An Evening at the Ball

I’m back to my favourite movie and my favourite look from movie… of course it has to be the  fabulous gold evening dress worn by the Baroness Schraeder! Beautiful soft gold satin, draped in a figure hugging full length evening gown, shoestring straps and finished with an oversize tulle rosette and ultra glamorous full length white gloves.

               

Swoon….here’s the original which I ADORE….

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But I think this is more a 1960s version of a glamorous 1930s evening gown? I suspect there is structure (or should I say foundation garment?) under this dress that just would not have been used in the 30s, but hey, I’m ok with that.

 

The glamorous Baroness really contrasts with Fraulein Maria in her traditional dirndl style frock,

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but that’s what a Baroness should do, yes?

 

So long, farewell,

Auf Wiedersehen,

Goodbye,

 

 

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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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