A few pictures of some past Civil War Dresses with Crinolines…

It’s no secret that Civil War dresses are some of my very favorite dresses to make. I love the styles of the late 1800’s and those big wide skirts with crinolines…make my heart beat a little faster. There is nothing as noticeable (to me) as a beautifully styled Civil War dress without a Crinoline underneath. The dress just sort of hangs limp. I thought sharing some of my past dresses with crinolines would be fun for you to see.
Boning is a stiffener that comes on a roll and I generally put it in the bottom edge of my crinolines to hold out the dresses evenly all the way around. It’s sort of like trying to get a hula hoop in the bottom of the casing…

Here’s a close up of a couple of the basic styles I make…

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See what I mean… I DO like making Civil War dresses…and these are just a fraction of the ones I’ve made…

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Thanks for taking a peek under my dresses
See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Cabin Fever is over & a little shopping spree…

I just HAD to get out of the house today! The snow and ice has had me pinned inside for days on end, but today I broke free and headed to town. After all, I HAD to mail that sweet little prototype dress at the Post Office and we sold 3 Skinny Scarves from our Etsy Shop last night, so they needed to be mailed too.
I had a few errands and met with a friend earlier, but when I was done, guess where my car headed?….Hobby Lobby and JoAnn Fabrics! It had been so long since I was out, I just enjoyed myself walking up and down the aisles looking at everything. I didn’t really need anything but wound up buying a few things anyway.

I made it out of JoAnn Fabrics with only 2 fat quarters…that’s gotta be a record for me!! They are more purple than they look in my photos. When I saw this particular print, I immediately thought of a pretty Spring Civil War dress. I think it will turn out lovely.

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Then I went to Hobby Lobby where I found a few more things. Here’s my stash all in one shot but I’ll tell you about them.

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Buttons…seriously; she bought more buttons? Yes, she did! They WERE half price…I had to! (I think I may have a button fettish…) but these called out to me. I love the enameled square ones in black and gray. I’m pretty sure they are metal as they are slightly heavy. I think they will make beautiful Civil War brooches at the neckline of some stylish dress. The cream buttons looked sort of old fashioned and not too “plastic-y” for historical dresses. The white smaller buttons were a different style than the white ones I normally buy, so I HAD to give them a try.

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All of the Valentine items were drastically on clearance… I think 80% off. I use LOTS of stickers inside my boxes when I pack up my doll dresses; on the outside next to my labels on my packages, on my smaller envelopes with doll gloves inside them…you get the message… I use lots of stickers. I thought these were sweet, so I’ll file them away in my stickers box and be all set for next year’s Valentine boxes.

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Okay, now to my favorite find of the day. The last time I was in Hobby Lobby, they didn’t have these cute little shoes and boots in there. I saw these and almost did a double take. The little reddish shoes are SO cute and they fit my American Girl dolls feet really well. I think you could lace a ribbon in the holes and change them up a bit. They were only $4.99 so I was thrilled.

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The brown cowgirl boots are adorable too. I love them. They were $4.99 as well and I used my 40% off coupon on them. They fit very nicely too and have a velcro strip up the back for easy off and on. I’m anxious to make something “western-y” now.

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There were a lot of empty places for other shoes, so they must be carrying some new things that I just saw for the first time today. I’ll have to go back in a week or so and see if they have restocked the missing shoes.

All in all, I was very pleased with my new goodies, but it was just especially nice to get out and see something besides the inside of my house.

Have a wonderful weekend,
See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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The Prototype flower girl dress is finished…

I managed to get some sewing done today and was determined to get something of importance accomplished today… not just any something, but one of the prototype flower girl dresses finished for my niece’s wedding. I am honored to make 2 little flower girl dresses but didn’t want to cut into the “wedding fabric” until I had made one dress first from the pattern and made sure it fit. At first, I was just going to make a bodice out of some scraps I had, but then I thought, why not make a complete dress just to be sure. Then I thought why not give this sweet little girl a choice in what fabric she’d like to have for her new dress. I picked out 3 fabrics from my stash that had some body to them. The “good wedding fabric” is quite heavy so I wanted to make sure this dress was more than just a flimsy cotton.

These were the choices I showed to this little 6 year old. Guess which one she picked?

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You were right…the pink and blue flowered print.

I only have a toddler sized mannequin so the dress is a little big for it, but you can sort of get an idea of how it looks. It looks better on the mannequin than it would if I just showed it to you on a hanger. It’s a simple dress with a lined bodice. The waist is slightly raised and then there is a very full, almost circle skirt.

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I decided to add a bit of interest at the waist by attaching a band about 1-1/4″ wide. I used the fabric I made Julie’s Valentine dress out of. The pink and white polka dot fabric looked cute with this fabric. Then I sewed on my buttons so they looked like flowers…(Remember that post? (HERE)

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I’ll get this off in the mail tomorrow and we’ll see how it fits…then I can feel confident cutting into the wedding fabric. After that, I’ll do the same thing with dress number 2.

It was really weird sewing something this big instead of tiny doll clothes. I felt like I was dealing with so much fabric. The hem took forever to get around. But it brought back lots of memories making little girls dresses as I made them for 10 years and sold them at my local Farmer’s Market.

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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A few dresses from the 1930’s for American Girl Kit…

Yesterday I showed some archived pictures of my dresses for American Girl Molly. (HERE) Hopefully, they were pictures you hadn’t seen before. I’ve done so many posts, I’m beginning to worry that I’m running out of new pictures. I keep asking myself, “what will you do when you’ve shown them all?” I don’t know the answer to that, so I’ll just keep showing what I do have and we’ll worry about that later.

I believe these are new pictures that you haven’t seen of Kit, but not positive. Just look at them and smile if you’ve already seen them…sorry!
The 1930’s was a time where fabric was scarce, so the designs were usually plain. The dresses were somewhat straighter lines and didn’t have as many gathers in them. As much as I know what the fashions were, it’s still hard not the make my dresses “pretty” if you will. So while my dresses might not be exactly authentic to the 1930’s, Kit still looks awfully cute in them.

If you click on any picture it will enlarge.

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This last one is a bit fancier… Kit was a junior bridesmaid in a wedding. It’s pretty fancy for the 30’s.

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Sorry, that’s all for today… See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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