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Vintage Glamour

Added May 3, 2010

by watatoe

Vancouver, Washi...






A friend of mine asked me to create a pattern for her of a dress that was once worn by Madame Alexander “Cissy” dolls. She sent me her doll and the fabrics she wanted it made of for the pattern cover. It took a great deal of time to design the pattern because all I had were pictures to work with. But in the end, it really turned out nice! Cissy used to be such a glamorous doll in her day!

Material Notes

100% silk velvet, taffeta, tulle netting




Garment Type
Evening Wear
Silk, Taffeta, Tulle

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    May 4, 2010, 06.40 PMby tontondiva

    It is quite a task trying to sew for dolls…you did a nice job!

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    • Chinablue4_large

      May 7, 2010, 05.20 AMby watatoe

      Thank you, tontondiva! It is quite a task sewing for dolls….you have to learn to sew in miniature and sometimes have to reinvent ways of sewing when the standard methods don’t work for smaller work.

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    May 3, 2010, 09.49 PMby nenasew

    Just lovely. love dolls n this one looks fabulous. .

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    • Chinablue4_large

      May 4, 2010, 09.09 AMby watatoe

      Thank you, nenasew! I wish I could’ve kept the doll because she is such a classic beauty from the 50’s. But alas, she was only visiting for a fitting.

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    May 3, 2010, 03.44 PMby calicocouture

    Beautiful dress! You could certainly make them and sell them. Collector’s enjoy one of a kind outfits.

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    • Chinablue4_large

      May 4, 2010, 09.08 AMby watatoe

      Thank you. Now that my friend has the pattern I made for her (she’s going to sell them), people can make one for their dolls. chuckle I don’t know that I’d like to make another one of these chuckle There’s only a few hairs left on my head that I didn’t pull out! LOL!

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    May 3, 2010, 02.20 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    The neckline is amazing and I love how the skirt explodes out of the bodice :) , you did a great job drafting the pattern from just photos and your friend’s doll is beautiful. I just got a book with the most amazing doll and Barbie clothes, I think I need to get myself a Barbie and make her some beautiful clothes out of my fabric scraps :)

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      May 3, 2010, 03.43 PMby calicocouture

      Silkstone Barbie dolls are gorgeous for sewing clothing

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      May 4, 2010, 12.12 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      Oh my goodness, new obsession forming…oh, it’s too late, I NEED one of these dolls :)

    • Chinablue4_large

      May 4, 2010, 09.04 AMby watatoe

      Thank you…..this was a tedious project to be sure!

      The doll wearing this dress is 21 inches tall. Nice and big. I used to sew for Barbie back in the late 60’s-early 70’s. Matter of fact, I still have one of my own Barbies.

      I’m really fond of the way the netting turned out. It was an absolute pain to work with though!

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    May 3, 2010, 02.20 AMby wackyblonde

    Lovely, I want a big girls dress just like this.

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    • Chinablue4_large

      May 4, 2010, 08.56 AMby watatoe

      Yeah….me too…..but I think I would just settle on having a figure that could wear this! LOL!

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