Tutorial on How to Sew on Snaps… Plus a teaser at Kirsten’s dress…

I had to help my hubby clean up the yard mess from a huge tree he cut down a few days ago. There were SO many limbs and branches and logs. It took longer than I thought it would, so I’m sorry to tell you that I didn’t get Kirsten’s dress all the way finished. Well, actually the dress is done, the apron is done, but there is still more to do before it’s completely done, so I’ll show you a few sneak peeks at it and hopefully I can get it done tomorrow, but again, no promises…These pictures aren’t a lot to go on, but I hope you’ll be watching for the final reveal. I’m very pleased with how it’s turning out and Kirsten, with her big blue eyes, looks gorgeous in it.

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While I was working on it, I realized it wasn’t going to be finished for a final reveal, so I decided to do my blog post from something that I was doing on this set… show you how I sew on snaps! I know, it’s usually the least favorite part for everyone who sews… but it’s a necessity and has to be done, so you might as well get a few pointers from someone who sews on a minimum of usually 5 sets of snaps on each dress I make… that’s really 10 snaps because you have the top and the bottom part. I probably sew on close to 300 snap sets each year, so I know a thing or two about it…

If I could give you one bit of advice about sewing on snaps… it’s ONLY BUY SNAPS WITH CENTER HOLES IN THEM!! Now maybe you’re thinking, “Don’t all snaps have center holes in them?” NO THEY DON’T! Only buy snaps that you can poke a pin through. I never buy straight off the rack at Joann Fabrics or Hobby Lobby without first taking a pin (from those little pin wheels…but I always put it back!) and poking it through the card…If you hold it up to the light, you’ll see if it has big enough holes to do this or not…

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Okay, see the holes in these cards? I do this with every card I buy…if a pin won’t go through it, it stays on the hook. Now look at these… see there are no center holes…

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It’s miserable and very frustrating to sew on snaps without center holes! Okay… main point covered! Now let’s move on to how to do it.

The first thing I do when I have my back all finished is try it on my doll and lap the left side onto the right back side. Place a few pins diagonally where it should overlap to, and then take it off your doll. You’ll want to sew your snaps on somewhere between the row of pins and the back edge of the dress.

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I take a pin and stick it up from the backside and place the larger part of the snap on the pin with the “caved in part” facing up. The pin will hold it in place. I go around the snaps 4 holes and usually stitch up and down 3 times in each hole and then knot it on the back side.

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I space the snaps out evenly on the bodice section and sew the others on the same way as I did the first one.

After the 3 snaps are sewn in place, I take the left side and lap it over the sewn on snaps. I line up the top edge and stick a pin down through the top of the fabric and fish your way through the hole on the sewn on snap…

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I’ve pulled it a little bit apart so you can see what I mean…

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Now take the smaller section of the snap and feed it onto the straight pin sticking up on the left inside back. This pin holds this snap in place.
If it didn’t have those holes, it’s a nightmare holding it in place.

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Just barely catch the knot on the end of your thread under the snap, making sure not to go all the way through to the front side of the fabric and sew this snap on.

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Sew this snap on the same way as the back side… go around to each hole in the snap and stitch up and down 3 times. Do this for the other snaps by lining them up the same way as the first. Make sure you get the top lapped over the back to the pins and poke your pin straight down into the snap on the underneath side.

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When your get your snaps all sewn up the back side you can then sew on any buttons you like. Just be careful not to stitch them on in the exact same place where your snap is. If you do, you may wind up with your stitches coming up the center hole and then your snap won’t hold together properly.

This is what it should look like when you are done…

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Or here’s another shot of some snaps I did on a Molly dress…

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I hope this helps. I’ve read back over my directions and it seems clear to me what to do, but I’ve been doing this a long time and I may take something for granted that a newcomer might not understand… just ask if you have any questions…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Last day of my Easter doll dresses…plus an update on Kirsten’s dress

I’ve looked through every folder I could find to see if I had missed any Easter dresses and as far as I can tell, these are the last of the ones I had either tagged “Easter” or they are obviously Easter. I hope they bring a smile to your face as you glance through them all. Lots of love went into each one.

Katie Effanbee will start us off with a pretty and feminine Easter dress in a gorgeous fabric…

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Here’s little Riley Kish in a bright and colorful dress made especially for her one Easter.

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Patsy Tonner is wearing a sweet blue and white striped Dimity Easter dress… doesn’t she look dainty?

