Fabrics and Names to go with them…

If I asked my hubby where the inch long screws are in the garage, he’d say something like this…”They are underneath my workbench in a small tray with a bunch of green containers. You’ll see the inch screws marked on top.” If I asked him for a square piece of 1/2″ thick wood, he’d say, “You’ll find my small scraps in a wooden box, just inside the door and to the right of the shelf.”

If I asked Rebecca if she had any turquoise seed beads, she’d go straight to the container of tubes that houses all her seed beads. If I needed a specialty charm for something, she’d pull out that container and fish through her charms looking for what I needed.

I’m sort of the same way with my fabrics. I know what I have and most of the time I can go straight to it. If you’re looking for checked fabrics, got them on a bookshelf; looking for corduroy’s… got them inside my big brown cabinet; want velvets…you’ll have to wait for me to dig through a rubbermaid tub for them… let’s just say, I know my fabrics. So yesterday when I asked for some help with naming this newest Civil War dress I’m working on, you all came up with some wonderful names… and I do mean wonderful. As soon as I saw some of them, I immediately thought of a fabric that would fit that name perfectly… It’s funny how it works, but it just does… Now I’m not saying I’ll keep that name for sure, but I did have fun going through my fabrics and matching up some names for a few…

Here are all the names I got today for the possibility of being chosen for Rebecca’s dress…

Fall Festival
Pumpkin Pie Days
Apple Pie Days
Fall in the Air or maybe Fall is in the Air
Autumn Leaves
Autumn Lace
Fall Flowers
Apple Butter Sweet
Fall Fancy
Little Miss
Perfect for Fall
Golden Harvest
Autumn at Twelve Oaks
Autumn Cascade
Tea at Tara
Autumn Splendor

So here are a few that I thought were perfect matches…

I guess you can see I didn’t have any time for working on Rebecca’s dress. Maybe Thursday will be kind to me… :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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  1. I’m going for Golden Harvest or Fall Fancy for Felicity. Pumpkin Pie days would work for her too — and maybe Golden Harvest for Caroline/ Elizabeth. Perfect for Fall or Autumn Leaves for Willa. The fun part is seeing what other people think.

    Has the rain stopped?

    • HI Marilyn,
      I like that Fall Fancy for Felicity too, but I only have a fat quarter of it… not enough for an AG dress, but I did find it on Ebay…I’m waiting on the seller to respond to a question I had… SO… Felicity might get a dress from it after all! :o) Ir’s really a pretty print.
      The rain has stopped and we are having a lovely day… 82 and breezy… George is working on his chicken coop and I’m inside!
      Thanks Marilyn,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  2. Sylvia Jennings says:

    Hi, This a first for me. (Writing to you) love reading you blog. I went back last year and read them from the beginning. I have sewn a lot and have more I could do but at 82 I just read your blog. My name for the dress was “Autumn Splendor ” when I didn’t see it on your list I had to write. ๐Ÿ

    • HI Sylvia, and thank you for writing today! Don’t let it be your last! We love to visit with everyone here… so please, do, comment again sometime.
      I LOVE your name… “Autumn Splendor” and I’m going to revise my post and add it to the list of names! I am thrilled to have so many new Fall-ish names for the cooler season coming up very quickly!
      Thanks for going back and reading my blog! That made me smile! I’m glad you enjoy it each day! Just so we all know…what state do you live in?
      Blessings, Jeanne

      • Sylvia Jennings says:

        I am in Goffstown,New Hampshire and I for a few years sold my American Girl doll clothes at the Craftworker Guild in Bedford,NH that is the oldest craft association in NH.
        They are only open 9 days before Mother’s Day, 12 days around Columbus Day and the longest is from the Friday after Thanksgiving day till a week before Christmas. That is when we would have them waiting at the door to get in.
        Have good evening, thanks for answering my E in your busy life,

        • HI Sylvia,
          I’m glad to have you as a reader and so glad you told us a little about yourself… Your days in the Craftworker Guild sounds like my 10 years selling my doll dresses and little girls dresses at our local Farmer’s Market… from April till the end of November, out on a parking lot in the hot sun and the cold of November!
          Thanks Sylvia,
          Blessings, Jeanne

  3. Charlotte A. says:

    Oh what pretty fabrics and they have a variety of feels to them while still having the same theme. It seems like a fun thing to combine names with fabrics.
    Have a good day.
    Take care

    • HI Charlotte,
      I never even looked at the names along the selvages of the fabrics… there might be some new names I didn’t know about. It was fun to think of fabrics and names for them. I have some really great names now! Thanks to everyone!
      I have had a good day and hope you have too!
      Blessings, Jeanne

  4. Jeanne, I love the fabrics and the names you pared them off with. Anything autumn is a big hit with me, since it really is my favorite season. All of those fabrics would look so good with a nice corduroy jumper! That would be so “fallish” for me.

    I like to be like you, George, and Rebecca too, in trying to keep everything in it’s place and knowing where “that place” is! Sometimes it doesn’t work out, but most of the time I know everything is. Doll clothes and accessories are a bit difficult to keep up with, because sometimes where it goes, is not enough room for it, so you put it somewhere else, and then can’t find it again! Oh well, looking for things keeps me on my toes and I know what I have—just not necessarily where it is!

    • HI Linda,
      I love Fall probably the best too. It always seems to go by so quickly though… that’s the only part I hate about it….and then comes winter…NOT my favorite!
      I’ll have to check out my corduroys and see what I have that might go with the fabrics shown.
      It’s much more efficient if you know where things are… I’ve found that out!
      Thanks so much Linda,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  5. Fun!

