How about a few more “lace up the front” dresses?

~*~ Just a quick reminder that Felicity’s Fall Fancy dress ends this evening on Ebay. You can see the listing by clicking on the picture at the right side bar or you can click HERE and be taken to the auction. I hope you’ll take a peek…
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A few days ago I did a post on the many Felicity dresses I’ve created over the last 10 years. I’m not sure why, but that day I almost broke a record on the number of views from people looking at my blog. My record is 512 in a single day for THIS post… Felicity’s dresses boasted me a whopping 486 hits. I missed breaking that record by 27 hits. Oh well…

Several of you mentioned you loved the lace up fronts on several of Felicity’s dresses… That gave me an idea for today’s post. I had to do something simple because Saturday is our big International Thanksgiving Dinner. There was definitely no time for sewing yesterday and today so simple posts will have to suffice!

I actually could only think of just a few lace up front dresses, besides Felicity’s… So I was as thrilled as I hope you’ll be when you see all these new lace up front dresses… Some wonderfully sweet, some a bit on the “what was she thinking” when she made that…some with real lace up front ribbons; some with lace up front appliques! :o)

I hope you’ll enjoy these…

This last one was a special dress I made for Kirsten…

You remember me saying I LOVED this picture of Elizabeth showing off her long neck?

Well, I’m crazy about this picture of Kirsten too… Maybe it’s the way it was centered with that moon showing just above her head…

I hope you enjoyed those shots of my girls in lace up front dresses…

See you Monday,
Blessings, Jeanne

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To make up for NOT getting Felicity’s dress listed on Ebay, I’m… I’m …I’m…

…I’m having a GIVEAWAY!!! How long has it been since we had one? I can’t remember the last one… so I thought it was time. I didn’t have time to get Felicity’s dress listed on Ebay, so I had to do something that would make you happy! I think this will.

I’ve never had a GIVEAWAY for a pair of THIGH HIGHS before… that I can remember… so I thought I’d give them a try. They fit the American Girl dolls and just slide up your dolls legs. The nice thing about thigh highs is they don’t have that bulk at the waist like tights do…

Here is a picture of them…

They can be snagged if you have rough hands, so I’ll show you how I put them on… slip them over her foot and using your hand, sort of wiggle them around as you slide them up your doll’s legs… like this…

Viola!

Now, I’m feeling extra thankful this GIVEAWAY, so I’m adding a second pair. Yep, I’m giving away 2 pairs of thigh highs… here’s the second pair…

Now, how do you get in the drawing for them? You have to leave a comment below or send me an email (use the Contact Me tab under the header) telling me WHAT YOUR FAVORITE THANKSGIVING SIDE dish is…besides the turkey. Is it the mashed potatoes, the green bean casserole, the cranberry relish, the rolls, the dressing, etc? Whatever it is, let me know and that will register you for the drawing. I’ll randomly pick out 2 names and announce the winners of the thigh highs on my blog Tuesday. YOu have until midnight Central Standard Time Monday night…

Thanks so much everyone!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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I wonder if a Reticule was the Vera Bradley of Colonial times?

Felicity likes her new Reticule and was very pleased I made it for her. She didn’t want a teddy bear or a bouquet of flowers for her accessory. She said matter of factly…ONLY a Reticule would do! I’m glad she wanted one because it’s the last item this dress set needed! Something with a little pop of color. I made it in a blue linen fabric to pick up the blue in the fabric and hand embroidered a few flowers on it. It has a drawstring that pulls from both sides and there is a quarter inside to weight it down…and hang better. :o) (I forgot to pull the knots on the coral colored ribbon to the inside before I took these pictures.) oops! And I see a thread that needs to be snipped off on the stitching… oops again.

I hope you like it… I hope you don’t mind that it wasn’t green… I didn’t want it to be “matchy matchy!”

Have a wonderful Saturday!

See you Monday,
Blessings, Jeanne

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The handwork usually takes the longest… but snaps & a reticule & I think I’ll be done!!

It’s been a long time coming, but I think I can finally see the end in sight on Felicity’s Fall Fancy Colonial dress set. I have to sew the snaps on the back and make her reticule and she’ll be all set to model for me. I’ll have to take gobs of pictures to make sure I show everything… and Marilyn suggested I show the dress on another doll besides Felicity, so I might be doing it all twice…

I went with my gut (and a few suggestions) and decided against anything on her jacket except the bows made from the same linen as in her skirt. I fringed the edges to make them a little more dainty and not add any bulk.

If you click on any picture, it will enlarge.

The dress can look pretty on the outside, but if the inside isn’t finished nicely it won’t be as nice for my customers… so here’s an inside look at what sometimes takes so long to finish…everything that can be stitched down usually is…

The sleeve seams need to be tucked under and stitched down…one unfinished…

and one finished…

Here’s a look at the difference…

Now do you want to see it all put together?

I only got out one of my lights for these pictures, and probably should have gotten out both of them… there are a few shadows on Felicity’s face.

Well, the wait is almost over… it won’t be long till the bidding can start on this set… *hint* *hint*

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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