Nora is looking very Victorian…

I hope you weren’t expecting to see Nora’s dress completed… because if you were, you’ll be sorely disappointed… I am disappointed too! I had high hopes for today but they just didn’t materialize. I have 3 pictures to show you and trust they will be enough to get you through the day… I probably have the most time consuming part of her dress done… and I think you can start to see the style of it.

I showed Rebecca the necklace part I had and she’s pretty sure she can help me figure out a way to make it work…

This sleeve turned out perfect, but the other one I’ll be taking out and redoing it. I caught too much of the lace in it and they aren’t the same width and I noticed it right away…

There’s going to be a peplum and black lace will be on the edge of it.

I wanted to show you the pattern I found on Pixie Faire… (HERE) It’s a Dolls at Heart Designs pattern. Not knowing what direction I wanted to take Nora in, sometimes all it takes is looking at other patterns to get inspired… I was just scrolling through the dresses and all of a sudden a saw a new pattern I hadn’t seen before. I tried to go on and look at others but I just kept thinking of this one… so I went back to it, looked it over, envisioned Nora in it and hit the “buy it” button.

It’s a really nice pattern and was a pdf so I received it as soon as I downloaded it. I like that you don’t have to wait for them to come in the mail. Here’s another view of the pattern…

I cut it out just as the pattern said and sewed my seams at 1/4″ as stated, but my back barely meets, so I’ll either be putting loops and buttons on the back or adding an extension…

I think it’s a really pretty pattern and just might prove to be kind of versatile for a few different eras.

Well, I better get to bed… it’s been a long day…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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See if you can envision this next dress….

I won’t give too much away, but some of you are P-R-E-T-T-Y smart cookies and just might figure it out. I had too many phone calls today trying to figure out something for my mom…so I didn’t get much done besides cutting it out. As you can see I’ve given you a “laid out shot” of the dress…but it’s pretty hard to tell what it might look like.

This is going to be for Nora and here is a shot of her with the bodice piece next to her skin. I think it’s pretty on her.

I had a yellow fabric out, nope…a purple one, nope, a black and rose print, nope… and a white fabric, nope… I needed some inspiration as I’d been away from my sewing machine just long enough to get “cold” with my sewing… I found a new pattern that I’ll share with you maybe tomorrow… and I think you’ll like it…

I have this black lace that will work on the sleeves…

I’ve had this forever and I think if I can get it to work, it will be used…

There are several ruffles and I can’t wait to work on it…

Since I didn’t have much to show you, I pulled out a few more pictures that Barbara sent me a while back. They are photocopies of dresses I made that she liked and sent to me. They aren’t super clear but I think you’ll be able to enjoy them. These are all from 2007 (10 years ago!!!) and they should be new to everyone…unless you happened to be the winner of one. I could look them up in my notebooks but it’s late and I thought I’d just show the pictures…

Here is a dress for Samantha that is similar to another one I made, but it is slightly different. Once again, she was so new I didn’t have any shoes for her…

I bought a stained Samantha Meet dress off Ebay once and took it apart for a pattern…this was my version of the gray and burgundy plaid dress…

Molly’s suit was so beautiful and bright in person. It was a chocolate brown featherwale corduroy with hot pink dots in it. Her blouse was hot pink and had little tufts in the fabric.

Kit looked pretty in this color, but that’s about all I can say… I think “my camera added 10 pounds to her body!” :o)

Actually, as I was looking at this dress on Kit, it became more and more familiar to me, so I did a little searching in my archives and found that it was originally made for Katie Effanbee, so Kit must have just been trying it on for some reason… it’s the only picture I have of her in it. Here it is on Katie.

Well, I hope just knowing I’m back in my sewing room is enough to keep you interested and wanting to come back… I’ve been away from my sewing and I’ve missed it… I hope you’ve missed it too! :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Black Buttons and a Homeless Sweater…

Well, it seems that the black buttons on Nyssa’s dress were the favorite choice of most everyone. They were what I wanted to go with too. When Marilyn suggested some black sparkly buttons for the front, I thought, hmmmm…maybe that would be cute… But here’s what happened. This is my best laugh of the day!