    • HI Becky,
      Yes, it was fun, fun, fun…matching up names with my fabrics! I LOVE all the names everyone shared!
      Blessings, Jeanne

  6. Loved all the names everyone has given. I like the thought of apples being involved somehow.
    The “golden harvest” material looks so elegant – like a special gown for a special occasion in the Civil War era or Colonial Days. And pumpkin pie days is awfully pretty too – hope you’ll consider those some day. All the fabrics are pretty. Tough decision to have to make when the time comes.

    Oh, I too like for everything to have its own sensible place. Organization is a must!

    • Yes, Paula, it will be hard to decide on a name for this dress… SO many great names!
      I do have some little apples, and it IS apple season… so maybe….I’ll have to use them…

      I made a dress once from the “Golden Harvest” for Janie and it was very pretty. I actually used it last fall as one of the 3 Christmas dresses for my Effner girls.
      Thanks Paula,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  7. How fun to see all of the great name possibilities. I’m in love with that autumn leaves fabric. Something about the rich green background. Maybe with dark brown trim. Humm…
    I was thinking about the chicken house paint. If it is too red, I’m sure the paint people can add a tad of brown to make it closer to the shed color. They will probably do it for free and give it a shake too. I would do that. Although I’m sure there are lots of other things on the list. Like paint the cabinets :), and pick up an area rug at Costco. And sew sew sew.
    We actually had warm rain yesterday with thunder and lightning. Never at this time of year. So rare. Didn’t have to water so that was nice.
    Looking forward to seeing the finished dress. No pressure here.

    • HI Joy,
      I love that leaves print too…It was actually the first fat quarter I had in my hands when I was at Golden Needle a few weeks ago. It really is a pretty fabric.
      George is out replacing a few boards on the chicken coop today. It’s wonderful outside and working on a project in the nice breeze is great! I think we still have half a gallon of the stain so we’ll have to see if that is enough to paint to coop… if not, we’ll probably use the reddish one.
      I found some used Oak cabinets in very good condition on Craigslist last night and showed them to George…. I couldn’t get to sleep until after 4:30 this morning because I was thinking of them… They may work, but there is so much that would have to be done to get ready for them…soffets removed, the ceiling fixed, the walls finished, etc…and my hubby said he didn’t think he could do it right now.. I’ve been trying not to sulk, but it’s been hard… :o(
      I better stick to my doll dresses for now…
      Thanks Joy,
      Blessings, Jeanne

      • Oh, those oak cabinets sound like a good omen. Believe it or not, I just today finally finished scrubbing all of the oak cabinets and putting on Liquid Gold spray to shine them up a bit at husbands parents home. They are very sturdy. If we weren’t selling the place, I would love to see them painted white. Perhaps you could just pull out the old cabinets and set in only the bottoms temporarily. Then the ceiling, walls, etc could be done as time allows. Then put in the top cabinets when ready. Just a thought. You know. A winter project when the weather outside is frosty. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Oh Joy,
          Oh, how I wish that could happen, but I’ve left the printout on the table and the next move will be up to my hubby…since he’d be doing most of the work… I can’t push him, but they were lovely!
          Thanks for your “support!”
          Blessings, Jeanne

  8. You know, some day there will be a knock at your door, and there will be a smiling woman holding a couple of gallons of Colonial White paint. She’ll be dressed to work, and it will be Joy, there to paint those cabinets.

    What do you think of Fall Flowers with the corduroy jumper Linda suggested? It might work for Molly or Kit. I love Joy’s idea of dark brown with autumn leaves. Joy, what era are you picturing?

    • Yep, that will be me with my favorite paint brush in tow. ๐Ÿ™‚
      As to era, maybe after the war 1870-80. Just an everyday dress. Maybe tiny buttons down the front and then the brown trim. Simple lace collar. What is your version?

    • HI Marilyn,
      I think you may be right… Joy is quite the gal for not letting me “forget” the cabinets!
      Fall flowers would make a pretty blouse to go under a jumper if the corduroy was just the right color… I’ll have to check and see what I have.
      Thanks Marilyn,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  9. Well I’m finally back again and hopefully this time is for good. I’ve read all the back posts and caught up on what I’ve missed. What a pain it is when computers go down and you can’t enjoy your fun things. I’m very organized like you also. I can find something very quickly whether I’ve used it recently or not. I don’t like to waste time searching for things.
    Just think, I missed the creation of a dress in one of my favorite eras. I love the name “Autumn at Twelve Oaks” for Rebecca’s Civil War dress. My parents have friends that the husbands parent live on a plantation in the south called “Five Oaks”. I went to a barbecue there as a young girl and I still remember the smell of gardenias and night jasmine in the air. I love those two flowers to this day.
    I love Linda’s suggestion of Apple Butter Sweet and think that Felicity should be up next for a dress with that name. She could be entering her apple butter in the Town Fair.

    • HI Laura,
      I’m so glad you computer troubles are hopefully a thing of the past. When they aren’t working it really is annoying.
      So many great names were given, it really is going to be hard to decide… I’m just going ahead with the dress and hopefully one of the names will call out to me!
      The Five Oaks plantation sounds wonderful and I bet you DO have fond memories of it! Anyone would!
      So many girls to dress…so little time to sew…lately!
      Thanks Laura,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  10. Charlotte Trayer says:

    What fun to see how you used some of the we suggested! You certainly do know your fabrics, and seem to have a liking for those in fall colors! (Of course, maybe you have equal numbers for other seasons!!)

    I think Fall Fancy (or maybe Fall Flowers) would be nice on one of the Little Darlings. I also am quite fond of Autumn Leaves.

    Still having some internet problems tonight–had my laptop gone over remotely the other night, so I guess it’s back to my ISP again.

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