~ Winter Garden ~ American Girl, Felicity’s newest Dress set revealed & MORE…

It took me a little over a week to create this wonderful outfit for Felicity, but I hope you didn’t mind the wait. It was very fun for me to make and Felicity loved the extra time on my cutting table, just standing there in her dress, with my other girls on the dolly shelf, looking on each day as something new was added. This set ended up having 10 pieces… the bodice, skirt, bum roll, fichu, necklace, bonnet, cape, reticule, wide lace pinner cap and a narrow lace pinner cap. I think the winner will have lots of fun with this new set. Marilyn thought of the name this time… thanks again!

If you’d like to see the listing on Ebay, you can click the picture at the right side bar or you can click HERE.

Here are a few pictures…

I have been a little behind on showing some pictures I received from some of my readers. I wanted to get caught up somewhat if I could.

Mary C sent me this picture of a quilt she made. She made it in red, white and blues and on the back she has the names of her family members who served in the military. For Christmas she did a really wonderful thing. She put her family members names in a hat and drew out one lucky winner. They got the Quilt! How fun would that have been. Mary, if you’re reading this, please add anything else in the comments, if you would. Let us know who won and how they reacted to such a wonderful gift! Isn’t it just beautiful?

Anne, one of my readers, also sent me the following link…

Changes for the Tonner company

It seems that Robert Tonner is shaking things up at his company and Ellowyne will be phased out this year…as well, as the 10″ Patsy Tonner and friends dolls. This is a HUGE shock and disappointment to most Tonner fans. Robert has some new ideas for the coming year and we’ll all have to wait and see what that means…

I had so many pictures that came in right at Christmas and New Years, that I couldn’t keep up with them…HOWEVER… ALL dolls deserve to be showcased… Here are Susette’s 4 girls in their New Year’s Eve dresses. She said she had “fun” crawling around on the floor getting them set up for pictures! Way to go Susette!

Susette also sent me some pictures of Riya, her granddaughter and her love of American Girl dolls.

When she was 5, she received her first American Girl doll, Isabelle.

Here she is at age 6 when she received Grace!

At age six, here she is with Isabelle and Grace during Christmas. Aren’t they all just adorable?

…and this year, at age 7, Riya picked up a few more dolly friends…a Leah doll, an Effner Maru doll and just look at all her fun accessories… looks like Graces’ bakery items…

I don’t think there is any way Riya is going to ever stop loving dolls…she’s following in her grandma Susette’s footsteps! :o)

Well, I have more pictures to list, but I’ll spread them out over a few days, if you don’t mind…

Don’t forget to check out Felicity’s dress set!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Felicity’s dress set is ALL done… I just have to get it listed…

I tried…really, I did, but it didn’t happen… I wasn’t able to get Felicity’s dress set listed on Ebay because my day didn’t go exactly as I had hoped. I’m sure you’ve had days like that! BUT… I do have everything all finished (except I was going to finish up the small pinner cap I started, and include it.) I love this set and hope whoever gets it does too. I won’t even tell you how much Felicity has enjoyed modeling this one. She didn’t even mind that it took me so long to get it finished. She got to spend quite a few days just standing on my cutting table with all the other girls looking on as we worked to get things “just right!” Let’s see if you think so too!

I decided to take apart the larger lace pinner cap and make the width of the lace just a bit smaller. I probably could have even made it smaller but I’m not taking it apart a third time, so it will have to do. The light in my sewing room at night, doesn’t make these pictures of the white cotton lace show up very well, but in person, it’s very elegant looking. I tied a burgundy bow in the back and there is a snap clip underneath to hold it in place.

I showed you this picture yesterday, but it’s the best one to show you the fabric used in the pinner cap…

Now it looks like this…

Next I worked on the velvet bonnet. I actually took it with me today and worked on it while my hubby was getting his treatment. I was a little disappointed that not a single person asked me what I was sewing on. :o( But that’s okay.. I got over it pretty quickly.

I added the green trim and made the loops to match the cape. I’m going to have to find more of that green loopy trim… I am almost out! I put some burgundy sheer ribbon ties at the side and like it best tied at the side, so it doesn’t get in the way of the bow on the cape. Here are some pictures of the bonnet and cape together…

It’s funny… I took the pictures of the pinner cap and Felicity’s skin was glowing and looked so pretty… I put on the cape and the bonnet…keeping her in the same spot, didn’t change my lighting and she looks like she has washed out skin in some of the pictures. I’m not a photographer so I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong. Maybe the burgundy is reflecting on her skin…?

