I wonder if a Reticule was the Vera Bradley of Colonial times?

Felicity likes her new Reticule and was very pleased I made it for her. She didn’t want a teddy bear or a bouquet of flowers for her accessory. She said matter of factly…ONLY a Reticule would do! I’m glad she wanted one because it’s the last item this dress set needed! Something with a little pop of color. I made it in a blue linen fabric to pick up the blue in the fabric and hand embroidered a few flowers on it. It has a drawstring that pulls from both sides and there is a quarter inside to weight it down…and hang better. :o) (I forgot to pull the knots on the coral colored ribbon to the inside before I took these pictures.) oops! And I see a thread that needs to be snipped off on the stitching… oops again.

I hope you like it… I hope you don’t mind that it wasn’t green… I didn’t want it to be “matchy matchy!”

Have a wonderful Saturday!

See you Monday,
Blessings, Jeanne

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The handwork usually takes the longest… but snaps & a reticule & I think I’ll be done!!

It’s been a long time coming, but I think I can finally see the end in sight on Felicity’s Fall Fancy Colonial dress set. I have to sew the snaps on the back and make her reticule and she’ll be all set to model for me. I’ll have to take gobs of pictures to make sure I show everything… and Marilyn suggested I show the dress on another doll besides Felicity, so I might be doing it all twice…

I went with my gut (and a few suggestions) and decided against anything on her jacket except the bows made from the same linen as in her skirt. I fringed the edges to make them a little more dainty and not add any bulk.

If you click on any picture, it will enlarge.

The dress can look pretty on the outside, but if the inside isn’t finished nicely it won’t be as nice for my customers… so here’s an inside look at what sometimes takes so long to finish…everything that can be stitched down usually is…

The sleeve seams need to be tucked under and stitched down…one unfinished…

and one finished…

Here’s a look at the difference…

Now do you want to see it all put together?

I only got out one of my lights for these pictures, and probably should have gotten out both of them… there are a few shadows on Felicity’s face.

Well, the wait is almost over… it won’t be long till the bidding can start on this set… *hint* *hint*

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Felicity’s Fall Fancy dress isn’t dragging the floor anymore…

It’s not much, but as they say, “every little bit helps.” I only had time to get Felicity’s skirt hemmed today. It was hemmed by hand and now looks nice and neat. I was hoping to get her jacket finished… snaps sewn on the back, sleeve insides finished and however I’m going to embellish it, but that didn’t happen. (It seems my life isn’t very productive in the sewing area lately…hmmm….) But I’m not giving up. If I manage to get even the smallest thing done, it’s closer to being finished… than it was yesterday… (I think I just said that a few days ago!)

Here is the skirt now… Well, wait, first Felicity wanted to show you her mob cap again… I fixed her hair by pulling it back on the sides and she likes it.

Now, here’s the skirt…

Since the skirt doesn’t open all the way to the hem, it’s easier to put the ruffled petticoat on first…then scrunch it together with one hand around her legs and use the other hand to carefully pull the skirt up and over the petticoat. It isn’t hard, but if you are careful, you can keep the yellow linen part of the skirt nice and wrinkle free. (If you put the skirt on first it would be hard to keep it wrinkle free while you fussed with her slip underneath.) However, I just thought of something… the opening in the skirt is wide enough you could probably put the petticoat on and them put the skirt on over her head with her arms raised up… I might give that a try tomorrow… that would keep the skirt in the best possibly shape for neatness. :o)

I made a dress one time for Felicity where I used a yellow linen insert in the dress skirt and as the trim for her jacket. I was “thinking” of doing something like this again… only a bit more dainty….not quite as wide… any thoughts on that? This print wasn’t as colorful or busy as the “Fall Fancy” one, so that’s my holdup on doing it. I’m not sure about the buttons either. I hate to make such an authentic looking Colonial gown and then have plastic buttons in it… I don’t know of anything else that would work… I have some tiny mother of pearl buttons I could use…but they’d get lost in the print of the dress.

