The shed is finished but the dress is NOT…

PLEASE NOTE: my brown and green handmade hats are ending this evening. If you want to check them out, you can click on the pictures at the right side bar or you can click HERE for the brown one, and HERE for the green one…

Well, everyone, I tried, but only one thing managed to get finished today…the shed! It is all newly stained and supposedly good for five years. ..I certainly hope so. I don’t relish the idea of doing that again. The only thing is, now my hubby thinks the chicken coop looks kind of shabby, so it might be next on his/my to-do list… (you can see where the Mulberry tree got a slight haircut!)

I had the evening to myself and skipped doing my dishes so I could spend some time working on Rebecca’s dress. I have the snaps sewn on the sleeve cuffs and I decided to add just a little bit of interest using some gray/blue embroidery floss and run it through the beading. Then I decided on the cameo for a brooch.

The back has another placket so the skirt doesn’t open all the way to the hem…it will have a regular finished edge all the way around. (It’s just serged right now.)

I kept looking at pictures and couldn’t figure out what was wrong, but something looked off on the dress… the white lace part.

I measured from the brooch to each side and it seemed to come out the same, but when I saw this picture, I knew what the problem was.

I took my tape measure and measured from the seam where the collar was sewn on to the sleeve seam, and there was the difference. You can see where I’ve marked it. It’s a little less than 1/4″, but it really stands out to me in that white lace. That sleeve needs to be moved in a bit… I knew something was wrong…but it will be righted. Here’s one last look before it gets sent back to the “alterations lady” for “repairs!”

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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It’s turquoise and pink and brown waves for Emmie…

I hope you trust me because even if “your” choice didn’t win, this is still going to be very pretty on Emmie. The turquoise and pink dimity fabric was the clear winner from the comments and emails. The wavy brown wig, that’s actually too small on Emmie’s head, won as the favorite. I did some work on her new debut dress and even though it looks pretty simple and plain… just hang on a bit longer… I think you’ll like it when it’s all finished.

I think her dress may be slightly too long, so I’m probably going to put some tucks in the hem of it… I used my favorite Swiss Batiste lace to “fancy” it up…

That turquoise wool felt is beside Emmie for a reason… but I’ll never tell…

My other “girls” showed Emmie the Dolly Toy Box and she has already found her “accessory” for this dress set! :o) Aren’t they cute together?

A simple post, I know, but at least it’s about sewing and dolls! :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Nora is looking very Victorian…

I hope you weren’t expecting to see Nora’s dress completed… because if you were, you’ll be sorely disappointed… I am disappointed too! I had high hopes for today but they just didn’t materialize. I have 3 pictures to show you and trust they will be enough to get you through the day… I probably have the most time consuming part of her dress done… and I think you can start to see the style of it.

I showed Rebecca the necklace part I had and she’s pretty sure she can help me figure out a way to make it work…

This sleeve turned out perfect, but the other one I’ll be taking out and redoing it. I caught too much of the lace in it and they aren’t the same width and I noticed it right away…

There’s going to be a peplum and black lace will be on the edge of it.

I wanted to show you the pattern I found on Pixie Faire… (HERE) It’s a Dolls at Heart Designs pattern. Not knowing what direction I wanted to take Nora in, sometimes all it takes is looking at other patterns to get inspired… I was just scrolling through the dresses and all of a sudden a saw a new pattern I hadn’t seen before. I tried to go on and look at others but I just kept thinking of this one… so I went back to it, looked it over, envisioned Nora in it and hit the “buy it” button.

It’s a really nice pattern and was a pdf so I received it as soon as I downloaded it. I like that you don’t have to wait for them to come in the mail. Here’s another view of the pattern…

I cut it out just as the pattern said and sewed my seams at 1/4″ as stated, but my back barely meets, so I’ll either be putting loops and buttons on the back or adding an extension…

I think it’s a really pretty pattern and just might prove to be kind of versatile for a few different eras.

Well, I better get to bed… it’s been a long day…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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