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


SOLD  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.