Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Grace Kelly's Black Floral Dress Part II

I finally got around to making this dress again!

It was inspired by the dress that Grace Kelly wore in 1955 when she met her future husband Prince Rainier of Monaco.

 I originally made this design way back in 2011 as a commission.

For more photos and information about my first experience, click here.

Last year for Sandra Stillwell's convention in New York, I made four dresses to sell out of this fabric.  They sold out fast, and I intended on going home and using up the rest of the fabric.

I found this fabric on the bargain table at a Hancock Fabrics in Lynnwood, Washington.  It is "mystery" fabric.  I am not sure what it is made out of, but the print was great.  So I bought about 2 or 3 yards of it.

I love this fabric, it is like a cross between a cotton and a taffeta.  It is not shiny, but it has a nice crispness to it and it pressed up beautifully.  The flower print is a nice size for the dolls and I love the colors in the print.

My JAMIEshow "Le Jazz Hot" Oona looks lovely in this dress.  Her Pink lips are perfect with this print.

I think it is a good match for the original dress.

I found this fabric in Kansas City in 2013.  It is a very nice satin and has weight to it.  I loved this print too, so I thought "What the heck........."
"......I will make massive quantities of dresses in both fabrics!"

My "Cool Breeze in Vegas" Oona was chosen to model this version.  I love her red lips with the bolder print.

I keep going back and forth about which dress I love the most.

So I have decided to keep one of each.  One to fit my Grace Kelly Franklin Mint doll and one to fit Gene.

The FM Grace Kelly sized dress also fits the Tonner/Tyler dolls great.

The flower hats are made out of twist ties, Grosgrain ribbon, flowers, leaves, beads, and ball tipped pins.
Here are some more great photos of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier that I found on the internet.

I want to make the cream brocade engagement dress too.

To purchase the pattern, click here.
To purchase the dress for Gene, click here.
To purchase the dress for the FM Grace Kelly or Tonner/Tyler dolls, click here.

Monday, September 7, 2015

"The Opposite Sex"/Balmain Ensemble


Years ago I fell in love with this outfit while I was watching the 1956 film "The Opposite Sex".  In the film, Dolores Grey's character showed up in Reno in this fabulous ensemble and got into a fight while wearing it. 

Such a tragic way for an outfit to die!

My JAMIEshow Madra demanded to be my model for this outfit.

I found this 1950 Balmain creation while I was going through the L'Officiel archives.  It is so similar to the film's outfit that I decided it would be fun to add the turban and muff to "The Opposite Sex" ensemble for more fashion play.

The ensemble has 9 pieces:  A knit sheath, vest, beret, turban, scarf, muff, purse, belt, and gloves.
To purchase this pattern, click here.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Short "Gloves" for the JAMIEshow Dolls

When Gene was recreated by JAMIEshow a couple of years ago, she came with two new awesome innovations.  First was the rooted wigcaps, which are genius!  I can't get enough of them.  The second one was changeable hands, including colored hands and lycra "gloves"


"Phoenix" came with white gloves.

 (Property of JAMIEshow)

J'Adore came with black gloves.
 (Property of JAMIEshow)
The lycra "gloves" that came with the dolls are very long and look great with eveningwear, but I felt there might be some interest in some shorter "gloves"
(Property of JAMIEshow)
So I decided to make my own.

Style 1 is the shortest glove.  It can also be used as a sweatband when Gene exercises.

Style 2 comes almost to the elbow, and fits the arm snuggly.

Style 3 is a gauntlet style.

To purchase these gloves, click here.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Hardy Amies' 1956 Suit

This suit is one of the first designs I fell in love with when I became obsessed with sewing for Gene.

I found this picture in a library book years ago.  I believe this is from John Peacock's  20th Century Fashion:  The Complete Sourcebook.

(Picture By John Peacock)

Hardy Amies was a British designer who designed for Queen Elizabeth.  I searched the internet high and low to find a photograph of this suit, but I have not found one yet.

This was my first attempt back in 2006.

It fits the Tonner dolls much better than Gene.


Last year I redesigned the pattern to fit Gene better.  I made it out of silk noil.  Noil is one of my favorite suit fabrics to work with.  It gives the look of wool without the bulk.
I also made it in navy noil.


While I was working on the red and navy suits, it occurred to me that this is a great basic suit pattern.  I wanted to see what it would look like without the front straps, so I made the pattern up in a green noil without the straps.

I was honestly surprised how much I loved it. 

The color is perfect with "Cocoa Crisp's" green eyes. 

 My original suit on Brenda Starr. 

Just for fun, the hat is a pin from JoAnn Fabrics.

To purchase the pattern, click here.