“Chic Not Shabby”

More purple creations are coming out of my studio!  This one is in neutral shades.  The wool is almost taupe, but it’s not.  The purple in the dress is a neutral grape shade with a touch of neutral pastel pink in there too.

The great thing about neutrals is that they go nicely with a lot of other colors.  Do you know what it means to call a color neutral?  It means that it is made up of all three primary colors.  If a neutral color has only a touch of one or two of the primaries it may not even look like a neutral, but it still is considered one.

When I was in college we made hundreds of paint chips using red, yellow, blue, and white.  Did you know that if you have the correct red, yellow, and blue you can make any color under the sun?  We made colors all the way around the color wheel and then we made the neutrals.  It was an assignment that most art majors hated with a passion, but I loved it!!!  I still have all of the paint chips I made too.

I think that with Alice’s golden brown eyes and blonde/brown hair she looks beautiful in neutrals, don’t you?

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The embroidery on this sweater wasn’t as easy peasy as it might look.  I tried four different shades of purple before I found the correct one for the colonial knot flowers.  They are such a tiny part of the embroidery, but they needed to be right.  At first, my color choice was the darkest shade in the dress, then I went a shade lighter, then I picked a basic lilac.  They all disappeared into the knitting, and didn’t accent the roses at all.  Finally, I picked a bright pink violet which was bright enough and light enough to make the roses pop.  The greenery color needs to be just right too, but I got lucky picking the correct shade right from the start.  Yay!

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Alice loves her beret.  Her favorite part is the ivory colored rose bead; she thinks it is the perfect touch.

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Alice’s “Chic Not Shabby” ensemble will be available tonight at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.  Check my “Shop What’s New” page tonight at that time.


11 thoughts on ““Chic Not Shabby”

  1. Joy

    Wow, this is outstanding. Subtle in color but dreamy. Alice wears a lovely wig. Two tone? Maker?
    Hope you are having nice weather. You must be gathering things to send off to college with your daughter. Exciting times.

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi Joy,
      Thank you! The wig is probably a Monique Gold wig. It’s the one Alice arrived in, so don’t know for sure. Yes, it is made up of blonde and brown fibers. We have started the process–exciting for my daughter, yes, for me it will be hard. I will miss her tremendously!

  2. d

    Oh WOW!
    I did not know that about neutrals. I DID take some Art classes in high school, and also made paint chips. I too liked doing it, and I have to say it REALLY gives one an understanding of colors, and undertones, although I’ve probably lost some of my memory on that subject. LOL! Hubby thinks he’s an expert on color, absolutely INSISTING one should NEVER wear green and blue together lol! I don’t know if it was a girlfriend, his sister, or mother that drilled that home, but he just WON’T do it. Anyway, thanks for the Art lesson. I love it when I learn somethting from a blog post!
    Love the outfit, and agree it looks wonderful on Alice

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi D,
      If your husband does not feel good wearing green and blue together, he definitely shouldn’t. We should only wear what makes us feel good (says me as I’m sitting here in old clothes, ha ha) Anyway, I think men have different rules for what they wear. My husband has said some “different” things about that too, cannot remember what exactly though.
      Thanks for letting me you enjoyed this post.

      1. amandawoodqpf@aol.com

        Hello CindyThank you so much for your reply. The dolls are truly beautifulregardsAmanda

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