of them are dated from 2008 and some are dated from early 2000 and even farther from 1997 (year that I graduate in fashion pattern making)! I try to sketch everyday and at list one to two designs. Personally, I think it is important to be and stay current with ideas to keep my mind fresh. I have religiously kept sketchbooks since I was in high school. I document everything inspiring I see, with notes, drawings and hundreds of pictures taken every month on my camera. I have many boxes filled with fabric swatches, embroideries and trims. At the end, they are references to work with. I also collect wish cards and scarves!

Best regards

Marie Georghy Jacob

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More ethnic fashion drawing…

When I have time, most of my favorite design sketches are drawn in color and the design comes almost “alive”! From this moment, I feel so excited that I can’t barely help myself on moving to the next steps: testing fabric, molding, making patterns, do the fitting, making pattern corrections, sewing, etc.

Marie Georghy Jacob

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More Ethnic Fashion Sketches

Normally, when I draw a fashion outfit, I use a 5,5″ x 8,5″ (13,9 cm x 21,6 cm) sketch book and if I like the design, I will draw it again in the actual size of the doll, however by using an 18″ x 22″ (45,7 cm x 56 cm) sketch book. This method helps me to incorporate all of the tiny details that I want to see on each outfit and to store all information that I need in classified records.

Marie Georghy Jacob

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Where are the ethnic fashion designs?

Good morning everyone! Recently, I have been asked the following question : Where are the ethnic fashion designs? We are waiting to see them! Actually, I’ve been working on them for more than a year now! My biggest problem was to decide which ethnic design I would started with. There were way too many to choose from: Afghanistan, Morocco, Senegal, India, China, Kenya, Russia…and the list goes on and on and on! Good lord, since I have textiles books from each of these countries, I simply couldn’t decided myself…I love them all! Many of these countries have a rich textile history, tradition and techniques that set each them apart. Many of these textiles have a strong ritualistic and ceremonial signification, such as festivals and weddings, but also, they are a self expression for statue and identity. Also, most of these gorgeous ethnic designs are created in laborious handmade techniques and craftsmanship that today’s industrial society have lost, which I find so sad!

Of course, some of you may say that many Parisian powerful houses are still maintaining these rigorous techniques, where most of them are executed by hand with the highest standards of la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture. In fact, all Haute Couture’s outfits are meticulously constructed by hand from start to finish, made from expensive and often unusual fabrics. They are sown with extreme attention to detail and finished by the most experienced and gifted sewers.

Needless to say, in my opinion, nothing comes close to traditional ethnic designs and textiles, because they do not followed any trends like modern fashion does. Anyway, after deep reflection, I finally came up with a decision, I will go on with North American Native designs, from the United States, Mexico, Guatemala and of course from Canada! For me, there are no better way to start with something that I know. Also, it is a good approach to show some respect, on my part, to First Nations and to celebrate are beautiful land!

All the following sketches are not final and are just a quick mix of cosmopolitan ideas inspired from Native Indian design. Thanks for watching!

Marie Georghy Jacob

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