Friday, August 22, 2008

PINK Saturday, Episode Seven!

Hello and welcome to PINK Saturday!



Your host is Beverly at How Sweet the Sound. To enjoy more pink, visit her blog for a list of participants~



Some of you showed some interest in dolls, so I decided today I'd share a few of my Scarletts. These are both vinyl dolls from the Franklin Mint. They are about 15 inches tall. They can wear most of Gene's clothes, and the Tonner doll clothes as well... give or take! I think I have 4 of these Scarletts all together, and most of her entire wardrobe from the film.

First is an outfit I had custom made. Here is a sketch by Walter Plunkett who designed the costumes on Gone With the Wind. This particular costume was not chosen for the film but I have always loved it. I found the fabric for the skirt in the dollar bin at Walmart! Sent it off to Alana of Doll Fashions by Alana. She does many custom creations. She's done a handfull for me, gowns that Franklin Mint did not manufacture. (Le GASP! I just visited her site and saw her ensemble for Belle. ME LIKEY!!)


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I had this outfit made 5 years ago. Now Tonner Dolls has come out with a Gone With the Wind line, and did a version of this sketch as well. Naturally, they were able to produce special fabric for the skirt and such, but I'm still pleased with my find! In fact, I still like my version better... Not to mention I think the Franklin Mint Scarlett has a prettier face. I just wish the FM dolls were articulated like the Tonners. (Their Melanie is very pretty tho... the prettiest Melly I've yet to see in any line. Take a look Val!)


Here's the Tonner ensemble on their Scarlett~



I will probably get the Tonner Scarlett someday. No doll $$$ at the moment! :*(



Here is another FM Scarlett of mine wearing the poor calico dress. This dress was made by a member of my group, Scarlett O'Hara Vinyl Portrait. Franklin Mint did not offer this dress at the time, but have since come out with it.
I made the little pitcher in ceramics... I think it's so cute! Gotta pour water while talking to Frank Kennedy you know!
I love this dress in all of it's many stages. The original dress was more of a lilac shade, tho on film it has always looked mauve to me.




I read there were about 35 versions of this frock made for the movie. I cannot beleive that only the bodice of one has surfaced....It's a shame how many Hollywood costumes wound up on the floor or thrown out.



I LOVE the look on her face here~



In the spring and summer of 1940, Sears put out a line of GWTW fabrics. This particular calico was one of them.... oh, what I'd give for some of that material today!! And it was only 55 cents a yard then! I have this catalogue and it's one of my most prized GWTW items, very rare and collectable. Not to mention I love looking at the fashions from the era!





I want to make this dress for myself some day. This is the closest fabric I could find~ I've had it forever. I did come across another one that looked great but when I went back to the site it was gone.
My GWTW partner in crime, Dee of Scarlettonline, has had many costumes custom made for her. Here are her two calicos... one nursing version, and one after the war. Just beautiful! The seamstress really did a tremendous job of aging the fabric. If you get a chance, check out the other reproductions at that site. GWTW4Ever is a phenomenal seamstress.




31 comments:

Melissa's Cozy Teacup said...

Great post. Love the dresses and fabric. I put pillow rollers in my hair last night.I've only taken down my fringe for now as the rest is still damp but my how very curly that fringe is! lol
Can't wait to see the rest. Thanks for all the feminine looks on your blog on instructions on how to achieve them.

Justine said...

Ooh girl, your dolls are beautiful, but I have to admit any kind of doll kind of freaks me out. Something about those staring, non-moving eyes. EEk! Gives me the heebie jeebies!

Justine :o )

Dawn said...

Your dolls and their outfits are just amazing! I am impressed that there are people who actually can make those outfits from a sketch!!!

Happy Pink Saturday!

take care,
Dawn

Jaede said...

Your dolls and their outfits and so lovely, thanks for sharing on your wonderful blog. xxx

GABRIELA DELWORTH said...

Happy Pink Saturday!

What a great post! Love these fantastic dolls!

~ Gabriela ~

Lochlanina said...

Happy Pink Saturday.

Virginia said...

Your dolls are beautiful.Have a Happy and Bless Pink Saturday. Virginia

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, Nikki.

Great post. I loved seeing dolls, and reading the information about GWTW.

