2 other Lavender Beauties… well, sort of…

I made such great progress on Rebecca’s dress Wednesday night and then “nothing” happened today… I wasn’t lazy… just busy! The only time I was in my sewing room was when I was packing up Molly’s pink dress for the winner. I ran out of time to start anything on the dress, so I decided I’d show you 2 other dresses made from the same fabric and how I finished them. If you’ve read my blog for any time at all, I’m sure you’ll remember them…I think these are the only 2 dresses I’ve made from this fabric.

First up is my first Felicity doll in “Lovely in Lavender.” This was one of my very first dresses, probably no more than my 10th dress. I sure wish I could go back and change a few things… especially my photos! I used to think using a flash was the best thing to use… uh…NO! Oh well, you can still get the idea of the dress…

I couldn’t stand it so I had to pull out my notebook with this dress information in it. (Yep, I have all the notebooks with ALL my auctions in them)… anyway, I found out this dress was my 8th dress I sold when I first stared doing the Ebay thing. It sold for $32.00 back in 2006. I even have my story line written down on the page…it went like this… “Mother, the lavender is blooming and I picked these for you… just because I love you!”

If you look closely, you’ll see the trim on her sleeve is the exact same trim as what I’m using on Rebecca’s dress. I told you it went well… it did even back in 2006!

If you click on the pictures they will enlarge.

I made another dress set from this fabric in 2008. It was for my 16″ Four Seasons, Helen Kish doll. I called this one “English Lavender” and it sold for $51.00. I don’t have the story line written down for this one. If the dotted Swiss fabric that I’m using now on Rebecca’s dress wasn’t nubby, I would probably use my machine and do the black stem stitch embroidery and then fill in the flowers with my floss, like I did on this jacket. But I’m concerned that I might hit a tuft and it would wreck the design. Since the “jacket” is already stitched to the dress …a boo boo would be a big disaster…so I’ll be doing it all by hand.

So that’s a few other looks I’ve achieved from this fabric… now I’ll have Rebecca’s dress to add to this collection! I think I already like it the best! :o)

Thanks everyone,
See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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~ 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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