Sunday, October 19, 2014

I'll Be Back

I never intended to take such a big break from this blog.  I have a lot of new patterns and fashions to share with you hopefully starting next week!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

"Funny Face" Wedding Dress

One of my favorite outfits from one of my favorite movies!

I am almost done finishing up the many outfits I started last year.  Just in time to start sewing for Sandra Stillwell's convention in August.

I first made this dress way back in 2006.  I think my sewing and photography skills have improved since then.

I used the same pattern that I made back then, but I refined the fit of the bodice.

Hubert de Givenchy designed Audrey Hepburn's costumes for this film.  One of my favorite things about Givenchy is many of his designs are so simple, yet so elegant.  I love the hooded veil on this dress.

My tulle is a lot stiffer than the lace that Givenchy used.

I love this picture because it shows how the veil is attached to the dress on the neckline.

I wanted to make the veil detachable, so my veil is attached to the dress by a hook.

I wanted more styling options for the people who buy this outfit.  I think this dress would look great with different kinds of veils, hats, or bows.

Here are some more shots from "Funny Face".

 Brenda Starr makes a beautiful bride.

 As does the 16" Fashion Teen Poppy Parker.

Love this backdrop!

 Here is Oona in a dress with 3 layers of tulle.

 White Orchid's dress has 2 layers of tulle.  Oona's dress is a little poofier than the other one.

The pattern for this dress is very versatile.  This dress is made of a beautiful lace that I bought for a great price off of eBay.  I plan on making this pattern up again using some cottons.  I will post them as soon as I can.

Pattern coming soon!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Modes Royale Inspired Four Piece Cocktail Ensemble

I have been planning on making this outfit since 2008 when I discovered the Modes Royale patterns.  Of course other projects kept jumping in front of this one, and another designer made this before me, but I still was obsessed with making this design myself.

I really like the idea of the lace sheath under an overdress or redingote.  I started thinking about other possibilities and I ended up adding a sash, and a straight skirt to create four different outfit options.

I wanted to make this outfit for last year's "Every Day a Holiday" convention, but I didn't like my first attempts.

I originally designed the redingote with a full gathered skirt.  I like the way it looks with the straight skirt under it, but I hated the way it looked over the lace sheath.  I will be selling this outfit as a 2-piece cocktail dress.

This is my original lace sheath, I loved how it turned out with this lace, but I felt like the pink underlining didn't show through enough.  I ended up selling the sheath and sash as an outfit without the redingote and skirt.

I decided to start over on the redingote.  After really inspecting the original picture I realized that the skirt is not gathered at the hips.  It is more of a flared skirt.  Why had I missed that detail the first time around?

Here is my 7th attempt.  It took a lot of tries to get the skirt to look the way I wanted it to.

I changed the lace on the sheath, and I like the way the pink underlining shows more.

I think the sheath looks beautiful with the matching sash.

I added the straight black skirt to be worn under the redingote.  This is my favorite look!  I think it is so elegant.

 As an afterthought, I realized that the skirt could be worn over the sheath for another look.

Here are all four pieces combined into two great outfits.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

My Top 10 Christobal Balenciaga Favorites From 1950

Since I am in the middle of another big batch of outfits, I am taking a break to share my favorite fashions by Christobal Balenciaga.

 This jacket is stunning!  I was able to see it with my own eyes a few years ago in San Francisco.

Sandra Stillwell created a version of this jacket for her "Golden Gate Glamour" convention in 2011. The jacket was part of a huge collection of  separates called the "Cristobal Collection".  It is reversible, with a black side. I need to play around with this jacket more.

I love this look.

 Sandra Stillwell also included this green wrap and red velvet hat in her "Cristobal Collection"
Photo by Lori Richards

I am running out of words to describe all these wonderful outfits.

This gown was also recreated for the 2011 convention.  I wish I had had the $$$$$ to buy it and the doll.

Balenciaga was having a big puffy sleeve moment in 1950 because I found three designs with them.

I love them too.

If I could find the right fabric, I would love to make this gown.  It would probably have to be custom made. I really need to learn how to use the embroidery part of my sewing machine.


The bodice detail in this dress is beautiful.

 And of course there is this design.  I just finished a batch of these suits earlier this year.  What a job!