A few Christmas Civil War dresses…

Anyone who has followed my blog for any length of time knows how much I LOVE making Civil War dresses. I’m practically in heaven when I get a chance to sew one. I’m not exactly sure why I feel that way… maybe it’s because there are so many possibilities with the designs. I just enjoy seeing how realistic I can make them turn out. It’s my biggest thrill when I make one and show it to my hubby, and ask him, “Can you guess what era this is from?” When he guesses “the Civil War?” I practically get goose bumps! “Yep! That’s right!”

Well, the other day, Laura mentioned something about showing some Christmas Civil War gowns and I am thrilled to oblige! I don’t have all my pictures located yet, but Susette suggested I just use my “search box” and find them that way…I will and I did! Hope you enjoy the slide show! They are some of my very favorites!





This is Lily in a rare appearance modeling one of 3 dresses for someone who used them as her Little Women collection…


Here is Eden in her Little Women dress…


…and for some reason I didn’t get a single shot of Rebecca in her green Christmas dress, but here’s one of all 3 girls together…


This Christmas dress was called Glimmer of Glamour!


This is my all time favorite Christmas sign! I found it one time when I was visiting Deb… I should have bought it, but I just snapped this picture. It makes me laugh every time I read it!


Well, those are the only Christmas Civil War dresses I could think of and find. I’m sure there are more, but I’ll have to wait until I have my pictures all in order…

Thanks for taking time to read,
See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Just a Reminder:
Rebecca’s Civil War dress, “Apple Butter Sweet” ends Thursday (tonight) night on Ebay. You can can see it by clicking the picture at the right side bar or by clicking HERE. Here are a few pictures…

Yesterday I did a post on a book that I have in my sewing library. (HERE) It was on the Regency styles and I happened to show a picture of some bonnets and one in particular I pointed out that made me chuckle every time I saw it…#25 if you couldn’t guess…

Well, Susette sent me an email wondering if I thought this lace scarf could possibly be a mourning veil? She said it was 16″ by 2 yards long and very delicate with finished edges, so it wasn’t just a piece of lace. She had inherited it from her great great grandmother and wondered if it could possibly be a veil that she used for for funerals. Here is a picture of the lace…

Susette got on Etsy and found this picture of a mourning veil and it was close enough to the size of hers, that she was convinced this piece of lace that has been a mystery to her for years was used as a mourning veil.

The next thing I know, Marilyn found a site that showed veils worn by Jackie and Ethyl Kennedy, and Coretta Scott King. They weren’t quite the same but it was the same idea… a veil covering the face. It was pretty neat to see this all come together… congrats Susette, on solving the mystery!

Then when I showed this green dress…

…and Joy mentioned that the green fabrics were sometimes laced with arsenic… She left a link to a very interesting article… if you care to read it… gives me the willies!

Arsenic in green fabrics?

It may be a while before I can make a green dress…

Joy also mentioned that there are Wellie Wishers at Costco and Hearts for Hearts dolls at Target.. Christmas is coming, you know…

My hubby and I worked on our floor, hopefully for the last time! There were about a dozen spots that we had marked with blue painters tape where there seemed to be a little bit of a discrepancy from one plank to another. How did we find them? Well, I scooted around on my behind and scraped my finger nail against the ends of each and every plank!! If my fingernail caught a high spot…sometimes only like 1/32nd of an inch, I marked it.

We didn’t want any chairs moving across the floor, or a shoe to catch on that little lip sticking up, so we lifted those planks up and my hubby used his rasp to smooth down the floor underneath! (try doing THAT with any other kind of flooring!) We vacuumed the sawdust and replaced the planks. It worked wonderfully and we got all the areas taken care of!!! YAY! Now I can relax and not be worried that something is going to “snag” my planks. It took us almost all day Tuesday.

Wednesday, I worked on my curtains… I don’t know how 2 panels with just a header at the top could take so long, but it was an all day project. I think because the fabric is like a kleenex and so soft, it was just harder to work with. They are up but they aren’t hemmed and steam pressed… I just had to get them up… and will show you a picture when they are finished…

I cut George’s hair yesterday and 5″ off Rebecca’s hair today! Tomorrow I have a dentist appointment and my mom has a doctor’s appointment…

Boy, it seems like I’ve been wearing LOTS of different HATS lately! Soon I’ll be back in doll seamstress mode!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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I love a sweet bonnet…

I didn’t have much sewing time, but I did find time to make the bonnet for Rebecca’s dress. I toyed with the idea of making her a brown straw bonnet and decorating it, but I didn’t have a hat mold. I thought maybe I could find a bowl or something round-ish to work as a mold, but nothing quite conformed to the shape of her head. She got tired of me trying every bowl in the house on her head, so I finally gave up. I just decided to use my old standby pattern and make her bonnet from a piece of the fabric.

(I see a few stray threads in my pictures so don’t look too closely. I’ll get them off…)

I added a strip of the white lace across the fabric and then decorated the sides with some flowers. Rebecca could hardly wait to try it on.

I fixed her hair in some curls at the back but they don’t show up as pretty in my pictures as they do in person.

I did make something else for her today…it’s a prop…I’m not quite finished with it and still am debating about whether or not to make a boned crinoline or just a pretty petticoat to make her dress stand out.

So bit by bit and day by day, this dress is coming along and is actually almost finished. I’m still debating on the name and might get my hubby’s input on that.

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Fabrics and Names to go with them…

If I asked my hubby where the inch long screws are in the garage, he’d say something like this…”They are underneath my workbench in a small tray with a bunch of green containers. You’ll see the inch screws marked on top.” If I asked him for a square piece of 1/2″ thick wood, he’d say, “You’ll find my small scraps in a wooden box, just inside the door and to the right of the shelf.”

If I asked Rebecca if she had any turquoise seed beads, she’d go straight to the container of tubes that houses all her seed beads. If I needed a specialty charm for something, she’d pull out that container and fish through her charms looking for what I needed.

I’m sort of the same way with my fabrics. I know what I have and most of the time I can go straight to it. If you’re looking for checked fabrics, got them on a bookshelf; looking for corduroy’s… got them inside my big brown cabinet; want velvets…you’ll have to wait for me to dig through a rubbermaid tub for them… let’s just say, I know my fabrics. So yesterday when I asked for some help with naming this newest Civil War dress I’m working on, you all came up with some wonderful names… and I do mean wonderful. As soon as I saw some of them, I immediately thought of a fabric that would fit that name perfectly… It’s funny how it works, but it just does… Now I’m not saying I’ll keep that name for sure, but I did have fun going through my fabrics and matching up some names for a few…

Here are all the names I got today for the possibility of being chosen for Rebecca’s dress…

Fall Festival
Pumpkin Pie Days
Apple Pie Days
Fall in the Air or maybe Fall is in the Air
Autumn Leaves
Autumn Lace
Fall Flowers
Apple Butter Sweet
Fall Fancy
Little Miss
Perfect for Fall
Golden Harvest
Autumn at Twelve Oaks
Autumn Cascade
Tea at Tara
Autumn Splendor

So here are a few that I thought were perfect matches…

I guess you can see I didn’t have any time for working on Rebecca’s dress. Maybe Thursday will be kind to me… :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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