I looked in a book I have on 1700’s Colonial gowns, and embellishments really weren’t that widely used. Most of the dresses I saw had gorgeous laces, but it was mostly the design of the dress that made it pretty… Sure they had big bows and sometimes ruched trims, but there weren’t the details with buttons and accents like in the coming Civil War years…AND she does have that fairly busy hat to go with this set… hmmmm…

I did think about adding small bows to the sleeves… at the elbows… Just wondering what you might be thinking… :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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I’ve changed my mind…

This morning when I woke up, it was a bit chilly and it’s supposed to get even “chillier” as the week goes on. I hadn’t changed out my summer clothes in my closet yet, and decided this morning would be a good time to switch out those tee shirts for sweaters. I got all my Fall things out of the tubs I store them in and had a royal mess in my bedroom. I had my shirts, sweaters and jackets in stacks all over my bed. Most of my pants are year round things so they were already in my closet.

I was just getting in a rhythm when my mom called and said something was wrong with her microwave and it wouldn’t stop running. She said she also needed a haircut… SO… I left that mess and went to see what was the problem. Well, the microwave issue got solved… but she wanted to go to the grocery store. Then I’d cut her hair when we got back. Fast forward to a few hours later… I was back in my bedroom and attacking it again. But then it was dinner time… anyway, I got most of my things put away… but that left no time for sewing, so I’ve been forced to come up with something besides sewing for the post today.

Remember the other day when I mentioned something about possibly having us exchange gifts for a “Secret Sister” kind of thing? I got all kinds of comments and emails and even though I got a lot of positive feedback from you all, I have decided to nix that idea… I really hadn’t thought it through anyway. With the holidays being extra busy for everyone, it makes sense to do something else…and something EVERYONE can participate in. I hadn’t really given it much thought about the people who read my blog in New Zealand, or Singapore or France, etc. Several had even bowed out before it began because of the postage and customs issue. 😮 Several of you volunteered to pay extra postage just so someone could participate… (SEE… I really do have the best readers!!!)

So I thought long and hard and took a few suggestions from some of my readers. I think we are going to have a Christmas Fashion Show and your dolls get to be the stars. Everyone can participate this way and it won’t cost you a dime. It seems you all love slide shows very much and this will be something fun for everyone. I’m going to go ahead and start a draft for a post on it. What I’d love for you to do is send me your favorite Christmas dresses on any TWO dolls you wish. If you have Samantha and you have a particularly pretty Christmas dress, send me a picture. If you have some antique doll that gets all gussied up for Christmas, send me a picture of her. If you want… tell me what you love of about the dresses or if you made it, or if someone gave it to you. Maybe it’s something from your grandma… I’ll add your story of it to the post. I’m hoping we’ll get lots of pictures of dolls in their best Christmas dresses! We’ll have the best Fashion Show ever!

I’m thinking maybe I’ll post them on Friday, December 15th. That gives you about 5 weeks in case you want to make something special. You can start sending your pictures anytime and I’ll add your name and your “bio” about the dress and go ahead and get your dolls picture posted.. if it’s spread out, I won’t be overwhelmed with pictures.

You can get your pictures to me by hitting the “Contact Me” tab just under the header, or my email address is jeannewiedlocher@gmail.com

I hope you aren’t too disappointed if you had your heart set on the gift exchange. I’m going to do something with Christmas recipes in the future, so if you have one you use every year, dig it out and have it ready for when we do that!

Now, to get things started for “Jeanne Marie’s Christmas Fashion Show” (or whatever we decide to call it), I wanted to show you a couple Christmas dolls of mine all dressed up…

Ha! I fooled you, didn’t I? :o)

If you click the picture, you can see my kiddo’s up close. Kristoffer was 14 months old in 1988. Rebecca was 14 months old in 1991. I made everything we are wearing!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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