Update on Molly’s purple dress & I need your help….

Yay! I survived the day without going back to bed! I took it easy though, and didn’t do much… I dust mopped my floor, made my bed, unloaded the dishwasher and made dinner… and sewed! :o) Guess which one I liked best? (It was close between dust mopping my floor and sewing…) No, it wasn’t that close! :o)

I did some more sewing on Molly’s dress and it actually looks like a dress now, instead of some fabric wrapped a doll body. You probably can’t see it very well in the picture, but I only had the lace on the front part of the bodice… so it was lace in the front but not in the back.

I didn’t like that look of seeing the shoulder seam with one part lace and one part purple fabric, so I undid the shoulder seam and added a piece of lace on the back bodice. It looks much more complete and finished now…

Here’s the back view…

…and the front….

One thing I hadn’t planned on was how the lace curved in the front. I machine basted it down all around the neck edge and the armholes, but I left it loose at the bottom across the first tuck. Well… when I lined the bodice and pulled my lining to the inside so it didn’t show, it hiked up the lace in the front… fortunately it did it evenly across the front and made a sort of arch so it looks like a design feature. (I debated about saying anything and let you think I did that on purpose, but I couldn’t take credit it for it, when it was an accident.) :o)

I added some sleeve headers to the sleeve caps to help puff out the sleeve tops evenly. I just used some netting. You can also see around the neck of the dress, where I hand stitched the lining to stay in place. The lace was thick enough it wanted to peek out and I didn’t like the white showing.

So this is what it looks like now…

Aside from finishing the hand work on it, I have to decide how I want to embellish it… do I want a button “brooch” or a bow tied at the neck? Do I want to see if Rebecca can make a necklace that can be worn with the dress? (The necklaces shown are just to give you an idea of what one might look like… I know they don’t really go.) I could put purple buttons on the yoke or have a cluster of flowers at one side kind of up high? I could add buttons down the front of the dress, or spaced apart in double breasted fashion. What else could I do?

I got out my 1944-46 catalogs and looked for ideas, but nothing really grabbed me… so I’ll see what you all think… maybe something will jump out at everyone. Don’t be afraid to give your opinions…

Here are some pictures of buttons I gave a try… they are just pinned on so some of them aren’t straight. We might have to narrow it down to a few and then have a better group of pictures taken. Sometimes you have to see something farther away to make sure it’s right.

Actually, as far as the design and the style of the button, this one goes wonderfully with the print in the dress. I love the loopy edges and the bumps on it, but I think it’s a little too light and dainty, You really can’t see it far away…

So if you have any opinions on how to decorate the dress, let me know in the comments below, or email me. Thanks!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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“Autumn Leaves” for Patsy Tonner, is alive and active on Ebay…

Once I got the dress that was supposed to be for one of the Effner Little Darling’s taken apart and sized down for Patsy, things just seemed to “Fall” into place. Everything went smoothly after that. Well, that is after I redid the embroidery work on the front… It previously looked like this…and I didn’t care of the gold circles. In person they really were too flashy.

So I took that all out and made it look like this…

I finished a slip for the set…

…followed by a pair of Thigh Highs in a sweet lacy knit…

I like her hat the best. This is the first time I’ve done a two-toned hat…and the colors were “spot on” if I do say so myself! I used some tiny dried flowers that Cindy had sent me in little basket and I cut out the wool felt leaves to embellish the hat.

I did make one little mess up on the hat. It doesn’t show and it won’t affect anything about the set, but I’ll tell you how I goofed. Normally I make my hats and take them off the hat mold as soon as I’m finished winding the braid round and round the hat. I then let them air dry. It was late last night…actually this “morning”…it was after 1:00 a.m. when I finished this hat and I decided I would just let it dry on the mold. Well, I guess the glue that was squished out between the rows of braid, had no where to go, so it just stuck to the inside of the hat. It’s all glossy now, and sort of speckled like.

The glue isn’t loose, and doesn’t flake off, but it’s stuck on and just looks shiny on the inside.

I have one small scrap of the fabric left and I may try to see if I can’t make a hat liner and glue it to the top of the hat…just up to the coral colored brim rows…

I was sort of sick when I peeled the hat off the mold and saw the glue residue left behind…Oh well, guess I won’t do that again…

Here are a few more pictures of the set…

The little Teddy Bear was something Patsy found in the Dolly Toy Box.

I listed it on Ebay and you can see it by clicking the picture at the top right side bar or you can click HERE.

If you just type in Patsy Tonner on Ebay, it won’t come up under her listings… (it’s an Ebay thing), but IF you just add the word “Dress” to your search, it will show up with all the other Patsy listings… (Patsy Tonner Dress)

I hope you like the final look of this dress set. It is VERY pretty in person!

I did something I don’t normally do. I put a Buy It Now price on the listing… that price just popped into my head and I decided to give it a try… :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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“Autumn Leaves” for Patsy Tonner is coming along…

Well, I managed to get the dress taken apart, corrected and put back together…You should see Patsy smiling NOW!

The sleeves were shortened and the cuff was made smaller and the skirt was definitely shortened. I added the lace and even did a little embellishment on the lace at the waist, but I’m not thrilled with it so I’m going to redo it. It looks a little too fancy with the gold seed beads for a “leaves” kind of dress. I think I want something more simple.

So here’s what it looks like now…with plenty still left to do to finish this set.

I don’t have it straight on Patsy’s shoulders so it looks a little bit crooked.

Patsy is wondering what else is going to come with this set… hmmmm…. I guess she’ll find out pretty soon… :o)

Well this was short and sweet…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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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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