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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Fraulein Barbie

I’ll admit it- I love dirndl dresses. When I booked my holiday to Vienna I knew I just had to make a dirndl for Barbie. We visited the magnificent Shoenbrunn Palace, what a location! It is such a stunning palace, so much to see and so much history, in fact Marie Antoinette was born and raised here. (hmmm, I think she may inspiration for a future dress too…watch this space.)

I’ve been fascinated with dirndl dresses since my college days when I worked my summers in Munich, it was quite common to see locals in ‘Tracht’ which are traditional garments in German speaking areas, like Bavaria and Austria. A dirndl traditionally involves the fitted bodice on a gathered skirt with a short sleeve blouse and finished off with an apron. A more modern take on it sees dirndls made in fabulous silks and wild colours, with shorter skirts and lower necklines. Apparently how the apron is tied is very important and can tell a lot: a bow on the left means you are single, a bow on the right means you are taken. Well, since Ken is Barbie’s beau she has her bow on the right!

This dirndl is made from vintage raw silk, it’s a dark gold colour, underneath the bodice is a tiny white gathered blouse with bow details and I finished the bodice with tiny silver buttons. I finished it off with a dusty pink apron.

I think she looks the part for Vienna!!

 

Auf Wiedersehen!

 

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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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Miss Italy

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Oh it’s cold outside! I decided to have a look at some of my summer holiday photos to cheer me up. First stop on our September vacay was beautiful Bologna- what a great city!

When I was designing a holiday wardrobe I was heavily influenced by the wardrobe of Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, and Gwyneth Paltrow in The Talented Mr Ripley too…..those costumes…swoon!

This dress is made from original vintage fabric, I’m guessing it’s late 50’s early 60s, it’s a blue organza with an embossed white floral print, I thought it would be cute in a full skirt and fitted bodice. I included a white lining and of course a petticoat too. It’s finished off with a little belt detail.

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These photos were taken at the Anatomical Theatre of the Archigannasio in Bologna…I urge you to visit if you are there!

Ciao!

 

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Last Days of Summer

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As the Autumn arrives with cold and windy days I thought I’d try and lift the mood and share some snaps of a bright summer dress taken on my summer holidays! This is a 1950s inspired cotton frock, fitted bodice with pin tucks and yellow buttons, belt and full gathered skirt with petticoat for that extra kick. The fabric is an original 60s cotton floral print but it works so well, doesn’t it?

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We were driving the Wild Atlantic Way and stopped at the Burren for a look at the fantastic landscape. It was a bit of a grey day so the yellow frock was a nice shot of colour.

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The pattern of the stones used in the wall construction is pretty amazing too, it’s made without any mortar, the stones are stacked neatly together.

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Further along the coast we took the turn for Achill Island, this shot was taken overlooking Keel Bay. It is a breathtakingly beautiful island, I absolutely recommend it. It’s just stunning.

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At last, sunshine!! Killaloe was bright and sunny and a fitting place to stop for coffee and a cake. We had a nice pit stop here on the way home.

See you anon!

 

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Barbie The Icon Exhibition

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Look what I found in Bologna! Barbie The Icon exhibition! WOW! I just had to share some of these amazing images with you. Basically there was every Barbie Doll ever in the exhibition. The 1950s Barbie Dolls were my favourites, the clothes were AMAZING!!

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The dolls were arranged in chronological order so the exhibition started with the first Barbie dolls with some really dainty accessories too- look at the hat box, so stylish!

Great hair too, an original bubblecut….

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And wigs!!

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Some fab and groovy 60s dolls….

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I loved this doll, she reminded me of Stevie Nicks.

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The Irish Barbie Doll…!!

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Bob Mackie. Had to include this.

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The Silkstone Barbie Collection was just fabulous, what a beautiful and amazing evening gown. The quality of these dolls and their wardrobe was just beautiful.

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And Dior… J’adore Dior. J’adior.

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Astronaut Barbie!

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I hope you enjoyed these amazing clothes from the exhibition as much as I did!

 

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