The Baroness

When I decided on a trip to Salzburg, I bought plane tickets, booked the hotels and of course, I had to plan my Dinah’s Dolls wardrobe! I was so excited to travel to Austria and the home of The Sound of Music- obviously! And I knew I had to pay homage to The Baroness Schraeder, she was always my favourite. Her costumes were so beautiful, so I made my little tribute to her.

The jacket and skirt are made from a vintage coral coloured linen fabric, I’m guessing 1970s but I think it may be older. I paired it with a vintage cream silk for the bodice and bow. I really went for it with the bow.

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Isn’t she so chic? I have always adored her wardrobe. And she has a cigarette holder!
A few more close ups…..
Stay tuned, because I have some more Sound of Music tributes to come……
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Somewhere Beyond The Sea

Influenced by Bobby Darin and Grace Kelly, my new design is straight out of the Fifties! This blue silk chiffon is a piece of vintage fabric from old, it’s really soft, delicate and has a fantastic drape.

Floaty and light as a feather, I knew this would make a fabulous homage to Grace Kelly in her beautiful Edith Head designed costume from ‘To Catch a Thief’. She was inspired by Christian Dior, so I think I am in good company.

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(The photo is from this great article )

Draped fabric over a fitted bodice, full gathered skirt and matching scarf, perfect for wearing in an open top sports car, the scarf flowing behind in the breeze…..can you picture it?

I made tiny straps from embroidery thread, and the dress is lined with a pale blue fabric to highlight the intense blue of the chiffon. I think I may have to make this dress in my size.

And have a look at the man himself….

Au Revoir!

 

 

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Ghent in Black and White

Black and White, my favourite – so chic! The perfect combination for my Ghent sightseeing dress.

This 1950s inspired dress is made from a beautiful black vintage taffeta, and so it is perfect for a full skirt as it holds the shape wonderfully. I added a full crinoline underneath to give the skirt an extra lift too!

It’s all in the details, isn’t it? I adore the fine detailing on vintage frocks so this dress was decorated with ribbon and tiny bows.

Some diamonds added the finishing touch.

I stumbled upon this wonderful Ghent house and alley, a matching black and white background, perfect!

 

Till next time,

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Japanese Garden

When the season changes I start to think of new clothes and what I’m going to sew for myself for the warmer/colder weather, and it’s no different for Barbie clothes either!

This is one of my new designs, the fabric is a gorgeous rich cream vintage silk – in fact it is nearly a light gold- and it is rich to the touch.

Full gathered skirt and a fitted bodice, all finished with tiny bows at the neckline.

Sun is out! Isn’t the fabric gorgeous?

And I love tiny bows- I could make them all day!!

Till next time…

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Black and White

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If you’ve been joining me on Instagram lately you’ll see I’ve been swooning over Costume Design a lot especially the Golden Age of Hollywood, I’m very inspired by the chic glamour of 1930s and 1940s costumes.

This is my nod to that era – a black watermarked taffeta wiggle dress with white lace floral accents, I think it’s very Joan Crawford! Her costumes were always so stylish and she could really carry off a strong silhouette.

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The contrast between black and white really works on this frock. It’s quite difficult to photograph black fabrics but these photos turned out peachy.

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The bodice is a snug fit, as it should be. The skirt has tiny pleats and a tulip shape so it sits just right, and very flattering.

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The sunlight really highlights the fabric grain and the subtle water marks. This is a vintage fabric, isn’t it gorgeous? It seems watermarked taffeta is not used much these days. That is such a pity, it’s one of my favourite fabrics to sew and it looks fantastic in vintage style frocks.

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Ok, time to go and watch a Joan Crawford movie I think….

 

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From Venice With Love

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New Year, new holiday plans….I’m already dreaming of a summer trip. Oh for a chance to go back to Venice! I wanted to share some more snaps from my recent visit, there was so much to take in over such a short time, but we did try!

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When we first arrived we thought going for a gondola ride would be too touristy….but we changed our minds very quickly and we couldn’t wait to go for a trip! So we went on the evening tour, with opera singer accompaniment, cheesy I know, but worth every penny. The sights and sounds as you drift around the canals and under the bridges are unforgettable.

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There are plenty of palaces and churches that you must see – don’t dare miss St Mark’s Basilica or the Doges Palace.

There is a fantastic tour that takes you over the Bridge of Sighs , see the view the prisoners would have had …….

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….on route to their prison cell……

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All this sightseeing needed something suitably chic, this little frock is made in the finest vintage blush pink raw silk, with a darted, fitted bodice and tiny pleats on the straight skirt, all accented with black bow detail and belt. I love dusky pink and black together, so pretty!

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Part of the fun in exploring Venice is getting lost and finding wonderful cafes and restaurants…..

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Time to dress for dinner in a pretty cream fitted dress with gold belt and pearl brooch, perfect for dining out by the beautiful canals.

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Till next time,

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