I asked Rebecca if she had any glass black bicones in the tiniest size possible that I could use in place of a button. She said she didn’t…only clear. She said she might have red…and I said, “no, I needed black.”

Well, I could see things weren’t going in my favor, so I asked her to come look at the dress and show her what I was needing. When she came into my sewing room, she had changed and said she was going to Walmart.

I said, “Oh good, you can get some glass bicone beads for me.” Then I showed her Nyssa’s dress and how I wanted tiny black bicones to use like buttons on the white trim.

She said, “Mom, it’s just a cotton print so just use those little black buttons you have there.”

I kind of balked and said, “but everyone wanted a button with sparkle.”

She said, “But it’s just a simple cotton dress…not fancy enough for black sparkle.” Then she said, “Sparkle buttons on that dress would be like putting a rhinestone brooch on your sweater.”

Okay now here’s the part that made me laugh. I have this brown acrylic sweater that is the warmest, most comfortable sweater, and I wear it all the time when I’m just a little bit cool. It is SO ugly and pilled and has red paint on one sleeve where I painted a doll tricycle one time. Recently I left it on the end of my bed and Reuben got a hold of it and chewed off 4 of the 1″ buttons, even chewing a hole where one of the buttons was, that’s big enough for my thumb to fit through. Needless to say it’s about as ugly as anything you’ve ever seen and I actually call it my homeless sweater.(sorry) If someone comes to the door, I take it off… yes…it’s that bad. So when she said it’s like putting a rhinestone brooch on your sweater, I looked down at my sweater, and had to laugh. ( I promise I’ll get rid of it soon…)

So, in light of the dress not being “fancy enough for sparkle and just cotton” I’ll use the little black buttons.

Today I have a couple of sweet pictures from Linda… This is her Felicity in her darling nightgown. Doesn’t she look adorable getting ready for bed?

Joy received her Felicity in the mail too! She’d like some help identifying what year she might be from. I hope there are enough clues in her pictures…she wasn’t thrilled with her close up pictures, but maybe they’ll be good enough for someone to figure her out! :o)

Not much today, but we got all those gumballs raked up… well, “I” raked, my hubby carted them off…

He asked me when was the last time I’d shown you all “his” girls? For your “viewing pleasure” here they are eating a handful of popcorn he gave them…. their favorite!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Well, I asked and you delivered…

JUST A NOTE: Wellie Wisher’s Willa’s dress, at the right side bar —>
ends this evening on Ebay. If you’d like to check it out, click on the picture at the right, or click HERE to see the auction.

I knew a few of you out there had some October Outfits you were dying to do a little Show and Tell with…so let me help you out. Since I’ve shown all the orange and black outfits I’ve made, I asked if anyone had some outfits they’ve made and would like to show them to us. A few of you did…

First up is Christine… she has 2 dresses in her Etsy shop…The green one is shown on American Girl Lea and the black and orange one is on the Tonner My Imagination dolls. You can find these dresses in Christine’s Etsy’s shop…HERE. She also has a few other “non-Halloween” outfits too. They are definitely on the ghoulish side!

Don’t forget to click on the pictures to see them larger.


Susette has been busy and sent me a few pictures of what she’s been busy with. Let me tell you, she’s got the orange and black thing DOWN! I know you’ll enjoy seeing her costumes…




Now take a look at this party her girls are having!!!


Susette told me it’s ALL MY FAULT that’s she’s gotten “into” the dolls so much…it just started when she began reading my blog…and I “encouraged” her just a little bit, telling her she could “do it”…make clothes, that is! This is what she told me… “See what you have wrought! You’re also responsible for all the fun I have doing this.”

Oh, how I love being a party to someone finding out they love to sew later in life! I’ll ALWAYS encourage that!

My hubby and I are going to St. Louis Tuesday, and I’m not positive I’ll be able to answer your comments, but I will most definitely read them… chat among yourselves if you have to! I’m also not 100% positive I can get a post done for Wednesday either. I don’t have one saved up to use, and we might get in too late Tuesday evening for me to get one written, so if there’s no post, sorry.

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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