Thursday, December 30, 2021


I deviated a bit from my usual fabric choices in this outfit in that I used rayon and linen blends.  But that's still authentic as rayon, which is made from wood pulp, was invented over a hundred years ago and was commonly used for clothing earlier in the 20th century.  The inspiration for this dress came from a picture in an old pattern drafting book converted to PDF by Glass of Fashion on Etsy.  Lots of inspiration in her shop if you love vintage fashions.  The darling shoes are from Facets Boutique

Ruched 50's Wiggle Dress

 SOLD Pink wiggle dress made from soft silk shantung from French Fashions with matching pillbox hat.  The brooch was created from a little metal jewelry finding from the craft store.  I clipped the end loops off and sewed a rhinestone and little pearls onto it with beading filament.  The three strand bracelet presented a challenge as to how to do the ends.  I ended up creating three small loops with wire--one side having a tiny hook built into it--that I was able to attach the strings of pearls to.  You've seen the handbag before.  It was based on a pattern from  

And, finally, here is the inspiration for this dress.  

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Glamourous Lilac Gown and Stole

SOLD  I think I saved the best for last.  Diana Prince is pure glamour in a lilac silk dupioni and silk charmeuse dress with matching faux fur trimmed stole.  The dress hugs her curves and is embellished with sew-on rhinestone buttons.  I'll post the inspiration photo at the end.  I think I got pretty close to it.  

Vintage Fur Trimmed Suit

Only one more post after this, I promise.  It's just that I caught up on taking pictures today and, if I don't do it now, I might not get around to it.  Inspired by a vintage suit, this one is made from a fine wool fabric from French Fashions with cuffs and a hat of faux fur.  The bag is lambskin and based on a pattern by Diane Wagner.  I have purchased a few of Diane's patterns that I haven't made up yet but her tips on working with faux fur were invaluable when putting together this suit.  The hat is a simple pillbox shape with a little embellishment.  


Romantic Party Dress

A pretty little dress with draped bodice made from silk georgette and lined with china silk.  The belt and little fascinator hat are made with silk shantung.  


Sexy 50's Sundress

Another dress inspired by a vintage pattern.  This is made from Robert Kaufman cotton lawn.  I used parts of snap clasps for the big hoops earrings and made the bangle from brass wire.  The bag is one I made a couple of years ago and was inspired by one I saw on Anthropologie's website.  I used cotton thread and crocheted around brass rings for the handles.  


Vintage Holiday Cocktail Dress


I have a lot to catch up on so I'll just post some quick pics.  This is my version of a vintage pattern that looks very festive in red silk jacquard with a red silk overskirt.  

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Gray Sophisticate


SOLD  I really love this coat which I recreated from a vintage pattern from the 50's.  It's made from a gray silk jacquard with a pebble texture, and it was my first time attempting a covered button.  The shift dress is Liberty of London Tana lawn.  The bag and belt were fashioned from red lambskin.  And, of course, I had to make a hat with flowers on it, although I do think I exercised some restraint this time with the flowers.  

Monday, December 6, 2021

Imaginary Garden

Imaginary Garden is the name of this beautiful print designed by Tea With Xanthe on Spoonflower.  Spoonflower now offers a cotton lawn and I loved this design so much I bought it in several different colors when fat quarters were on sale.  The coat is made from coral silk faille.  Both the dress and coat are reproductions of 50's vintage fashion.  And, of course, I had to put an entire flower garden on the hat which is trimmed in periwinkle silk dupioni to match the lambskin bag.  I just can't seem to settle for a simple pillbox hat.