Update on Molly’s purple dress & I need your help….

Yay! I survived the day without going back to bed! I took it easy though, and didn’t do much… I dust mopped my floor, made my bed, unloaded the dishwasher and made dinner… and sewed! :o) Guess which one I liked best? (It was close between dust mopping my floor and sewing…) No, it wasn’t that close! :o)

I did some more sewing on Molly’s dress and it actually looks like a dress now, instead of some fabric wrapped a doll body. You probably can’t see it very well in the picture, but I only had the lace on the front part of the bodice… so it was lace in the front but not in the back.

I didn’t like that look of seeing the shoulder seam with one part lace and one part purple fabric, so I undid the shoulder seam and added a piece of lace on the back bodice. It looks much more complete and finished now…

Here’s the back view…

…and the front….

One thing I hadn’t planned on was how the lace curved in the front. I machine basted it down all around the neck edge and the armholes, but I left it loose at the bottom across the first tuck. Well… when I lined the bodice and pulled my lining to the inside so it didn’t show, it hiked up the lace in the front… fortunately it did it evenly across the front and made a sort of arch so it looks like a design feature. (I debated about saying anything and let you think I did that on purpose, but I couldn’t take credit it for it, when it was an accident.) :o)

I added some sleeve headers to the sleeve caps to help puff out the sleeve tops evenly. I just used some netting. You can also see around the neck of the dress, where I hand stitched the lining to stay in place. The lace was thick enough it wanted to peek out and I didn’t like the white showing.

So this is what it looks like now…

Aside from finishing the hand work on it, I have to decide how I want to embellish it… do I want a button “brooch” or a bow tied at the neck? Do I want to see if Rebecca can make a necklace that can be worn with the dress? (The necklaces shown are just to give you an idea of what one might look like… I know they don’t really go.) I could put purple buttons on the yoke or have a cluster of flowers at one side kind of up high? I could add buttons down the front of the dress, or spaced apart in double breasted fashion. What else could I do?

I got out my 1944-46 catalogs and looked for ideas, but nothing really grabbed me… so I’ll see what you all think… maybe something will jump out at everyone. Don’t be afraid to give your opinions…

Here are some pictures of buttons I gave a try… they are just pinned on so some of them aren’t straight. We might have to narrow it down to a few and then have a better group of pictures taken. Sometimes you have to see something farther away to make sure it’s right.

Actually, as far as the design and the style of the button, this one goes wonderfully with the print in the dress. I love the loopy edges and the bumps on it, but I think it’s a little too light and dainty, You really can’t see it far away…

So if you have any opinions on how to decorate the dress, let me know in the comments below, or email me. Thanks!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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New, shorter lace fingerless gloves for the American Girl dolls…

UPDATE: I was at Joann Fabrics today and happened to see another fat quarter just like the girls dresses. It wasn’t there last week… I know some of my customers like to have matching dresses, especially with these smaller dolls. I have enough now to make another “sister” dress if you win and happen to want one! Just thought I’d let you know!

If you haven’t been keeping track, my “Spring Fever” dresses for both Noel and Ten Ping are ending this evening. My girls are still wearing them and I think “secretly” hoping they get to keep them. I’ve already had a talk with them and they understand… but they still don’t want to get undressed.

If you want to see the listings on Ebay, you can click on the pictures at the right side bar, or you can click on the links below…

~ Spring Fever for Noel ~

~ Spring Fever for Ten Ping ~

Here the girls are together in a sweet picture.

While my hubby was getting treatment yesterday, I was busy finishing some new lace fingerless gloves. I found a shorter white stretch lace and think these make the sweetest, dressiest gloves! I’ll show them on here first and if anyone wants them, I’ll go by the time on your comment or email to see who gets first dibs on them. I do have more lace so don’t worry if the pair you like disappears. They will be $8.00 a pair, plus $1.00 shipping. If they haven’t sold by the afternoon or early evening, I’ll probably list them in my Etsy shop. The price will be the same…

Here’s what I came up with…

Yes, I see it… the pink buttons are not the same on both gloves…one set of buttons is slightly farther apart than the other…I’ll fix it before sending them out!

Well, that’s my big contribution to today’s post!

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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Today is my 35th Wedding Anniversary…and NO teasing today…a dress revealed…

My hubby has decided to “whisk” me away somewhere just for the day, for our 35th Anniversary! I’m not sure where we are going, but I’m guessing it might be in a town where there are tools! Harbor Freight Tools to be exact! You know how he likes tools! And I’m going to let him look all he wants because he was so sweet to me at fixing holes in my sewing room walls, putting up new nights, hanging pictures, moving furniture, changing outlets, caulking holes, putting up new trim, fixing ceiling tiles, cutting down furniture, and lots more that I won’t bore you with. So yes, if he wants to look at tools, you bet I’m gonna let him look.

I’m so very thankful for the 35 years that we’ve been married and so very blessed to have such a dear husband. He truly is my best friend and we have lots of fun together. A few days ago he was reading me some jokes from one of his chicken magazines… the kids section… Here’s one of the jokes he read to me…

“What is a cannibal’s favorite game to play?” Swallow the Leader! I know, I know… oh brother!

He has a wonderful sense of humor but also makes me feel very safe and protected at the same time. I love him very much and thank the Lord each day that I get to spend with him. Today it will just be out of town! :o)

B-U-T… I have something else to share with you…something you’ll like better than me rehashing what happened in my sewing room. I have a dress to show you… Yes, it’s Rebecca’s Civil War dress dress…unfinished in the back, pins holding the hem up, and still lots to do to get it finished but I decided no teaser shots… I wanted to show you I had been busy on it… and it will be done as soon as I can…

My cutting table area and my picture taking area still need to be finished so my pictures taken against the goldish paneling in my sewing room aren’t the greatest…


I looked at both buttons that could be used as a brooch and decided this one was the best one. It was the one most of you voted for, but several of you liked the other one better. Somehow when I put them on the finished dress front, it was the button to use…


So while I’m off galavanting with my hubby, you can enjoy these few pictures of Rebecca and dream of what else will be included with this set! Since I’m not sewing on it today, you can send along any ideas you might have for it too!




See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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