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Bitty Bethany (Kish) is showing off her pink and mint green Easter dress. This was a favorite fabric of mine…

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This next pale pink dress was made from one of the softest, sweetest fabrics that I’ve bought at Joann Fabrics. I only bought a half yard of it or so, but it made up into such a pretty dress I went back to buy some more of it. It kind of had a honeycomb texture to it, but sort of like it was embossed. When I took my fabric scrap in with me to buy more, they had absolutely no idea where that fabric was, where it had come from, had no idea about the sku number, so I was heartbroken. I’ve never seen it in any other store. So I guess Isabelle gets the prize for having the “Mystery” Easter dress from 2011.

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I thought when I got Samantha I would sew for her like crazy, but I never bonded with her. I bought my doll used and I always thought she looked like her shoulders were scrunched up or like she didn’t have a neck. I have very few dresses where she looks “normal.” This was one of those dresses that I couldn’t quite figure out what was wrong… but anyway… here is her Easter dress.

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…and last up is Molly, in her yellow calico suit.

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Then just recently I had these 3 dresses for my Little Darlings…

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…and a sweet little Robin Egg blue dress for Patsy Tonner called Easter Elegance…

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…and a few days ago, these 2 dresses sold on Ebay…

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Thanks for looking at ALL my Easter dresses. I hope I’ve inspired you with some of my fashions…

Now for those of you who want a sneak peek at my next doll dress… here are a few shots… you’ll have to use your imagination on some of them. Kirsten’s sleeves can be worn up or down… and don’t laugh at how crooked I pinned on the eyelet apron…

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I promise you it will look much better when it’s all done!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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More Easter Dresses for your dolls to enjoy…

I have lots of Easter dresses to share with you so get ready for some “eye candy!” Some of these were last year’s Easter dresses and some were from 5 or more years ago. I think little girls dresses are pretty timeless… they look just as sweet today as they did 10 years ago. Or maybe it’s just that I’m old fashioned and I think that’s true…

Whatever the case, let’s see some more dresses…

Here’s Bitty Bethany, by Helen Kish in a little Easter dress I called “Bunny in my Pocket!”

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Little 7 1/2″ An Mei and Riley (Kish dolls) also had a bunny to share when they modeled this dress set for me.

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This next little dress was one I made as a special order for a lady. She had painted a Bitty Bethany (Kish) doll and wanted one of my dresses to sell with the doll. I loved this sweet dress but my pictures aren’t very good.

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This is little Snow White Riley (by Helen Kish) getting into her Easter Basket.

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This is a bright Easter dress for my blonde haired Bitty Bethany.

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This dainty and pale blue eyelet set was made for those Bitty Bethany lovers out there…

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Well, that’s it for today…come back tomorrow for some more.

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Some Easter dresses for your dolls to enjoy looking at….

Okay, fess up… who has dolls that get on the computer and drool over the pretty outfits they see? Are mine the only ones? I think mine are “clothes starved” as they stand or sometimes sit naked and wait for their turn to model. Sometimes I think the computer screen is tipped just a bit in a downward direction and I think I’ve even seen some tiny hand prints on my monitor…

If you have dolls that do the same, I thought I would give them something to look at today. I went through my archived pictures and pulled out all the pictures that I had either tagged “Easter” or it was obvious they were Easter dresses. I have quite a few so I will probably spread them out over a few days. But just to let you know… I am working on something. Here’s what I have in my “Yes” stack…. can you guess who it will be for?

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…and here are some of those past Easter dresses. I hope you enjoy them. As always, if you click on them, they will enlarge somewhat.

Katie Effanbee used to be fairly popular to sew for, but she has pretty much gone by the wayside now. These first two dresses are shown on the Katie Effanbee dolls that I once owned.

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I didn’t intend to just pick purple for today’s dresses, but somehow they came out that way. Isabelle looks darling in her dark purple dress and then Lian is wearing one of my all time favorite dresses. Her dress has tiny pearls sewn across the twin needle stitching on the bodice.

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Here is Katie Effanbee in another Easter dress… the fabric was called Hannah Bella… I just loved that name…

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…and another one worn by my other Katie…

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One of my favorites among my bidders was this next set worn by Lian. It has lots of hand work done with silk ribbon and is Totally Easter!!

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I hope you and your “girls” enjoyed the Easter dresses…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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