A Few Favorites in Flannel Fashions…

Over the years I’m guessing I have probably made and sold close to 500 flannel night gowns and pajama sets for dolls. I have searched and searched for some of those older pictures, but have only been able to retrieve a handful of them. I used to sell the sets at my local Farmer’s Market and each week I would always sell out of the nightgowns. The sets consisted of a nightgown, a pair of fuzzy slippers and usually a teddy bear. They were very popular with the little girls and at Christmas time… oh, my goodness, I couldn’t keep up with the orders.

I have this “thing” for flannel and one time as we were traveling I stopped at a little mom and pop store and they had their flannel on sale… Well, I “HAD” to buy some… and buy I did…over 100 yards of it.

You may have seen this picture when I did the post on my “Cabbage Patch” adventures. I just wanted to show it because it is pretty representative of how my flannel sets looked…

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I used my daughters American Girl doll to model all my nightgowns way back when… Here are a few of those sets, one shown with a “little girl” nightgown to match.

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Here is a Taz nightgown set…

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Molly looks pretty cute in her bright yellow butterfly PJ’s…

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…and my littlest model is 7-1/2″ Riley in her cotton nightgown…take a look at those tiny slippers…less than 1 inch long!

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Don’t you feel all cozy-like and warm right now?

Oh, just one more thing… yesterday I posted some pictures of some more of my favorite Christmas dresses. The one on my Wren Kish doll was a favorite of mine and it caught one of my readers attention. She shared this story with me and I wanted to share it with you all…

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“I wanted to comment on the adorable holly dress. You said you can’t find that material anymore? That is too bad because it is a beautiful pattern of material. That material reminded me of a family story though and something I had not thought about for years. I’d like to share it with you since it’s a fun story.

My mother always loved holly. She was a December baby and should have been named Holly. Anyway, she always used holly to decorate our house for Christmas. She was very handy and artistic when decorating. One special little tradition she and I had was we always wrapped our gifts to each other in holly designed Christmas paper. One Christmas, she found this gorgeous holly wrapping paper and used it for my gift. I saved it and used it for her gift the next year. She and I did that for years and this beautiful holly wrapping paper got cut a little bit here and became a little wrinkled there and a little used looking but we continued to use it year after year. I think this started in the late 70’s or early 80’s. The holly paper looked a lot like the holly material you are looking for and it made me think of this fun thing my mother and I use to do. I still have what is left of the holly paper only I don’t use it. My mother passed away last December after 8 years of living with dementia, then Alzheimer’s and in your quest for finding the holly material, it made me think of the holly paper story and the fun my mom and I had using it over the years. Christmas always brings out the most wonderful memories!”

Wasn’t that a wonderful story? Thanks “P.”

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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I hope you don’t mind some more Christmas doll dresses…

I think it is now 35 days till Christmas, and as my title says, I really hope you don’t mind seeing some more Christmas dresses on my dolls. I still have plenty to show and I guess I’ll show them till I run out or Christmas comes and goes…whichever comes first. Today I’m featuring some “oldies” from the archives…some back as far as 2007.

My pictures of Elizabeth in her burgundy Regency gown aren’t very good, but I hope you can look past the poor picture quality and admire the dress. It was a beautiful printed velvet and was so pretty.

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I found pictures of Wren in another of my all time favorite jumpers. I’ve been searching for that holly fabric for years to no avail. (Anyone out there have a bit of it???)

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Song is in a lovely green Christmas print with a hot pink featherwale corduroy jacket that has been hand embroidered with some silk ribbon and glass beads.

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Nellie is seen in a bright green crushed velvet dress that has been trimmed in black. I even decorated her shoes…

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Molly just wanted a simple cotton calico dress one year, but she got a black and white puppy dog to go with it.

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…and tiny little 7 1/2″ Tulah looks beautiful in her blue and silver Christmas stars dress. She was a feisty one!!!

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Oh, and one more thing, my beaded dress for Ellowyne didn’t break the $100 mark for the free necklace, but the lady opted to buy it anyway. I just thought you might like to see what my daughter Rebecca made to go with the dress. It was beautiful…

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Well, until the next round of Christmas dresses… enjoy these!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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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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