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Mint Memories

Added Feb 15, 2010

by watatoe

Vancouver, Washi...






This outfit was inspired by a box of lace! An old friend of mine was cleaning out the attic of an elderly friend and came across a box of antique lace from her sewing days. The elderly lady just told her to toss it, but my friend sent it to me. I used to make doll clothing for our girls when they were growing up and she thought I might like the lace for my sewing projects. She was right! I had some vintage mint colored lawn in my stash and coupled it with some of the laces in the box and put little design details into the dress such as lace insertion and twin-needle pintucks. A beautiful outfit of days gone by….

Material Notes

Antique lace insertion, border laces and vintage mint green lawn.




Garment Type
Classic, Romantic, Victorian
Cotton, Lace/Sequins

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    Feb 21, 2010, 03.39 AMby redpoppy

    wow! this is so beautiful.

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    • Chinablue4_large

      Feb 21, 2010, 03.53 AMby watatoe

      Thank you, redpoppy!

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    Feb 16, 2010, 05.37 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    Exquisite as usual, my favourite so far, I’d even love this dress at scale 1:1 :) Please keep up your fantastic work, I love seeing it xx

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    • Chinablue4_large

      Feb 16, 2010, 05.47 PMby watatoe

      Awww…thanks, kaitui kiwi!

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    Feb 15, 2010, 09.26 PMby bows

    wow this is really incredible….and the pictures are amazing..what a perspective!

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    • Chinablue4_large

      Feb 16, 2010, 02.07 AMby watatoe

      Thank you, bows…….kudos to my photographer husband…..he has such a special way with perspective!

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    Feb 15, 2010, 07.18 PMby lilla66

    It’s a jewel! Bellissimo…You know, it would be perfect for a Venice Lady in these days of Carnevale…Ciao da lilla

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    • Chinablue4_large

      Feb 16, 2010, 02.06 AMby watatoe

      Thank you, lilla66! I think it would be perfect for Carnevale!

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    Feb 15, 2010, 05.25 PMby Rebecca Jane

    omg this is so pretty! my dolls were never lucky enough to have such a beautiful dress!! :P i might have to make a life size one for me to compensate…

    i dont suppose it was based on a pattern?

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      Feb 16, 2010, 02.05 AMby watatoe

      Heheheheheh! You go, girl! I think you should compensate and make one for yourself! As far as a pattern goes, I drafted this one for this specific doll. So it’s all original.

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    Feb 15, 2010, 04.51 PMby calicocouture

    This is beautiful! The details are exquisite.

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    • Chinablue4_large

      Feb 16, 2010, 02.04 AMby watatoe

      Thank you, calicocouture!

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    Feb 15, 2010, 04.39 PMby cquinn13

    This is so incredibly gorgeous, my jaw literally dropped! :D I want one for myself! Not that I’d have anywhere to ever actually wear it, but whatever…I still want it! Absolutely amazing job.

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      Feb 16, 2010, 02.04 AMby watatoe

      Thank you, Carly! I wish I could come across a big enough stash of vintage laces to make such a dress in real person size!

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    Feb 15, 2010, 02.53 PMby emilyhale

    WOW totally beautiful, I wouldnt even know where to start on something like that. You are amazing. Dnt you wish we could wear things like that everyday?

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    • Chinablue4_large

      Feb 16, 2010, 02.03 AMby watatoe

      Thank you, emilyhale…..I surely do wish I had such a dress in my closet….LOL!

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    Feb 15, 2010, 01.28 PMby maky30

    Wow, this is gorgeus!!!

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    • Chinablue4_large

      Feb 16, 2010, 01.55 AMby watatoe

      Thank you, MAKY30!

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    Feb 15, 2010, 01.02 PMby sewella

    It has left me speechless for a while! I would die to have a costume like this for myself!

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    • Chinablue4_large

      Feb 16, 2010, 01.54 AMby watatoe

      Thank you, sewella (love your screen name, by the way). One of the nice things about making this in miniature scale though, is it won’t cost an arm and a leg in vintage fabrics and laces…..LOL!

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    Feb 15, 2010, 10.25 AMby freakusbzzz

    this is amazing, do you do all the stitching by hand? How big is the doll?

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    • Chinablue4_large

      Feb 16, 2010, 01.51 AMby watatoe

      Thank you, Freakus Bzzz. Most everything was done by sewing machine (twin-needle pintucks) and serger (french sewing by serger). I think the only thing that I did by hand were the button loops on the back. The doll is about 22 inches tall. She is a BJD (ball jointed doll) from Korea. She poses so nicely because of the joints that she has.

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    Feb 15, 2010, 08.12 AMby sew4my3

    This is a charming, delicate sight to behold. It is perfectly exquisite!
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    • Chinablue4_large

      Feb 16, 2010, 01.49 AMby watatoe

      Thank you, Sew4my3!

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