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: https://picasaweb.google.com/100423364328646051648) 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 weddingchannel.com.)

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!