materials: inside “Dianne”

Hello again!

Time again to take a little ‘inside-the-dress’ tour for our current auction, “Dianne”. It has so many good features, it was hard to pick just a few for this post….

I wanted to start by bragging on these buttons a little bit. They’re antique Victorian rhinestone buttons, and simply gorgeous — lightly textured metal, brassy aged patina, and of course, a great bit of sparkle.

Melody Valerie Dianne steampunk dress front

They’re a find from Sew Expo earlier this year — Nifty Thrifty Dry Goods  has lots of amazing things! I was thrilled to pick up these little beauties, and even more pleased when they worked so perfectly with this dress. (This pic also shows the silk ribbon details and super-tiny flat-felled seams hiding inside the dress — can you find them??)

I was also very pleased with the way the corset eyelets came out. Eyelets can be tricky to set correctly — but in this case, they went in beautifully. And how can you not love that rubbed, aged metal color?

eyelets small

Here’s a view of the corset laced up the back. It’s just so satisfying!

corset laced small

Last but not least, I wanted to show you the horsehair loop underneath the top hat. This is a trick I picked up from theater, and it’s super useful for making otherwise awkward and unwieldy hair pieces stick securely to your head. Just push a hairpin through each side of the loop, then turn the pin 90 degrees and push along the doll’s head to secure. It’s amazing how well it works.

hat loop

Melody Valerie Dianne top hat detail

Anyway, Dianne will be live until Saturday night — and if you wanted to bid, now’s your chance (it’s going for a song right now!)

Until next time,

Melinda

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2 thoughts on “materials: inside “Dianne”

  1. I just love all of your beautiful details, even if you can’t see them on the outside of the garment. It makes your beautiful design even more special. Thanks for sharing. I love your work. It is so inspiring to me.

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