Wednesday, January 22, 2014

My Top 10 Pierre Balmain Favorites From 1950

I am in the middle of another big batch of outfits right now.  I feel like I will be working on this batch forever.  This project involves a miniature tassel maker and over 300 tassels.  I will share the details as soon as I can.

So since one of my biggest talents is procrastination, I would like to share some more favorite designs, this time from Pierre Balmain.

I have decided I need to take some French lessons, not only are the magazines that I like to collect my pictures from in French, but I don't want to sound like an idiot when I say "Balmain", "Givenchy", "Heim", "Griffe", etc.  I can pronounce German and Pacific Northwest American English, but not French.

I have made several Balmain inspired outfits for Gene from different years.  Balmain has some great designs.  So in no particular order, here they are:

 I love the puffy sleeves on both of these suits.

What's not to love about paisley brocade?

The fur is so fluffy!

 Love the lambswool fur trim and muff.

 I have the perfect fabric for this coat, plus it has a muff.

More lambswool and muffs!

Very beautiful, and another muff.

I am planning on making this outfit this year.  I love leopard, and a leopard muff!


Thursday, January 9, 2014

My Top 10 Christian Dior Favorites From 1950

About a month ago I wrote a post about my favorite fashions by Fath from 1950, so now I am sharing my favorite Dior designs from that same year.

It was harder for me to find 10 favorite Dior designs than I though it would be.  I guess 1950 isn't my favorite year for Dior. 

I am constantly adding pictures to my files, and have many on Pinterest by Dior that I haven't gotten around to transferring over to my computer.  I am sure I will find more Dior creations from 1950 later.

I am already regretting that I didn't start posting about my designer favorites in 1947 when Dior launched "The New Look", but I will do that later.

So in no particular order, here they are.  I would love to make all of these outfits for Gene.

 The velvet gold coat over the slim black skirt is great.

Here is another stunning coat over a slim skirt.  Love the color.
I really appreciate seeing the fashions in colored photos because if I hadn't seen the first photo of this coat, I would have assumed that it was grey and not that lovely melon color. 

 I want to try making my own lace fabric by sewing lace trim on fabric.  It looks like I would need 2-3 different widths of the same style of lace to make this dress.  I doubt I would make more than a couple of these.

Love everything about this dress; the fabric, the over dress, the underskirt, etc.

Two more photos of this lovely dress

I have a thing for full skirts over slim underskirts and brocade, so this is a winner in my book.  I also love the bodice darts.

 Big dramatic collars rock!


I tried to make this dress for Gene years ago, it was a fail.  But now that I have seen the back of the dress, I may attempt it again someday.

 I love suits with trim.
I saved my favorite for last, love this low neckline with the white pleated blouse underneath.