Felicity’s Dress…. Take 2!

I guess since I’m the one making Felicity’s dress I have the right to change my mind if I want to. But I don’t think you’ll care. I believe it is an improvement. When I last left you, I had made a bum roll and a lace fichu for Felicity’s dress… they looked like this…

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W-E-L-L…after I googled fichu’s and saw how pretty some of them were… I thought I could do better…and then I thought, ICK… I don’t like that bum roll either…it’s too skimpy and looks like a pair of floaties on Felicity’s hips. SO…I redid both pieces…

I made the bum roll more like the typical style that would have been worn in Colonial times. While the 1770’s may have been stuffed with cork, mine has batting inside…it makes the skirt more Colonial looking. It definitely gives the skirt that Colonial “bump.”

I thought my lace fichu looked too “polyester-ish” and wanting something more “Colonial-ish,” I used the same vintage lace as on the sleeves. I cut a piece of netting and carefully pulled the threads up on my lace, slightly gathering it. It was a bit tricky to stitch and pull the treads at the same time, but I like the way it turned out. I made 2 rows of ruffles and think it makes a much nicer fichu than the first one. I satin stitched the edge a few times to give it a sort of rolled hem look.

I just crossed it over Felicity’s chest…

It can also be worn where it’s opened up more in the middle…

The ruffles can be fiddled with and tucked inside or fluffed up if you like…

Which brings me to another change… Notice all the handwork on the front of Felicity’s dress? I did that! Yes, I did! I was just going to do a few highlights here and there, but I guess I got carried away, because after a few hours I was still stitching and adding some beads… Here’s a little bit closer shot…

I even added a little something to her sleeves…

Oh…and then there’s that reticule… Linda suggested it and I went with it…

So here are a couple of full length shots of Felicity…

Which brings me to “what should go on her head…??” I made a pinner cap out of a piece of ivory cotton lace and edged it. I don’t have a bow tied in the back but here’s what it looks like…

I also have a very nice straw hat…and it looks like this… of course it’s not decorated yet…

Here it is with the velvet cape…

I searched in all my books, looked online, googled Colonial bonnets, and pretty much realized colored bonnets weren’t worn in the 1770’s. They wore those straw hats, with a round eared cap underneath… but I was hoping I could find at least one picture of a little girl in a bonnet…because I draped just a flat scrap of my velvet across Felicity’s head and she looked like this…

SO… I could use some advice… on what to make for her… any suggestions? Comments or emails?

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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A Sunday Surprise to Share…

My power came on sometime during the night Friday but I had too many commitments on Saturday to put together a post. Since there was nothing to see on Saturday, I thought I would make it up to you by posting ONE picture of what I’ve been working on…I’m still not finished, but maybe this will “hold you over.”

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See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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No Power…No Post…

Our power has gone off 4 times today and just as I was loading my pictures it went off again. I am typing this on my phone. Sorry, but without power I can’t do a post…with pictures.
I had some fun things to share with you but I guess they will have to wait.

Have a wonderful Saturday. It’s pitch black in my house except for my phone so
I’m going to bed. It’s late anyway!

See you Monday,
Blessings, Jeanne

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A few more pieces for Felicity… a bum roll, a fichu and her cape is all finished!

I DID find some time to sew this evening and managed to finish a few more pieces for this set… I made a small bum roll, the fichu and finished the neckline of the cape.

Let’s start with the bum roll. It’s an underpinning from the Colonial era that was tied around the waist and held out the skirts of women’s dresses, giving it that “Colonial Bump.” There are all different kinds of styles and thicknesses and even what was put in them. Cork was sometimes used since they didn’t have batting. I used batting in mine... I didn’t want a young girl to have a big huge bump on her hips so I made mine probably on the small side.

I just made 2 small pillow case like bags. They were about 4″ wide and were stitched up each side and then turned.

I pushed some batting down in the end of them, pinned them and then stitched across from side to side.

I trimmed off the extra fabric and tied a piece of lace around Felicity’s waist to see where they need to be placed. I pinned them where I thought they needed to go…on the sides. I stitched the lace in place and then double stitched it again.

When tied around Felicity’s waist, they look pretty puny, but they do hold out her skirt… see…

The next piece I worked on was her fichu. It’s a lace piece used to fill in the neckline area. There are a zillion different kinds… (just google “lace fichu” and then click images.) You’ll see some very beautiful ones! Mine is again, on the simpler side. I just took a soft piece of lace and cut it into a rectangle. It had one finished edge so I folded that edge over and put right sides together and made 5 tiny darts in the back of the neck.

This makes it fit better on the dolls. I fiddled with it, trimming it here and there and added another tuck across the back of the neck to reduce some “bubble” effect I was getting.

The lower front edges were gathered up and stitched across to hold them in place. When placed around her neck, it has a sort of shawl collar look.

This is what it looks like on Felicity…when tucked in her skirt, it stays put.

Last up is her cape. Yesterday’s post (HERE) featured a tutorial on how to make the cape, but I needed to finish the neck edge. It was a simple finish. I cut a strip of the crushed velvet on the bias and just used it like binding.

I finished the edge of the strip and folded it over and stitched in the ditch on the top side, making sure the bias edge was even all the way across. I folded back the edges and used a piece of the soft and flexible Velcro to make a little tab. That way you just lap it in place and it stays. No fussing with snaps or ties. I made a tie from the crushed velvet too, and stitched it in place.

So here is Felicity again, showing you what’s done so far… but we still have things to finish…

I showed what I had gotten done to Rebecca tonight, and she asked, “Um… why did I make a necklace?”

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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