Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Jacques Fath Cocktail Suit

When I saw this suit in one of the 1955 editions of L'Officiel it was love at first sight. I loved the collar and original neckline. I loved the hat with the rose. I immediately started thinking of how I was going to make this beautiful suit for Gene.

The biggest challenge was finding the white fur. All the stores in my area only carry cheap looking white fur. I haven't had much luck finding fur on the internet either. When I went down to the "Hollywood Ahoy" convention one of my goals was to find some white fur in the garment district. I scored! The fur on my suit is a little fluffier that the fur in the original suit, but sometimes that happens when miniaturizing fashions.

For that same reason I wasn't able to make the cuffs look like they were pieced together. I tried, but the result was too bulky, and I didn't like effect.

The next challenge was finding the fabric for the suit. I really wanted to make the suit out of the same silk crepe I used to make this coat, I had loved working with this fabric, it was like butter. I loved the texture, and weight of it. Unfortunately, I found it in a grab-bag I had bought and it was all gone. I ended up making one suit out of a textured polyester crepe (my copy) and five others out of lighter weight black silk crepe.

The fur collar is attached to the suit with two hooks. The jacket could be worn without the collar for a different look. I need to take a picture of the jacket without the collar. The neckline is very lovely.

I changed Tornado's lip color again to match the rose on the hat. I am still thinking about repainting her lips. I really like her in red.

Oh La La in my copy made out of the textured crepe. I like this version too.

I hoped you enjoyed my saga of the suit. My next project is a suit from the film "Lucy Gallant".

Friday, December 4, 2009

Twilight Girl

Twilight Girl is the only convention centerpiece doll that I own. When I got the opportunity to purchase her I was a little ambivalent at first. I wasn't in love with her hair and outfit. One of my table mates convinced me to buy her and I am so glad.

The first year after I bought her she stayed dressed in her original clothes, but lately she had started modeling for me. I think she fits in the late 50's-early 60's era like Slender Threads does.
I really like her now.

Here she is modeling a couple of my fashions

Her hair-do is perfect for this hat- the outfit is circa 1959.

Looking very "Mad Men"

Color Deal Gene's dress

I love her in Sparkling Seduction

In her own outfit

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


One of my new goals is to use up as much of my fabric stash as possible, including my scraps. During my last few projects I made up some outfits out of scraps. It feels really good to use up the whole piece of fabric and be done with it. Now if I could only sew faster I could get through my huge stash!

These sheaths were made from the same silk as this dress

I even had enough for another bodice. Twilight Girl looks very "Mad Men".

All four outfits will be on sale in my store.