Masquerade Gown with Rainbow Ruffles and Black Rainbow Sequins

A masquerade gown with a black bodice, covered with sparkling sequins which subtly shine in blue, red, green, purple and yellow. The neckline is off the shoulders and slightly V-shaped, and is trimmed with a line of white ribbon. The sleeves are three-quarter, and their edges are trimmed with more white ribbon. There are long ruffles attached to the edges of the sleeves, and they are a gradient of green to blue, decorated with a pattern of mist and stars. The bodice extends over the top of the skirt and is gathered at one hip, decorated with a white bow. From the bow, four rows of ruffles fall towards the base of the skirt like a waterfall. The ruffles form a rainbow gradient, and are decorated with a pattern of mist and stars. The skirt is black, and falls to the floor. It is patterned with abstract swirls of glowing dots, some of which subtly sparkle with rainbow colors.Click for larger version (PNG); click for PDF version. Click here for the list of dolls.

There we have it: ten days of digital coloring! I’ve learned a great deal, and I’m ready to start doing some different things next week. I’m going to shoot for Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Luckily, my husband, parents and even my baby are all quite cooperative. Milo recently started letting me put him down for naps in his crib, instead of requiring hours of rocking while he snoozed. So if you’re happy to see me back, thank that little baby!

After ten days of digital coloring, I have basically nothing to say, except for that I’m enjoying myself very much. I have a lot of plans for cool things I want to try, such as making my own patterns (thanks to Julie’s repeating pattern tutorial).

Anyways, I have a site redesign in the works so I’ll have a better link to this at some point, but in the meantime please consider liking my page on Facebook or following me on Twitter. I haven’t quite gotten in the habit of using these things effectively, but I have plans for them. Oh yes. Plans…

For now, which masquerade gown was your favorite?


Masquerade Gown with Cherry Blossom Bodice, Pink Skirt and Sparkly White Ruffles

A masquerade gown with a white bodice, patterned all over with clouds of pink and reddish-purple cherry blossoms. The neckline is off the shoulders and slightly V-shaped, and is trimmed with a line of sparkling white sequins. The sleeves are three-quarter, and their edges are trimmed with more white sequins. There are long ruffles attached to the edges of the sleeves, and they are pink and patterned with abstract white swirls. The bodice extends over the top of the skirt and is gathered at one hip, decorated with a light reddish-purple bow. From the bow, four rows of ruffles fall towards the base of the skirt like a waterfall. Each one is covered with sparkling white sequins. The skirt is light pink, and falls to the floor. It is patterned with abstract white swirls.Click for larger version (PNG); click for PDF version. Click here for the list of dolls.

I admit I’m very proud of the sparklies on this one. Those are some serious sparklies. I will have to work hard to out-sparkly things tomorrow! The pattern on the bodice is from gimei, and the brush I used on the skirt is from Pixels & Ice Cream.

I’m running out of things to say about these recolored dresses! I’ll be happy to do new things. I’m thinking I’ll try for a Monday – Wednesday – Friday schedule…


Masquerade Gown with Black Velvet Bodice, White Lace, Purple Skirt and Glittering Strands

A masquerade gown with a black velvet bodice with a damask pattern. The neckline is off the shoulders and slightly V-shaped, and is trimmed with a line of light purple ribbon. There is a decoration of rhinestones at the bust. The sleeves are three-quarter, and their edges are trimmed with more purple ribbon. There are long ruffles attached to the edges of the sleeves, and they are purple and decorated with strands of glowing rhinestones. The bodice extends over the top of the skirt and is gathered at one hip, decorated with a light purple bow. From the bow, four rows of ruffles fall towards the base of the skirt like a waterfall. Each one is made of white lace. The skirt is purple, and falls to the floor. It is decorated with looped strands of delicate rhinestones.Click for larger version (PNG); click for PDF version. Click here for the list of dolls.

Another masquerade gown! I must confess I’m getting a little bored of recoloring but I’m learning a great deal. I think, though, that I’ll start doing new things next week. I’ll try for a Monday, Wednesday and Friday schedule. The lace and the sparklies are from Obsidian Dawn and the damask pattern is from sofi01.

The contest I had going has already been won… Sarah, tell me how you’d like me to color this one, please!


Masquerade Gown with Sparkly Pink Bodice, Red Velvet Trim and Blue Flowered Skirt with Cream Ribbon

A masquerade gown with a sparkly, light pink bodice The neckline is off the shoulders and slightly V-shaped, and is trimmed with a line of light blue ribbon ribbon. The sleeves are three-quarter, and their edges are trimmed with more blue ribbon. There are long ruffles attached to the edges of the sleeves, and they are dark red and decorated with large, lighter red swirls. The bodice extends over the top of the skirt and is gathered at one hip, decorated with a cream-colored bow. From the bow, four rows of ruffles fall towards the base of the skirt like a waterfall. Each one is dark red and decorated with large, lighter red swirls. The skirt is light blue with an apple blossom pattern. The flowers are cream, pink and dark red, and are interspersed with white butterflies. The skirt is long, and falls to the floor.Click for larger version (PNG); click for PDF version. Click here for the list of dolls.

Sparkle Week continues! I must admit that everything I know about making fabric sparkle in Photoshop I learned from the Disney princesses. Yesterday was sparkles over dark color, today is sparkles over light color. I made this brush myself, too, with help from this tutorial. The pattern on the red fabric is from Pixels & Ice Cream, and the pattern on the skirt is from flashtuchka’s Vintage Floral Patterns.

I’m very annoyed by how Photoshop handles brushes and patterns. I always find myself saving and losing brushes, and if I download a pattern set I have to remember how to credit it. It’s all very kludgy, it seems to me. Am I doing things wrong? Is it improved in future versions? (After all, I’m using CS2, which was released in 2005…)