I have the Madame Alexander Scarlett, Rhett and Melanie from the 1980s, and my mother has some of the other characters. She used to collect character dolls. I believe we will be selling our dolls in the future. I don't believe my only child son will be interested in them. ;-)

Heidi Ann said...

Hi Nikki, I LOVE "Scarlett"!...for PINK SATURDAY or any day! :)...Heidi XO

Melissa Wertz said...

Your Scarlett dolls are just beautiful!! I think they are just treasures.

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a great post! I learned alot today about dolls and GWTW costumes!
Penny

Cori G. said...

Scarlett! Scarlett! When I first saw the top of your dolls head I thought it was going to be a picture of you in one of those lovely costumes. Hee hee! Your fabric will make a beautiful dress one day.
Happy Pink!
Cori G.

ceekay said...

I love looking at your dolls. The dresses are incredible!

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Sweet Nikki!

Happy Pink Saturday dear! I LOVE your beautiful collection of dolls! They look like you Nikki!

Hugs,
Maryjane

MyBigMouth said...

Nikki I always love to see your photos,they never let me down in beauty.Dont pass out when I tell you this...but...*whispers* I have never seen gone with the wind.*thinks Nikki just fainted*.
Happy Pink Saturday!

Party Wishes SCV said...

I love all of your "Scarlet" info. My dad and I would always watch GWTW together and I am also a fan of Franklin Mint dolls. (I have Snow White and Cinderella, though)Very nice post.
I like the post of your little one heading off to school...too cute!

Joy said...

The dolls are a nice homage to Vivian Leigh and GWTW.

Anne Fannie said...

Your dolls and those dresses are just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing on Pink Saturday!
Love, Ann

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Fabulous post, for Pink Saturday or anytime, Nikki!

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

These are awesome! I have always loved porcelain dolls, though my daughter is the one who gets them. These are really incredible! I love all the GWTW outfits on them, and I like the outfit you had created better than the one that the doll company came out with. Fun Pink post!

Kady

Susan Hickam said...

Very fun post! Love the sears catalog. It is really fun to see the differnt prints they were offering. I do have to say I like your version of the outfit on Scarlet better too-the other one is lovely but yours is better! Happy pink Saturday!

kristiane said...

I love your interest in GWTW - it's contagious! Your dolls are beautiful. :)

Tricia said...

GWTW is my all time favorite. Your Miz Scarlett's are lovely. I collect the Hallmark GWTW ornaments. She was so beautiful.

nikkicrumpet said...

What a beautiful doll to collect...especially since her wardrobe is gorgeous! I gotta admit though....I've never seen the movie Gone With the Wind...or even read the book. Weird Huh?

have a wonderful Monday!

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

Pink and dolls? Is there a better combination? So pretty.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

What gorgeous dolls! And that pitcher you made is perfect!
I enjoyed the post!
Becky

Margie said...

Beautiful dolls with beautiful *pink* outfits! I love dolls. I have some of the older Barbies, I like Midge the most, and will probably post them in their *pink* outfits some Saturday. I also have some of the Gene dolls, they are lovely in their vintage clothes!
I love your Scarlett's and their lovely dresses!

Liz said...

Your dolls are sooo pretty!
And you knowledge of GWTW is pretty darn impressive. I love the old patterns and behind-the-scene
pictures...

~~Liz~~

Liz said...

Your dolls are sooo pretty!
And you knowledge of GWTW is pretty darn impressive. I love the old patterns and behind-the-scene
pictures...

~~Liz~~

Rue said...

Ooooooo.... how I wish I could climb into Willy Wonkas TV shrinking machine and throw those dresses on!! GORGEOUS! :) I'll check out that site in a minute...

Somewhere In Time- Christie (yardsalequeen) said...

Hey Nikki! Oh girl, Happy Pink Saturday belated! I love this pink Saturday post you've shared....I just love Gone with the Wind and Scarlett too. I am so glad I got to see your dolls all fashioned in their pretty dresses! Precious treasures! We once stayed in a hotel that was all dressed up in Gone with the Wind Memorabilia. I will have to post it sometime. Thanks for stopping by sweet lady and talk to ya again soon!

xoxo,
Queenie!