A little Red, a little Gold, a little Green… my Little Darling’s Christmas dresses are slowly coming to life…

Making 3 dresses is a bit slower than just doing them one at a time, but I wanted this to be a trio of dresses; not to sell all in one auction, but at least to be finished at the same time for some fun pictures of all three girls together. I was able to get the sleeves put in all three dresses and the lace added at the waist. I still have lots to do before they will be finished, but the tedious part…gathering up the sleeves, setting in the sleeves, adding the elastic casing at the bottom, running the elastic through, stitching up the sides, finishing off the inside seams by hand, times three…. all takes more time than you think.


My girls asked if I could take a single shot of each of them…

Here’s Lian….


…and Janie…


…and Isabelle…


One last shot of them each holding a spool of glittery ribbon in their dress color. I’m hoping to get more done on their dresses tomorrow…


We had a nice weekend and got some more work done on our porch… I’ll show it to you when we get finished.

This afternoon we were invited, with a few other couples, to probably the last cookout of the year. We had Korean food and boy, was it yummy! I hope your Sunday was wonderful too!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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  1. Sounds like you got a really good start to the week, Jeanne. The dresses are beginning to look very promising on your girls….very pretty colors and ribbons. I trust that the rest of the week will be a blessing to you.


    • HI Becky,
      Even with a few activities on the weekend, I DID get some sewing done. It felt good!
      I’m glad you’re liking the start to these Christmas dresses… they like them too!
      Thanks so much Becky,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  2. Linda Doyle says:

    So cute, Jeanne! Are you going to make the dresses identical, of change each on a bit with the trimmings? The glittery ribbon is so pretty! So far, so good! I’m hoping this week goes well for you, and that you can once again get back to your wonderful sewing STUDIO!

    Well, to get back to last Friday’s comment to me, Fairview Heights isn’t all that far away, and actually is considered a part of the St. Louis region, but still………………!!!! 😉 I thought it was right around SLU Hospital on Grand!

    • HI Linda,
      I was hoping to have 3 different kinds of Swiss Batiste Lace, but only had 2 so I just decided to do them all with the same lace. I’ll use different colors of floss for the beading… :o)
      I did enjoy being back in my sewing Studio… it felt normal and right!

      Sorry about the Saver’s store being so far away… but seriously, it really is worth the trip. At least is has been every time we’ve been there. Maybe someday…
      Thanks Linda,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  3. Your little ones look very proud. Love the lace.
    Got to visit the grand kiddies yesterday. Beautiful warm day to celebrate a 6th birthday. Learned how to fly a drone. Well sort of. (Just in the yard. No spying.) 🙂

    • HI Joy,
      Thanks so much Joy! I mean that too!
      It sounds like you were having WAY too much fun yesterday! I bet it really was!
      Thanks for letting us know there was no spying going on! :o)
      Blessings, Jeanne

  4. So happy to hear that you have found a doctor that is compassionate and caring- what a huge difference that will make. I be continuing in prayer for you and George. We have dear friends at church and the husband had a colostomy because of Crohn’s disease and has a permanent bag on the outside. He expressed his concern to the surgeon that people will know and the surgeon replied that he himself had one. I know it took a little time getting used to it. I realize this is different than George’s case, but wanted to let you know of someone I know that has a bag.
    The Little Darling bodices are a great start and the glittery ribbon will be very pretty on them. I agree that making three dresses obviously takes more time than one, but you have accomplished a lot is a short time. Looking forward to seeing how you will finish them.
    The cookout sounds like it was fun. We had our first freeze here overnight, woke up to 29 degrees…..brrrr.

    • Thank you Laura,
      Every story I hear from someone gives me hope and encouragement that we can face this too! Not exactly what I had for our lives, but we’ll make it through this with the Lord’s help. We do appreciate your prayers!
      It does take a bit longer when you make more than one at a time, but in the end, it might actually be faster… do all the basting stitches at the same time, do all the gathering at once, etc. It might be faster than 3 individual dresses.
      I have to take my mom to the doctor this afternoon, but I’m hoping to get back in my sewing room tonight.
      Oh, I’m not ready for freezing weather… not just yet!
      Thanks Laura,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  5. Anne Johnson says:

    Good Monday morning to you, Jeanne! Your little darlings look adorable in their shimmery bodices with the lace trim, and the glittery ribbon is very festive. As the song says, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!” Looking forward to a Christmas-y reveal on the dresses, Jeanne, and as you work to finish them, may the time spent in your studio quietly bring you Christmas blessings of peace, hope, and joy.

    • HI Anne,
      A good Monday afternoon to YOU! My girls are liking their new dresses and they especially like being on the cutting table with each other! It’s not usually that way! :o)
      I do find peace and hope and joy in my sewing room, but thanks for reminding me!
      Blessings, Jeanne

  6. First of all, I was happy to hear George’s appointment with the new doctor was more encouraging. I think men have a harder time with the idea of an external bag. My dad had a colostomy bag on two different occasions and the first time was hard for him, but it was very doable once he accepted the idea. I will continue to pray for a successful outcome with the chemo, and I am sure many of your readers will as well.

    You have made some good progress on the Christmas dresses, and boy does the new wig look good on Janie. The LD’s have such delicate little features and a “heavy” wig can really overwhelm them. I like being able to change wigs on mine, but there are some wigs I really don’t use. Too bad I’m not good at cutting hair like you are!

    • Hi Carolyn,
      Thanks for the encouraging words about your personal experience with someone who wore the bag on the outside. We haven’t talked about it since we left St. Louis on Friday, but I’m sure it will come up again… first things first. The nurse that was supposed to let us know about how to get started with the chemo was out of the office today, but she’ll be back tomorrow, so I guess we’ll find out then.
      My Rebecca thought I should use this long banana curls like wig on Janie with the gold dress, but it seemed too over powering, like you said.
      My mom had an MRI today so I was at the hospital with her this afternoon, so I haven’t gotten anything done on the dresses, but I hope to!
      Thanks so much Carolyn,…
      OH… I almost forgot…your prize went out in the mail today. I kept forgetting to mail it. Sorry…
      Blessings, Jeanne

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