Thursday, March 12, 2015

Marilyn Monroe's Little Black Bubble Dress

 This dress was inspired by a dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in the late 1950s, when she was filming/promoting for "Some Like it Hot''  I made a few changes to the original dress design which you can see below.  I raised the neckline at the customers request and put in a stretch mesh lining with bra cups in the bodice. I did not include the back bubble drape as i felt it was a bit too much fabric, though i did have to weight the back hem to counter the weight of the drape in the front to get an even hemline. Great little black dress with an unexpected detail. This will be available as a custom order item in my Etsy shop Morningstar84

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Mad Men Dresses-Late 60s

I made these dresses sometime last year and forgot about posting them, three are styled after the dresses worn by ''Megan'' and the last was a secretary i don't remember her name. All from the Tv show Mad Men.  All of these were made using vintage patterns that were close to the basic shape and then modified for each dresses specific details.

Empire waist Shift dress. Hounds-tooth non stretch woven fabric. double breasted with silver button front, short sleeves, Large fold down collar. Fully lined

 Teal stretch suiting fabric, also double breasted button front, shift with short sleeves, asymmetrical collar and chiffon scarf pin, also was fully lined, this time with a stretch satin.

This one is more of a full A-line with princess seams, printed bias binding and neck scarf, can be worn in a bow of just a knot with long ends, made using a stretch navy suiting and lined in stretch navy satin. back zipper, I was lucky to find a vintage cotton print that was similar to the same print used on the show

And finally a light blue stretch suiting wiggle dress with short sleeves and attached scarf collar, fitted bodice with pencil skirt. small gathers at the hip, back zipper, fully lined in stretch satin.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! I thought id share some of the things i made while ''on vacation'' from custom orders during December. I finally got to use some of my stash fabric and make some cute one of a kind outfits, all of these are for sale and i have added links id you are interested in any of them. I had a lot of fun making these and hopefully will continue to be able to make more of these kinds of things between custom orders this year. Summer clothes are my favorite, as you all can probably tell from what i made, lol only one thing with sleeves. But now is the time to get started on that summer wardrobe!

 Cotton print wiggle dress in a charming cherry print, one shoulder bodice, fitted midriff with hip detail, fitted pencil skirt, back zipper double straps. all underlined in white cotton.

new cotton print cherry dress with fitted bustier bodice, boning support, bra cups, adjustable halter ties,elastic across the back, double ruffle skirt trimmed in lace, back zipper. One of a kind out of print fabric there is not enough to make another

 Banana Print Crop Top

Lovely red satin finish cotton with stretch, contrasting hand dyed pink/red lace over white sweetheart front, boning support, elastic scoop back with invisible zipper, back flounce skirt. Perfect Valentines day dress!

 New cotton print dress made in a vintage 1960s style, V cross over neckline with gathered bust, fitted midriff and aline mini skirt with gathering at the hip, half lining in skirt, long sleeves with elastic cuff, back invisible zipper

 roses and skulls print cotton Cropped top and skirt in a 1950s Early Marilyn Pinup style,
button front top with scoop neckline trimmed in lace, matching full mini skirt with high waist band mat of stretch satin, also trimmed in lace, back button closure. SOLD

Made using new cotton print fabric, One of a kind! Bikini halter top with shorts lined cups and side boning, hook back with elastic matching hi-waist shorts, unlined back zipper. elastic waist back. SOLD

New country pinup play set in a western horseshoe and star print cotton, bikini top with fringe bust and lace trim, cross back with elastic hook closure, high waist stretch satin waist band a-line mini skirt

 Fun pinup skirt in pink chiffon and satin, high waist with heavy cotton waistband, back invisible zipper. perfect for adding that 50s flare to your wardrobe,
wear for dirty dancing themed photo shoots or weddings reception

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Vintage Clothing and New Website

Very excited to be working on my own website, i'm not set up to take orders through it yet but i do have some things listed with info and pricing. I will be taking a limited number of orders each month, less than i have been taking in the past, so i can focus on making samples, trying out new designs and expanding the vintage clothing options. Feel free to check out the site as it is now at the link below :-) 

Also I havent shared much about the vintage here on this blog, but thought you all might appreciate seeing some of it, here are a few things that i have listed through Etsy right now all 1950s-1960s
3pc 1960s cotton set XS

 1950s real fur evening coat black and brown-M/L
 1960s orange and ivory ribbon lace wiggle dress Size M
 1950s red black check secretary wiggle dress- Size S
1960s orange silk cocktail dress size M

Monday, December 8, 2014

Little Black Pinup Dress

 I used a stretch faille bengaline fabric, which has the stretch running lengthwise which is a bit unusual, most fabrics stretch width wise or both ways so it requires laying the fabric out in the other direction. I lined the dress with stretch satin and i made the ''sleeves'' using a soft dotted mesh. I had to use a black nylon to support the shoulder as the fabric stretches a bit and it needed to help support the dress. I also cut the sleeve drape a bit looser than photographed as you can see she isnt able to lift her arms up very high. In my opinion what good is a dress you cant dance in? The bodice has no darts only 4 pleats along the top neckline to allow for the bust, the skirt is a basic pencil cut with two darts front and back.

Below are the images that i was sent, i do not know where she found these or who to credit as the designer. If anybody knows please feel free to post in the comments :-)

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Breakfast At Tiffany's Black Dresses

 Somehow i must have forgotten to blog about these, i know i have post pictures of both before but never did a post just on this classic film. This is my version of the black dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in ''breakfast at Tiffany's'' made from black matte satin with straight full length skirt,  side zipper. The original style has a gathered waist skirt and no walking slit for the ''hobble skirt'' walk that she does but not everyone likes the extra fabric at the waist so i have also done a more fitted version with a darted skirt also pictured above.

Second is my version of the short shift dress with the fringe hem. Scoop neck front and back, neckline and armhole facing body is unlined, tie sash is attached at the back darts. Black suiting fabric with black chainette fringe.