This was supposed to be an Effner, Little Darling dress …and Janie is upset!

I had this wonderful green with colorful Fall leaves print that I showed you a while back. I had gotten it down on one of our trips to Missouri and there was only a fat quarter of it… (18″ x 22″) My plan was to make a dress for Janie to model with her red bob wig and it was going to look adorable on her. I found the pattern I always use for my Little Darling bodices… cut out the dress very carefully, as I only had a limited amount of it… I lined the bodice, added the sleeves, made sure the cuff was the right circumference to go over her spread out fingers and around her upper arm…

…and then I tried it on Janie…

…but for some reason, it didn’t go on very easily… it wouldn’t even meet together in the back…

Oh, crumb… I checked and somehow I mistakenly picked up the wrong bodice pattern piece. I used the one for 10″ Patsy Tonner. But now the sleeve cuffs are too big around on Patsy, so you know what I’ll be doing tomorrow… ripping out! UGh! I can salvage it, and it will look cute on Patsy, but it shouldn’t have been this way.

Janie is all upset, because she wanted the dress, and I have no more of the fabric… she said, “Yea, but what about my red wig? This fabric was supposed to be mine!” I told her we’d find something else to go with her red wig…

So here is a look at what I’ll transform this dress into for Patsy.

I plan to make her a little straw hat using both of these braids…

Well, it’s late and I better get to bed so I can get started ripping out these sleeve cuffs in the morning light…

Janie is pouting and Patsy is singing… such is the life of a dolly seamstress!

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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Book Review: The Wish Booklet, Fashions 1806 – 1810 by Susan Sirkis

It’s no secret I LOVE making the Regency dresses…many with the train in the back. I stumbled upon this booklet by accident one time and it’s pretty much my go-to book whenever I make a new Regency dress. I just like looking at the drawings to help me figure out what direction the new dress may take and I love to be inspired for how it might look in the end.

The book is called “The Wish Booklet Fashions 1806 – 1810.” This particular volume is XV. It is a paperback book and has 49 pages.

If you click on the pictures they will enlarge.

Susan Sirkis is the author and she has many of “The Wish Booklets” covering different topics. Here are a few of her other titles…

The Wish Booklet 19th Century Children’s Fashions
The Wish Booklet Fashion 1776
The Wish Booklet Fashions in Time
The Wish Booklet Ladies Fashions 1831 – 1835
The Wish Booklet Miniature Fashions of the 1800’s
The Wish Booklet Wardrobe for a Little Girl 1900 -1910

All the booklets start with “The Wish Booklet” and then cover a certain period of time. I just checked on Ebay and there were 26 books from Susan. I also have the one of 1776 fashions…

My book has instructions for making a cloth doll in the very beginning, but that part was just incidental for me… I was only interested in the details of the clothing…

There are 10 dresses described in here and each one has at least one page describing it. These are the pages I combed over to get the details right…

There are also pages of information on petticoats, corsets, nightgowns, shoes, mitts, shawls, aprons, necklaces and earrings, muffs, parasols, recticule’s, and more!

Here are a few bonnets… #25 cracks me up every time I see it…

In the back of the book there are patterns that you can enlarge if you like. I’ve always just used them to look at the pattern and see what the pattern shape looked like, or how a curved line was actually cut. For me, this book is purely for reference…

If you are interested in Regency styles, (or any of the time periods), Susan’s books are pretty informative and I am happy to have this book in my collection. Maybe you’d like it too…

Now, I thought I’d show a few of my “lesser seen” Regency dresses… No particular reason why they don’t get shown as much, but they don’t…

The oldest ones in the archives, are the two shown on Josefina… they date back to 2008!

The next ones were from 2009…

…and this last one, with the gold shimmery fabric, was made in 2011. I’ve certainly made lots of Regency dresses…

I hope you enjoyed the book review and the slideshow!

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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