Saturday, August 15, 2020

Balmain's 1953 Lace Dress




It was love at first sight when I saw this 1953 Pierre Balmain dress.


My attempt at recreating the pose.


I studied the original dress' photos and tried to figure out how the dress was made.


My biggest challenge was making the chiffon bodice.


I also wanted to try my hand at dying white nylon lace.


I didn't have to dye this pink lace, I was thrilled to find this lace at JoAnn Fabrics.




Nylon is a synthetic fiber, but it falls into the natural fiber category for dying.  It picks up the dye quickly and it was tricky figuring out how long to leave the lace in the water.  I used yellow and tan dye to get this color.

I loved the yellow dress so much, I kept a copy for myself.


This blue was a lot harder to dye.  I ended up with a yard of a lovely blue lace that was nowhere near the color of the chiffon and satin.  I plan on using it later for something else.  The blue of this lace actually changes color depending on the lighting.  Sometimes it looks spot on, other times it looks a little too green, and other times it looks a little too purple.

To make the lace hem, I rough cut out the lace flowers and Fray-Checked the edges and then cut the flowers out.  The flowers were then hand sewn to the bottom of the lace skirt.



I also made an adorable white lace wedding dress.





While I was making the lace dresses, I started wondering what the dress would look like in a cotton print.  I ended up loving this design in a floral.



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Sunday, May 3, 2020

"Something's Got to Give" Red and White Ensemble

The third and final costume from "Something's Got to Give"



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I love this simple sheath and coat ensemble.

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It took me a while to find the fabric to make the sheath.

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Owner of this outfit had the fabric hand painted to replicate the original dress.  It is incredible!  There was no way I would be able to paint flowers on fabric.

I used two different prints to make the sheaths.

I like this fabric the best.




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Marilyn is so beautiful in all the photo stills I collected from the internet.






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Franklin Mint's version





Tonner's version





More pictures off the internet.
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Patterns Coming Soon!










"Something's Got to Give" Black and White Dress

You guys!  I am back!  I have several fashions that I finally finished and will be posting.



This dress was inspired by Marilyn Monroe's unfinished 1962 film "Something's Got to Give". 

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This black and white cotton print fabric is so dang close to the original fabric that I can't believe it.

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Of course my Franklin Mint Marilyn had to have the dress made for her too.  




I actually found two black and white floral prints that are a good match to the original dress.  The background of this print is slightly grey.




Tonner's Marilyn wanted in on the action too.  She is wearing Gene's dress.

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I used the pictures of this pattern to help me figure out how to make the sarong style skirt.

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The drawings of the pattern shapes can really come in handy.  I enlarged the front drape and altered it to fit my doll.


Patterns coming soon!