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For all those interested in this discussion... the group is now a reality.  Please join us in the group "Once Upon A Time" a group for discussing all aspects of historical/period doll costuming and more!  Look forward to seeing you there!

http://dollobservers.com/group/once-upon-a-time/forum

I'm trying to find out if anyone shares my interest in talking about all the various facets of creating historical or period costumes for their doll(s)...  from finding ready made costumes and determining who can share clothes with whom... to sewing, patterns, alterations and material selection... to wigs, shoes, jewelry and hair styling... to accessories for creating picture perfect dioramas. 

I am partial to the 1910s to the 1930s but, honestly, any time period could become my next inspiration.  I could use your expertise and guidance and would like to share what little I've learned so far.  My interest ranges from historically accurate to the more stylized versions of a time period... such as some of the outfits I see for steampunk, fantasy and Ellowyne dolls. 

I've asked to start a group but first have to find out if there is a genuine interest within the community.  There are sewing groups and fashion groups but none (that I can tell) that are specific to historical costumes.  I've been slowly going through the pictures and some of you have wonderful period and ethnic costumes!

Hope to hear from you and hope you'll join me for some lively conversation, exchanging ideas and research, pictures and creative ideas for making our "once upon a time" aspirations come true...  ~Tilly

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  • This is stunning... wow... so much detail! Very regal... even the hair... all the more reason to applaud your skills.  I want to hear about the basket, too... how did you make that? 

    Oh, wait... but, would you mind re-posting this in the Once Upon A Time group... I think there's confusion about this forum discussion and the new group... so, before I forget I'm going to close comments to this discussion. 

    Lilly, Chevalier-Fox said:

     I have posted this already but thought it would be in a better place in this lovely group.

    I am quite often inspired by painting they where in there time what the Oscar red carpet is today

     some years ago I made a lot of dresses for Barbie and les Adieux was a long time dream

    here the original

    Les Adieux from J-M Moreau le jeune

    and here my interpretation on second hand barbie .

    the dress is  green satin lining the ornamental flowery pattern are cotton re-embroidered with silk ribbons.

    I made  underwear and articulated "basket",  petticoat, and Pantaloon. as well as cotton stocking

     

  • Thank you, Lily!

  •  I have posted this already but thought it would be in a better place in this lovely group.

    I am quite often inspired by painting they where in there time what the Oscar red carpet is today

     some years ago I made a lot of dresses for Barbie and les Adieux was a long time dream

    here the original

    Les Adieux from J-M Moreau le jeune

    and here my interpretation on second hand barbie .

    the dress is  green satin lining the ornamental flowery pattern are cotton re-embroidered with silk ribbons.

    I made  underwear and articulated "basket",  petticoat, and Pantaloon. as well as cotton stocking

     


  • no offence what so ever. if one cannot have some humor here...where can it be?


    Tilly said:

    Thank you, Lily... this is super... an endorsement from you is "sew" appreciated! Sorry, couldn't help myself... and hope you don't mind my being silly. I'm just thrilled that there is interest and that I'm not the only one out here wanting to create this kind of a fantasy.  It's a subject that could have potential for all doll lovers yet, specific at the same time... I'm thinking it would be a great resource for reference links, pictures, advice, sharing and discussion... even if only used by some for that occasional costume or diorama.  For me it's a way to combine my love of research, history, fashion, dolls and crafting!      

  • They are stunning outfits, Jackie... oh, I'm so glad to know you!!  Come on over to the Once Upon A Time group!

  • That should be "pleats", not please in the 2nd paragraph. Sorry

  • Here are a couple of my early 20th c, looks, the first from the 1930s, probably about 1932, and the next from the mid 1920s, probably about 1926-7.

    I couldn't do the pleats on the crinkled crepe in the 2nd example, so I used my double needle and did pintucks to simulate the texture of the please. I had a dilemma with the 1930s look figuring out how to use black without overpowering the outfit. I tried seeral things before concluding that the black had to be only incidental.

  • For all those interested in this discussion... the group is now a reality.  Please join me in the group "Once Upon A Time" a group for discussing all aspects of historical/period doll costuming!  The more the merrier!

    http://dollobservers.com/group/once-upon-a-time/forum

  • Frances, the group is a reality now... called "Once Upon a Time"  Please join me!! Love your pictures... hope you'll share more! 

  • Hi Tilly,

    I am totally in your court.

    I have completed a fair number of commissions inspired by styles in the 30's and so far one Steampunk. I love hunting up designs for inspiration and finding just the right fabrics, often pieces of vintage clothing from thrift stores, as well as vintage notions and findings. I am adding a couple of photos. Gene in a 20's style wedding dress and an FR in Steampunk.

    I hope the group possibility becomes a reality.

    Best regards, Frances

    (Francesca Doll Couture - http://francescadollcouture.weebly.com

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