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.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Black Lipstick in Balmain

I took some more photos of "Black Lipstick" yesterday.  The lighting was a lot better than it had been the last time I took pictures.

I can't believe this is a colored photo.
 

 
Pierre Balmain circa 1954

 
 

 
 

I love this backdrop, but the floor looks all wavy because the base of the stand is under the fabric.


The black wigcap looks great with this outfit too, maybe not with this backdrop though.





I love the rooted wigcap concept.  Now I just want to tell JAMIEshow dolls- more platinum wigcaps please.




Saturday, June 6, 2015

Modes Royale Cocktail Dress with Chiffon Bodice


This trio of dresses was inspired by a Modes Royale 1956-1957 Fall/Winter design.


 
I love the description of this dress-  "Scooped and contoured is the direction of this skirt planned to arch out at sides and glide at back."


View A is made out of black casa satin. I love this satin because it is not too shiny or flimsy.  It would also look beautiful in a print.



The sash and straps are tied slightly different than they are in the Modes Royal picture.  I will add pictures of the sash tied like the original picture at a future time.


Madra looks stunning in her new "Hutton" wig.




Originally I was only going to make the dress just like I saw it in the picture. 



But then I remembered the beautiful embroidered chiffon fabrics that I had bought a long time ago in Seattle.  So I created a View B.

 
View B has a full skirt and gives the dress another great look.


My two JAMIEshow Oonas are my models


 



The black chiffon is silk.  I prefer silk chiffon over polyester because it drapes better.




I used polyester chiffon for this dress though because my white silk chiffon is more of a cream than a true white.


 Then I had to try the design in lace.
 





Just when I thought I was done, I started wondering what the design would look like as a sheath. 
 
 
View C was made from embroidered chiffon.

 
 
 



But wait!!  That is not all!  I think I want to make a View D now.  It will be made out of a cotton print.  I will add the photos and instructions after I make it.


To purchase this pattern click here.