Blue and green should never be seen

Here are a few more photos from my recent trip to Belgium, this is a 1950s style swing coat made from a really gorgeous vintage fabric from my stash. It’s 100% wool, I’m guessing this fabric is 1960s- ish. It’s woven as a diamond pattern, not squares and it’s a really vibrant blue and green. I only have a small piece of this fabric, if I had more I would definitely make something for myself!

I accessorised the coat with a little pill box hat and a tiny diamond brooch, I adore costume jewellery and brooches seem to have lost favour, that is such a pity! It really adds the finishing touch.

Isn’t this Ghent door great? The colour combination and design are beautiful! I thought the coat really complimented the colours and pattern.

 

Till next time,

 

x

 

© 2017 Dinah’s Dolls Clothes

Belgian Luxe

I’ve been quiet on the blogging front for a while as I’ve been away quite a lot. I know, I know, poor me, huh?! So…. time for me to catch up and share some holiday snaps and some new frocks!  First stop is Belgium, one of my favourite weekend destinations, it has everything you need: delicious food, great beer, fabulous chocolate and amazing shopping!

My newest outfit is an off white vintage silk suit. I’ve wanted to do a Lana Turner style fun fur stole with an outfit for a while so I thought this would be the perfect location for the 1940s inspired suit, turban and wrap.

It’s actually a one piece but I made it to look like a two piece. Tight straight skirt, fitted bodice, bracelet length sleeves, peplum and belt, with a pearl buckle. The wrap is made from some fun fur lined with velvet, and then the look is topped off with a Lana Turner style turban headpiece.

These shots were taken in Leuven, in the Groot Begijnhof, set up in the 13th Century for semi religious unmarried women, it’s like a small village in the middle of Leuven, now owned by the University and used for housing students and academics. Lovingly restored, it’s beautiful place to roam around.

 

Au Revoir!

x

 

© 2017 Dinah’s Dolls Clothes

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…

x

© 2017 Dinah’s Dolls Clothes

Black and White

img_4960

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.

img_4954

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.

img_4951

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.

img_4949

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.

img_4916

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

 

x

 

signature1

© 2017 Dinah’s Dolls Clothes

Barbie The Icon Exhibition

img_5107

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!!

img_5109

img_5110

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….

img_5139

And wigs!!

img_5150

Some fab and groovy 60s dolls….

img_5169

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

img_5178

The Irish Barbie Doll…!!

img_5333

Bob Mackie. Had to include this.

img_5228

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.

img_5309

And Dior… J’adore Dior. J’adior.

img_5235

Astronaut Barbie!

img_5346

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

 

signature1

 

© 2016 Dinah’s Dolls Clothes

 

 

 

 

Country Girl

IMG_4155

A more casual look this week- it’s jeans and a shirt for a day in the country. I was quite inspired by old photographs of Elizabeth Taylor early in her career- high waisted jeans, sleeveless shirt and a scarf in her hair.

IMG_4150

I found these tiny rivets for dolls jeans and I just had to try them! I love 3/4 length jeans too – really 1950s, so chic.

IMG_4221

The high heels may not be the most practical for a day in the country but they look great, my mantra is never sacrifice style for comfort!

IMG_4228

 

signature1

© 2016 Dinah’s Dolls Clothes