2017 Holly Dolly Fashion Show!

Hi everyone,
You are in for a real treat today… Normally, I’m the one showcasing my dresses from the past year, but today, there is something really special to see… I asked my readers to share a few of their dolls in their most favorite Christmas dresses… You didn’t disappoint! They are all lovely and I hope you enjoy seeing everyone else’s dolls in their Christmas finery!

I have to thank my daughter, Rebecca, for helping me with this… She even came up with the title… I think I’m rubbing off on her… She wanted to do a fancy presentation, but she was worried that some might not have the Power Point program, so we just decided to present it the way I usually post things. She had everyone’s pictures in a frame like the one you see at the beginning of the slide show… with the ornaments, and it was so pretty! I was imagining putting a Christmas song in the background, but that never was able to materialize. Anyway, I think you’ll enjoy everyone’s pictures. A few ladies sent a few more than two pictures and I was going to enlarge them and figure out which ones to use, but in the end, I just decided you all wouldn’t mind an extra picture or two from someone… So let the “2017 Holly Dolly Fashion Show” begin…

Most all of the photos will enlarge if you click on them…

Ingrid was the first one to submit a picture of some dresses, but she said she was behind in getting her dolls dressed for Christmas, so white dresses would have to do… (I’m sorry for Ingrid’s picture of her girls in the white dresses, being sideways on your phones and ipads… I don’t know why that happened to that particular picture. On my computer it’s right side up and so I decided to keep it that way…)

But a few days ago, she found a Christmas picture to send me… Thanks so much Ingrid… your girls are just lovely…

Charlotte Trayer sent a picture of Heather in a dress that she received from a Christmas Swap back in 2015. I’m pretty sure it was the Ning group swap… Yes, that’s Shadow Embroidery on the front…isn’t it lovely? Heather is also modeling the green dress…

Delaney is her second doll and she’s dressed in a swap outfit that Charlotte received in 2016. It’s an ornament “sweater” from Michael’s that had the back adapted to fit the dolls.

Dorothy King bought an Iplehouse BID (Baby Iplehouse Doll) named Elin, (like mine), but changed her name to Elyse. She’s beautiful, isn’t she?

Dorothy also wanted to share Charlotte Noelle, a Little Darling, by Dianna Effner, that she just received this month!

Linda said her 2 favorite dresses from American Girl were these… shown on Molly and Susan. Molly is in her green velvet dress and Susan has on Addy’s Plaid Tartan dress.

This next picture from Linda features Betsy McCall and Ivy. Betsy is in a darling crocheted dress and Ivy is in American Girl’s Sparkly Plum. They are standing in the bay window, by the small Christmas tree that Linda has in her bedroom.

Moving on, let’s see what Shara has to share…She sent me pictures of 4 girls in red silk smocked dresses… My Meadow 18″ Saffi, 14″ Avery, 11″ Tella and her Little Darling wanted to get in on the modeling too. Beautiful dresses, Shara! (I’m sorry, but Shara’s pictures won’t enlarge.)

Mary C just finished crocheting this outfit for her “unmarked French” head mold-Bleuette friend. It was originally a knitted pattern by LSdS for Bleuette, but since she doesn’t read French, she adapted the pattern and crocheted it! Nicely done, Mary!

Here we have Santa’s helpers from Sissy LIngle. She sent me a picture of Giggi and Patti, who are 10″ BID’s by My Meadow. They are helping Santa and look adorable in their Christmas rompers! Very sweet, Sissy!

Leigh made a matching dress set for her daughter, Melissa, and her doll, back in 1980. The dresses were a red calico print with a white eyelet pinafore on top… How sweet is this picture? Thanks Leigh!

It looks like Joy’s girls are doing some baking… and don’t they look like they’re having fun? I love this little set up Joy! Cute, cute, cute!!!

Kathie sent me these pictures of her 13″ Little Darlings around the Christmas tree. Oh, how beautiful they look!

Paula has some very pretty pictures of her favorite Christmas dresses… Trisha is in a red plaid with a black velvet bodice. (I’m flattered, because I made the two different (but same plaid) dress sets in her pictures.)

Paula’s second picture is of Quintessa in a red plaid dress with a black velvet capelet!

Shara wanted to share a few more pictures of a commissioned dress that she made last year. Eden is modeling a darling dress with a black velvet bodice and a net lace skirt, over taffeta. Just a hint of red in the form of a bow makes it look extra special… Thanks Shara!

Hanna Davis shared something I thought was very sweet. She didn’t have any pictures of Christmas dresses, but she did have one of a pink Easter dress. She went ahead and sent it and said, “We remember the Lord at both times!” How right she is! I loved it, Hanna!

Susette wanted to send along her favorite pictures of her girls in Christmas outfits… There are several dolls in her pictures and they all look so sweet! Look closely at her pictures so you can see everything! Susette said Molly’s apron is reversible and has a Valentines Day pattern on the other side. She’s wearing the American Girl Velvet Green Overalls under that apron. The girls are having a casual Christmas Party after a sleigh ride and snowball fight! The other girls are showing off their Christmas sweaters…she even made the tablecloths too!

April wanted to get in on the picture show and sent along these pictures… She’s waiting on a 2nd hip replacement and said she’s been out of the sewing loop this past year, but these are some of her past creations. I hope you enjoy them…

I hope you enjoyed “today’s presentation!” I did! :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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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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