Friday, September 30, 2011

It’s a Long Story

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Years ago, when I started my obsession about sewing for Gene, I was searching the internet and I came across a set of paper dolls on eBay.

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I believe this is a Debora Paget paper doll.

I fell instantly in love with the green dot coat ensemble. I wanted to make it so bad!

Later, I discovered another doll designer had made the same outfit in green and white. I was kinda bummed, but then I saw this picture.

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Modes Royale Spring/Summer 1953

I decided I would make it too. It took me a while to find the green dot, and I ended up using two different dots, but I love how it turned out.

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Here is Madra with the other dot.

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I used 17 buttons to make each outfit. I may have wiped out one online store’s stock twice to make all of them.

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The umbrella is made with a kabob skewer and a bead painted white.

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This ensemble is sold out.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I found it!

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Remember this post?

I am happy to announce that I found two different sized black and white dot fabrics. So excited! The outfit has moved up my long list of things to sew, so hopefully soonish I will be making it.

Now for my new obsession

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Isn’t this 1955 Pierre Balmain dress adorable? I think so, so I started looking for the right fabrics to make it. It was turning out to be much harder than the black and white dot. The salesclerk at the last fabric store suggested I try printing my own fabric. Oh yeah! I have done that before with some Daniel Bingham outfits. Then I started thinking about how I would have to piece together a lot of pieces to make the skirt since the fabric would only be 8 1/2” x 11”. Then I remembered that Daniel Bingham has a link to a company called Spoonflower where you can buy custom printed fabric by the yard. Now I just need to figure out where to find a program to make my stripes. I am so excited!