Sunday, July 30, 2023

Invasion of the Body Snatchers Repro Dress

SOLD  I've watched the 1953 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers eleventy billion times and never paid attention to this dress that Becky wore at the beginning of the film.  But the last time I watched it I became obsessed with it.  I had the perfect tiny gingham shirting fabric from Stonemountain Fabrics and proceeded to work on a pattern. 

I thought the bust ruffles in miniature would be too much but I had some tiny trim from Minidolls that I hand stitched on the bodice and I think it does good job of giving the illusion of ruffles without the bulk.  I think Becky's bag is awfully cute too and that's on my to-try list so, for the time being, Gene is modelling the dress with a bag from my stash.  

The dress and bolero are available for $120 plus $6 shipping in the US.  Email me at if interested.  

Saturday, July 29, 2023

1940's Wedding Dress Repro

 Months ago I agreed to make a reproduction of a client's mother's 1940's wedding dress.  I even completed a muslin of it before being sidelined.  Now that I'm feeling almost human again, I finished it a week ago.  Thank you for your patience, Margaret!  The original dress was likely rayon but we agreed to use a silk charmeuse instead.  The scalloped neckline was suggested using a small trim.   

Now that I have all my required sewing done, I'll be trying out some of the new patterns I've drawn in the last few months.  Drafting patterns was something I could still do on days when I could barely get off the couch.  I keep a wooden lap desk, rulers, mechanical pencils and a roll of exam table paper nearby.  And erasers.  Lots of erasers.  😄  There are at least a dozen new designs.  I made one up this week and will try to get pics done tomorrow.  It's so cute!  And sci-fi related.  I'll explain tomorrow.  

This is a pic of the original dress.  


Where have I been?

 It's a long story but, in short, after being diagnosed with Crohn's Disease over 40 years ago, I finally had to have an ileostomy on April 13.  If you don't know what that is--and many people don't--Google it.  I won't go into the gory details here. 😒 Before I had the surgery I had agreed to make up some samples of Madame Gres designs for Sandra Stillwell's Peaches and Panache event in June because the lady at her factory in Korea who usually does it was off....having surgery.  I got two prototypes done before April 13. 


My mistake was thinking that I would bounce right back like I did after my last three surgeries, forgetting that I was a lot younger then.  I ended up being readmitted to the hospital a week after my first discharge due to dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, and kidneys not working right. After I got out again, my blood pressure was still too low and my heart rate too high so my doctor and I agreed that I needed in home IV hydration.  After her nurse spent hours on the phone unsuccessfully trying to find someone to do it, I had to take matters into my own hands and hire a private company, Mid-Michigan RevIVe and Restore, paying for it out of my pocket.  They were wonderful.  After eight days I was feeling better.  Then someone brought me a stomach flu bug.  After a day and night of vomiting and diarrhea, I was back to square one.  R&R came to the rescue again and kept me out of the hospital again.  Five more days of IVs followed.  But when I subtract what it would have cost me to board my dogs, the cost seems much less painful.  So it took a couple of months for my blood pressure to get over 100 and my heart rate to get under 100.  But I still had to get those two samples made from Sandra's fabrics in time for the convention.  I was only able to manage a couple of hours a day at the sewing machine but I completed these in the nick of time.  

 Sandra liked the green prototype of the dress so she bought that one.  I still have the red velvet coat if anyone is interested.  There were some changes made to it for the final version.  I won't be reproducing any of these.  If they are available, they will be listed on Sandra's website.  These are the photos of the Madame Gres originals.  Did I get close?