Blondes in Blue…

I really do think blondes look great in blue… not that brunettes don’t, but there is something about a blonde in blue that just catches your eye.
See if you don’t agree…

So that was my intro to today’s post. I hope this next one will catch your eye too…

I went through my notebook and listed which dolls had gotten dresses since the first of the year and noticed a couple of surprises… Elizabeth hadn’t been seen November and Lian hadn’t had a dress since her red Christmas dress back in November either…that’s unheard of for Lian to have gone 6 months without getting a dress from me… a few others were missing from the list so I just wrote their names down and decided I needed to make them all a dress. Elizabeth was first and there’s nothing I enjoy more than seeing her in a Regency dress. She has that extra long neck and with Regency dresses, they are usually low cut so it generally shows off the necklace well… (I’ll have to get “my” Rebecca on that right away!)

Elizabeth also looks wonderful in the color blue and I had a scrap that was just big enough to cut out a dress for her and even have a train! I got a little bit of a head start this afternoon and evening and wanted to get your “approval” to see if I should continue… I used some of the lace that my sister, Cindy, sent me and it looks very pretty on this royal blue color.

The gown has a square neckline and I’m “sure” there will be some beading or embroidery work on it… don’t you agree? I carried the lace trim onto the sleeves and made them a slight bit longer than just having that narrow cuff like I generally do. I made them fairly puffy and like the look so far.

I added a band just under the bust because I want to tie an ivory silk ribbon there and have it lay perfectly flat. There are a few gathers in the bust and back area to make Elizabeth feel a little more “grown up!” The skirt is just wrapped around Elizabeth and tied in place with the silk ribbon. It will be nicely gathered and fall to the back in a pretty train. So the next time you see it, it should look different…but prettier. At least that’s the plan.

We are off to the 100 yard sale like we’ve done for the last few years. I’m sure we won’t make it nearly that far… my hubby just can’t do it right now, but he did offer to be our chauffeur and he told me and Rebecca if we see “tools” any place just wave for him to come… :o) He loves tools! :o)

Well, I’ll see you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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~ Pretty on the Prairie ~ Alive and well on Ebay!

Yesterday I showed a sweet booklet of some silky floss that a friend gave me. I didn’t know anything about it and neither did my friend, except to say that it was her mother’s.

If you click on any picture it will enlarge.

Well, this morning Paula Ziegler emailed me some information. She said the floss was from the 1920’s and if I researched Art Deco embroidery I would find it. She also said it wasn’t real silk, but just silky in texture. Then she sent me a link, which I’ll post here too, if you want to look at it…

Silk Floss Link

Each strand of floss still has a tag on it with the number of the color, and the washing instructions on the back.

Well, this tag led me on a hunt to see if I could find out more about it… Here’s one blog post I found on it…

Blog Post about Silk Threads…

After doing a little reading, there are some flosses that were considered “artificial” but I’m not so sure this is…I’m pretty certain this is real silk. Whether it is or isn’t, I still like it and hope to use it on something… I thought maybe because of it’s age, it might be rotten and when pulled on, it might break, but it was pretty strong and I couldn’t get it to break.

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Well, wonder of wonders… I finished Kirsten’s “Pretty on the Prairie” dress last night and managed to get it listed on Ebay. If you’d like to take a peek, you can click on the picture at the right side bar, or you can click this link…

~ Pretty on the Prairie ~

When I was finishing up her bonnet yesterday afternoon, I decided to add a “header” inside to hold it up just a bit. I don’t like droopy bonnets any more than I like droopy sleeves. Here’s what I mean…

It really does the trick…

When I braided Kirsten’s hair, I made them very loose and pulled them toward the front, instead of making them tight and French braiding them close to her head. I couldn’t get her bonnet snugged up around her face like I usually do, so if it looks a little “gappy” that’s why…

Kirsten’s “accessory” was a puppy named Charlie. She actually talked her parent’s into letting her keep him!

I know the other night when I took my pictures of the different hankies on the dress, it was hard to tell exactly what color the dress was. Well, here is a close up of the hankie on the dress, so I hope you can see the blue colors and how well the design of the hankie matches the dress fabric.

Kirsten and I had a great time taking lots of pictures, but she was pooped out when we were finished…

Thanks for taking time to read each day! I appreciate each and every one of you!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Kirsten’s getting a new bonnet & pantalettes!

Okay…is there anyone who needs some rain? We’d be more than happy to send you some of ours! We have a lovely drip, drip, drip into a bucket in our dining room right now from a leak on our roof. My hubby is going to try and fix it with some of that “Flex Seal” that we’ve been seeing advertised on TV. We sure hope it works!

I looked outside this morning and our “courtyard” was flooded with water. It’s only done this 2 other times and one of those times was yesterday. Yep, it filled up 2 days in a row. It used to be an in-ground swimming pool, so the concrete is all around it, but it was filled in with dirt and we normally have grass on it. I just showed you pictures of it the other day because my hubby decided to plant his tomatoes in one corner of it…

…and this morning… (if you click on the picture, it will enlarge)

A friend from church gave me something this morning and said to open it when I got home. She said it was her mother’s but she didn’t know anything about it. So I was a good girl and waited to share it with you… Let’s see what it is…

..it feels hard like a skinny book…

Well, it is sort of a book… a book of silks…the cover is a cloth fabric and is hand painted…

Inside there are sort of pockets that unfold and are holding silk embroidery flosses…

Thank you Beth, how special… I’ll let you know when I use some on a dress!

Now…back to Kirsten. I hem-hawed around trying to figure out what I wanted to do for Kirsten from the neck up! I unbraided her hair and thought I was going to leave it down, but then I braided it loosely, having my braids come a little forward this time. I decided she needed a bonnet after all and set out to make her a pink linen one, but it was too “fluffy.” I didn’t care for it, so I started over. I had a soft pink cotton in mind, but it didn’t look right. I wasn’t sure I wanted the bonnet to necessarily be a “matchy-matchy” bonnet, but in the end, I decided I would go ahead. I’m not finished with it yet, but the main part is constructed… there will be ties and some kind of decoration on it.

She also will have a pair of white cotton embroidered pantalettes to wear with her new dress.

Bit by bit, this set is getting finished…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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“Pretty on the Prairie” dress set for Kirsten…

I worked and worked so I’d have something good to show you today! I think you’ll be pleased. I’m still not finished, but I’m getting there! The dress is all finished now, but I don’t have any of those pictures to show you… just a few of the steps along the way getting there.

Here is the dress laying flat. I thought I had my light on, but I’m beginning to think maybe I didn’t.

…and the back… ( no snaps on it in this picture)

Usually when I make this pattern, I don’t line the bodice. I don’t want the fabric to look stiff or too thick. The gathers just look better with it unlined and it has a softer look to me.

Here is the dress “almost” finished…

… the growth tucks…

When I got ready to make the apron, I had about 5 or 6 hankies that I could have chosen…this was my newest hankie and it could have worked, but I kept looking…

Here are a few more…

In the end, I decided on this one, because it sort of mimicked the tiny little flowers in the dress fabric…

…see how nicely it matches?

I saved a sneak peek picture for last… it’s almost finished in this picture…

I hope you’re liking Kirsten’s dress so far… did you “imagine” it looking like this?

See you on Monday,
Blessings, Jeanne

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