“Autumn Leaves” for Patsy Tonner, is alive and active on Ebay…

Once I got the dress that was supposed to be for one of the Effner Little Darling’s taken apart and sized down for Patsy, things just seemed to “Fall” into place. Everything went smoothly after that. Well, that is after I redid the embroidery work on the front… It previously looked like this…and I didn’t care of the gold circles. In person they really were too flashy.

So I took that all out and made it look like this…

I finished a slip for the set…

…followed by a pair of Thigh Highs in a sweet lacy knit…

I like her hat the best. This is the first time I’ve done a two-toned hat…and the colors were “spot on” if I do say so myself! I used some tiny dried flowers that Cindy had sent me in little basket and I cut out the wool felt leaves to embellish the hat.

I did make one little mess up on the hat. It doesn’t show and it won’t affect anything about the set, but I’ll tell you how I goofed. Normally I make my hats and take them off the hat mold as soon as I’m finished winding the braid round and round the hat. I then let them air dry. It was late last night…actually this “morning”…it was after 1:00 a.m. when I finished this hat and I decided I would just let it dry on the mold. Well, I guess the glue that was squished out between the rows of braid, had no where to go, so it just stuck to the inside of the hat. It’s all glossy now, and sort of speckled like.

The glue isn’t loose, and doesn’t flake off, but it’s stuck on and just looks shiny on the inside.

I have one small scrap of the fabric left and I may try to see if I can’t make a hat liner and glue it to the top of the hat…just up to the coral colored brim rows…

I was sort of sick when I peeled the hat off the mold and saw the glue residue left behind…Oh well, guess I won’t do that again…

Here are a few more pictures of the set…

The little Teddy Bear was something Patsy found in the Dolly Toy Box.

I listed it on Ebay and you can see it by clicking the picture at the top right side bar or you can click HERE.

If you just type in Patsy Tonner on Ebay, it won’t come up under her listings… (it’s an Ebay thing), but IF you just add the word “Dress” to your search, it will show up with all the other Patsy listings… (Patsy Tonner Dress)

I hope you like the final look of this dress set. It is VERY pretty in person!

I did something I don’t normally do. I put a Buy It Now price on the listing… that price just popped into my head and I decided to give it a try… :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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“Autumn Leaves” for Patsy Tonner is coming along…

Well, I managed to get the dress taken apart, corrected and put back together…You should see Patsy smiling NOW!

The sleeves were shortened and the cuff was made smaller and the skirt was definitely shortened. I added the lace and even did a little embellishment on the lace at the waist, but I’m not thrilled with it so I’m going to redo it. It looks a little too fancy with the gold seed beads for a “leaves” kind of dress. I think I want something more simple.

So here’s what it looks like now…with plenty still left to do to finish this set.

I don’t have it straight on Patsy’s shoulders so it looks a little bit crooked.

Patsy is wondering what else is going to come with this set… hmmmm…. I guess she’ll find out pretty soon… :o)

Well this was short and sweet…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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I can only go so long without making a Civil War dress…

Just like the title says, the next dress coming up will be one for your dolls who live in the Civil War era. I spent some time looking through my illustrated dress books and sorting through my fabrics and finally settled on an idea. I’ve had this fabric for a little while and think it will work for what I have in mind.

You’re really going to have to use your imagination on this pieced together dress.

It’s probably the worst “drape” job I’ve ever shown you. I just wanted you to see the start of it.

I think it looks pretty nice on Rebecca’s skintone, so she will be the model this time.

I quickly looked through my buttons and pulled out these, but I may find something better tomorrow…

I only have 3 fat quarters of this fabric, so it will be a young girls mid calf length dress, but I think a pair of pantalettes will be perfect out of the white embroidered cotton lace.

I think I can squeeze in some sewing time tomorrow…but everytime I say that, something comes up, so I’m not holding my breath!

Three of the little hat sets sold, and I just about jumped out of my chair! Thank you!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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FINALLY…a post about those HATS!!!

It has taken me forever to get this post written. It wasn’t because it was hard to write, I just couldn’t seem to find the time… I thought I better do everything I could today to make sure I was talking about something “dolly” related… especially those hats!

So here’s the deal in a nutshell. I LOVE making these little straw hats for the dolls. There’s something fun about going round and round until you get to the top of the hat and then it’s especially fun to pull out the paper roses and flowers and see what looks best on them. Well, combine that with all my fabrics and you have a match made in heaven… well, almost!

I decided it might be fun for the ladies who sew, to be able to buy the hat and then have a piece of fabric already matched up with the colors of the hat and flowers. So, this idea was born… I’d make the hats and decorate them and then offer a few different choices of fabric for the winner to choose from. They buy the hat and the fabric and then they can make the dress for whatever doll they want. I’m offering 1/3 of a yard of fabric for the hats…(in some cases only a fat quarter) They work for the 13″ Effner Little Darlings, Ellowyne, and 10″ Patsy Tonner and friends. So they are sort of Hat/fabric kits in a way.

Now, not everyone sews, so I decided if they only wanted the hat, and not the fabric, I would send them back $3.00 in their box.

This is sort of a kick starter for me to see if it works this way… I guess we’ll find out! I took new pictures outside today of the hats on the fabrics to try and get the colors as close as possible to what they really are…

Here they all are at a glance… it’s like a little hat shop, isn’t it?

If you have any suggestions or think of anything I may have left out, let me know. My listings are scheduled to go on Ebay just past 8:30 Thursday evening…(Central Time)

I hope you’ll check them out. I’ll list them over at the right side bar when they become active listings on Ebay.

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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