Green Regency Gown with Ivy Pattern

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Ana won my last contest for guessing that my favorite flower is the morning glory, and she wrote:

I’d like this dress http://lianaspaperdolls.com/2010/06/12/black-and-white-regency-gown-with-flower-lace/ coloured please.

The main part of the dress I’d like an English Ivy pattern, with vines looking like they are growing up from the bottom of the skirt. I’d like the background of the dress to be a vibrant shade of green like lush grass in summer and the piping and lace to be an earth tone pink.

You know how if you put fabric or paper out in the sun it fades, and you can create patterns but placing objects on it? And then the background is faded version of the pattern? Well if you were to reverse that process so that the main part of the fabric was covered (i.e not faded) and the pattern was faded that is how I imagine the ivy pattern on the dress to look like. similar to the pattern in the gold on this dress http://lianaspaperdolls.com/2010/06/23/colored-1700s-gown-in-gold-white-and-pink/ but more pronounced.

I kinda hope that makes sense, but if not I’m sorry and I did my best.

It made sense, but I don’t know if I quite captured your vision, Ana, so I hope you like it!

I hate to disappoint people, especially my mom, but I won’t be drawing the royal wedding gown: the biggest reason is that I avoid drawing sheer fabrics because the dolls have different skin colors. It’s been suggested that I do two versions, but when the create-a-doll page is up — which I have been working on, albeit off and on — there will be around seven skin colors, so I’m not going to spend that much time on a dress that would be limited to the two dolls that are currently available.

Beyond that, I didn’t really pay attention to the wedding preparations or ceremony, I admired a dozen pictures of the dress and assorted hats, and now it’s out of my mind, which is essentially where it should be. Although I do draw a lot of pretty princess gowns, my affection for them stems from my deep love for fancy dresses and fairy tales; it has nothing to do with real royalty, which just strikes me as sad, stifling and generally illogical. If not for the lace part there’s a good chance I would have drawn the wedding gown, as it’s an iconic dress and a beautiful one, but I don’t care enough to spend the time on a substitute just for the sake of commemorating the fact that the House of Windsor is propagating itself. (I may yet make an exception for Princess Beatrice’s hat.)

If you all are so keen on royalty, I’ll put some time into a series of posts about the Japanese imperial family weddings I’ve been batting around in my mind for a while; my opinion of the Japanese institution isn’t particularly different from my opinion of the English one (if anything it is more critical), but the clothes and history interest me more. And maybe another paperdoll blogger will pick up my slack and draw the dress? Send me a link if you do, I’ll post it here.

Let’s do another contest… Here’s a good one. I’m in this picture. Which one of these kids is me?
Winner gets to choose a black and white drawing for me to color as they direct, as usual!
Update: Shannon guessed it! I’m the girl with short hair at the top right, underneath the outstretched arm of the boy on the chair.

27 thoughts on “Green Regency Gown with Ivy Pattern

  1. the little girl with bangs on her knees all the way at the left edge of the picture (not the one behind her with the barrette)

  2. This dress has such a pretty ivy pattern! I love the green, too. So springy! As for which one is you in the picture, I’m inclined to agree with Briana, but since I can’t guess someone else’s guess (I think they call that cheating), I’ll say the girl in the very back, up on her knees, wearing long sleeves pushed up to her elbows.

  3. This dress turned out well! It’s very earth-y…
    As for the picture, I went to it first without reading the comments, saw that someone had already guessed what I thought, and had to look again. So, I’ll just have to go with the girl with the dark hair at the right with her arm around a girl with light hair. (Not the girl with light hair, the one with dark hair.)

  4. I’ll say the little girl with long, dark hair and bangs, sitting on her knees. Visually, she’s behind the two blonde girls in the front.

  5. I compared them to your Twitter picture, and I’d like to say the little girl in the far left with the bangs, but I think that’s already been guessed. :(

    So, I think it’s girl right under the boy on the left who’s standing up. I think she’s kneeling?

    Great job on the dress, it’s really pretty! Very spring-y looking, and I like the faded pattern.

  6. This dress is lovely, and although i would of loved to see you draw a version of the royal wedding dress, but since i also agree with you on how the dress shouldn’t be limited to one or two dolls then i complety understand.

    Still it’s gorgeous, i really love it.

    Keep it up!

  7. uhh… can I pick someone somebody has already guessed? cuz then I guess the girl on the far left who’s in front of the girl with the barrette in her hair.

  8. Also, remembering now, make them easy to run in if you decide to do these. I know only you could pull off these dresses, and I was only giving what would be included anyways so you can make these dresses pretty much anyway you want if you decide to do them.

  9. Only you could pull these off, and if you decide to do them, do anything you could possibly think of. Just not too much, or the beauty of the dress would be hidden under excess stuff.

  10. I love this dress!
    I’m guessing the little girl at the back, on the right, with short hair, directly under the boy’s outstretched arm.

  11. I was going to say the girl at the back right under the boy’s outstretched arms… but now my guess is the girl on her knees in the back. She has dark hair and is higher than everyone else in the back.

  12. Sorry it didn’t post, but my first post was for the ‘rainbow explosion’ dress right before this one, so read that (those?) post(s) first. I’m having an off-day. Sorry for any confusion guys.

  13. This dress is really neat! I like all the green, it’s my favorite color.
    You were really cute when you were little! And I’ll sure you still are!

  14. I’m not sure if your familar with the movie/musical Once Upon A Mattress? If you’re ever looking for some outlandish to draw then it’s pretty fun. I had to design costumes for that musical and it was far from boring :)

  15. Did Juliet not read your post? At least half of it was about not drawing the wedding dress. All I have to say about that dress is that I’m glad it wasn’t a sleeveless A-line gown… so tired of those.

  16. Hey, for all those wanting Kate’s wedding dress, Tom Tierney did a special edition paper dolls of Prince William and Kate, and if you sign up for a free newsletter you can get their wedding clothing for free when they become available.

  17. Yaay! Lucky guess. :) I would looove to see the black and white 1700s dress colored in a golden yellow and royal (tending navy) blue with cream lace.

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