Friday, February 27, 2015

Casual Prince William

Today's post is Prince William, Duke of Cambridge dressed casually.

The sweater is machine knitted and the pants are hand knitted.  I used Red Heart Yarns for this outfit.

For the Princes and Kings in my doll collection I decided to just make one pair of khaki pants, blue jeans, and black pants that everyone can share.  Sure I'm not going to knock my yarn pile quickly by doing it that way, but I don't need that many pairs of pants floating around.  There are a few royals (I'm looking at Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark and King Philippe of Belgium) that have an usual taste in pants so I made them because they are exclusive to those royals.

Yarns Used: Red Heart Blue and Light Brown

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tiara Thursday: Marie Feodorovna's Sapphire Bandeau

This was another Tiara I found easy to make from beads. The Marie Feodorovna Sapphire Bandeau comes from the British Collection and there are questions over whether or not it exists. 

You can learn more about this tiara
here and here.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Queen Mother's Wedding Dress

Today's wedding dress is the Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, better known as the Queen Mother. It was created in the 1920's and was made for a woman who never expected to be queen consort.  History would deal the Lady Elizabeth a different set of cards. It is worn by Catherine Duchess of Cambridge.

The Dress is hand knitted and the decoration is crocheted.  This was one of my experimental patterns and it took me twice to get this one right.  To see how it matches with the original check out the Royal Order of Splendor's link here.

Yarns: Caron Simply Soft, Silvery Crochet Thread, White Embroidery Floss

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Lady Mary Crawley

I also design historical costumes based on Historical TV shows.  Since the Duchess of Cambridge is a big fan of the series Downton Abbey I created a few outfits from the TV series.  This outfit is from Season 2 from the scene where Matthew and Mary dance and Lavinia secretly catches them kissing.

The pattern I created myself and is hand knitted.  The dress and shoes are soft navy.  The black thing in the front is crochet with black embroidery floss.  The gloves are black yarn.

Yarns used: Red Heart Soft Navy and Caron Simply Soft Black

Friday, February 20, 2015

Prince William

Well, where's Prince William?  Here he is!  Prince William was the second doll I made, the second doll I was experimenting with in putting together.  I followed the directions in Knit Your Own Royal Wedding.

Here he is dressed up and ready for his wedding day.  Everything, the uniform jacket, hat, and pants are hand knitted.  All based on the patterns in the Knit Your Own Royal Wedding.  The Order of the Garter is crocheted as is the Aide-de-camp chain.  Here are photos from that day.

Yarns Used: Red Heart Red, Caron Soft Black, Embroidery Floss 729 and 824

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tiara Thursday: Halo Scroll Tiara

 Now onto the tiara Catherine Duchess of Cambridge wore on her wedding: Halo Scroll Tiara.  This tiara was once owned by the Queen Mother, but worn by other members of the Royal Family including the Princess Royal and Princess Margaret.  It hadn't seen the light of day in decades and everyone was surprised to see it appear on Catherine for her wedding day.  I remember in the lead up to the day, everyone was speculation she would have worn Queen Mary's fringe tiara like her grandmother in law and aunt in law did for their royal weddings, alas it wasn't to be.  In fact, I seem to recall everyone scrambling to find out what the tiara was called. 

I put two views of my interpretation of the tiara on this post. One with the veil and one without veil.  It took me two tries to get this tiara right and I hope I did it justice.

You can find a detailed history here or a brief history here

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Catherine's Wedding Dress

So today's post is about the wedding dress Catherine Middleton wore for the wedding.  This was the first outfit I officially made.  I used the pattern from Knit Your Own Royal Wedding for the body and just created my own pattern for the sleeves.

The veil is made from white embroidery floss and knitted straight.

Catherine Middleton, who after the wedding became the Princess William, Duchess of Cambridge (because she wasn't created a princess in her own right) is wearing a tiara.

Here is a photo of the original to compare the two.  :)

Yarns: Caron Soft White and White Embroidery floss

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge

This week, my the first doll I created Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge will make her debut on the blog.  This is the first time I knitted a doll from the Knit Your Own Royal Wedding book.  I was still trying to figure out how best to put together these dolls!

She is wearing the yellow dress from her and Prince William's Asia Visit in 2012.  The dress and shoes are hand knitted.  I looked at the patterns in the book for how many stitches I need, but I created the pattern myself.  You can find a photo of the dress here.

