So here’s the completed “Polly” dress. I have posted my inspiration for this dress below which is a 1940s sweater. What first drew me to the design of the sweater was the colors more than anything, although I do love the parrots. Whoever came up with this color combo 70+ years is a genius…I wish I had come up with it! This dress is made out of a soft cotton material which has a hint of stretch. It has a tie back at the waist to cinch in your waist and two very cute pockets. This dress is directly patterned after one from the 1930s so it has lots of authentic details. The dress has a center back zipper and a slight pouf at the shoulders.
For the picture I paired it with a pair of “Anita” shoes by Remix, a 1950s purse and 1940s/50s hat.
This is a design like the previous one I posted about that took some time to perfect. Initially, this dress had 3/4 sleeves, but I felt as if short sleeves might be better for me personally because being barely 5’4 three quarter length sleeves are not as flattering on me as short. This dress is made to measure and customizable, so if you desire 3/4 or even long sleeves this dress can be made with those at no extra charge. Now that I come to think of it, this dress would really look stunning and dramatic with full-length sleeves.
This dress is made of crepe and is in the style of the mid-1940s. It has hand sewn star sequin appliques that are hand sewn onto the dress one by one. The elegant peplum alone has over 20 stars! This dress has a center back zipper.
So here is how they say my pièce de résistance…I have been working on the design of this gown for a good while, during that time it has gone through several different incarnations, but I am most happy with this…this also happens to be one of my favorite pieces I have designed so far.
This gown pays homage to the 1930s, and in particular to a gown worn by Anna May Wong in a film called “Limehouse Blues.” This dress is made from luxurious black satin. It is cut on the bias and has a short train with a multitude of fabric buttons all the way down. The dress has a round neck and dramatic shoulders that were very popular in early to mid-1930s high fashion gowns by designers like Schiaparelli. The dragon made up of embroidery and sequins with a rhinestone eye. The gown has a concealed side zipper.
So it’s been a while since I’ve posted in this blog. I’ve been working hard to get everything together to launch my site as well as at my day job ( I’m a screen/fiction writer)
I will be photographing a whole slew of things tomorrow and should hopefully have the site up in the next week or two. I would have launched it earlier, but I’m a terrible perfectionist and so, wanted it to be nothing less than perfect.
I wanted to share an AMAZING applique that is going on an upcoming dress. It is one of two that will be going on a 1940s style dress. The dragon is completely hand sewn. Design inspiration comes from an original 1940s dress I own with a dragon and some beautiful silk Asian-inspired pajamas from the early 1930s.
I am also including some other of my current inspirations for you to take a gander at.
19th century snake stockings.
19th century snake stockings.
1940s Asian-inspired dragon dress.
Want to share a picture of my the latest addition to my upcoming fashion collection which I hope to be launching in the next few days. This is a 1940s style dress made in black crepe. It has hand made beaded arrows and a sequin and beaded heart. It is based on a dress worn by Ginger Rodgers in the 1938 movie “Carefree”, the dress comes with a cloth covered belt. It can also be made in satin and cotton.
Just wanted to take a moment to show one of my beautiful customers in a spider sweater from my upcoming fashion line at Dapper Day at Disneyland. I have not launched my site yet, but have had several people place orders who have seen my items online. I hope to be launching the site in the next few days!
More webby goodness! Here is a late 1930s/ early 1940s inspired dress I have developed for my fashion line. It is made from crepe and lace. It has hand beaded spiderwebs. You can get it with a satin belt as shown or with a crepe belt if you prefer. This dress can be made to measure in black as well as a variety of other colors. It can be made in long length or a shorter length.
I found the picture of this sweater several years ago on Pintrest and it was love at first sight. I think what I love most about it is the unique color combo of the parrots against the green of the sweater. Very shortly after seeing this I put it on my to-do list for pieces I wanted to recreate. To put my own spin on the sweater, I wanted to do the parrots hand-beaded and wanted to put them on a dress. I choose the 1940s design I had used for the “Moonglow” dress, but am doing it in a lime green cotton blend in the same color as the sweater above.
Its always interesting for me to see a vintage item that I own pop up somewhere else like on Pinterest, worn by a previous owner. Sometimes it’s just a duplicate of the item made by the same designer/manufacturer especially if the item is 1950s or later; but sometimes its the exact same item.
This was the case for this silk moire dress with velvet poppies. A couple months after buying this lovely little frock from a seller on Etsy, I saw the exact same dress pop up with several other dresses that had been auctioned off all together, the picture is now circulating around Pinterest. I am quite sure the seller I bought it from got it from the auction or maybe someone who sold to her did.
For now, this dress has found a good home with me and I don’t plan on selling her anytime soon, if at all. What I love about this dress is the fabulously Deco lines.at the waist. I don’t know the exact year this dress was produced, but my guess is about 1929.
I paired the dress with red shoes from Remix. These shoes are technically 1930s style, but I don’t find 1920s styles to be that comfortable. They are in the “Anita” style which is one of Remix’s best selling shoes and one of my favorites that they make.
One of the newest pieces as part of my upcoming clothing line is a currently unnamed 1940s inspired blouse. The blouse is made from satin, but can also be made out of crepe. It features a silver beaded spider web with a rhinestone at its center. The blouse is shown with short sleeves, but can also be made sleeveless or with a variety of sleeve types. I think this blouse would look amazing with bishop sleeves.