Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Poppy Floral Strapless Repro Dress

SOLD  Thanks.  This pretty little dress was inspired by an illustration of designs by Philip Hulitar, who was a chief designer for Bergdorf Goodman in the 40's and 50's.  (Pic at end)  The draped bodice and skirt are cotton lawn in a poppy print while the midriff, bow and piping are silk.  The bodice is fully lined in white silk/cotton voile and closes with snaps in the back.  The dress includes a separate petticoat of white silk/cotton voile and tulle.  Accessories not included.  I just thought pearls would be a feminine touch for this gown.  The dress and petticoat are available for $130.00 plus $6 shipping in the US.  Email me at if interested.  


Saturday, February 24, 2024

Repro Gown in Light Blue Silk Taffeta

I had a request to recreate this dress in a pale blue tissue silk taffeta and it's beautiful in this color with the cream contrast.  I don't usually like doing the same thing twice but it did give me a chance to make some minor refinements to this bodice pattern--and I do really like this bodice despite the tricky curves.  Just as a reminder, I'll post the inspiration pic of the bodice at the end.  


Tuesday, February 13, 2024

1956 Gown and Coat Repro Fashion for Gene

SOLD  Thanks.  I made a version of this outfit about three years ago for Tonner dolls in purple silk.  Since the fabric combination of green silk tissue taffeta and silk blend brocade from the last evening outfit got great reviews, I've recreated this look for Gene in the same fabrics.  

This is the inspiration for the outfit and here is the first dress I made for Tonner.  There was a time when pattern envelopes showed pictures of the pattern pieces.   That helps a lot as you can enlarge them and get the start of the pattern.  Even if it won't fit doll bodies, I can make it work by doing the necessary alterations like opening up the bust, taking in the waist and lengthening the pieces in a couple of places.


I'm beginning to like using zippers in some dresses.  They work best in straighter dresses that have side seams for fitting.  I machine baste the zipper opening closed with the longest machine stitch.  The zipper can then be pinned and sewn in place, and the basting thread pulled out.  The only place I've found that carries the tiny ones in a 12" length is Tamara Casey's Fletcher Pattern Company.  She also sells extra pulls so you can use the remaining zipper tape for another project.  


Thursday, February 1, 2024

Rose Brocade Coat and Spring Green Dress

SOLD  Thanks!  So this is the coat that I had originally made to go with the rose taffeta dress in the previous post but it just didn't work.  The dress was too boufy and it needed a straighter skirt under it.  I decided to go with a spring green silk tissue taffeta with the rose silk taffeta accents.  You can see the sketch that I made in the corner of a crossword puzzle at the end.   The coat is a beautiful silk blend brocade.  It is fully lined in pink silk/cotton.  The coat features a gold metal clasp at the neck.  The dress, also fully lined in matching silk/cotton voile overlaps in the front with a dozen tiny buttons but it actually closes with a back zipper.  The piping along the top and the front drape and bow are rose pink silk tissue taffeta.  

The dress and coat are available for $165 plus $6 shipping in the US.  Email me at if interested.  

And finally my sketch on the crossword puzzle.  The dress looks surprisingly like the picture I drew. 


Pink Silk Taffeta Gown with Fur Capelet


Zita kind of looks like she's going to prom in this gown.  The dress is rose silk taffeta with a removable tulle overskirt.  This was originally going to go with the brocade coat that will be in my next post.  But the coat just didn't work with the dress.  I still felt like the dress needed an accessory so I came up with the cute little capelet made from Minky Cuddle 3.  The dress is fully lined and has rhinestone, pearl and bead embroidery accents on the bodice.  

The dress and capelet are available for $140.00 plus $6 shipping in the US.  Email me at if interested.