A new winner and an old post…

Well, that certainly was fun for me…seeing which dress you thought I might like best from my 4th of July dresses. But what was more fun for me was seeing which ones you all liked the best. Everyone likes different ones for different reasons. Some of you almost guessed right…but a few were “spot on!” I had 6 ladies who commented or emailed me and picked the one I would have chosen…It was Lian’s dress. I had a lot of fun making that one and always think of it when I think of patriotic dresses. I put the ladies names in a drawing…

and drew out a winner…

Congratulations, Susette! I’ll get your prize out right away…

I did a post on Lian’s dress and the making of it on June 19, 2015 and called it “Minnie and Me in Red, White and Blue.” I’ll copy it here so you can see how I did it… everyone always asks me about those stars.

I did it! I got a Fourth of July dress made for one of my dolls! I’m thrilled and hope you will be too!

Every so often I do a set with one of my “mini” Minnie Mouses and I decided to put her with this very patriotic dress set for the Dianna Effner, 13″ Little Darling dolls. It was so much fun creating this one but it took me f-o-r-e-v-e-r to decide how to do the “flag” design on the bodice. I’m serious…we’re probably talking 2 1/2 hours trying different ways with the buttons… a firework exploding, a flag straight across, a conglomeration of the various sized stars, a star using the stars, a spray with the stars, random stars just dropped on the bodice. I even got Rebecca involved in helping me figure it out. I should have taken pictures of all the various ways I tried them. In the end, this is what I ended up with. 28 buttons…yes…count them…t-w-e-n-t-y e-i-g-h-t! I hope I got it right! I think I did!


When I finally decided to put the stars across the bodice in rows like a flag, I had to figure out some way to make them straight. It was too tedious to stitch them on freehand and get them even. I decided to run a row of basting stitches across the bodice in a wavy pattern parallel to each other…then I sewed them on just above the stitching line. When I was done I gently removed the basting stitches. I think it’s pretty cute.



The bodice is made from the vintage navy dotted Swiss fabric that I got at the yard sale. It’s nice and soft and is lined with white fabric on the inside. The buttons on the bodice were actually an afterthought, so the threads do show on the inside, if that matters to you. I tried to be as neat as possible though. Tiny red buttons close the back and are covering hidden snaps.



Lian’s skirt is made from a red and white striped cotton and white eyelet peeks out from underneath the hem.



A little tam was what Lian wanted to wear with this set…I like it cocked a little bit sideways, don’t you?


The tiniest little Minnie Mouse is being clutched very tightly by Lian…it’s my last red one and I’m SO sad!




Don’t you think YOUR doll needs this for her 4th of July dress?

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

So that was the post about Lian’s dress. I hope you enjoyed it a second time… :o)
See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Can you guess “MY” favorite “Patriotic” doll dress?

Well, it’s probably obvious to you, there won’t be any 4th of July dresses from me this year. I’ve been kind of behind on things for a while now and as I was working on Felicity’s dress, I realized I’d have nothing to offer you this year.

However, I do have dresses from the past and thought maybe I’d show them to you and see if YOU could pick my all time favorite dress from the ones shown… We’ll turn this into a little contest. I’ll show you all the doll dresses I’ve made representing the 4th of July, and you can pick the ONE you think is MY favorite. Let me know in your comments below or in an email to me… (use the Contact Me tab under my header.) Then I’ll see if anyone gets it right. All those who guess it right will be entered into a drawing and I’ll then draw out one name and announce the winner tomorrow. If you don’t know the dolls name, just do your best to describe the dress. It’s for a prize! :o)
You’ll have until midnight, Monday night, Illinois Central time.

So let’s see those dresses…there are 32 to pick from so take your time…and if you want to see them larger, just click on them.

Also, remember you’re just voting for the “outfit”… not the quality of the picture…some of my older pics are pretty pathetic!

Do you think you know which one is my favorite? Guess and see if you win!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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8 more BLUES on 8 more dresses…

I’m back…but just barely. You’ve never seen a wedding until you’ve seen an AFRICAN wedding. The groom was from Zimbabwe, Africa, and he had family in from Zambia, Zimbabwe, England and more places than I can remember. They know how to visit, dance, and party till the wee hours of the night. They were partying “African Dance” style and they had a blast! It was very fun to watch them! The wedding started at noon on Saturday and was still going strong when we left at 10:15 that night. (I heard that it went until 2:00 in the morning!) It was wonderful and very joyful for all of them to be together, but let me tell you, my hubby and I were pooped out. We helped do some cleaning up and I helped serve the cake… 16 Tres Leches cakes….if you know what those are!
I didn’t want to share any pictures of the wedding without the couples permission, and they are obviously not here to ask, so I’ll wait. :o)

There were hundreds of people who attended and today (Sunday) we had a huge picnic for those who were came from out of town and wanted to visited with all the other alumni. It has been in the works for a couple of weeks and we finally pulled it off today… It was 91 degrees outside but wonderfully, there happened to be a slight breeze to keep us all from melting! I was too busy and never even thought to snap a single picture, so I don’t have anything related to the wedding…but I do have some dresses with trains to show you… the rest of the blue Regency dresses. I have 8 dresses in various blue fabrics to share with you.

