Doll dresses you’ve never seen before… from 2007…

One of my readers, Barbara, emailed me a while back letting me know she had some pictures of my dresses from a long time ago. She said she loved them and had printed them out on paper and asked me if I would like copies of them? I was thrilled and couldn’t wait to see what I had made 10 years ago. They came a few days ago and were all from 2007. There were even a couple I had forgotten I had made. I wish I had the 2006 dresses…my first year of sewing for the dolls, but *alas* 2007 will be fun for today…

Want to see what Jeanne Marie was up to 10 years ago… You’ll see my first Addy doll, my first Kit doll, my first Kirsten and Samantha. Some of them you will probably have seen before, but see if you can spot the “newbies!”

Okay, let’s walk down Memory Lane…don’t forget, they are printed on paper and then I took pictures of them with my camera…so they aren’t super crisp. You can also click on them to make them enlarge…

So….if you saw these dresses on Ebay 10 years ago, which one would you have bid on? OR NOT?

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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~ Pretty on the Prairie ~ Alive and well on Ebay!

Yesterday I showed a sweet booklet of some silky floss that a friend gave me. I didn’t know anything about it and neither did my friend, except to say that it was her mother’s.

If you click on any picture it will enlarge.

Well, this morning Paula Ziegler emailed me some information. She said the floss was from the 1920’s and if I researched Art Deco embroidery I would find it. She also said it wasn’t real silk, but just silky in texture. Then she sent me a link, which I’ll post here too, if you want to look at it…

Silk Floss Link

Each strand of floss still has a tag on it with the number of the color, and the washing instructions on the back.

Well, this tag led me on a hunt to see if I could find out more about it… Here’s one blog post I found on it…

Blog Post about Silk Threads…

After doing a little reading, there are some flosses that were considered “artificial” but I’m not so sure this is…I’m pretty certain this is real silk. Whether it is or isn’t, I still like it and hope to use it on something… I thought maybe because of it’s age, it might be rotten and when pulled on, it might break, but it was pretty strong and I couldn’t get it to break.

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Well, wonder of wonders… I finished Kirsten’s “Pretty on the Prairie” dress last night and managed to get it listed on Ebay. If you’d like to take a peek, you can click on the picture at the right side bar, or you can click this link…

~ Pretty on the Prairie ~

When I was finishing up her bonnet yesterday afternoon, I decided to add a “header” inside to hold it up just a bit. I don’t like droopy bonnets any more than I like droopy sleeves. Here’s what I mean…

It really does the trick…

When I braided Kirsten’s hair, I made them very loose and pulled them toward the front, instead of making them tight and French braiding them close to her head. I couldn’t get her bonnet snugged up around her face like I usually do, so if it looks a little “gappy” that’s why…

Kirsten’s “accessory” was a puppy named Charlie. She actually talked her parent’s into letting her keep him!

I know the other night when I took my pictures of the different hankies on the dress, it was hard to tell exactly what color the dress was. Well, here is a close up of the hankie on the dress, so I hope you can see the blue colors and how well the design of the hankie matches the dress fabric.

Kirsten and I had a great time taking lots of pictures, but she was pooped out when we were finished…

Thanks for taking time to read each day! I appreciate each and every one of you!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Kirsten’s getting a new bonnet & pantalettes!

Okay…is there anyone who needs some rain? We’d be more than happy to send you some of ours! We have a lovely drip, drip, drip into a bucket in our dining room right now from a leak on our roof. My hubby is going to try and fix it with some of that “Flex Seal” that we’ve been seeing advertised on TV. We sure hope it works!

I looked outside this morning and our “courtyard” was flooded with water. It’s only done this 2 other times and one of those times was yesterday. Yep, it filled up 2 days in a row. It used to be an in-ground swimming pool, so the concrete is all around it, but it was filled in with dirt and we normally have grass on it. I just showed you pictures of it the other day because my hubby decided to plant his tomatoes in one corner of it…

…and this morning… (if you click on the picture, it will enlarge)

A friend from church gave me something this morning and said to open it when I got home. She said it was her mother’s but she didn’t know anything about it. So I was a good girl and waited to share it with you… Let’s see what it is…

..it feels hard like a skinny book…

Well, it is sort of a book… a book of silks…the cover is a cloth fabric and is hand painted…

Inside there are sort of pockets that unfold and are holding silk embroidery flosses…

Thank you Beth, how special… I’ll let you know when I use some on a dress!

Now…back to Kirsten. I hem-hawed around trying to figure out what I wanted to do for Kirsten from the neck up! I unbraided her hair and thought I was going to leave it down, but then I braided it loosely, having my braids come a little forward this time. I decided she needed a bonnet after all and set out to make her a pink linen one, but it was too “fluffy.” I didn’t care for it, so I started over. I had a soft pink cotton in mind, but it didn’t look right. I wasn’t sure I wanted the bonnet to necessarily be a “matchy-matchy” bonnet, but in the end, I decided I would go ahead. I’m not finished with it yet, but the main part is constructed… there will be ties and some kind of decoration on it.

She also will have a pair of white cotton embroidered pantalettes to wear with her new dress.

Bit by bit, this set is getting finished…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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“Pretty on the Prairie” dress set for Kirsten…

I worked and worked so I’d have something good to show you today! I think you’ll be pleased. I’m still not finished, but I’m getting there! The dress is all finished now, but I don’t have any of those pictures to show you… just a few of the steps along the way getting there.

Here is the dress laying flat. I thought I had my light on, but I’m beginning to think maybe I didn’t.

…and the back… ( no snaps on it in this picture)

Usually when I make this pattern, I don’t line the bodice. I don’t want the fabric to look stiff or too thick. The gathers just look better with it unlined and it has a softer look to me.

Here is the dress “almost” finished…

… the growth tucks…

When I got ready to make the apron, I had about 5 or 6 hankies that I could have chosen…this was my newest hankie and it could have worked, but I kept looking…

Here are a few more…

In the end, I decided on this one, because it sort of mimicked the tiny little flowers in the dress fabric…

…see how nicely it matches?

I saved a sneak peek picture for last… it’s almost finished in this picture…

I hope you’re liking Kirsten’s dress so far… did you “imagine” it looking like this?

See you on Monday,
Blessings, Jeanne

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