Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Olga the Oscar Winner

Oscar Winning Olga is ready to appear at the awards ceremony in her stunning butterfly print outfit, with assymetrical ruffles and a butterfly trim fascinator.

http://www.publicdomainpictures.net - Golden Fireworks by Petr Kratochvil

Monday, 27 February 2012

Salome Persis dressed for spring

Salome Persis is dressed for spring and models in front of a beautiful rose garden.*

This pretty outfit  has a rose pink colour scheme.

The dress has a softly pleated skirt enhanced with a rose trim and matching embroidery, while the hat is a riot of roses.

Salome thinks it will be perfect for garden parties and maybe a day at the races too.

It is feminine and flirty and suits Salome's artistic nature to an "a".


"Sylvanian Families Persian Cat Family.

Septimus Persis is a master craftsman, making the most beautiful, colourful rugs that Sylvania has ever seen! Septimus creates his masterpieces in delicate coloured silks and cottons on sturdy jute strands. Salome Persis is an artist and draws her inspiration from nature. She creates a lot of the intricate designs that her husband Septimus uses in his rugs. Sitting at her easel in the woods, drawing and painting for hours, Salome feels at peace with the natural world that is all around her. Nolly Persis idea of the 'purrfect' day is to play in the garden, only returning to the house at mealtimes. Sadie Persis likes nothing better than to curl up with a good book in the sunniest part of the house. She can spend hours reading romantic novels in the suns warm rays, oblivious to the world around her."

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Family trip to Suizenji Park, Kumamoto*

The Polar Bear Family have been on a fabulous trip to a park in Japan, called Suizenji Park 
(Suizen-ji jyojyuen, Suizen-ji Kouen).

Suizen-ji Jōju-en is a tsukiyama - a japanese garden - located  in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. The main tsukiyama is a representation of Mount Fuji. Lord Hosokawa Tadatoshi began construction of the garden in 1636 as a tea retreat. The park was named after a no-longer-extant Buddhist temple called Suizen-ji. (Wikipedia).

Mum Pati and Dad Benjiro have taken the children out to see the garden.

 Botan Bear, also known as peony ( a beautiful flower) is wearing a kimono made of pretty Japanese fabric with lilac pink trimmings.

Bishamon Bear ( who has taken after his easy-going father as his name means "help") is wearing a Japanese kimono over a trousers and top combo edged with tan braid.

*Photo by by Chibotan.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Benjiro the Bear

Benjiro the Bear is wearing a red kimono with a grey sash and headpiece.

His clothes are genuine Japanese material, the kimono is in two parts and is edged with thin bias binding.

Benjiro is a Japanese boy's name and it means peaceful/enjoy peace.

Because he is such a good natured bear he always lets Pati have the first choice of the fish.

He is standing in front of Mount Fuji (Fujiyama), a famous Japanese mountain.

This lovely picture comes from a site with great Japanese photographs at  http://homepage2.nifty.com/hsuzuki/english/

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Here Pati the Polar Bear is wearing a kimono and traditional sash in genuine Japanese fabric...

Her name is a Japanese girl's name, it was from Finland and means "basket of fish".

Pati loves fish!

The kimono  is cut in one piece and edged with bias binding; the sash is japanese fabric mounted on a strip of bias binding. It is all fastened with velcro.

She is standing in front of
Seiryuen Garden Nijo Castle, (picture from http://www.citypictures.org)

Monday, 20 February 2012

Frieda the Flapper

 Frieda the Flapper* is a stylish Polar  Bear dressed in a fringed shiny white dress with a beaded collar and matching hat. All dressed up, she is ready for a night on the town!

This outfit is a design inspired by Farrah.

Wikipedia says "Flapper dresses were straight and loose, leaving the arms bare (sometimes no straps at all) and dropping the waistline to the hips. Silk or rayon stockings were held up by garters. Skirts rose to just below the knee by 1927, allowing flashes of leg to be seen when a girl danced or walked through a breeze,although the way they danced made any long loose skirt flap up to show their legs "

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Today's outfit is in subtle tones of blackberry and plum and is modelled by one of our newest family members, a rather dashing polar bear...

Hence there is almost a hint of the steppes about this outfit...

(This is a lilac dress with a pink bow for Hettie - Farrah's sparkly white dress in currently in production)

Friday, 17 February 2012

I have two lovely grand-daughters who love Sylvanians and I am making them clothes for their family members. I have really struggled to find any patterns so now I am making my own; the family will change when I hand the current family and their clothes over at the beginning of March.

At the moment I am featuring the Black Mole Family. In this life as well as being my current star models they are also opera stars at the New York Met - so here they are in full costume at their photo call in their hotel room in New York... ready for the first night performance of Verdi's Aida

A Peek at the Spring 2012 collection...

Pictured earlier Slinkerty Mole – coming in from cocktails – at 3 am :) Hope her voice holds out.
She is wearing a very modern cocktail dress in silver and black - it has an assymetrical hem and a chic hat which references 30s fashion.

while this pink and red outfit has a more typical woodland feel...