I hope you’ll enjoy them…

Traveling all the way to March, 2008, we find Josefina modeling a blue Regency dress for me… I’ve certainly made a few regency dresses from this fabric and still have some left… FOR MORE if need be! I didn’t give this one a name back then…

If you click on any picture it will enlarge.

The second oldest dress in the lot I’m showing you today is from December 2009. Elizabeth is showing off her modeling skills in an aqua blue and brown print dress with a brown corduroy Spencer… No name for it either.

This next dress is a taupe and blue print dress and I just had a very nice subscriber email and tell me she had this one flagged as a favorite and thought I had forgotten to list it when I showed the first darker blue dresses. She’s had it saved since July, 2011! How flattering is that for me to think someone liked it enough way back then to save it! It was another nameless dress set.

This dress is actually a dark navy blue with a purple flower in it, so I included it in with the “blues!” It was made in February 2012 and Elizabeth did a stunning job of modeling this one. It’s one of my favorites… I thought she looked beautiful in it… again…no name…

I had a Marisol doll for a very short while… actually this next Regency dress was the only thing she ever modeled for me. I had a hard time photographing her darker skin…but she had the most beautiful hair I’ve ever seen…I called this dress “Enchanting” and it was made in April of 2013. Actually, I had this one listed and I called the color turquoise… and the lady who bought it, thought it looked more like teal..so she said she wanted to return it… (First time ever!) I was goofy and refunded her money before I actually received the dress back from her… Then she emailed me and said the color was growing on her and she thought she’d keep the dress… Now she had the dress AND my money from the refund… A few days went by and I was sweating bullets… but about 4 days later she sent me back the payment and I finally breathed again!

Another dress I made from that blue rayon fabric was one I just showed you a few pictures of the other day, when I was copying the bonnet to “Blissful in Blue.” I called this one “Details Matter” and it certainly had lots of them. It was made in August of 2013.

Ellowyne, by Robert Tonner, modeled a few Regency dresses for me and I loved how she could be posed with a shawl about her shoulders. This dress was called “Elegant Designs for Ellowyne” and was made in September 2014. Doesn’t she look gorgeous? Sorry…but I’m prejudiced a little bit.

The last blue dress done in the Regency Style was one for Janie… my 13″ Dianna Effner, Little Darling. As you can see, it’s the same fabric as Ellowyne’s dress. It was soft as a tissue and so perfect for gathers. It was called, “My Littlest Regency Girl” and was made in November, 2014. I thought Janie looked so adorable.

Well, I’m all out of blue Regency dresses and hope you enjoyed the slide show!

Any favorites in the bunch?

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Blue Regency dresses and a blue bathing suit…What?

(I’m writing this Friday afternoon in a spare moment I found.) I wanted to remind you that Elizabeth’s “Blissful in Blue” Regency dress ends Saturday evening. I will be gone most of the day for an all day wedding and reception…actually 2 receptions.. (700 people are coming!!), so I probably won’t get to comment again on Saturday. Anyway, here is the listing on Ebay if you happened to have missed it. (I will have my phone with me so I’ll be able to see who wins it!) That’s my favorite part! :o)

~ Blissful in Blue ~

I wondered just how many pretty blue Regency dresses I have made in the past and as I’m typing this, I don’t have a clue. I’ll be back in a minute after I check and see. (sing the music from Jeopardy as I search my archives… duh duh duh duh, duh duh duh…. ) I thought I’d show you a few of the brighter ones and see if you have a favorite… maybe it’s Blissful in Blue or maybe it’s one of the other ones…

I’ll show you the other blue ones another time…

Ready? Let’s see some other Blue Regency Dresses…

This first one was called, “Caroline, For Your Eyes Only!” I made it September, 2012.

This next blue dress was made in March of 2013, but I didn’t see a name for it…

This lighter blue dress with tiny white birds on it was called, “Simply Blue” and was made in July, 2014.

This one was made in November 2015, and was called “Bluebell.”

..and then of course, the one ending tonight… Blissful in Blue…

Anyone have a favorite?

Now, I mentioned a blue bathing suit….well, it’s got some red in it, but I had to play up the blue to make it work for my post today! Joy sent me this picture of a sweet bathing suit she made for Libby, her Little Darling. She used a Jen Wren pattern and isn’t it adorable? The sweet dress on Julie was made by a friend. Who’s ready for the beach?

See you Monday,
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