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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Gone, but not forgotten

Last year I was feeling the need to scale down my dolls a bit. I’m not what you’d call a “doll collector” in the sense that I don’t buy them to dress up and showcase them in a cabinet. I buy the dolls I buy because I need them for modeling my doll outfits that I sew and sell.

I’ve found that the people who buy doll clothes REALLY want to see the dress you are selling on THE particular doll that it is intended for. For example, they want to see a Colonial dress on Felicity or Elizabeth and not so much on Kit or a doll with bangs. The dolls are pretty much stereotyped for the period they were created for. When you think of Samantha, you immediately think of the early 1900’s. When you see Kit, you imagine her in the Depression.

I narrowed down my collection to 5 dolls (now 6, since I’ve added Kirsten back in) and thought I could get by with them modeling most periods for me. So far, it’s worked out okay, but I thought I’d show you a few that I let go…

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That was a lot of dolls taking up space on my “dolly shelf.” 6 is a nice number now!

Thanks for letting me share,
See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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From Messy to Marvelous! Part 2

Yesterday I showed you how I organized (part) of my fabric stash and how I went from big stacks of fabric to skinny 3″ wide stacks. I’m still working on some colors, but it’s easy and a no-brainer to do while you are watching TV or listening to the radio.

Today I wanted to show you how I managed to get my trims under control. They were a disaster… in drawers, in ziplock bags, some were on rolls, some were wrapped with rubber bands. Bottom line, they were just plain ole messy looking.

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I found this clear display case at a store that was going out of business and liked it because it would allow me to graduate my trims from low to high and make them easy to see. I tried cutting cardboard squares to wrap them on but it was just too much work. I found a seller on Etsy who sold little 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ chipboard cards by the 100 and I ordered a set. They worked so well, I ordered another 100. I wrapped my trims around the chipboard and then used tiny rubberbands to hold them in place.

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I stacked “like” ribbons and trims together and was so pleased to be able to see at a glance all (well…some of my trims!)

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I have a drawer full of trims in ziplock bags still so I’ll most likely be ordering another 100 cards… Much better, don’t you agree?

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Thanks for stopping by,
See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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