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.