Teacher’s Pet…

Remember that first day of class? It doesn’t matter what grade you were in; first days were always the same…SCARY!!
New faces, new rules, new teacher, new books…finding a friend on the first day was a wonderful thing! Getting new clothes was a big part of the new school year too. Remember how long and hard you debated about what to wear that first day? Here’s a few things I remember… my first pair of “grown up” looking shoes…size 3 brogues found at Sears (in the big girls department!), finding a “tapestry” coat with fake fur down the front and buckles crossing over it (thinking I surely must be some kind of fashion queen), having enough clothes to go a whole semester without wearing the same thing twice…Yes, I did! (Only because I sewed on Friday nights instead of going on dates!)…sick isn’t it?

I picked out a few of my “girls” who are sporting some pretty cute school dresses and Elizabeth; standing in for Julie and modeling some groovy 1970’s bell bottom jeans! I hope you enjoy looking them over…

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Do you have a favorite?

Don’t forget about my fingerless gloves GIVEAWAY on Friday… Read my first post or the one on August 11th for details…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Fingerless Gloves Giveaway!!!

When I did my first blog post a few days ago, I mentioned I was going to have a giveaway on Friday, August 15th. It was going to be for a pair of my stretch lace fingerless gloves for the American Girl dolls. All you had to do was subscribe to my blog and I would enter your name into the random drawing. But… if you made a comment (up near the title) I would add your name in a second time. (How’s that for odds?) I will draw out a name at noon and announce the winner in Saturday’s blog post.

Many of you have already bought my gloves from our Etsy shop and if not, you can click on the little Etsy icon at the right side bar and it will take you right to our store. (My daughter Rebecca and I try to keep it “somewhat” stocked with our goodies.)

The winner can pick a pair already in our Etsy shop (DON’T buy them… just let me know which ones you like and I’ll take them out for you) or you can look through our sold items and find something you like. If I have that same lace, I’ll be more than happy to make the gloves you want. I thought maybe you might like to see what you were trying to win…Here are a few examples:

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I can’t wait to see who the winner is… hope it’s YOU!!
See you tomorrow…
Blessings, Jeanne

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Copycat Creations…

When I was a little girl, probably around 8 to 12 years old, I used to love going over to my Aunt’s house… she had 2 things I liked… a Pfaff sewing machine and Montgomery Ward catalogs. Even at that early age, I loved looking at the catalogs and would get lots of ideas and then duplicate them as closely as I could. It was fun for me and by 10 years old I was in 4-H and off and running with my sewing. Her Pfaff probably got a few extra hundred miles of wear because of me! I made many a Barbie outfit over there and still have some of them that I’ll share in a later post.

When I started making doll clothing to sell, I turned to the catalogs and smaller fashion magazines again for inspiration. I have quite a few old Sears and Montgomery Ward catalogs in the 1940’s range, some 1904 and 1905 McCall’s Fashion Magazines, a few 1970’s pattern books and some very old 1894 and 1896 Delineator Women’s catalogs filled with more ideas than I could use in a lifetime.

Here are just a few of my copycat creations…

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Look at this price…. $2.98!!

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Hope you enjoyed this short trip down memory lane…
See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Regency Headpieces; sometimes fancy…sometimes not…

One of my very favorite style dresses to make are Regency dresses. There’s just something about those long flowing dresses, usually made in soft and airy fabrics and the headpieces are sometimes the “main” event! Whenever I’m sewing a Regency dress, the headpiece is usually the last thing I make. The dress will give me an idea of what it needs to be… fancy or simple; lavishly decorated or just a simple bow. Sometimes even just a ribbon will do.

I thought I’d share with you a few of my headpieces, some of which are fancy and some are not… Hope you enjoy looking at them.
Oh, and I guess you’ll see that Elizabeth is my “official” Regency queen!

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Do you have a favorite?

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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