A few Kish dolls…Bitty Bethany and my 16″ Four Seasons dolls

I no longer have my Bitty Bethany dolls or my my 16″ Kish Four Seasons dolls. In their day, though, they got LOTS of photo times with me. A few years ago they were always on my cutting table and posed for many a photo shoot! I found a few pictures in the archives that I thought I would share… eat ’em up, Sylvia…I hope you like what I picked out!

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This will have to do for now.
See you tomorrow…
Blessings, Jeanne

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Nyssa’s “Christmas Cheer” dress revealed…

Nyssa is one very happy young lady! I finished her Christmas dress and she’s not the least bit interested in getting down from my cutting table. I’m sure she’ll keep this set on till someone buys it….then I’ll have to break the news to her that she’ll have to give it up and get back in her box…that’s not going to be a fun conversation…anyone else want to tell her???

Okay, so let’s see what she’s so excited about…
You all last saw the dress partially constructed but the “embellishing” part was missing. I added the buttons in double breasted style down the front for a little different look rather than just a single row down the center.

If you click on the pictures, they will enlarge.

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A band of bias cut micro check in black and white was added as a belt. It’s attached so it’s not going anywhere. I made a fun little bow in the back, but there’s no tying it…it just “snaps and looks pretty!” Black buttons run down the back and are covering hidden snaps.

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After I got the dress finished, Nyssa said she wanted a slip, so I made her one from black tulle with a little red bow.

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Then she asked me if I could make her a bonnet from some red wool felt. I obliged her on that too and decorated it very sweetly with the last of my favorite looped trim. It ties under her chin with a black sheer ribbon.

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As if that wasn’t enough, she asked me for one more thing… could she have a jacket since she had a bonnet? I wanted originally to make her a black velvet jacket, but I used a crinkled velvet and it turned out too stretched out. I decided to revamp my pattern and made a trial jacket in the green felt.

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It was better, but still not quite right to go over the puffed sleeves on her dress. I revised my pattern to add a little more fullness in the under arm area and cut it out of a gray wool felt.

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It fit wonderfully this time and then it was just the decorating part I had to do after I got the edges all taken care of. I think it looks sweet on Nyssa and she said it was just what she was hoping for. That’s good, because it’s after midnight again and I’m ready to call it quits.

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We got her wig on, her socks and black boots and had a nice photo shoot… I hope everyone likes her new dress. I’m sorry she’s been neglected in her box for such a long time. She really is a stunning doll and very fun to sew for. Thanks for voting her the Number 2 doll you wanted to see in a Christmas dress from me. Your votes for her forced me to make this pretty outfit for her.

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You can find the dress on Ebay. If you’ll click on the Ebay icon at the right side bar, it will take you to the listing, or click on the Current Listing on Ebay, pictured at the right side bar.

P.S. Don’t forget…Ellowyne’s beaded Christmas dress ends this evening on Ebay.
Thanks so much for taking a look.

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Nyssa’s Christmas dress in the works…

YAY! I’m making some progress on the next Christmas doll dress you all voted for me to make. It’s for Nyssa, my 18″ beauty by Kaye Wiggs. She picked out a pretty red floral print from my fabric stash and said she had some ideas to help get me started. She is so thrilled to get out of her box that I think I can see a faint smile on her face as she’s laying on my cutting table.

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Nyssa’s ideas included a red dress with some black and white accents to make the whole look pop!

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Okay…let’s get started by cutting it out….

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I had only sewn on it for about 20 minutes when I encountered my first “uh-oh” moment… Can anyone, especially you seamstresses out there, see what’s wrong with this picture???

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I should have checked the back side because after it was all stitched up, this is what I had in the back…

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Now look back at the previous pictures and you can see I didn’t have the back lace even from one side to the other….it’s lower on one side…UGH!!! Not being one to let it “slide” I took it all apart and made the back laces even…

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Aaaahhh…. much better. Hopefully this will be my one and only mistake on this dress.

…next the sleeves…

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…and a few more pictures of my progress. Nyssa told me she wants to wear her black wig for her photo shoot….I think so too!

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Hopefully, I’ll have it all finished and ready for Nyssa’s BIG REVEAL tomorrow… you don’t want to miss it.

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Gingerbread cookies and Gingerbread doll dresses…

Sunday is supposed to be our first “real” chance at snow with a 90% possibility of the white stuff. It’s always nice to look at when it’s falling and looks so beautiful when it hasn’t been walked on, but for me… I’ll take Fall any day of the world. Autumn was W-A-Y too short for me this year. As I think about colder weather, I think about being in the kitchen baking….cookies! I like making cookies and have a few favorite recipes that I use over and over.

I see all kinds of recipes for Gingerbread cookies, but have never mastered them. I think the problem is…I’m a chocolate kind of girl. I think I HAVE mastered a few Gingerbread dresses for my dolls, though. These are from my “archives” and I thought I’d share a few with you. Get a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy…

Here is tiny little Riley, by Helen Kish, in her gingerbread dress…

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Tulah, by Helen Kish, was quite the little kitchen helper too. Didn’t her cookies turn out cute?

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Bitty Bethany, by Helen Kish, has the biggest “cookie” of all…

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…and last up is my sweet Katie Effanbee in her gingerbread confection…

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Okay…who’s ready for some gingerbread cookies?

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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