White Regency Gown with Blue Wrap, Red Roses and Forget Me Nots for Valentine’s Day

A white regency gown trimmed with white lace at the neck and sleeves. The sleeves are gently puffed and the bodice is ruched, trimmed on the right side with red roses and blue forget-me-nots. Under the bust is a pink ribbon sash decorated with a scroll pattern. The dress fabric is decorated with small embroidered white flowers, then at the edge of the skirt are pink swags, trimmed with lace, with pink hearts, red roses and blue forget-me-nots at the top of each swag. Intricate white embroidery surrounds the flowers. Under the swags are pleated frills that fan out to the ground and are trimmed with white lace. Long white gloves are attached to the outfit, and there is a blue wrap over the arms that is decorated with a shiny gold paisley pattern. At the neck is a thin gold chain and a pearl pendant.Happy Valentine’s Day! Here is my gift to all my beloved readers, whether you’ve just found my page recently or have been following me for a while. I’ve been drawing on and off for a long time now, but it’s been off a lot more than it’s been on. That means I have very patient fans, so I wanted to do something extra pretty for all of you!

This gown is not based on any particular Regency style, so it is more of a costume than a historically accurate dress. I also tried some new coloring tricks with this one. I use Photoshop’s paths tool to make the lines so nice and clean, but it doesn’t really lend itself to details, so the roses and a lot of other details were drawn in Procreate, my iPad drawing app.

The medieval dress I posted last week was the result of January’s contest — want to help decide what the next theme will be, and maybe get the chance to pick out the coloring yourself? I’m currently running February’s poll over Twitter! I’ve tweeted three categories to choose from, so if you’re using Twitter just follow me and tweet your favorite category. (Don’t forget to include my username, @LianaPaperDolls, so I can see it.) I’ll draw a gown from the winning category and start the contest over Twitter next week!

Come back next week for a outfit based on one of the most popular dramas on Japanese TV! As always, you can follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for update notifications, peeks into how I work, thoughts about designing paper dolls and pretty pictures of jewelry. If you enjoy my work, I’d also appreciate your support through Patreon. If I can rustle up a few more patrons, I’ll be able to post a bonus dress!

Purple and White Striped Towel In Honor of Towel Day

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Today is Towel Day, in honor of Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy and other fine books. Why towels? Because towels are the one thing an interstellar hitchhiker should never be without, no matter what else they might lose. Not only is it useful in a wide range of situations (gas mask, blanket, improvised weapon, at least against creatures with sensitive skin) but it’s tremendously impressive to have braved the galaxy without once having lost one’s towel.

OK, I am the sort of gal who keeps her towels in the linen closet, but at least my creations can be hoopy froods, and I think Ivy would be the type to have a towel at hand during her journeys. As you can guess, there are some days where an interstellar hitchhiker is very, very grateful indeed for a nice big stripey towel. (And perhaps a safety pin or two, if the galaxy has any pity whatsoever.)

You can thank Brian for the copy of the Guide; he went on to suggest a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster, but I think that might be pushing it…

I really had no reason for putting up this poll, but thank you all for indulging me none the less.