First day of Fall ~ Fashionable with Flowers

I saw lots and lots of leaves falling today, so that can only mean one thing… Fall is coming… I mean Fall IS HERE… Today is the first day of Fall. (It actually starts at 4:02 p.m. Eastern time) I thought I’d celebrate it with you by showing flowers instead of leaves! I have some fun pictures of my girls holding flowers and hope you enjoy this slideshow! Pretty quickly the flowers will all disappear.

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This is 14″ Wren, by Helen Kish…

This is 17″ Katie Effanbee…

Here is 18″ Nyssa, by Kaye Wiggs…

Everyone knows Felicity…

…and Kirsten….

…and who could forget Addy…

Rebecca is looking beautiful in her coral dress and her lavender one…

Kit shows off her black with some red roses and a pretty lilac junior bridesmaid dress…

This are my two 16″ Kish Four Seasons doll…Fall and Winter.

Here’s Elizabeth…

After seeing all those pretty flowers in the girls hands… WHO’S READY TO GO RAKE SOME LEAVES? :o)

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.

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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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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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How about some dolly birthday dresses…

Today’s my birthday and I’m sitting here at the computer, at a loss about what to write. As I was just thinking about it, what I really want to say is thank you to all of you who are my new friends…friendship is the best gift ever! I enjoy your thoughts and comments so much and love checking in each day to see what you all are up to. I have received some birthday cards and thank you in advance for thinking of me. I can’t wait to open them!

My hubby asked me what I wanted to do… go out to dinner, go on a road trip somewhere and go shopping? I told him what I’d really like to do is work on the floor so we can get our new flooring installed. That was okay with him. So I’ll get up early, put something in the crock pot and hopefully have a nice work day… then a nice dinner at home.

I was thinking about the doll dresses that I have made that were specifically made as birthday dresses. I have lots and lots of Easter dresses, Valentine dresses, Christmas dresses, school dresses, but not so many dresses involving a birthday party. I could only think of 2 dresses where the doll was actually going to a birthday party…and both of those dresses were for Janie.

Here is Janie in the first birthday dress set. She even has her present in the pictures… :o)

This is Janie in the second birthday dress set. She looks pretty cool and comfy in her pink and white polka dotted dress, doesn’t she?

Well, I thought that’s going to be a pretty pathetic birthday post, so I picked a few dolls off the top of my head and looked at their archived pictures and found a few that I thought might pass for “birthday dresses!” I hope you enjoy them.

This is Bitty Bethany, by Helen Kish, in a hankie dress that was one of my absolute favorites. I searched for another hankie just like this one for probably 2 years, but finally gave up…

I thought Nellie looked like she might be going to a birthday party… so she was picked!

Rebecca was dressed up in a cute pink and green floral print and she had this adorable poodle… I guess it caught my eye, because she made it in the line up for looking like a birthday dress…

Elizabeth may be going to a birthday party. It’s an outdoor party if she is…

And the last doll who got chosen to represent “birthday dresses” is Patsy. She’s in a sweet little colorful set that was chosen by you as one of your top favorites a few years ago…

So that’s going to be my birthday post. I am very blessed to be celebrating my 61st birthday and am so grateful to the Lord for the life that He has allowed me to live.

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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