Friday, October 28, 2022
Border Print Dress for Gene
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Vintaqe Reproduction Bubble Dress for Gene
Vintage Reproduction for Gene
This reproduction of a vintage coat and halter dress was a commission. Scroll down for the inspiration pic. The client chose the red plaid tissue taffeta from Frenchfashions.net, and the dress was created from some yellow silk dupioni that I had in my stash. The coat fastens with a hook and thread loop at the neck.
Saturday, October 15, 2022
Tiered Ramie Dress for Gene
So this was the challenge. My client liked this dress for Gene and I suggested for it a beautiful lightweight ramie floral that I recently bought. But how to make a flounce that spiraled around the dress and still create an opening in the back was what I struggled to figure out. I wish I there were a picture of the back of this dress because I honestly don't know how they got the model into it either. But yesterday I was feeling bionic and decided to tackle it. It was definitely a construction challenge in that I had to change up my usual methods but I think I got close, and the end result is super cute and fits great even though it's a snug fit getting it over her hips.
Vintage Reproduction for Gene
This is another commission to reproduce a vintage pattern in a cotton pinstripe fabric from Minidolls.com. (Pic at the end.) I quite like the bodice of this dress although, in spite of measuring, I think the sleeves came out a bit too long. The skirt has bias pleated panels in the back that were a pain to do but came out pretty well. The last problem I need to solve is the paint chipping off the belt buckle. I used Testor's enamel from the hobby shop to paint the buckle a neutral gray color, and it's supposed to work on metal but it isn't. The belt looks black in the pics but is actually a wine faux leather that matches the stripes.
Theatre De La Mode for Gene
I wish I had time to talk about the Theatre De La Mode exhibit but, since I don't, do yourself a favor and Google it. The small scale mannequins and couture fashions are true works of art. This is a recreation of one (pic at the end) that was originally made in a black and white check. This one is in green checked silk tissue taffeta from Frenchfashions.net. Since Dianne Wagner of Classic Doll Designs had already done a pattern for this dress, I didn't completely reinvent the wheel. I did, however, change the bodice by adding a shaped midriff piece to reduce bulk at the waist, and I designed my own belt pattern. I also found the need to take in the back but that is likely due to our different construction techniques. I love her version and I love the way mine turned out.
Red Silk Organza for Gene
This is going to be a quick post blitz today because I'm so far behind. This dress was a commission to recreate a vintage pattern. The client chose the fabric from Spoonflower and I used red silk organza as the overlay. One thing I'm learning about Gene is the limit on how much fabric you can gather into that tiny less than 4" waist, I also added a red tulle petticoat underneath to hold out the underskirt, and a red silk ribbon at the waist. Very festive.