This was supposed to be an Effner, Little Darling dress …and Janie is upset!

I had this wonderful green with colorful Fall leaves print that I showed you a while back. I had gotten it down on one of our trips to Missouri and there was only a fat quarter of it… (18″ x 22″) My plan was to make a dress for Janie to model with her red bob wig and it was going to look adorable on her. I found the pattern I always use for my Little Darling bodices… cut out the dress very carefully, as I only had a limited amount of it… I lined the bodice, added the sleeves, made sure the cuff was the right circumference to go over her spread out fingers and around her upper arm…

…and then I tried it on Janie…

…but for some reason, it didn’t go on very easily… it wouldn’t even meet together in the back…

Oh, crumb… I checked and somehow I mistakenly picked up the wrong bodice pattern piece. I used the one for 10″ Patsy Tonner. But now the sleeve cuffs are too big around on Patsy, so you know what I’ll be doing tomorrow… ripping out! UGh! I can salvage it, and it will look cute on Patsy, but it shouldn’t have been this way.

Janie is all upset, because she wanted the dress, and I have no more of the fabric… she said, “Yea, but what about my red wig? This fabric was supposed to be mine!” I told her we’d find something else to go with her red wig…

So here is a look at what I’ll transform this dress into for Patsy.

I plan to make her a little straw hat using both of these braids…

Well, it’s late and I better get to bed so I can get started ripping out these sleeve cuffs in the morning light…

Janie is pouting and Patsy is singing… such is the life of a dolly seamstress!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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I did some sewing…but not for the dolls…

My day was so full, I just now (11:06 p.m.) remembered your comments… I read them, but it’s too late to answer them. Well, I could, but I’ll just add some general comments here. Many of you said you saw dresses you had never seen before. Sometimes that even happens to me. I run across a picture of a dress that I had totally forgotten about.

Several of you commented on the ivory colored dress on Felicity. That is an embroidered silk dupioni and it was made back in June of 2008…my early days!

If you click on any picture it will enlarge.

I looked it up in my notebook and was almost positive I had made it for a customer of mine. She wanted to surprise her best friend. But I saw in my notebook that it sold for $36! Yep…that’s $36! I hope the lady who I thought hired me to make it reads this and can set me straight on the story. I was positive I received the nicest thank you card from the lady who got it. I probably still have that card somewhere. She couldn’t believe it when she opened it up! Maybe I sold this one and my customer begged me to make one for her… maybe that’s the story…

As I look at it, Felicity’s hat was pretty big…

She needed a hat with a much smaller crown. So I looked at my archived pictures again… and lo and behold, just below those pictures, but 5 days later, are these 2 pictures… of the exact same dress with a much better hat.

Maybe I thought the hat was too big and asked the lady to wait until I found something more reasonable for Felicity… I just can’t remember the story…it was 9 years ago…

So what did I sew on today? MY CURTAINS for the living room. I don’t know why they took me so long to make. I started them a few days ago and thought I could whip them out in about 2 hours… well try TWO DAYS…and then some! I think it’s because the fabric is like a kleenex. Seriously, it is very delicate. It wasn’t really hard to sew, but it was hard to keep straight. I just wanted 2 simple panels to hang down from the rod at the sides of my window. I made about a 3/4″ header at the top to give just a little bit of a ruffled look, but not too much.

I used my steamer to get the wrinkles out of the curtains… the left side was done, but not the right…

I wanted them to be sort of breezy but not blow every time someone walked through the living room. There is a weighted chain covered in white cotton that I picked up today and added to the hem. You just slide it from the end opening of your hem and attach it at one end to keep it in place.

This is what they look like now… I took a panoramic shot of my living room so you could see it. I still can’t believe it took me so long to make what you see… I should have just left them dangling over the rod… but I wanted a lining in them…

When I was at Hobby Lobby today looking for the weighted chain…I decided to look for ideas for something to cover the top part where my blinds are. I don’t like seeing the top edge of the blinds. I want to find something to cover up that area when they are scrunched up and out of the way. I want something decorative to go across the area just in front of the blinds. It needs to be about 110″ long and maybe 5 or so inches wide. I’d like something cut out, or decorative, maybe something like a wrought iron trim or filigree work, only lightweight. This was the best example of what I’m talking about… something not quite this wide or heavy looking… more dainty… just enough to hide the top area of the blinds all the way across.

It came from Pinterest…portlandjetaime.tumblr.com

These are a few things that caught my eye at Hobby Lobby.

This was a wooden shelf but it was only about 2 feet long. If it had just been a panel of the woodwork, and they had several, I would have attached them together on a board somewhow… I really like this and it would cover up the tops of the blinds.

I looked in the decorative trim and loved this piece… it wasn’t quite wide enough and it was $24… a bit pricey for my budget.

I went to the wood cut outs and found these cute pieces…but nothing was long enough or could be put together… but I like the lacy look of that box on the bottom.

