I received a 40 year old book in the mail…but it’s not what you think…

I must be weird… I got a book in the mail from 1974; the year I graduated from high school, and have looked at it from cover to cover. I am very excited because the price with shipping was only $11.00. Sometimes these books go for $50 – $150! It’s not your typical old book; it doesn’t have any stories in it, there is no plot, no characters, no settings, no title, no author, it’s 1712 pages long, and has lots of illustrations! It does has some costumes though! Can you guess what it is? It’s a huge Simplicity pattern book from 1974…the kind that you find in the fabric stores. It’s full of fashions from the 70’s and is a terrific find for someone like me who likes to “copycat” fashions from the past.

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Want to see the “doll patterns?” …don’t get too excited…

Two for Barbie and two for baby dolls…

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…and one for Holly Hobbie dolls…first you had to “make” the cloth doll, then you could clothe her… Rats…should have saved my pattern, I’ve seen it go as high as $25 on Ebay.

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You can Google 1970’s patterns and get ideas, but there’s something about having the book in your hands, looking at each and every detail of an outfit. Last night I was on the internet looking at 1970’s patterns and talk about Deja vu …I saw so many patterns that I used to own and it was so weird, almost like I could remember each and every occasion I sewed them…I wish I had pictures to show you of me in them…*sigh* but I don’t.

Here are just a few…

This was one of my very favorites… I made a sweet dress almost exactly like the one on the right, only the short version…

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This pattern was my Prom dress…it was a white dotted swiss with a little bit of pink and flowers in the fabric. I trimmed it in blue ribbon…I can’t believe I don’t have a single picture of me in it. All that sewing and not a picture in sight!

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…and this was my After Prom outfit. I made the long (we called them Elephant pants back then) pants and top version in a silky olive green with pink and white polka dots… it was fun! We went bowling so I was really “flapping” in the wind! (sorry for the tiny picture…)

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Okay, enough on my past right now! Back to the pattern book…can you guess why I’m so thrilled? You’ll have to wait till tomorrow to find out! Sorry….

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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The last of the Honorable Mention Doll Dresses from 2014…

The last few days I was showing the dresses from 2014. (If you missed the last few blog posts, just click on the word BLOG under the header and you can read the previous posts… they are just stacked one on top of the other…below each post.) There were too many to put into one post so I spread them out over Friday, Saturday and today. It wasn’t a super busy year for me, but I did manage to get quite a few dresses made. I take quite a bit of time on each one and hope it shows. I am anxious to do some pretty Spring and Easter dresses… it’s 19 degrees outside with a windchill factor of 3 degrees, and all I can think of is lightweight Springy fabrics! Hope you’re ready to see some sweet Spring dresses too…

Here’s the last of 2014… and don’t forget, if you click on the pictures, they will enlarge.

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Now see how hard that was to pick a favorite…or even 10 favorites. It was really hard to do… could you?

Well, that ends 2014! Who’s ready for some 2015 dresses?

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Here are 10 more Honorable Mention Doll Dresses from 2014…

Yesterday (HERE) I showcased several of my doll dresses that didn’t necessarily make the Top Ten list, but still hold a very dear place in my heart…and hopefully in the heart of the person who bought it. Not to have anyone or any dress feel the least bit slighted, I’m using yesterday, today and tomorrow to post all the wonderful dresses made in 2014, so everyone can see their dress on my blog. Again, they aren’t in any particular order, but just listed as I found them in my picture files. Hope you enjoy seeing these ten special dresses…

As always, if you click on the pictures, they will enlarge.

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…and tomorrow will conclude the dresses from 2014…hope you’ll come back…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Don’t get me wrong… I love ALL the doll dresses I make…

It’s nice to be looked out for…and one of my sweet subscribers was concerned a little bit with yesterday’s post about my top ten favorite doll dresses, thinking that someone who bought a dress that wasn’t in the top ten, might feel hurt that their dress was, maybe less or inferior to the others. I understand what she means and maybe if you bought a dress from me last year, you quickly searched the pictures in yesterday’s post (HERE) hoping to see your dress. If it didn’t show up, maybe you did have a little twinge of hurt inside. I’m sorry if you did!

I just wanted to make it clear with today’s post that I love A-L-L the dresses I make and it was very difficult to choose those top ten. I could say wonderful things about any and all of my dresses, but again it goes back to the photo shoot, how I loved working with the fabric, the sunlight coming in just right to capture the most vivid colors of the fabric, the expression I captured on the dolls face. (sometimes I really think I can almost see them smile…) If I didn’t love the dresses I make, I wouldn’t finish them and try selling them. Believe me, I’ve started some that ended up in the trash can.

So, I thought for the next 3 days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, I would show all the Honorable Mentions from 2014 that didn’t make the top ten, but still hold a very special place in my heart! I hope you’ll find your dress here. Let me just say too, there is no particular order to them. Enjoy the pictures…

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This next set of dresses was actually a gift for some little girls, but I still loved making them…
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Sorry, but you’ll have to come back tomorrow for some more Honorable Mentions from 2014…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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