Saturday, December 24, 2011

A Scarlett Tolstoy: Ana Karenina by Tonner

When Tonner released their 22" version of Ana Karenina, I strongly hoped that they would do it for a 16" doll. Hope gets answered. Finally, I could dress up my Scarlett dolls in the costume!  The dress is a mix of three types of material: velvet (or a velvet-like cloth, the weight of which is similar to Tonner's Blue Portrait), satin (very light kind) and black tulle.  The front bodice has tulle designed like they're crossing each other. The tulle goes down the front of the skirt in an "A" shaped fashion accented by pleats at the bottom of the skirt. Behind that skirt is a large bow of satin sewn over a large poufy bustle made of velvet. The flowers cross the shoulder and move down front of the skirt. You will like the necklace and the earrings -- They glisten well. I also like the shoes -- pointed toe pumps.  The outfit comes with a wig which I will arrange first on a Carol Barrie to see if how well the dress looks on that doll. Here are two portraits of Scarlett wearing the outfit. And if you've seen Vivien Leigh's Ana Karenina, you will see a dress which resembles the Tonner's version (or is it Tonner's adaptation of the Vivien Leigh Ana K. movie?)

The gown worn by Vivien Leigh in her take of Ana Karenina

I originally wrote "Ana" instead of "Anna". It is now corrected. Notice the rose image which I watermarked.
A symbol of the tragic ending of Anna Karenina.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Scarlett Holiday

Its a holiday here where I am. Celebrating this little joy with a Scarlett portrait against scarlet-ish background. It's a busy, busy December with lots of work coming up, one repaint commission to do and early shopping for Christmas. Also thinking of Tonner's Christmas 1863. If not the doll, the dress will do. But I already have the FM version of it. Also wanting a Professor McGonagall.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Nymph: A Tonner Antoinette Portrait

The Nymph's Reply
by Walter Ralegh

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If all the world and love were young,
And truth in every shepherd's tongue,
These pretty pleasures might me move
To live with thee and be thy love.

Time drives the flocks from field to fold,
When rivers rage and rocks grow cold,
And Philomel becometh dumb;
The rest complains of cares to come.

The flowers do fade, and wanton fields
To wayward winter reckoning yields;
A honey tongue, a heart of gall,
Is fancy's spring, but sorrow's fall.

Thy gowns, thy shoes, thy beds of roses,
Thy cap, thy kirtle, and thy posies
Soon break, soon wither, soon forgotten,--
In folly ripe, in reason rotten.

Thy belt of straw and ivy buds,
The coral clasps and amber studs,
All these in me no means can move
To come to thee and be thy love.

But could youth last and love still breed,
Had joys no date nor age no need,
Then these delights my mind might move
To live with thee and be thy love. 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Gone with the Wind Paper Dolls of Maria Varga

This one I have. An interesting reference for Vivien Leigh films from the first  to her last. 
Searching the internet for new views on Scarlett gave me a surprise. I found an interesting paper doll collection and among which were things I didn't even know existed -- The Search for Scarlett Paper Dolls -- which happen to have a collection of costumes worn by Scarlett aspirants, namely Anita Louise and Paulette Goddard. I never imagined someone would be able to find the costumes worn by these women during tests. The collection is owned by Maria Varga (Link: Here are a few of those GWTW dresses plus some Vivien Leigh paper dolls with dresses from her other films. They are very good references for those into sewing GWTW or Vivien Leigh costumes.

The book cover and a sample page of interesting detailed look at Vivien Leigh's Costumes from Waterloo Bridge.

And here are the interesting illustrations of the Scarlett aspirant's costumes. The green dress featured here (supposedly in the book for Paulette Goddard )must have been the same Library dress worn by Vivien -- which she descried as still "warm" from its previous test. 

