I love a sweet bonnet…

I didn’t have much sewing time, but I did find time to make the bonnet for Rebecca’s dress. I toyed with the idea of making her a brown straw bonnet and decorating it, but I didn’t have a hat mold. I thought maybe I could find a bowl or something round-ish to work as a mold, but nothing quite conformed to the shape of her head. She got tired of me trying every bowl in the house on her head, so I finally gave up. I just decided to use my old standby pattern and make her bonnet from a piece of the fabric.

(I see a few stray threads in my pictures so don’t look too closely. I’ll get them off…)

I added a strip of the white lace across the fabric and then decorated the sides with some flowers. Rebecca could hardly wait to try it on.

I fixed her hair in some curls at the back but they don’t show up as pretty in my pictures as they do in person.

I did make something else for her today…it’s a prop…I’m not quite finished with it and still am debating about whether or not to make a boned crinoline or just a pretty petticoat to make her dress stand out.

So bit by bit and day by day, this dress is coming along and is actually almost finished. I’m still debating on the name and might get my hubby’s input on that.

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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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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I need a name for this Civil War dress…any suggestions?

Well, the Alterations Lady (that would be me!), managed to get the problem fixed with Rebecca’s dress. I’m not exactly sure what happened… maybe the fabric stretched a little bit when I pressed it, or perhaps it had a wrinkle underneath it when I cut the bodice out, or maybe when I stitched on the lace it pulled it out of shape just a bit, but for some reason one shoulder was almost 1/4″ longer than the other side. You could see it best in last night’s picture….

It took a while to rip the stitches out and redo the sleeve seam, but I finally got it! Oh happy day!

Much better, don’t you think?

Then it was time to get all the snaps sewn on… There were only 3 sets in the back of the bodice and one on each sleeve, so I got by pretty easy on this dress.

I hemmed the dress by hand and tried to make it tea length where the pantalettes could be seen…

I used the same lace on them as on the bodice, and I decided to leave them plain so they could be worn with other dresses if the winner likes. My lace was only about 4″ wide so I made the top of the pantalettes out of a printed cotton fabric. I know they had drawstring waists in the Civil War undergarments, but with all the different sized waists on dolls these days, I decided to use elastic. It won’t be seen and will work for any doll.

Here’s one last look at the dress… Now I need a name for it to use on my Ebay listing and YOU ALL ARE SO GOOD AT THINKING OF NAMES… :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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The shed is finished but the dress is NOT…

PLEASE NOTE: my brown and green handmade hats are ending this evening. If you want to check them out, you can click on the pictures at the right side bar or you can click HERE for the brown one, and HERE for the green one…

Well, everyone, I tried, but only one thing managed to get finished today…the shed! It is all newly stained and supposedly good for five years. ..I certainly hope so. I don’t relish the idea of doing that again. The only thing is, now my hubby thinks the chicken coop looks kind of shabby, so it might be next on his/my to-do list… (you can see where the Mulberry tree got a slight haircut!)

I had the evening to myself and skipped doing my dishes so I could spend some time working on Rebecca’s dress. I have the snaps sewn on the sleeve cuffs and I decided to add just a little bit of interest using some gray/blue embroidery floss and run it through the beading. Then I decided on the cameo for a brooch.

The back has another placket so the skirt doesn’t open all the way to the hem…it will have a regular finished edge all the way around. (It’s just serged right now.)

I kept looking at pictures and couldn’t figure out what was wrong, but something looked off on the dress… the white lace part.

I measured from the brooch to each side and it seemed to come out the same, but when I saw this picture, I knew what the problem was.

I took my tape measure and measured from the seam where the collar was sewn on to the sleeve seam, and there was the difference. You can see where I’ve marked it. It’s a little less than 1/4″, but it really stands out to me in that white lace. That sleeve needs to be moved in a bit… I knew something was wrong…but it will be righted. Here’s one last look before it gets sent back to the “alterations lady” for “repairs!”

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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