I seem to be on a roll with my 1940’s inspired wrap front blouses and skirts. Chocolate brown and robin egg blue is one of my favorite color combinations, so I paired this paisley hankie with chocolate brown silk tissue taffeta. I used the contrasting hankie border to make the hat. Available now in my Etsy shop.
I saw an ad yesterday for a miniature Lego grand piano … that can really play! For around $350-$500, you can buy the kit to make this masterpiece. I’m guesstimating that it would be the right size for either a 12” or 16” doll. And from the looks of it, it would probably takes several weeks to build (looks like it comes with an instruction book that’s a couple hundred pages). Anyone game? I think I’m sticking with my vintage Susy Goose piano …
Here’s another elegant evening ensemble for your favorite doll. The blouse is hand sewn from silk shantung and lined in blush cotton. The floor length skirt is made from a vintage petit point embroidered hankie. Available now in my Etsy shop.
Ah, for the days of elegant holiday parties. The skirt is sewn from a vintage hand embroidered hankie, fully lined, of course. The gold silk peplum blouse wraps in the front and is cinched at the waist with a bow. A black rhinestone brooch adds a touch of old world elegance. Available now in my Etsy shop.
Adapted from a pattern from the 1940’s, this lovely blouse is hand sewn from silk tissue taffeta and features a wrap front, shaped peplum, and short sleeves. A vintage red and green plaid hankie was used for the slim midi skirt. And a magnetic rhinestone brooch completes the look. Available now in my Etsy shop.
A year ago or so, I purchased yardage of vintage hand embroidered petit point trim. I decided my new dress pattern was the perfect avenue for this trim. I used it as an inset in the skirt and to make an elegant wrap. The rest of the dress is hand sewn from lavender Dupioni silk that coordinated beautifully with the embroidered pansies. A matching hat and magnetic rhinestone brooch complete the look. Available now in my Etsy shop.
Just in time for your Christmas dioramas, I’ve made up a bunch of Christmas carol music books featuring favorite tunes such as Deck the Halls and Away in a Manger. The books look nice on a piano, music stand, or in the arms of your favorite dolls as they go Christmas caroling. Available in sets of two and on sale now in my Etsy shop.
Here’s a variation on the pattern I made inspired by a vintage 1960 pattern. This time, I inserted a vintage embroidered hankie in the front panel of the skirt, lost the underskirt, and added a sophisticated hat. But I kept the opera length gloves with oversize bows, a la Spring 2021 Moschino collection. Available now in my Etsy shop.
This dress is based on a vintage sewing pattern from 1960. It’s unusual in that you have a full skirted dress over a slim skirt. For a more elegant look, wear the slim skirt underneath. For party time, just wear the dress. The dress has a shapely hem that’s achieved by pleating the bottom of the side panels onto a shorter front panel. In addition to the bow at the waist, I added bows to the opera length gloves, a la Moschino. The fashion is sewn entirely by hand from a rich copper Dupioni silk. A delicate magnetic rhinestone brooch accents the bodice. Available now in my Etsy shop.
Been eyeing a special dress, pattern, miniature, or accessory in my Etsy shop? Now is your chance to buy yourself a Christmas or holiday present and save money. Everything is on sale 10-20% off, except for the mini books (because let’s face it, the books are already a steal). Check it out at http://www.hankiechic.etsy.com.