American Girl Josefina’s debut dress is finished!!!

Muy Bonita…yes, that’s what Josefina is in this new debut dress of hers….very pretty! I am so glad to have her back in my collection because I love sewing for her. I managed to get her dress done just a little while ago, but it’s almost 1 a.m. Tuesday morning, so obviously I didn’t get it listed on Ebay. My goal is to do that Tuesday evening.

When you last saw the dress yesterday, I had it partially constructed, but still had a ways to go before it was completely finished…snaps, beads to sew on the ruffle, lace on the skirt part, the back finished, everything hand tacked down, the shoes finished, the belt made, her hair styled, pictures taken….see what I mean…LOTS!

So here are a few pictures I snapped before heading off to bed…. I added some pretty glass beads to her neck ruffle.

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Josefina likes this modeling part… I caught her trying to get a glimpse of herself in the mirror…


The waist has a set in band, and the Ultrasuede belt can be cinched up at her waist, but I still like it a little offset with the concho hanging down just a bit.


The back closes with 3 snaps at the top half…


Okay…so I’m not 100% sure about the ties I used in her moccasins. It is a cotton vintage trim that I had and it sort of works, but I’m thinking it’s a bit too “busy” looking with the vintage beads that Rebecca found for me. I tried a cream satin ribbon but it looked too “new” and so predictable.
So any opinions???


Here’s a couple more shots… I’ll take more for my Ebay listing…



I’ll probably try to find an “accessory” for her outfit too…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Josefina’s dress is looking pretty sweet on her…

Last night I left you with a few pictures of fabric draped on Josefina and you’ve had all day to wonder what her dress might look like…
Well, this is what I started with… so let’s see what I came up with from these pieces…


I wanted to do a peasant type dress only make it a little more fitted and with a big ruffle at the neck. So far I’ve finished the ruffle and I found a vintage lace trim in my stash that I added. The waist is going to have a band so it will be a little more form fitting on Josefina. The skirt will be slightly gathered with a bit of a flare and I’ll probably add more lace trim to it…


There’s a little bit of a puffed sleeve under the ruffle.





I don’t know of anything on my schedule for Monday, so I’m hoping to get this finished up… the hardest part is already done.

Amma’s phone took better pictures of the Sari, so I’m waiting on her pictures to show you…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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What’s a Crop-a-dile and who’s up next for a doll dress?

I’m sure you’ve all heard of a crocodile but how about a Crop-a-dile… anyone? It’s a fun punch tool that sets snaps, eyelets, grommets or you can just use the holes for lacing up if you like. I’ll give you a brief demonstration… I bought mine at Joann Fabrics about 2 years ago when they were on sale. It was normally about $29.99 if I remember correctly. Kind of a high priced item but I was wanting it to make eyelets for Kirsten’s dirndl’s mostly…

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I kept the package because the directions are on the back.


It has a little prong on one side and a little dome shaped prong on the other and when they are pressed together… voila!!…a hole is punched.





It can do lots of things like punch holes in your fabric, leather, paper, etc, but it also can set eyelets or grommets too. It’s a hand held punch and is pretty simple to use, but does take a little getting used to when setting eyelets or you’ll get them backwards… (don’t ask me how I know that!)

I got a little carried away the first day I had it…


Okay… now how about that riddle…

This dolls name has 7 vowels… Josefina Montoya

The name of her pet that ended with an “A” was her pet goat, Sombrita

Josefina was born in 1815 and those numbers…1 + 8 + 1 + 5 = 15

What piece of her furniture generally sells high on Ebay? Her piano

Okay, now back to the Crop-a-dile… I’m using it to make a new pair of moccasins for Josefina.

The moccasins she came with were pretty awful, so I took them apart to use them for a pattern.



I cut out the new ones from that cherry red Ultrasuede dress I found at the Thrift Shop.


Here’s a good start…


Ahhh… much better than the old ones…


I haven’t looked in my stash for laces yet, but I’ll find something to tie them up with.


This is the fabric Josefina and I picked out for her debut dress!



See how well it goes with her shoes?


Oh my goodness, I think she’s a pretty doll!


Now lets hope I don’t have any interruptions so I can get going on her new dress!

Oh, one more thing… Amma’s under blouse fit her perfectly when I took it to her today. She was excited and said she’d have someone take pictures of her in the whole Sari tomorrow. Just wanted to let you know…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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2 Updates & a riddle for who’s up next…

Just a few updates first:

Here is Amma’s under blouse for her Sari. It’s almost finished…but I need to do one last fitting for the hooks and eyes on the front. I would have been done, but she wanted some gold piping around the edges… I’ve got to get it finished today… she needs to wear it tomorrow…It seems like this has taken FOREVER!!!

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Next: Janie’s Western outfit is on Ebay now… You can see it by clicking on the picture of it on the right side bar or click HERE and it will take you to the listing on Ebay. Here’s one shot of it…


Next: Here is a riddle for you to try and guess who will be up next on my cutting table…

There are 7 vowels in my first and last name added together
My pet’s name ends in the letter “A”
If you add the four numbers up of the year I was born, they equal 15
One of my furniture items generally goes very high on Ebay

Think you know who will be next? (Don’t look below if you want to figure it out on your own…)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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