Hey everyone! Easter’s coming up! I designed this Rococo Painted Egg Border fabric (with twin bunnies!) Hope you like it!

Help me out and vote for it on Spoonflower! I’d really really appreciate it! I’d be over the moon if I could get in the top 10 of one of these contests! The designs come up in random order.

If you’d like to buy it, the single border version is here, and the double border version will be up for sale shortly!

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Here’s my physical test swatch in cotton!

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My friend Annie was super sweet to get some photos of me and the girls under a sakura tree this past week! I really wanted to get some photos of them in the heirloom ribbon embroidery dresses I made for them!

I worked so hard on these dresses while I was pregnant! You can see some close up images of the dresses here. The dresses are 6 month size, but the arms were too small for my girls even though they were 5 months and a few weeks when we took these photos! I had to rip out the armband and redo it the night before. Oh well!

I’ll probably have more photos to post of these later, but I couldn’t wait to show you these cute ones Annie took.

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heirloom ribbon embroidery baby dresses

(I also learned a lesson, sometimes the girls won’t smile unless they are looking at me! Oh well, they’re still cute little bunnies.)

heirloom ribbon embroidery baby dresses

heirloom ribbon embroidery baby dresses

Miss R showing you her panda face.

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Miss J trying to eat her dress.

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Aimee loves Jessie, RuffleButt Cosplay!

RuffleButt Cosplay

This weeks’s Friday Fave is my friend, Jessie Pridemore (RuffleButt Cosplay). You can find Jessie on Facebook here and on DeviantArt (where she posts her tutorials, photos and cosplay), Tumblr and ACP.  (Above left, Phoenix Five Emma Frost. Above right Madoka photo by foto fong!)

Jessie really gets lovely tailoring in her costumes. She seems to always be trying to learn a new technique like learning to use horsehair braid and when she’s learned it she helps everyone else out with a tutorial!  With her above pink and white Madoka costume, instead of just using a store bought petticoat or two, she spent a ton of time ruffling a 14 tier, 100 yard custom petticoat. I also really love that Jessie tries to encourage people to be ok with their geeky self. And I love that Jessie is always tasteful in the way she wears her costumes, like the above Emma Frost costume uses dance tights.

Below, Jessie is cosplaying from one of my favorite manga, Battle Angel Alita! Look at these awesome photos by Anna Fischer.

RuffleButt Cosplay

Jessie has also started offering patterns for sale, too. I look forward to what she ends up offering in the future!

RuffleButt Cosplay

And then today she cut off 16 inches of her hair to give to Wigs for Kids (a nonprofit providing wigs for kids who lost their hair to illness.) So Rock ON, Jessie.

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Aimee loves Macoto Takahashi!

Macoto Takahashi

For this Friday Fave I want to show you the romantic work of Macoto Takahashi ( 高橋真琴 ) from Osaka, Japan. His website is here. He was a major artist during the 50’s and 60’s shoujo romance period (what we today look at lovingly as retro shoujo style.) A lot of people rediscovered him when he did some artwork in the 2000’s for the Gothic & Lolita Bible fashion magazines.

I know some people don’t like the big sparkly-eyed look of this sort of style, but I find once you get used to it there is real beauty. I love the appealing shapes that Macoto uses on his clothing and hair and I love the stylized shapes used for flowers and backgrounds as well. Instead of just drawing a flower how it looks, each flower and wave and hill is a thoughtful shape. His work reminds me a bit of Edwin Earle (the background artist of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty) or Mary Blair in some ways.

Look how sensitively done this Little Mermaid is!

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I love the clothing shapes on this Snow Queen art and look at the charming hanging plants outside the window. Macoto obviously researches clothing some too. I don’t think they are straight up historical, but I like the touches of actual clothing to them.

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He has an official gallery located in Chiba, Japan where you can view and purchase his work. It is possisble to order his books on Amazon Japan. Yes, you can order internationally! (Read this page or google other pages to find out how to order from amazon.jp.) You can see some of his books here on amazon.jp and another selection at the top of this page. You can also sometimes find people selling his items on ebay.

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I have these two Macoto books (above and below) that I bought off Amazon.jp. One is pink hardcover book with Cinderella in an 18th century gown on the cover. It is a general collection of some illustrations from various fairytales. It’s actually still available for it’s original price on Amazon.jp here. The other has blue cover with the Little Mermaid, ISBN4-8354-4089-7 now out of print. It originally was 4900 yen. This one is actually a collected box of five softcover fairy tale books; Snow White, Thumbelina, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and the Little Mermaid.

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More about Macoto on Baka. You can also see more of Macoto’s work on this TUMBLR tag.

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