Someone on here knows my heart… Vintage Laces…

I received a package in the mail… and I wasn’t expecting anything! Doesn’t that make your heart beat a little faster when that happens to you? My hubby was the one who brought in the mail so he handed it to me and I wish you could have heard the inflection of his voice when he asked, “What did you buy?” I told him I didn’t buy anything…of course my thoughts were racing…did I? Did I? But I hadn’t, so this was going to be a fun package to open.

It was from one of my readers and I’d like to share who it was, but I think I’ll keep it a secret, for her sake… so I’ll give you a hint…she has between 5 and 8 letters in her name… (sorry…I had to do it!)

Anyway, as I was opening it, my hubby was looking on as I took things out of the package and I started going “Oh, oh, oh…” and he asked,
“Is it the kind of lace you like?” I said, “Oh yes, it’s the kind I like…OLD!”

There was so much to look at and I was a bit overwhelmed that she sent this to me… she kept some for herself as a friend gave a huge lot to her and she decided to share it…When I thanked her for it in a quick email, she told me one of the boxes that had laces in it, had penciled on top, “before 1925.” Woohoo! What a blessing to have fun laces like this to use on vintage looking doll dresses!

Okay, let’s see some, Jeanne…

Here’s what I pulled out of the padded envelope…

Now just feast your eyes on these pictures…

This piece is about 12″ x 10″ and is very pretty!

Here’s some more…

She sent along 2 pieces of fabric… a peach dotted/flocked cotton… almost gauzy like and a white piece of embroidery…

She also sent along a pattern for a pair of doll boots…

…and a pattern for a doll dress. It’s for a 24″ doll, but I could reduce the pattern….

I flipped to the instructions and saw this picture of the sleeve… I like it already!

So here is whole lot…

…with a couple of closer shots…

It was fun taking the laces out and looking at them… wondering what I’ll do with “this” and “that” and who will get something from the stash first… oh, if I only had more time and 2 of me! *sigh*

Thanks so much, “Dear Lace Giver!”

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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How I made Lian’s pinafore… a semi tutorial…

Kathie sent me this piece of dainty batiste embroidered fabric from a vintage baby dress (I’m pretty sure) but I was sort of intimidated to use it. I absolutely adored it and didn’t want to mess it up in any way! The best way to do that was to just “look” at it and not cut into it… BUT… I really wanted to use it for Lian’s red Christmas dress, so I put all my fears to the side and just jumped in. The first thing I had to do was get the creases out of it. I used my steamer and got them out…

This is how I envisioned it as a pinafore… I’m sure you can tell what it’s going to look like, right? If not, hang around and by the end of this post, you’ll know!

If you click on any of the pictures, they will enlarge.

This was my fabric piece… cut off at the top to make it the right length for a pinafore skirt…

I finished off the ends of the fabric by pressing them under and then topstitching the edges. Then I gathered the top edge of the fabric with 3 rows of basting. It was super delicate so I had to be very careful when I pulled up my threads…

Next, I measured around Lian’s waist and pulled my threads to “almost” that length. I didn’t want the pinafore to meet, but have about a 1/2″ space between the ends. I took a scrap of paper and put it down on my sewing machine and then laid the gathered skirt on the paper. Stitching through the paper would hold my gathers in place and stabilize it.

The stitches perforate the paper and make it easy to tear it away…but wait until you have your waistband stitched on… again, it’s a good stabilizer and keeps things from shifting…

I cut a piece of the batiste fabric to use as a waistband, and stitched it on.

NOW you can tear off the paper!!! Finish the back of the waistband with tiny hand stitches. I could have stitched it on the machine, but decided to do it by hand.

Next comes the bib part. I didn’t want to cover up ALL the red on the dress, so I used a piece of heirloom lace I had for the bib part and some dainty cotton lace for the straps. I did add a section of the “strap” lace to the bottom of the bib to add a little bit of length… This is how it looked…

I centered it on my waistband and stitched it on by hand…

…then finished up the backside by hand too…

Here’s what it’s looking like so far…

Next I pulled the straps to the back and pinned them in the right place… then stitched them down…

Here’s a look…not totally finished, but getting there…

You can see the back part of the pinafore waistband that is pinned in the back.

I decided to sew some soft Velcro on the band and add a “pre-tied” bow… that makes it SO much easier to dress the dolls…

Here’s the back all finished…

I think the red dress by itself is very pretty, but some might think it’s too plain without the pinafore. I was playing around and I’m going to include this little “belt” for a different look to the dress. It just slips on the button on the back on one end of the piece of lace and then loops onto the button with the other end of the lace… If the winner doesn’t use it or like it, it’s no big deal… I just thought it was kind of cute on the dress for a different look.

So, that’s how I made Lian’s pinafore.. now who’s going to try one?

Linda reminded me about the Fashion Show we were going to have… remember? I asked you to send me 1 or 2 pictures of a doll you have that has a favorite Christmas dress on. It can be a doll dress you made, or bought… doesn’t matter. It can be a new picture or an old one…Tell me why it’s your favorite and I’m going to show them in a post soon…

Well, I better get to bed… I never did get that nap, Joy!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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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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