“Dainty and Demure” for 13″ Effner, Little Darlings ends this evening

This post is just a short reminder that my “Dainty and Demure” dress set ends this evening on Ebay.

You can see it HERE… or you can click on the picture at the right side bar and it will take you to the Ebay listing.

Blessings, Jeanne

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“Dainty & Demure” Revealed! ~ Calling all 13″ Effner Little Darlings

Well, this little dress didn’t take too long to finish, did it? It’s listed on Ebay now, so I’m calling “All Little Darlings” to take a peek! (Well, actually their mommy’s!) :o)

You can see it HERE… or you can click on the picture at the right side bar and it will take you to the Ebay listing.

Emmie and I had a very nice photo shoot and if you haven’t seen any pictures of her yet, you’ll see what I mean when I say she is very photogenic. I had over 100 pictures that I had to whittle down to 26 for my listing and it was HARD! There was hardly a bad picture in the bunch. I just had to pick the best of them all. That’s probably overkill for a listing, but I just didn’t want to eliminate any of them… sorry…

Her thigh highs are just like the ones I make all the time… from little girls tights, so they “look” like real tights… They just slide up your dolls legs very easily.

Emmie’s dress fabric was so soft it needed a boost to hold it out a little bit. One of my half slips worked perfectly!

Her dress had one slight problem… the fabric was so delicate and soft, when I pressed the neck and armhole on one side, all of the ribs in the dimity fabric apparently shifted so the dress ended up with just a slight ripple of extra fabric across the front bodice. When you look at it, you probably won’t notice it, but I did. It’s about 1/8″ too wide, but when her jacket is on, you can’t see it…The armhole stands a little bit away from her arm on one side and that bugged me, but there was absolutely nothing I could do about it, unless I wanted to start over… I discovered this on my final pressing of the dress… ugh!

See if you can see what I mean…

Her jacket went together pretty smoothly… I ended up adding some extra leaves around the pink roses this afternoon. The roses looked like they were just floating on the felt and I thought some leaves might help.

I wasn’t sure if the brown hat would show up with her brown wig, but I think it looks pretty sweet with this dress set. I got a little nervous toward the end of making the hat. It takes about 5 yards to make these little straw hats and that’s what I had…or at least that’s what I had ordered. I didn’t measure it before I started, but after wrapping and wrapping and wrapping it around and around the mold, I only had 5 inches of the braid left over. WHEW! There wasn’t even enough to add the little ruffled edge that I like to add to the brim. But I made it… thank goodness!
I already had the turquoise paper roses and the pink flowers so I didn’t have to buy anything to decorate it with… I just used what I had.

You can see her little teddy bear. I added a silk ribbon bow around her neck and then some glass beads…

Here are a few more pictures of the full set…

If you missed the link above for the Ebay listing, HERE it is again…

Well, that’s it for another dress..and now Emmie has made her debut! I think she’s a keeper!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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3 years, 2 months and 27 days of waiting…

Some of you ladies who have “one” of these, will probably remember me mentioning it before…and some of you won’t have a clue. It’s been a really LONG wait and I’m not entirely sure I would do it again, but it’s over as of today…
A box came in the mail… a box like this…

Anyone recognize these boxes?

Almost ready to show you…

It’s my new Little Darling… I’ve been waiting SO long for her… and she’s finally here! Here’s what she looked like when I took the bubble wrap off…

Look at this sweet face…

Another shot…

She was hand painted by Lana Dobbs, one of the ladies trained by Dianna Effner, to make them look like they have glass eyes, but they are painted… Aren’t they incredible?

Here is a full shot of her in a few poses…

I wanted a dark brown wig for her and Lana chose this one…it’s layered and very pretty and soft…

She has a sweet pedi and mani…

I have big plans for her and have saved back of piece of fabric just waiting for her arrival… BUT Nora comes first!

I have been thinking her name would be Emmie the whole time I’ve been waiting, but I’ll have to see if it fits her when I “call her.” :o)

I did the “happy dolly dance” when I opened up that box lid! I have her in the box right now and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve opened the lid just to see if she’s still as beautiful as I thought she was the last time…

I have another surprise that came in the box, that I’ll probably share tomorrow… :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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~ Sisters in Blue ~ 13″ Effner Little Darling & 10″ Boneka doll sets FINALLY revealed…

My goodness, it seems like I have been working on this doll dress set forever! I guess maybe because there were 2 full sets to be completed and the fact that there was LOTS of handwork, made it seem extra time consuming… BUT, it’s all finished now, and even listed on Ebay. If you like, you can click on the picture at the right side bar, or you can see it by clicking HERE.

I debated and debated about whether to list the dresses separately or together. I thought if I list them separately and someone wants both of them, but misses out and doesn’t win the second one, I’m going to be getting an email begging me to make a dress like the one they missed out on. On the other hand, if I listed them together and someone only had one of the dolls, they probably wouldn’t bid on the dresses, so there goes a good sale for ONE of the dresses. So I was in a dilemma about what to do, but in the end I thought I’d take a try at selling them as a sister set and see what happened. Let’s hope it works. So I’ll do separate dresses and occasionally I’ll do sister sets, just to keep everyone happy.

So let’s see… I showed you the dresses, the hats, the slips, the thigh highs, so I need to show you the capelets and the bunnies.

I wasn’t sure when I drafted my cape pattern how I was going to close it… should have thought that through… But I figured it out…it’s just not that pretty on the inside. I need to work on that before I do the next one. I toyed with the idea of having a magnetic closing on the cape, because it’s a really tight small space just under the dolls chins. I thought if I could figure out how to make the magnetic ends catch, it would just be a matter of getting the ends of the magnets to touch and it would hold the cape shut. Well, the magnets were too bulky.

I thought to tie something that tiny under their chins would be a nightmare… so I thought maybe a snap might work best, but the wool felt is very delicate and I didn’t want the snap to tear the fabric. So in the end, I used a soft and flexible Velcro piece. It’s easiest if you wrap the cape around your dolls right shoulder, making sure you line it up straight down the front of the dolls body, hold it in place with your left thumb in front and your other fingers on her back. Then pull the cape around your dolls left shoulder and line up the top edges of the cape. It might take a time or two to get it right, but I got pretty good at lining up the stitching as well as the top edge. Press down the Velcro and it should stay in place.

If you click on the pictures, they will enlarge.

I was trying to find something “Eastery” for both girls and didn’t have time to paint any baskets white and decorate them… I thought a purse was too much…I didn’t have any light blue teddy bears…the girls wanted more than a sprig of flowers in their hands, so I looked in my “other” box of toys and found the bunnies Susette had sent me last year. I had a pink one and 2 light tan ones… PERFECT! I could make these bunnies work! I took the brown ribbons from their necks and replaced them with a blue and white ribbon. Much better.

Now the girls had everything they needed… and I was finally done… well EXCEPT for taking all those pictures and getting them sorted and in order for my listing… Here are some of my favorites… Hope you like the finished look!

If you missed the link to the set up above, here it is again… ~ Sisters in Blue ~

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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