2 other Lavender Beauties… well, sort of…

I made such great progress on Rebecca’s dress Wednesday night and then “nothing” happened today… I wasn’t lazy… just busy! The only time I was in my sewing room was when I was packing up Molly’s pink dress for the winner. I ran out of time to start anything on the dress, so I decided I’d show you 2 other dresses made from the same fabric and how I finished them. If you’ve read my blog for any time at all, I’m sure you’ll remember them…I think these are the only 2 dresses I’ve made from this fabric.

First up is my first Felicity doll in “Lovely in Lavender.” This was one of my very first dresses, probably no more than my 10th dress. I sure wish I could go back and change a few things… especially my photos! I used to think using a flash was the best thing to use… uh…NO! Oh well, you can still get the idea of the dress…

I couldn’t stand it so I had to pull out my notebook with this dress information in it. (Yep, I have all the notebooks with ALL my auctions in them)… anyway, I found out this dress was my 8th dress I sold when I first stared doing the Ebay thing. It sold for $32.00 back in 2006. I even have my story line written down on the page…it went like this… “Mother, the lavender is blooming and I picked these for you… just because I love you!”

If you look closely, you’ll see the trim on her sleeve is the exact same trim as what I’m using on Rebecca’s dress. I told you it went well… it did even back in 2006!

If you click on the pictures they will enlarge.

I made another dress set from this fabric in 2008. It was for my 16″ Four Seasons, Helen Kish doll. I called this one “English Lavender” and it sold for $51.00. I don’t have the story line written down for this one. If the dotted Swiss fabric that I’m using now on Rebecca’s dress wasn’t nubby, I would probably use my machine and do the black stem stitch embroidery and then fill in the flowers with my floss, like I did on this jacket. But I’m concerned that I might hit a tuft and it would wreck the design. Since the “jacket” is already stitched to the dress …a boo boo would be a big disaster…so I’ll be doing it all by hand.

So that’s a few other looks I’ve achieved from this fabric… now I’ll have Rebecca’s dress to add to this collection! I think I already like it the best! :o)

Thanks everyone,
See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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  1. Linda Doyle says:

    Oh my goodness, Jeanne, that last dress is exactly what I was thinking of doing with that material I have to go with the crocheted sweater and hat! The sweater is almost exactly like the jacket, with 3/4th sleeves, and has one small button and loop at the top, so you do see the bodice of the dress. I’m not sure if I would put the ruffle on the skirt, since I don’t have a lot of fabric to work with, but the top is perfect! I love the ribbon roses on it!

    Felicity’s dress is beautiful too, and I do see quite an improvement in your photography now! Mine is not anything as good as yours, but when I see the prices of camera’s and what I use it for, it doesn’t make sense to put out hundreds of dollars for one. I do think that the third close up of Felicity’s face is especially sweet!

    Do you have those backgrounds anymore? I don’t think I have seen you use them lately.
    Our visit to the Orchid Show was very nice and sweet smelling on a cold winter’s day!

    • Thanks Linda,
      I hope you get your doll dress figured out. I love little sweaters on dolls. I wish I knew how to knit.. but I sure don’t need to learn…too much time involved, I think!
      I sold my American Girl Scenes and Settings books. I wish I had kept Samantha’s and Felicity’s… I love the bedroom scene in Samantha’s and the Parlor scene in Felicity’s.

      Your trip to the gardens looks wonderful. Your pictures are so pretty!
      Thanks so much,
      blessings, Jeanne

  2. Charlotte A. says:

    Both of those dresses are beautiful. On such a cold day (I’m in Michigan), they are a spot of springtime. The embroidery on the jacket is a special touch. I’m looking forward to seeing Rebecca’s dress.
    Take care.

    • HI Charlotte,
      I just got back from taking my mom to the eye doctor this morning and I’m wondering what I can do that will yield the most results to show you all… the underskirt, the bonnet, the embroidery, ??? I’ll have to decide here in a little bit… I’m glad you are liking it… now to get more done on it!
      Thanks Charlotte,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  3. You lazy? Never.
    Very interesting seeing dresses made of the same fabric. All lovely. The embroidery on the jacket is quite amazing. I actually did not notice the green in the fabric at all until the photo of the jacket. Had to read that again, it is black, but looks dark green on my monitor.
    Break in the rain today, or so we think.

    • HI Joy,
      The color palette for the embroidery is quite limited since the fabric really only 3 main purples in it and then the black stems. That’s why I had to go to Joann’s yesterday…the colors of floss had to be just right for it to work.
      I hope you dry out soon… you need to wind we are having today…it would dry things up very quickly for you. :o)
      Blessings, Jeanne

  4. Isn’t it wonderful how creative one can be with the same fabric? Your work is stunning Jeanne…it’s such a pleasure to view these two lovely ensembles from the past. Thank you for taking time to present them to us today.


    • HI Becky,
      I always wanted to do a contest where everyone took the same fabric, the same pattern and created a dress, just to see the differences. It’s amazing how many ways the same fabric can be used. Trims make a big difference too. You think this fabric is Civil War, or Depression, or Victorian, and then you see it some other way and never dreamed it could work. So I have Colonial, Old Fashioned I guess, and Civil War… I like it fabrics can be that versatile.
      Thanks so much Becky,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  5. You really did duplicate the little flowers on the dress. I still amazed at how different the fabric looks when made up in different styles and on different dolls. So much detail and what a lot of time it must take to do all the embroidery. If I quit putting fluffy sleeves in the dresses I make, I’ll make a jacket and try some. Thanks for showing the photos. I don’t remember having seen these before.

    • Hi Susette,
      Thanks so much for your thoughts, and the compliments on my dresses.
      I’m glad these were new to you…nothing like “repeats” too often…
      Blessings, Jeanne

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