Sunday, July 31, 2022

Silver Satin and Lace Vintage for Tonner


I made this outfit again in a silver color to refine the pattern.  It's still Robert Kaufman Radiance silk/cotton satin.  The lace is some I picked up from Joann a long time ago and it has glitter spots on it so no need to bead.  This lace was also much easier to work with because it isn't as heavily embroidered.  I made the bodice a tad longer and widened the shoulders to make it easier to turn inside out.  I also added a little more fullness to the peplum pieces.  I'm happier with the fit now.  If I ever get around to getting proficient in Illustrator, I would turn this into a pattern for sale.  

The fabulous shoes are actual silver metal encrusted with rhinestones from Facets Boutique.  

Friday, July 22, 2022

Champagne Satin and Lace Vintage for Tonner


I haven't been very productive lately due to some health issues but this vintage-inspired outfit has been on my to-do list for a while.  I've had the lace for a long time but only recently found this Robert Kaufman silk/cotton Radiance satin fabric that matched it perfectly.  It's hard to find lace in small scales for doll fashions but although the scale of this lace is great, the flowers are rather heavily embroidered which made for some really bulky seams in places.  So that was the biggest challenge.  I made this in two pieces, skirt and top, to try to cut down on some of the bulk.  I tried small sequins on it but thought it was too much so instead I sewed tiny size 15 seed beads all over the bodice and I love that effect.  A tip I picked of from Tamara Casey of Designs by Jude was using Odif 505 temporary fabric adhesive to tack the lace and satin fabrics together before cutting out the pieces.  It's a great product.  You can iron it, there is no tacky feel and you never know it's there but it saves a ton of time not having to baste all those little pieces together.  I may make this in a slightly different version for the RTB-101 body as I have a another lace that's not quite as lumpy and already has sparkle in it.  I ordered a piece of Radiance in a silver color so we'll see how it goes.  

Linen and Liberty Tana Lawn Vintage Style for Tonner


I've made this reproduction of a vintage coat once before in silk.  This time I decided to make it in lightweight aqua linen and embellish it with floral appliques that were cut from a lace fabric and hand sewn to the coat with invisible thread.  The coat has one matching covered button and closes with a hook and thread loop closure if desired.  The coat is fully lined in silk habotai.  It's paired with a yellow drop waist sheath dress with bow detail in Liberty of London Tana lawn that is fully lined in silk/cotton.  The hat is cotton sateen and decorated with silk ribbon and "silk" flowers.  The bag is faux leather.  The lovely model is Anne Harper by Robert Tonner and the shoes are from Facets Boutique.  

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.