With all the Eclipse talk.. how about some Yellow and Black dresses…

I hope you get it. Yellow is for the sun and black is for when everything goes dark… I’m sure you got it. :o)

I really don’t have that many pictures of dresses made from yellow prints. I’m a “winter” according the the Color Me Beautiful lady, (I already knew I was…), so I don’t gravitate toward yellow fabrics that often. However I did find enough pictures to make a post for today. (which is much more interesting than showing you “What I Didn’t Get Finished” with my painting today.)

I tried to pick only dresses that featured yellow and black and I stuck to it… mostly… you’ll see…

First up is Riley in a dress I still remember the name I called it… “Scottish Sunshine.” It was my favorite yellow print EVER!

Now you’ll see how well I liked it… enough to make my very favorite Civil War dress for Addy…

Here is one dress, but Lian and Janie both got to model it, so I decided they each could show you their favorite pose…

This next dress on Addy isn’t “exactly” yellow, but it’s a gold and the little designs in the fabric “sort of” look like swirling suns… :o)

Molly is wearing a pair of yellow flannel pajamas…and while they don’t have any black (except the outline of the butterflies), IF you turn out the light and say good night to her, it will be “black!” ***sorry***

I might as well give you the update… we are now Banty-less… Yep, the 4 Banty chicks have been sold to a lady who picked them up this afternoon. My hubby did everything he could to get the bigger hens in the other pen to accept these new little gals and guy but they just wouldn’t. The Bantum’s were so afraid of the bigger hens, they just stayed in the back of the shed all day long and it was too hot to keep doing that. He tried letting them out in our yard, which was the reason he wanted them, but they were too afraid to venture even 6 feet away from the door of the pen. He tried… really he did, but it was silly to keep buying feed for them when it was clear it was never going to work.
So this afternoon he had me put an ad on Craigslist and the first lady who called drove 45 minutes to come and get them. She seemed nice and she and her hubby have a big chicken farm. I know they’ll be well cared for… So.. here’s one last shot of Little Bit, Curlie Belle, and the Red Cochin and the Mille Fleur rooster, (who never got a name…)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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A few hints about “Victorian Elegance”

I worked most of the afternoon and just couldn’t get everything finished on Nora’s dress; the background set up, my pictures taken and the set listed on Ebay. I tried, but I didn’t have enough time… I picked up Bithar and her 3 kids for church this morning because her hubby, Jean, is in Haiti preaching a revival! Well, actually yesterday was his last day and he’ll be home on Friday. After church, she asked me if we could get a few groceries, so we set out, with her 15 days from her due date, and pregnant as all get out; with 3 kids under 6, and went shopping! While we were in the store, she doubled over in pain! Yikes… she was in pain and said it wasn’t like anything she’s felt before. She managed to keep shopping and when we were in the check out line, the pains came back… I’m assuming it was a strong contraction, but she said, “NO, she cannot come till Jean gets back on Friday!” I second that request, because I’m the one she’s going to call, if something happens… Please keep her in your prayers for no early delivery! :o) I had a moment with my hubby where I told him, if she calls, I’m sending him to drive her to the hospital and I’ll watch the kids…he’s had lots of experience with birthing calves for about 30 years, and me? “I don’t know nothin’ bout birthin’ no babies!”

I didn’t get home until 3:15 and after I ate some lunch, I started sewing, trying as fast as I could to get this all pulled together. Like I said, it didn’t happen, but almost and I’m pretty sure I can get it on Monday evening. I’m torn between showing you everything and keeping it a surprise for one more day. I guess I’ll show you…a few hints…

Here is your first glimpse of Nora in “Victorian Elegance.”

I don’t want to show you all my pictures, but here’s a close up shot…

The jewelry piece was stitched down in place at the ends and then I used glass faceted beads to finish the “necklace” to the shoulder seam. (I can’t believe I missed seeing that thread.

The same tiny glass beads were sewn to the sleeves…

I chose some tiny black buttons to march down the back of Nora’s dress…

I french braided Nora’s hair into a crown braid that goes around her head and added a ribbon hair piece. She didn’t have any short pieces of hair to pull down for some tendrils, which would have been nice.

There will be lots more pictures in the Ebay listing…and I’ll do my best to get it on Monday evening.

Tomorrow is a special day…anyone know why?

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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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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