A new take on Samantha’s Meet dress…and a really big surprise!

I didn’t get started sewing until late this evening, but I did make some progress on the blue dress. I finished the collar with a piece of lace that Cindy sent me. The card it was wrapped on said it was a vintage German lace. I used the last of it to make the decorative accents on the bodice.

Instead of the dress having a sash that sort of hit at the high hip area and criss crossing in front, I decided to stitch my lace down in the bodice area. It’s just a little different look than how Samantha’s original meet dress looked.

The sleeves are finished with snaps at the cuffs and should stay down nicely when the coat is put on.

I still have the back to finish and then the hem…

There’s the hemming on the coat and also finishing the sleeves.

I’ll be done pretty soon… I was thinking of calling this one “Winter Blues” unless I get any other suggestions and am persuaded otherwise! :o)

Now, for the SURPRISE…this JUST happened…

I knew I had made some doll a dress out of this fabric before and searched in all my pictures for it. I couldn’t locate it, but did remember a green print dress I had made for my earlier Samantha using this meet dress as a pattern and was hoping to find a picture of it to show you how different the bodice looks done the “new” way. Well, to my surprise and almost disbelief… look what I found…

I just couldn’t believe it… it was SAMANTHA that had gotten the first dress. Never in a million years would I have remembered this.. it was back in 2007… I still can’t believe it… but here are a few more pictures… just to prove it.

I hope you like the new one as well as the old one… :o)

Thanks for your kind compliments on the set so far… That’s really encouraging to hear from you!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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A coat and a dress… I had some success!

I always love it when things go together smoothly… don’t you? This set seems to be doing just that! The coat is looking pretty charming to me… feminine AND charming, I might add. I’ve had a thing for appliques and a “bigger” thing for double breasted buttons for as long as I can remember! There’s quite a few appliques AND buttons in my sewing room! :o) I’ve always loved capelets and things that show off the girlie side of doll clothes… without being too fussy. I’m hoping this one turns out pretty, but on the simple side.

I debated about putting fur on the edges of the coat or adding a trim but I decided to go a different route… a sweet venise applique tucked just under the collar and stitched down. That gave way to use some cream buttons I just found at the thrift store. I “knew” I’d find a use for them!

They are stitched on and snaps are hidden underneath.

I could have hemmed the sleeves and the bottom of the coat but decided to wait until the dress was done to make sure I had both the right lengths.

Years ago I bought a stained Samantha dress and cut it up for the pattern. I undid half of the dress and kept the other half intact so I could try it on dolls to make sure it fit their bodies. I’ve used it a few times as a pattern and decided this was the right dress to work under the coat.

I needed to see if I had enough fabric to cut out the dress and YAY… I did. I even had a scrap about the size of a potholder left over!

I managed to get the tucks pressed and then the shoulder seams sewn together… Here are my girls side by side showing off what looks to be a really pretty dress and coat set! I hope you like! :o)

Well, let’s see what I can get accomplished today!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Yep, it’s the start of another doll coat…

Maybe it’s the super cold weather we’ve been having or maybe it’s just the fun I’m having making them, but here goes another attempt at a doll coat…this time, one for the American Girl dolls. It’s going to be made from a pretty blue and cream tweed fabric that I’ve had in my stash for quite a while. I ABSOLUTELY love this fabric and hope I can replicate what I have in my mind. I always knew it would end up being a coat, but I didn’t know for who or what style.

Here’s what I have gotten finished so far…a pretty capelet, attached this time, with a sweet little collar on top. The fabric is very soft and drapes well. I like the way it hangs and it has enough body that a lining isn’t necessary.

Here’s a close up of the fabric…

I love the capelet on this coat and this time it’s attached…

I had never used the pattern (on the left) for this coat, but decided I would this time. I wanted it to be more flared and longer, so I used the skirt section from the pattern (on the right) to make it a little different.

The collar and cape are both lined with the same sheer like fabric I used for Janie’s coat… They lay very well. I’m thinking there might be some silk in this fabric…it’s wonderful to the touch…

I wanted this coat to be a sort of Victorian style, and if I can find a piece of fabric that goes with the tweed, I’d like to make a pretty dress…I’ll look and see what I can find…

Yes, I think this will do nicely…

I only have a few scraps, so I’ll have to figure out how to cut corners…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Happy Sunday and a quick reminder…

Good Sunday morning to you all,
Surprised you, didn’t I? I forgot to mention in my post for Saturday that my auction for the leopard fur coat was ending Sunday evening. I thought the best way to let you know was a reminder here… :o)

You can see the auction listing HERE or click the picture at the right side bar…

Thanks so much…and DO have a wonderful Sunday!

Oh…and I did get something pretty started for Monday! :o)
Blessings, Jeanne

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