Thursday, 18 December 2014

Seasons Greetings from The Thin Man....

  Witty, sophisticated and always just that little bit tipsy - well it is Christmas after all!




  When we are first introduced to Nora Charles, she's been out Christmas shopping and is loaded up with presents. As Nora enters the bar room looking for her husband Nick, she trips, and scatters gifts all over the floor. It's perfect.

  She then goes on the match her husbands cocktail swigging by drinking five martinis and waking up with a tremendous hangover.


icebag and blouse made with two different types of vintage satin both 30's. Vintage lace jabot with rhinestone brooch. Felt mustard coloured skirt.



The lady herself. Myrna Loy as Nora


  I'm also super happy with the success of this years Christmas cards. There are obviously a lot of people who, like me, find this film so incredibly charming. I was a little worried at first just in case people wouldn't get them, which is why I did a collection with and without captions. For any real late Christmas card senders (if you're in the UK) there are still 2 sets left in the shop. 




  Here are the outfits that inspired the illustrations and dolls. I have obviously altered them slightly here and there as I have with each of the illustrated scenes and props.














  This is my very last post of the year folks. I hope you have enjoyed reading my blog and learning about my creative thought process and what inspires each of my pieces.

  I have lots of lovely plans and ideas to kick start the New Year and hope you will continue to follow my work with enthusiasm. Thank you for everyone's constant supportive feedback. I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.




  Pip x

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Custom Order Jean.......

  It's all about the underwear!

  There is nothing more lovely than 1930's dusky pink tap pants, champagne gold bias cut negligees, slips, silk stockings and the palest peach girdles, garters and brassieres...

  Custom order Jean Harlow heads to her vanity in vintage satin and lace undergarments with vintage pearly buttons, carefully crafted stockings, a handmade garter and rhinestone snappers on her ribbon suspenders.







  Pip x

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

The Thin Man Christmas Cards....

  Have a fabulous Thin Man style Christmas!



  Due to my first batch of martini swigging Nora Charles cards selling out super quick, I'm pleased to announce there are now more sets in my Etsy Shop - a limited amount. I'm really enjoying the popularity of the cards but making them up is time consuming so I'm staggering my listings.

  These three cute little scenes are all inspired by The Thin Man 1934. There are little extra touches which I'm sure Thin Man fanatics will perhaps notice. 


'He's dragged me into every gin mill on the block!'
You will notice an additional hat box to her ensemble. This hat box appears in the second Thin Man movie 'After the Thin Man'

'Asta, is your balloon busted?'
 Nora doesn't hold a Christmas wreath but it does appear on the door of their appartment

'Have a cocktail'

Without captions are mounted onto festive red card.

With captions are mounted onto festive dark green card.



  Each card has a handmade quality in that they are printed on beautiful Bockingford watercolour printer paper, mounted onto a ready folded festive coloured card then touched up with additional gold sparkle. I have created each card by hand and created two separate listings: with or without captions. As a Thin Man fan you'll get the captions but without captions they are still very pretty cards and will still appeal to those who don't know the movie. I hope you like what I've created this year, I wanted this collection to have more of a pressie feel rather than a mass produced looking card.

  Creating lots of commissions at the moment but I'm still hoping to fit in a few fairies first week of December. 

Love Pip x



Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Sunday, 19 October 2014

The Bat.....

  Twinkle, twinkle, little bat
  How I wonder what you’re at!
  Up above the world you fly
  Like a tea-tray in the sky
  Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
  How I wonder what you're at!

  Lewis Carroll






Little Maude. Pumpkin coloured curls, Liberty print blouse, witch hat and pet bat - Batty





   Pip x

Thursday, 2 October 2014

A Sad Little Siren and Batgirl...





  I'm also creating a vampish batgirl (a creation I have long wanted to create) with Autumnal pin curls, a face like Theda Bara, and a waspish figure. I have created her costume and wings with vintage black lace and given her bat wings a thin metal frame. Here's a few snaps of the working progress. There are still a few more hours work to be done but she's almost there.



Even without her wings she's managed to climb to the hights of my bookshelves!


Batgirl has a vintage black lace costume and wings supported by a metal frame


Theda Bara face









Initial designs

  Pip x

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Dark Haired Sirens....


The Lonely Mermaid....Watercolour


A Sad Siren.....Watercolour


  In the past I've created lots of pastel haired, bathing belles with colourful tails, shell and flower accessories and Summery, carefree dispositions.....

  My latest Mermaid fascination has me concentrating on a much darker character. A sad little siren as wild as the sea itself. Do not be taken in by this dangerous creature - her beauty and seductive nature will still lure any a drunken sailor to his doom.







  Pip x

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Ms Claudette.....


I have made Claudette's 1930's frock from vintage sheer organza and added a vintage button as a belt buckle. she also has a jolly corsage which is a piece of vintage haberdashery 





  Inspired by Claudette Colbert and all those dizzy and cute characters she plays in her screwball, romantic comedies. Classics such as 'It Happened one Night' 1934, 'Midnight' 1939 and 'The Palm Beach Story' 1942 (to name just a tiny few of my favourites!) all - in true madcap comedy fashion - we find our dear little Claudette ending up in a jam. During all her movie adventures however, she never failed to remain looking fresh as a daisy, with her cute curly fringe intact and dressed in an elegant outfit with a frilly trim!








Because the fabric is so sheer I had to make matching underwear!





I know it's pretty.......but just a little on the large side for you I'm afraid.

Pip x

Friday, 29 August 2014

'The Sewists' by Josephine Perry....

  A few weeks ago I received my very own copy of Josephine Perry's 'The Sewists'....




   I'm very proud to announce that today 29th August 2014 is publication day for this incredibly neat and well styled little book. Each chapter is dedicated to 20 different DIY projects from designer/makers, including myself, Abigail Brown, The Felt Mistress and Hand-Printed textile designer Jessica Hayes Gill - to name just a few.

  I was so thrilled when first approached about the book that I set to work on creating a very simple little Pip doll pattern, which can easily be duplicated into lots of little characters to form a mobile circus decoration! It was also a joy to spend a delightful 'interview' afternoon with author, designer/maker and sewing workshop tutor Josephine Perry. Thankyou Missy for popping me amongst the pages of this fabulous publication! x

  'The Sewists' is out now! Published by Laurence King  available on amazon and in all good bookshops.



The original of this design (which was such fun to make) has been hanging in my little boy's bedroom for over a year. I think he's well and truly claimed it.



Tuesday, 19 August 2014

New Myrna Doll....


Nora Charles: He's dragged me into every gin mill on the block!!!


Myrna's dress is made from beautiful autumnal 1940's fabric. I have kept a autumn theme to her outfit by suitably matching her hat and bag with her dress. Her legs are wired for posing in a seated position and the little buttons on her collar, sleeves and pocket are also vintage - as is the button on her belt. Asta is my own sketch printed onto Epson matte paper and backed onto some sturdy card. He also wears a coat to match Myrna ensemble.

  This is my third Myrna Loy doll inspired by her famous role as Nora Charles. I'm afraid she has skipped away from my shop already this morning but I really wanted to upload these photos so you could see all the little details on her hat, bag and dress. Asta's looking fairly snazzy too!






On the shelf



Myrna approves. This 'Hat' print is now available over in my Etsy shop.