More Fire

Monday, November 7, 2011

Tonner Scarlett "Fire in Atlanta"

It is everything they said it would be: a fiery, passionate gown that befits Scarlett. While the exposure of this night robe is for one sequence in the film, it is also strongly associated with Scarlett. It appears in almost all iconic posters of GWTW where both Rhett and Scarlett look into each other's eyes: he with the passion of a jealous love, she with defiance. Put those two emotions together and it becomes an scene that we never see but it bookmarked by Scarlett's naughty smiling face the next morning.

Tonner did well with this robe. The lace on the sleeves as well as the collar are in scale in detail, and so are the buttons (like sharp 1/4 red beads). The train is sufficient and is not as long as the red velvet creation. It is the velvet that brings the fire into the creation. Soft and thin, it drapes well when the doll stands. The black sash becomes a ribbon at the back and which can be unfastened with a clip. The doll is inserted into the dress with front opening. That black sash also is held by red string on the sides like the grooves into which a belt enters. This sash goes under the velvet at the back (I surmise the cape or what I have come to know as the watteau train (thank you Fran). Also described as a train falling from the shoulder blades to the hemline of the gown 
(source: the fashion glossary of

The doll you see here is the Tonner Curtain dress doll whose hair I have unfurled, twisted upwards  and fastened at the back. The earrings do not come with the doll. I actually forgot to take them off.  I also repainted the arching brow to give it more arch, fixed the lips to have less of a smile...unless of course, Scarlett knows what she's going to get. 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Tonner Mrs. Charles Hamilton Repaint

I finally got to repaint Mrs. Charles Hamilton. I had to be very careful. Those are large curls and any tug would make them unruly. Hoping one day to send this to the hairstylist Dave recommended. Got also a note that "Fire in Atlanta" outfit has arrived. Eager to see that and photograph too. If you have this doll, you would notice that it has painted on its left hand finger a "ring". Same goes for Tonner's Blue Portrait doll. I like how neatly braided they did the hairstyle of this one. More photos coming soon. When work will allow. I'll make work allow it. Have a nice day!

Saturday, October 29, 2011


An OOAK skirt (that still needs tightening at the waist), a scarf from Franklin Mint, Tonner's A Sensible Notion wrap, and a blouse from Ashton Drake's Gene (Love's Ghost). This is the fun thing when you collect things of the same genre. It allows you to mix.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Psykopaint Portrait of Scarlett

Found this new application in the internet called psykopaint ( and tried it on a portrait. blends the photo like a painting. Try it. Have fun. Escape.

Weekend reprieve

This has been a harrowing week indeed!! My day work calls for the office to prepare for installations in malls for Christmas. Not an easy task at all. So my hats off to all those department store displays for the holidays. Difficult -- is an understatement. Preparing the installations, talking to suppliers, giving details as to color, style...pegs, pegs, pegs; hoping they all know what they're talking about, and troubleshooting. That's commercialism for the holidays. Where are those Silent Nights, right? As the holidays come so do the money-makers. After all it is a season for gifts. My gift always is the moment I shed off that 9 to 6 mode and move towards my workstation to see my Scarlett. Yep, got no life but this. Pathetic? Depends on the degree on how others regard it to be. This my life. My reverie. My escape. My reprieve. My arm still aches from a strain and repainting has become more tedious than usual. Luckily I was able to retouch an old Scarlett in prep for the coming "Fire in Atlanta" (see previous post on thoughts about that). It's a long weekend here as we all prepare for All Soul's Day. But not for me. I have yet to run after an ad that needs to be released and with a deadline, prepare for Saturday dinner with my family for a birthday and try to catch my sanity back till week starts again. Had I relocated elsewhere I would have gotten a job in a doll company LOL. But I am miles away from where all you all are where all the resources of this passion are readily available. Count your blessings. Anyways, I ramble on because there is need to reprieve.

Luckily, the Scarlett you see  gave me something to do. Another portrait. I like the ruffles on the Franklin Mint Barbecue dress. They look pretty close to the real thing. And I think Scarlett is enjoying the change. Her reprieve.

Have a nice weekend!