A Day Trip to the Mountains

Bavaria is filled with the most beautiful landscapes dotted with fairytale castles. The most famous of them all must be Neuschwanstein Castle, some may know it better as the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Castle! I visited this amazing spot last year and of course I made a special wardrobe for Barbie for the occasion.

Such fabulous scenery!

I love the freshness of gingham, it always looks crisp and cool. This dress has a large white cotton collar and bib detail for a little bit of contrast. I added a belt and to highlight the waist of the full circle skirt….very 1950s summer frock.

Back to my sewing machine now, I have another trip planned…..




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New Year, New Collection!

Happy New Year!

New Year means a New Collection, and I’ve been busy working on creating new Dinah’s Dolls Originals for Spring Summer 2018, here’s a quick sneak peak of what is to come.

This fabric is a vintage woven patterned silk in a burnished gold colour, with black details. I thought it was very 1960s, I’m thinking Elizabeth Taylor Butterfield 8 era. It’s my favourite silhouette, fitted bodice and skirt; a ‘wiggle’ dress, with bracelet length sleeves.

I took the photos in Bavaria, it’s so beautiful, aren’t those snowcapped mountains fantastic?


Here’s the bodice in more detail, and I’ve included a little belt with a gold buckle too.

I really love tiny buckles.



I’ll be adding my new collection to my Etsy shop soon and there’s lots more to come, so stay tuned!




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The Governess

Ok, ok this is my LAST post about the Sound of Music- I promise!! I’m bringing you back to the scene in the movie where Fraulein Maria makes the clothes from curtains. Well, I just had to copy that.

This is the actual pavillion used in the movie where Lisl sings ‘I am 16 going on 17’, it’s now in the grounds of Hellbrunn Castle and absolutely worth visiting if you are ever in Salzburg- the castle grounds are very famous too, so there’s lots to see and do.

I found this green patterned cotton which I thought resembled those infamous curtains, and I created a little frock I think maybe slightly more glamorous that Fraulein Maria’s but hey, it’s Barbie.


These shots were taken at Mirabelle Palace and Park, a really beautiful spot close to the centre of Salzburg. You may recognise it as the location where Maria and the children sang ‘Do Re Mi’!

I just had to add this location shot although it doesn’t feature in the movie. Salzburg Castle is truly beautiful and a great spot to explore, it’s high up on a hill and commands fantastic views over Salzburg.


After all of your sightseeing adventures stop a while at one of the cafes, enjoy an apple strudel and the take in that view!







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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….


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,


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


So long, farewell,

Auf Wiedersehen,







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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.


(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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