If you have not read the book, you simply must. You don't know what you are missing. So much that they could never fit into a movie, and they tried their hardest!
Margaret herself said that the film had the PERFECT cast. I love these photos of Margaret and Vivien Leigh~ both avid cat lovers. Just like Scarlett, Vivien was from French descent. Viv was so passionate about wanting to play Scarlett and it was an absolute miracle that she was discovered for the role.
I had to include a photo of Clark Gable without his mustache. Be still my heart...
I've been hard at work getting things ready for the Ball. Our home is 100+ years old and we have been working on it for 6 years. This is our stairway. We only recently took down the safety gate for our son. There is still much to do in this area. No trim around the windows but I just had to dress them up for the occasion!
I am the queen of cheap and when I saw this trim at a fabric store that was closing, I waited until the price dropped very low! It was originally $11.99/yard and I got it for $22 for 25 yards! It was fun to "pet" the whole bolt, so soft!
His work is amazing. He did a version of the velvet party gown in green as well, as it was described in the book.
There was another version to the drapery dress too, but it was deemed to exspensive to make.
There were also other variations of the BBQ gown... but this one won out. I'm so glad!
Now let's see.... whatever shall I wear for the BALL?
And slowly, my dream is coming true! Let's go in for a closer look~
The drapery dress? Naw... much too bulky.
The blue mill bustle gown? Uh-uh. Too constricting.
And naturally I can't wear a red robe to a ball either!
White ruffles? Hmmm... too frilly.
Ahhh, the blue portrait gown. Nope, too heavy.
The jewel encrusted velvet?? My heavens NO!
Only a jezebel would wear such a thing!
Green sprigged frock? YES, just right!
Mammy, be a "doll" and help me put on my dress~
I just took this Timeless Treasures Scarlett Barbie out of her NRFB state yesterday. What fun! Mammy is a World doll, they were sold in Cracker Barrel restaurants for the 50th Anniversary.
I had better get into my corset first~ custom made by Christine Hall.
This dress is actually a work in progress. The skirt is replica fabric from Pegee of Williamsburg and cost around $600 for the bolt, all of which is needed for the gown. I bought the dress pre-made from my friend Dee of Scarlett Online. She had had the dress made for herself many years ago and the seamtress butchered the fabric and made a very ill fitting garment for Dee. She wanted to have another gown made by a new seamstress, so I took on the task of fixing the frock for myself. I will have to make new ruffles for the neckline, the original gown from the film had over 1,000 buttonholes for the velvet to weave through! ACK!
Dee then found *the* GWTW seamstress extraordinaire and is very happy. If you want a screen accurate, museum quality garment, please visit GWTW4Ever, she does phenomenal work and is a long time gwtw collector.
So, for this picture I am actually wearing the Pegee fabric skirt with the top from this "naughty Scarlett" costume, LOL!
Most of my gowns need some sort of revamping. I need to find about 50 yards of lace to add to the ruffle gown. I have fabric stashed for the paisly robe and calico war dress. I need to finish the velvet party gown and the blue mill. All of these will be blogged about over the next several months! Christine Hall is making the green Christmas dress for me, which we put on hold for now. I have been learning how to sew and I'm anxious to tackle those BBQ buttonholes!
Scarlett wore 35+ costumes in the film. When the Franklin Mint came out with the 16" vinyl Scarlett doll years ago, I had to have her and all of her clothes. Some of the outfits I had made by Alana, as the mint didn't offer them at that time. Such as the wedding gown and the shanty dress; both of which the mint put out later.
Then in recent years, Tonner has come out with a GWTW line as well. Of course I had to buy one of their Scarletts! She can wear most of the mint's clothes and they have put out a fine wardrobe too.
The Franklin Mint Scarlett doll case was fashioned after the hat box that Rhett brings from Paris.
Here is Melly, (Melanie), laying on the bed while I took all of the ensembles out of their boxes and put them in the doll cases. (I have Rhett and Rose from Titanic too.) I don't even think Melly was full grown here. She has been doing fine, BTW. Still on the special cat food diet.
OY! This was before we redid the bedroom. I hated that Cookie Monster blue carpet!
Here's a collage of some of my dolls and the intricate little dresses~
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I think I had better stop there, whew!
Here's a few links before I sign off. I run two yahoo groups if you are interested in learning more about the costumes or dolls, Gone With the Wind Garments and Scarlett O'Hara Vinyl Portrait. If you'd like to see more of my collection or better photos, click here. The tags at the end of this post will direct you to other gwtw posts here at The Scarlett Rose Garden.
Remember, I'm having a GWTW give away! So please leave a comment so your name can go in the drawing.
All of the GWTW Blogland Ball participants are below and in my sidebar, be sure to waltz on over and see them all! We are so glad you came!
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All the Queen's Chocolate
Christine's Home and Travel Adventures
Colleen's Quilting Journey to Oz
Edie Marie's Attic
Fantasy and Fancy
Florence and Mary
Hooked On Houses
My Enchanted Home
My Suzy Homemaker
Rue's Peanut Butter and Jelly Life
Sassy Mini Dolls
Simplistic Life in a Small Town
Soul Talk 777
Tea With Miss Janice
The Pawsh Poodle
The Sunny Side of the Sun Porch
The Way We Are
Todas somos reinas
Yellow Rose Arbor
HAPPY 70TH ANNIVERYSARY GONE WITH THE WIND!