Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Yellow Regency Ball Gown

This yellow regency ball gown was created by Jamiehistoriccostume. The lace around the collar and the bottom of the dress have a little sparkle thread. The dress is a little tight, so the velcro on the back of the dress might not close all the way if your doll is a little on the torso-chubby side. On the left side of the gown, the pleating near the waist is not quite perfectly symmetrical. Nonetheless, the gown is very cute and generally historically accurate for the regency period.

Felicity as Becky Sharpe talking to Amelia Sedley?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

TerrisTouch Pink Regency Gown

This lovely regency gown made by TerrisTouch has delicate flowers set on a light pink background. All the seams are professionally serged.

I spent most of my last year of college writing about British colonial slavery and anti-slavery movements in the 18th and early 19th century. There were actually many people of African descent living in England during Jane Austen's time. So I'm intrigued by the character Rhoda Swartz, a biracial heiress, in Vanity Fair. I'm only partly finished with Vanity Fair, but Thackery's portrayal of her is not super flattering. He often uses her as a kind of puppet to highlight the greed and vanity of many of the characters in his long satire of English society.

From the Reese Whitherspoon movie version of Vanity Fair: Hmph! Rhoda, you're actually too good for George Osbourne.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Kit's Robin Hood Outfit

This Kit outfit, reminiscent of Robin Hood, was made by the talented seamstress, Heliconiahaze, and has three cotton pieces: green bolero jacket, plaid jumper, and a reversible matching cap that shows either green or plaid. The jumper has a back zipper. The seams are all very neat and professionally serged.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Souvenirs from Wonderland

Nellie (who also likes to traipse around as Alice) has brought back some souvenirs from a tea party.

"I guess someone needs to take care of these teapots!"

"What's all of this?" cries Samantha.

Nellie-Alice: "These belonged to the Mad Hatter. The Queen finally caught him."

"Gasp! Does he still have his head?!"

Nellie-Alice: "Well, he still wasn't making much sense when I last saw him. (Probably all that mercury poisoning.) But I believe the Queen has just thrown him in jail. He asked me to take care of these pots while he was away."

Nellie-Alice: "Aren't they so pretty?"

Nellie-Alice: "By the way, my entire outfit was made by the Enchanted Designer. It's based on the new Tim Burton movie. The blue coat Alice wears can also be seen on Violet in the Lemony Snicket movie."

The purple walking dress Rebecca is wearing was made by Doll Clothes of Yore. Samantha's purple dress was made by an unknown seamstress. Nellie's ensemble was made by Enchanteddesigner of Etsy.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Doll Clothes of Yore Victorian Walking Dress

I bought this Victorian Dress from Doll Clothes of Yore. I thought I should show it off as it's a very well constructed dress. The designer has a talent for creating intricate folds.

The jacket is a separate.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Purple Victorian Gown

This purple Victorian gown is a bit oversized. So I have had to do some pinning to make it look more like an adult gown for Samantha.

Hmm. This is the closest I can get to an original historical style. If you find something similar to what Samantha is wearing, please comment!

This is what the gown looks like unpinned:

Friday, September 3, 2010

Samantha's Haute Couture Dress by Dollies' Dressmaker

The Dollies' Dressmaker haute couture dress is a one-of-a-kind ensemble that comes with the original cape, frock, and rosette hat. I bought this outfit in December 2008 for a pretty penny from another collector, who had bought it directly from Dollies' Dressmaker. I don't know what the original collector paid, but I have observed Dollies' Dressmaker haute coutures go for $70-$100. This outfit, with its gorgeous detail and wonderful craftsmanship, is very likely the only one ever made.  I have rarely taken it out from its box, so it's in lovely condition.
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