I texted Cindy about what I was thinking… and our texts went back and forth with all kinds of ideas….cardboard cut outs glued to a board and painted, stencil a board, use joint compound to build up a design and then paint it, use wood cut outs and paint them, use lace and glue it down and paint it… paper mache, use lace and rub joint compound over it to make a raised design, find a roll of embossed wallpaper border in a floral design and put that on a board… I thought about cutting out fabric and gluing it to a board and then painting it cream and then highlighting it. There are many different ways it could be done…

I just want a decorative piece of “something” to hide the tops of the blinds…especially when they are pulled up…

My curtains at the sides are just for looks… they weren’t wide enough to go all the way across. (you can see how far they come together in the one picture where I’m steaming them.) I thought about just adding a skinny rod and having some thin curtains behind the ones at the side and just slide them shut at night, but there isn’t enough room to hide them behind the curtains I just made…

I’ll figure out something…but that’s what took up my day…

See you Monday,
Blessings, Jeanne

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First day of Fall ~ Fashionable with Flowers

I saw lots and lots of leaves falling today, so that can only mean one thing… Fall is coming… I mean Fall IS HERE… Today is the first day of Fall. (It actually starts at 4:02 p.m. Eastern time) I thought I’d celebrate it with you by showing flowers instead of leaves! I have some fun pictures of my girls holding flowers and hope you enjoy this slideshow! Pretty quickly the flowers will all disappear.

If you click on the pictures they will enlarge.

This is 14″ Wren, by Helen Kish…

This is 17″ Katie Effanbee…

Here is 18″ Nyssa, by Kaye Wiggs…

Everyone knows Felicity…

…and Kirsten….

…and who could forget Addy…

Rebecca is looking beautiful in her coral dress and her lavender one…

Kit shows off her black with some red roses and a pretty lilac junior bridesmaid dress…

This are my two 16″ Kish Four Seasons doll…Fall and Winter.

Here’s Elizabeth…

After seeing all those pretty flowers in the girls hands… WHO’S READY TO GO RAKE SOME LEAVES? :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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I love it when you all share things…

Just a Reminder:
Rebecca’s Civil War dress, “Apple Butter Sweet” ends Thursday (tonight) night on Ebay. You can can see it by clicking the picture at the right side bar or by clicking HERE. Here are a few pictures…

Yesterday I did a post on a book that I have in my sewing library. (HERE) It was on the Regency styles and I happened to show a picture of some bonnets and one in particular I pointed out that made me chuckle every time I saw it…#25 if you couldn’t guess…

Well, Susette sent me an email wondering if I thought this lace scarf could possibly be a mourning veil? She said it was 16″ by 2 yards long and very delicate with finished edges, so it wasn’t just a piece of lace. She had inherited it from her great great grandmother and wondered if it could possibly be a veil that she used for for funerals. Here is a picture of the lace…

Susette got on Etsy and found this picture of a mourning veil and it was close enough to the size of hers, that she was convinced this piece of lace that has been a mystery to her for years was used as a mourning veil.

The next thing I know, Marilyn found a site that showed veils worn by Jackie and Ethyl Kennedy, and Coretta Scott King. They weren’t quite the same but it was the same idea… a veil covering the face. It was pretty neat to see this all come together… congrats Susette, on solving the mystery!

Then when I showed this green dress…

…and Joy mentioned that the green fabrics were sometimes laced with arsenic… She left a link to a very interesting article… if you care to read it… gives me the willies!

Arsenic in green fabrics?

It may be a while before I can make a green dress…

Joy also mentioned that there are Wellie Wishers at Costco and Hearts for Hearts dolls at Target.. Christmas is coming, you know…

My hubby and I worked on our floor, hopefully for the last time! There were about a dozen spots that we had marked with blue painters tape where there seemed to be a little bit of a discrepancy from one plank to another. How did we find them? Well, I scooted around on my behind and scraped my finger nail against the ends of each and every plank!! If my fingernail caught a high spot…sometimes only like 1/32nd of an inch, I marked it.

We didn’t want any chairs moving across the floor, or a shoe to catch on that little lip sticking up, so we lifted those planks up and my hubby used his rasp to smooth down the floor underneath! (try doing THAT with any other kind of flooring!) We vacuumed the sawdust and replaced the planks. It worked wonderfully and we got all the areas taken care of!!! YAY! Now I can relax and not be worried that something is going to “snag” my planks. It took us almost all day Tuesday.

Wednesday, I worked on my curtains… I don’t know how 2 panels with just a header at the top could take so long, but it was an all day project. I think because the fabric is like a kleenex and so soft, it was just harder to work with. They are up but they aren’t hemmed and steam pressed… I just had to get them up… and will show you a picture when they are finished…

I cut George’s hair yesterday and 5″ off Rebecca’s hair today! Tomorrow I have a dentist appointment and my mom has a doctor’s appointment…

Boy, it seems like I’ve been wearing LOTS of different HATS lately! Soon I’ll be back in doll seamstress mode!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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