Friday, July 1, 2022

Vintage Reproduction Dress and Bolero for Tonner


Sydney is wearing a cotton lawn dress and bolero jacket that is a reproduction of a 1956 design.  The fabric is an artisan design from Spoonflower and looks really close to the inspiration photo.  The dress has a ruched bodice and closes with a snap back.  The cropped bolero has tiny white buttons and a silk ribbon corsage, and has a hook and thread loop closure.  Everything is fully lined in silk/cotton.  The white bag is faux leather.  

Japanese Cotton Vintage Inspired Dress for Tonner


I'm a huge fan of Japanese imported fabric and this cotton lawn is gorgeous.  The dress is 50's inspired with a midriff bodice, gathered bust and split neck.  The dress is fully lined in light green silk/cotton.  The pillbox hat is lime green silk shantung with a band from the dress fabric and seed bead embellishment.  The bag is faux leather. 

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Vintage Coral Suit for Tonner Olivia Chase as Moire


As you know, I just started drafting some patterns for the Tonner RTB-101 body to fit the newest dolls in the collection.  This one is called Stargazing, Olivia Chase as Moire.  One thing I love about this doll is that her hairdo allows her to wear lots of different styles of hats!  The suit she's wearing is based on a vintage one and made from lightweight coral linen and completely lined in silk/cotton.  The hat is constructed from stiffened Aida cloth, and the bag is cream faux leather with gold-tone hardware.  She wears jewelry made from tiny coral rhinestone chain.  Sophisticated yet fun.  

Something's Got To Give


Olivia Chase is wearing my take on an iconic outfit worn by the beautiful Marilyn Monroe in the 1962 film Something's Got To Give.  I did use a pattern for Gene by Diane Wagner of Classic Doll Designs for part of the coat but I changed the neckline and drafted a different collar pattern.  The coat is made from a cream cotton sateen that was sent to me by mistake by Amazon.  When I contacted them about it their response was "eh, just keep it".  Alrighty.  The dress is navy blue and white Liberty of London Tana lawn and I drafted this pattern to fit the Tonner RTB-101 body.  It's a very bodycon fit with a sexy low back.  Both pieces are lined in white silk/cotton.  I saw some additional pics today of the original and it looks like Marilyn was carrying a white clutch with her outfit.  But I thought a bright yellow bag would be fun.  

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Periwinkle Embroidered Silk Gown for Olivia Chase and RTB-101


I really haven't sewed much for the newer Tonner doll body, the RTB-101.  I don't have an Annora, and I only have one Grace.  But I recently received Olivia Chase, the newest doll from Robert Tonner in collaboration with Sideshow, and I absolutely love her face.  I like my dolls with a little attitude and she sure has it.  So I set to work drafting some patterns to fit this body, and here is the first result.  This gown is created from periwinkle blue silk dupioni and fully lined in silk/cotton.  It's a bit inspired by Nigel Chia in that I cut out all of these floral appliques from an embroidered net fabric from Joann and hand stitched each one to the gown with monofiliment invisible thread.  That took many hours and isn't something I want to do again any time soon.  Invisible thread is a pain to work with, partly because it tangles easily and also it's---invisible.  Then I embellished the dress with beads and sequins before adding the lining.  The little hat is wired inside and embellished with more of the appliques and a pink veil.  I didn't want to go overboard with accessories so I just made her some pink rhinestone earrings.  

My Stargazer doll is arriving Tuesday and I have a cool vintage linen suit planned for her.  Can't wait.  

Vintage Jade Sheath and Stole for Tonner


Anne Harper is wearing a jade green sheath dress that is a reproduction of a 50's design.  This was a tough pattern to get to fit as there are six darts in the front bodice alone.  The original has the front of the dress as all one piece but I had to make the skirt a separate piece to avoid a funny-looking bump in between the gathers.  The fabric is rayon batiste lined with a silk/cotton.  I chose to dress this up a bit with a "mink" stole lined in China silk, and Anne borrowed a diamond bracelet from Grace. 

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Vintage Replica Lavender Coat and Floral Dress

SOLD   I've continued to sew as my right wrist heals, and the good news is the cast comes off tomorrow!  I will still have to wear a brace but at least I can take that off to take a shower, do the dishes, or scratch an itch.  And type, hopefully.  

This Anne Harper is wearing a replica of a 1957 ruched dress made from cotton lawn with a lightweight rayon coat.  I'm really liking rayon for dolls because of the drapability.  And it was commonly used for fashions of that era.  This dress with ruching in two directions was tricky to replicate but, after doing a couple of muslins, I finally figured it out.  The hat has a matching feather, and the bag is genuine lambskin.

Hoping to get some of these up for sale on Ebay as soon as I can type faster but inquiries are welcome in the meantime.