Thursday, September 28, 2023

Giovanelli Sciara Vintage Reproduction for Gene

SOLD  Thanks!  I love this dress from a Giovanelli Sciara design for Advance patterns.  (Pic at end.)  I made the pattern months ago and finally got around to trying it out.  I chose to make it from a beautiful cobalt blue rayon batiste with a blue built in tulle petticoat.  The bodice is fully lined in a lighter blue silk/cotton.  I constructed the dress to close with snaps in the back.  It needed a matching pillbox hat with a blue tulle veil.   Dress and hat are available for $125 plus $6 shipping in the US.  Please email me at if interested. 



Pretty in Pink Silk for Gene

SOLD Thanks!  Lots of luxury fabrics in this ensemble.  The dress of rose pink tissue silk taffeta is a reproduction of a vintage design. (Pic at end.)  It has a built in tulle petticoat.  The coat is a beautiful silk jacquard lined in pink silk habotai.  The coat has Crystallett pearl buttons on the front and cuffs and closes with hooks and thread loops if you want it to.  The coat design came mostly from my imagination.  Coat and dress are available for $160 plus $6 shipping in the US.  Email me at if interested.  


Saturday, September 23, 2023

Gold Brocade Evening Coat and Dress

 SOLD  Thanks!   Gold silk brocade evening coat and deep rose strapless silk taffeta dress modelled by my new favorite doll, Zita.  I added some faux fur cuffs in a nod to Barbie Evening Splendor.  The bodice is the same one that I created for the previous turquoise party dress.  But the weight of both of these fabrics demanded a straighter silhouette.  But I love this bodice with a straight skirt as well. The belt on the dress is embroidered with beads, pearls and a rhinestone.  Outfit is available for $145 plus $6 shipping in the US.  Email me at if interested.  

This coat isn't a replica of any specific vintage garment but after I made it and while I was travelling down one of my rabbit holes on the internet researching Ann Lowe, I discovered this picture of Ann Lowe posing with a miniature replica that she created of Lady Bird Johnson's inauguration outfit and noticed the similarities.  Though not exactly miniature as the dolls were 48", the whole collection is still fun to see.  You can look at all of them here.
Most people don't know that Ann Lowe was the designer of Jackie Kennedy's iconic wedding gown because she never got the credit (or the money) she deserved.  She was a brilliant couture designer who created stunning gowns for many of society's wealthy elites while navigating the obstacles put in her path in the era of segregation and Jim Crow.  
The dress required 35 yards of silk taffeta, 20 of which were used for all the bias strips for the swags and the large rosettes.  Yet she was only paid $500 for this dress.  To make matters worse, 10 days before the wedding, a water pipe burst in Lowe's studio ruining the dress as well as several of the bridesmaid dresses.  They all had to be recreated in an incredibly short period of time.  Ultimately Lowe lost thousands of dollars on this job.  That might have been worth it if she had been credited as the designer in the press but she wasn't.  The Ladies' Homes Journal referred to her as "a colored woman dressmaker, not the haute couture".  No one could blame her for being insulted.  

Leslie Morris Replica Dress for Gene

 Leslie Morris was a designer for Bergdorf-Goodman in the 1950's and 60's.  This dress of teal silk tissue taffeta is based on a sketch of the design.  Dress is fully lined in a lighter blue silk habotai and closes with snaps in the back.  I added a cute little figure eight hat adorned with a bow.  The hat is wired to fit different hairstyles.  Available for $100 plus $6 shipping in the US.  Email me at if interested.