Ruffles, Ruffles and more Ruffles…

Apparently I like ruffles… at least on my dolls. (I used to like them for myself, for my curtains, on slipcovers, on dust ruffles, on collars, etc… but not so much anymore… except on my girls.) As I was looking over some pictures, I discovered a fair amount of my dolls were sporting them….especially Nyssa, my Kaye Wiggs beauty. I guess she’s the “ruffliest” (sp?) one of them all. From the littlest to my tallest, ruffles look sweet and feminine on them all. I thought I’d share some of my favorite “ruffled” moments:

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Bitty Bethany, by Helen Kish in her patriotic ruffles:


Nyssa in a few ruffled dresses:












Felicity in her white ruffled dress:

white ruffles full 3

white ruffles half dark

Nellie, in a sweet little seashore ruffled set:



Addy, in her Rows of Ruffles dress:


Are your girls the ruffled type?

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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  1. I really love Nyssa’s dress. Jeanne. What size is she? in inches?

    • HI Sissy,
      Thanks for reading… Nyssa is a beauty for sure and stands 18 inches tall.
      She’s made out of resin and is a pretty hefty doll. My biggest problem is when
      I take pictures of her, I’m always afraid she’ll fall over. I don’t like using stands.
      Blessings, Jeanne

  2. Love your ruffles, Jeanne, and it’s nice to see them on different dolls. Is Nyssa a Kaye Wiggs doll? Lots of room for ruffles on taller dolls.

    • Hi Jevne,
      Yes, Nyssa is an 18″ tall Kaye Wiggs doll. She is a very smooth resin and has very pale
      skin tones. I don’t sew for her as often as I should. She is just darling and yes,
      she can wear ruffles very well.
      Blessings, Jeanne

  3. Karen in CO says:

    I love ruffles too and your dolls are adorable in them!!! I agree Jevne, that it’s difficult to put them on small dolls as it’s usually too much bulk. However, something that does work on small dolls are ruffles made of cotton lace.

    • Karen,
      Thanks for looking at my post today. I agree with you on the cotton lace for the small dolls… also the finer the fabric, the easier it is to make those ruffles… and then add the lace.
      Blessings, Jeanne

    • Yes, it’s the bulk, Karen, especially using cotton fabrics. It’s also hard to press them after they’re on the dress. Wish my Clover iron had steam. lol I do use ruffled lace but usually on petticoats or the bottoms of sleeves or bloomers. I’ve never tried it on the skirt of a dress, perhaps I should.

  4. I LOVE ruffles too !! I did also go through that stage in my home where ruffles were included in the décor of each room. Now I use “gathers” at the top of the curtain rods which give a more subtle look. However, when it comes to dressing my dolls I am as old fashioned as they come. Love the gathers, ruffles & lace. The dresses you showed in this post were absolutely outstanding. My favorite is Addy’s dress. From the skirt to the embellishments it is perfect.
    Jeanne, I really love your blog !! Keep up the great chatter !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Hi Jeannie,
      I never had any of those “Dorothy’s Ruffled Originals” curtains in my home, but I sure did like to look at her catalogs. I made some ruffled curtains for my dining room and they were pretty ruffly to me… I do the gathered tops to my curtains now too.

      I’m like you, my dolls are usually dressed pretty conservatively to me and ruffles are a part of that. Addy’s dress was fun to make…lots of work but fun. I only wish I had made the bottom ruffle just a bit fuller…it sort of goes in at the bottom ruffle. :o(
      Thanks for liking the blog, Jeannie!
      Blessings, Jeanne

      • My daughters used to say there was not a bead or ruffle that mom didn’t like. A little more conservative now though.

        I see from your photos that even a model needs a break with her feet up . Love it!


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