|Blythe Spirit, UFDC exclusive Ellowyne Wilde, now sold out.|
To be specific, look up the term bias on Wikipedia. Basically, it's woven fabric that's been cut on the diagonal to maximize stretch and improve drape. Bias ruffles are strips of bias that have been gathered in the middle, usually with unfinished edges (which allows them to fray a little, depending on the fabric). As Tonner has used them, these are then sewn to the skirt of the dress is various ways. I've seen several dressed dolls and an outfit that use this technique this year.
|Sweeping Antoinette by Tonner|
This sort of ruffling can also be seen in Wilde Imagination's sold-out UFDC exclusive Ellowyne (seen above), Blythe Spirit. The white fabrics adds an angelic feeling to the doll. The symmetry of the bodice, with a shirred top with sheer sleeves and neck, add a light airy feel to this look. A simple key necklace adds just a light touch to finish the piece.
Similar in silhouette but with a very different feel is Tyler Wentworth in Fire Opal. The scarlet fabric lends itself to a similar flow and drape, but the color is much more dramatic. The satin bodice of this gown is fitted, which is a stark contrast to the flowing skirt. Additionally, the heavy jewelry adds weight to the entire look, giving the gown a heavier feel to the softer looks of Sweeping and Blythe Spirit.
|Play On Words, Cami & Jon outfit|
There are still plenty of mermaid gowns to choose from in this year's collection, so don't worry. I'm feeling a little refreshed by this change, however. I love the draping of these flowing gowns, and also that these unfinished edges have a lovely feeling of motion and softness to them, even on a more structured garment.
I'd love to see them used in a sheath, or in another silhouette. Oh wait. Maybe someone else has already done that one.
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|Fire Opal Tyler Wentworth, dressed doll by Tonner Doll Company|