Yarns Used: Red Heart Lemon and Light Brown

Friday, February 13, 2015

Queen Fabiola of the Belgians

My favorite Royal Couple, now belong to history.  The couple I am talking about is late King Baudouin of Belgium and late Queen Fabiola of Belgium.  Today I am sharing one of my favorite outfits of Queen Fabiola.  In 2009, the dear lady was threatened with assassination and so on the Belgian National Day she not only showed up but she held up in an apple in the fashion of the William Tell story.  You can find a view of the photos of that incident here.

This outfit comes from that National Day.  The top and pants are machine knitted, except for the collar which I crocheted instead of knitted.  The Hat and Jacket are hand knitted.

Yarns: Red Heart White and Red Heart Lavender

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Queen Alexandra Kokoshnik Tiara

I created Queen Alexandra of England's Kokoshnik Tiara out of beads.  When I create tiaras for my dolls, I try to go for the simpler ones.

I used a combination of Fishing string and thin wire for this tiara.

For more information on this tiara check out this site and here. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Queen Sonja of the Norway

One day I was on the Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor looking at the royal wedding dresses the blogger had posted.  Believe me there are a lot of modern and historic wedding dresses!  However, I prefer to keep things simple when it comes to my knitting and I stumbled upon Queen Sonja of Norway's Wedding dress.  I decided to knit it and stick it on Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.

The body of the dress is all one piece and knitted by hand.  The train and the sleeves are also hand knitted.  The train is attached at the shoulders, like the real dress.  The collar of the dress is crocheted.    The veil is knitted embroidery floss.

Yarn: Caron Simply Soft White

Sunday, February 8, 2015

HGD Stephanie of Luxembourg

HGD Stephanie of Luxembourg's outfit is based on one her sister in law Princess Tessy of Luxembourg wore to the civil wedding of Prince Felix of Luxembourg and Claire Lademacher.

The dress and shoes are machine knitted.  This outfit is similar to one that Catherine wore when she was pregnant with George.

Yarns: Red Heart Light Blue and Red

Friday, February 6, 2015

Royals at the Olympics

When there's an Olympics, you can be guaranteed that the royal families of the world will come out to support their respective teams.  You can usually spot them in the stands in their team colors.

Here Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Prince Daniel of Sweden are showing their support for the Swedish Team.

The shirts are based on what Prince Daniel and his brother in law Prince Carl-Philip wore in London 2012.  Pants, Shirts, and CP Victoria's Shoes are all machine knitted.

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver: Blue, Bright Yellow, White, Buff and Soft Navy.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Tiara Thursday: Swedish Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara

The tiara I put on Crown Princess Victoria is the Aquamarine Kokoshnik belonging to her Aunt P
rincess Margareta of Sweden.  I created this version out of beads.

You can find photos and the history of the original here and here.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden happens to be one of my favorite royals and one of my fashion inspirations.  I would love to raid her closet. I'll be the first to admit that if there was one wedding dress I'd love to see a knock off of it would be hers.  After I made Prince William and Duchess Catherine, I made my second favorite royal couple: Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel.  I used the pattern for Catherine for Victoria and I think I used Prince Harry or Prince Charles for Prince Daniel from the Knit Your Own Royal Wedding book.  (My favorite royal couple will be revealed in the future.)

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden married Daniel Westling on June 10, 2010 in Stockholm, Sweden.  This version of her dress comes in three pieces and I created the pattern myself and am sorry I didn't write it down.  The front and back were knitted separately and sewed together.  The train is also hand knitted and pretty fun to figure out how to make.  The shoes are hand knitted...before the days I discovered the joy of making them machine knitted.  Her veil is made from embroidery floss which is very slipper to knit with!

I created her tiara out of beads.  The tiara is owned by her aunt Princess Margareta and is called the Swedish Aquamarine Kokoshinik. Since it was the only Swedish Tiara I had done I decided to put it on Victoria.  For more information on the real aquamarine tiara click here.

To learn more about the dress check out the Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor's page here.

Yarns: Caron Simple Soft White and White Embroidery Floss

Monday, February 2, 2015

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden

One of the other royal dolls I created was Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.  I used the Catherine Middleton pattern found in Knit Your Own Royal Wedding.  I ended up pulling her apart and adding more stuffing to her after I made her, so this is a photo pre-stuffing.  If you watched the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel were among the royal guests.

The dress is hand knitted and based on the dress she wore to Queen Margarethe II of Denmark's 70th Birthday Celebrations.  I created the pattern myself.  I used Caron Simply Soft Black and White for this outfit.