Anyway, I hope you can get an idea of what this whole ensemble looks like now. Maybe I shouldn’t even tell you that I’m planning to get this listed on Ebay on Wednesday evening…that way, if I don’t make it, you won’t be disappointed… *but just between you and me, I’m hoping to!*

Any names floating around in anyone’s head for this dress set?

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Coming right up… One Pinner Cap and One Velvet Bonnet!

I’m so glad I asked for your help in deciding what to make for Felicity’s head wear. Most of you decided the straw hat should be saved for something more Springy or Summery. I agreed! Several of you liked the idea of the Pinner cap so I decided that would be ONE accessory for her head. Then I looked at a few other Pinner caps and thought I would make one with a wider piece of lace. This is what I have finished so far. It still needs a bit of decorating and a ribbon in the back. I think I will go ahead and finish the one with the smaller ruffle of lace too… lots of pieces for this set.

My lighting was not good for photographing ivory, but I hope you can get the idea…

Also, if you want to see the picture enlarged, just click on it.

Then, many of you thought a bonnet would be fine for a young girl, so I thought and thought and thought about what kind I wanted to make. At one time I had 5 patterns out on my table and even cut a prototype of one out of a piece of corduroy. I thought it was cute, but decided it was more of a Civil War style so I thought some more. It wasn’t until just a little while ago that I figured out what I wanted. It’s just a sweet bonnet “I” think a little girl would have worn if “I” had had a dress shop back in the 1700’s and someone wanted one. It’s not finished either, but I’ve got a nice head start on it. I’m going to take it with me in the morning to my hubby’s treatment and see if I can get it finished. Again, my pictures aren’t the greatest…

You’ll have to let me know if this is what you had in mind… although I won’t be able to change it… I only have a few slivers of the velvet left..

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Felicity’s Dress…. Take 2!

I guess since I’m the one making Felicity’s dress I have the right to change my mind if I want to. But I don’t think you’ll care. I believe it is an improvement. When I last left you, I had made a bum roll and a lace fichu for Felicity’s dress… they looked like this…

If you click on any picture it will enlarge.

W-E-L-L…after I googled fichu’s and saw how pretty some of them were… I thought I could do better…and then I thought, ICK… I don’t like that bum roll either…it’s too skimpy and looks like a pair of floaties on Felicity’s hips. SO…I redid both pieces…

I made the bum roll more like the typical style that would have been worn in Colonial times. While the 1770’s may have been stuffed with cork, mine has batting inside…it makes the skirt more Colonial looking. It definitely gives the skirt that Colonial “bump.”

I thought my lace fichu looked too “polyester-ish” and wanting something more “Colonial-ish,” I used the same vintage lace as on the sleeves. I cut a piece of netting and carefully pulled the threads up on my lace, slightly gathering it. It was a bit tricky to stitch and pull the treads at the same time, but I like the way it turned out. I made 2 rows of ruffles and think it makes a much nicer fichu than the first one. I satin stitched the edge a few times to give it a sort of rolled hem look.

I just crossed it over Felicity’s chest…

It can also be worn where it’s opened up more in the middle…

The ruffles can be fiddled with and tucked inside or fluffed up if you like…

Which brings me to another change… Notice all the handwork on the front of Felicity’s dress? I did that! Yes, I did! I was just going to do a few highlights here and there, but I guess I got carried away, because after a few hours I was still stitching and adding some beads… Here’s a little bit closer shot…

I even added a little something to her sleeves…

Oh…and then there’s that reticule… Linda suggested it and I went with it…

So here are a couple of full length shots of Felicity…

Which brings me to “what should go on her head…??” I made a pinner cap out of a piece of ivory cotton lace and edged it. I don’t have a bow tied in the back but here’s what it looks like…

I also have a very nice straw hat…and it looks like this… of course it’s not decorated yet…

Here it is with the velvet cape…

I searched in all my books, looked online, googled Colonial bonnets, and pretty much realized colored bonnets weren’t worn in the 1770’s. They wore those straw hats, with a round eared cap underneath… but I was hoping I could find at least one picture of a little girl in a bonnet…because I draped just a flat scrap of my velvet across Felicity’s head and she looked like this…

SO… I could use some advice… on what to make for her… any suggestions? Comments or emails?

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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