Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Historical Inspiration Festival - Part 3

Story of a Seamstress is hosting a Historical Inspiration Costume Festival.  She has kindly invited doll costumers to participate - so I'm putting up a few of my 'historically inspired' outfits!

Introducing Bella:

Bella is a mid-century summer costume, inspired by several fashion plates showing breezy summer outfits worn with straw hats:

The dress is sewn of chequered cotton poplin and trimmed with vintage velvet ribbon.  It is ornamented with self-pleats, positioned to take advantage of the striping in the fabric.  The pelerine is made from a vintage cotton collar:

The shawl is sewn from silk charmeuse, blind hemmed by hand and embroidered with silk ribbon roses:

Embroidery Detail of shawl:

The hat is made from half of a vintage straw purse - steamed to shape and trimmed with wired silk ribbon roses:

Under her dress, Bella wears a lace trimmed cotton petticoat, a set of hoops (courtesy of the AG company) and white voile pantaloons:


  1. Wow, what a lovely, lovely gown! All those tucks...whew! Absolutely amazing!

  2. That is so cute, nice to make clothes you don't have to worry about washing.