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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A sneak peek at Felicity in “Fall Fancy”

I’m not finished yet and there is still plenty to finish on Felicity’s dress set, but I thought I would share a few pictures of what it looks like now.

Here’s a look at the Caraco Jacket laid out flat…

I don’t like the way the gathers look on the yellow linen fabric…sort of smooshed under the point in the front. So I’m going to fix that somehow…

I’ve still got to finish the handwork on the sleeves, add the snaps in the back, hem the skirt, decorate the hat, make a petticoat to hold out the skirt, etc. So, I still have a ways to go before I’m done. We got out the hat and Felicity wanted to show you what it looks like with the dress…

Speaking of the skirt…I wanted to make it versatile, so with this one, it can be turned around with the yellow section to the back. It will look like it’s all one piece this way…Surprise, Surprise!

So that’s what I got accomplished today…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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A Sunday Reminder about “Autumn Leaves” for Patsy Tonner…

This is just a reminder (before I forget), that Patsy Tonner’s dress set, ends Sunday evening on Ebay. If you’d like to take a peek at it, you can see the listing by clicking the top picture at the right side bar, or click HERE.

Have a wonderful Sunday,

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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