Monday, April 16, 2018

Balmain Lace Suit II

This lovely lace suit was inspired by a 1952 Pierre Balmain design.

I'm a huge fan of Balmain's 1950's fashions and fell in love with this lace and chiffon halter sheath the moment I saw it.

Things got even more exciting when I saw the sheath with this jacket.  So of course I made a whole bunch of suits.

I started out making the suit in rose lace.

Then light blue lace,

and also cream lace.

But I couldn't be satisfied with just lace, I loved this design so much that I wanted to see what it would look like in brocade.

I wasn't disappointed.

 The suits lead to making a full skirted halter dress in cotton print, and chiffon.

I love this dress!

Lace and silk chiffon in rose.

I love my new Palm Springs Gene.

She's stunning!

The halter dress then evolved into a sequin and chiffon dress in cream.....

My Palm Springs Madra is lovely in cream.

.....and pink,

Which brought me back to the halter sheath in sequins.

I wish I had made this dress shorter for Violet, so I just tucked up the bottom of the dress.

What a beauty my Palm Springs Violet is!

Pattern coming soon!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Molyneux Gingham Dress

This dress was inspired by a 1945 Molyneux design from the Theatre de la Mode collection.

not my photo

not my photo

I was lucky enough to find a beautiful black and white silk gingham.  I love how most of the dress is cut on the bias.

It took me a while to figure out how to make the straw hat block to shape the hat.  I had to get creative and ended up using a yogurt container, racket ball, and wash clothes.

Making straw hats is fun!

My models are "Hollywood Canteen" Marsha and my brand new "Palm Springs" Marsha.

Of course I had to see what the pattern would look like in a different fabric.

I love the results.

 "Palm Springs" Marsha is so lovely.

To purchase this pattern, click here.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

1954 Chiffon Dress

I first made this dress way back in 2006 and I always intended on making it again so I could have a copy of my own.

My first attempt.

(Picture By John Peacock)

The inspiration for this dress came from a John Peacock fashion history book.  I am still looking for an actual picture of this dress by Dior.

I was inspired by a Vogue hat pattern to jazz up the pill box hat.

Of course, I didn't practice the restraint I had promised myself after my last big sewing project and ended up making almost 30 dresses.  The good news is I used up 7 different pieces of fabric from my fabric hoard, so there's that.

Now before you think that I'm totally off my rocker, the dress was relatively easy to make.

It's the hat that is nuts.  It is very labor intensive to make.  Luckily, not every dress has a hat (thank goodness!). 

I think the hat really makes the outfit special though.

So here in no particular order is the evidence of my OCD.  Warning!  Lots of pictures!

I was able to make three different versions of the dress out of an orange border print.

 I'm keeping this one for myself.

The embroidery on this fabric doesn't show up well in the pictures, but it is beautiful.

To purchase the pattern, click here.