Little White Dress

Black and white are so chic together, I adore the simplicity. My new frock is inspired by the 1950’s and Elizabeth Taylor, and this Barbie Doll really works that look.

This fabric is a beautiful vintage duchess satin in pure gleaming white. Fitted bodice, bracelet length sleeves and a fitted wiggle skirt give this a 1950s silhouette.

A big black taffeta belt nips in the waist and a big bow adds some detail over the hip.

It’s simple and clean, and oh so glamorous!!

I went for some simple accessories, a gold beaded bracelet finishes the look. Vienna provided the beautiful backdrop!


Till next time,




© 2017 Dinah’s Dolls Clothes


Black and White


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.


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.


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.


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.


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





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Beautiful Venice. We had a few days here in September: gorgeous sunny, warm days. So taking advantage of the fabulous weather and fantastic backdrops we wandered around taking in the sights and soaking up the atmosphere!

Of course I had to make a proper tourist outfit for all that sightseeing: orange gingham peddle pushers with a white broderie anglaise short blouse and finished off with a blue chiffon headscarf.


The Grand Canal, isn’t it amazing? We had just stopped by the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, it is based in her villa on the Grand Canal….wow, fabulous building, location and amazing art collection too. The gift shop is almost as good as the museum.


After a lot of sightseeing we stopped for a rest on the steps of the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute…… they have a collection of several pieces by Titian here. There is fabulous art everywhere you go in Venice.



The afternoon was for eating gelato (absolutely divine) and wandering around the back alleys and narrow streets…before hoping on the night train to Vienna! Join me next time for my Viennese adventure!





© 2016 Dinah’s Dolls Clothes

Miss Italy


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.



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






© 2016 Dinah’s Dolls Clothes

Last Days of Summer


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?


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.


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.


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.


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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Ceide Fields and Carrowmore


On the north Mayo coast on the Wild Atlantic Way lies the fantastic Ceide Fields, the most extensive Stone Age monument in the world. The wall in the background of the photo is 6000 years old. Yep, someone laid those stones 6000 years ago. The ruins lie under bogland and were uncovered in the 1930s by a local man digging peat, who noticed the rocks lying under the peat were in a formation and not haphazard, so he knew they must have been placed deliberately. There are extensive field networks and the tour is great so do stop here if you are along the Wild Atlantic Way, and the views over the cliffs are pretty amazing too!



And then onto Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery in County Sligo, the largest collection of megalithic tombs in Ireland, all about 5000 years old. There’s lots to see here too and again, a great tour.


The frock….dusky pink raw silk with a fitted bodice and skirt, short sleeves, and the neckline has a frill detail and tiny bow. I love this colour- it’s a real 1950s shade.

More adventures to follow!




© 2016 Dinah’s Dolls Clothes