A new winner and an old post…

Well, that certainly was fun for me…seeing which dress you thought I might like best from my 4th of July dresses. But what was more fun for me was seeing which ones you all liked the best. Everyone likes different ones for different reasons. Some of you almost guessed right…but a few were “spot on!” I had 6 ladies who commented or emailed me and picked the one I would have chosen…It was Lian’s dress. I had a lot of fun making that one and always think of it when I think of patriotic dresses. I put the ladies names in a drawing…

and drew out a winner…

Congratulations, Susette! I’ll get your prize out right away…

I did a post on Lian’s dress and the making of it on June 19, 2015 and called it “Minnie and Me in Red, White and Blue.” I’ll copy it here so you can see how I did it… everyone always asks me about those stars.

I did it! I got a Fourth of July dress made for one of my dolls! I’m thrilled and hope you will be too!

Every so often I do a set with one of my “mini” Minnie Mouses and I decided to put her with this very patriotic dress set for the Dianna Effner, 13″ Little Darling dolls. It was so much fun creating this one but it took me f-o-r-e-v-e-r to decide how to do the “flag” design on the bodice. I’m serious…we’re probably talking 2 1/2 hours trying different ways with the buttons… a firework exploding, a flag straight across, a conglomeration of the various sized stars, a star using the stars, a spray with the stars, random stars just dropped on the bodice. I even got Rebecca involved in helping me figure it out. I should have taken pictures of all the various ways I tried them. In the end, this is what I ended up with. 28 buttons…yes…count them…t-w-e-n-t-y e-i-g-h-t! I hope I got it right! I think I did!


When I finally decided to put the stars across the bodice in rows like a flag, I had to figure out some way to make them straight. It was too tedious to stitch them on freehand and get them even. I decided to run a row of basting stitches across the bodice in a wavy pattern parallel to each other…then I sewed them on just above the stitching line. When I was done I gently removed the basting stitches. I think it’s pretty cute.



The bodice is made from the vintage navy dotted Swiss fabric that I got at the yard sale. It’s nice and soft and is lined with white fabric on the inside. The buttons on the bodice were actually an afterthought, so the threads do show on the inside, if that matters to you. I tried to be as neat as possible though. Tiny red buttons close the back and are covering hidden snaps.



Lian’s skirt is made from a red and white striped cotton and white eyelet peeks out from underneath the hem.



A little tam was what Lian wanted to wear with this set…I like it cocked a little bit sideways, don’t you?


The tiniest little Minnie Mouse is being clutched very tightly by Lian…it’s my last red one and I’m SO sad!




Don’t you think YOUR doll needs this for her 4th of July dress?

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

So that was the post about Lian’s dress. I hope you enjoyed it a second time… :o)
See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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I found someone who is interested in my sewing…

(I think) here’s what’s up next. You’ll have to see if you can guess who it might be for… there’s not much to go on…and I’m not sure which buttons I might use…

A few days ago when I showed Nyssa in the red dress (shameless plug… it ends tomorrow night and you can see it HERE), a few people asked me if it fit this doll or that doll, so I tried it on a few of my girls so I could show you. I’ll just tell you now, none of the dolls I tried it on, could wear it “as is.” It was either too long, too big or just too baggy all over. The hat only fit Nahji and Willa. I could easily fit 2 fingers between it and the brim on Ellowyne. BUT… it’s a good start for a dress on these dolls, if I wanted to tweak it just a bit…

It looked like a potato sack on Lian…

I could probably pinch at least 3/4 to 1 inch on the backside of Ellowyne…

Remember the other day when I said I was hand sewing as my hubby was getting a chemo treatment and I noticed not a single person asked what I was working on? Well, I have a new fan….it’s Reuben… He got a new toy about a month ago; a cute purple and pink monkey with long arms and legs and big ears and lots of squeakers inside. The dog is a monster…he’s had that thing chewed up and the stuffing pulled out so many times and my hubby keeps bringing it back into my sewing room asking, “can you sew this leg on one more time? or “just sew it up as best you can…” or “just cut the ears off, he’s chewed the stuffing out of them anyway.” Well, I can only do so much and I said a few days ago, this was the last time I’m fixing this toy. I bet I’ve stitched it up 6 or 7 times already. But anyway, whenever I’m sitting at my sewing machine doing hand sewing, Reuben thinks I’m fixing his monkey. He’ll come in my sewing room, (if I’ve left the gate down) and just sit and watch me sew, for long periods of time. So tonight he came in and was watching me sew on something else and I thought, I need to get that silly monkey fixed one last time. Reuben sat there watching patiently as I stitched it up… putting it back together as best I could.

This is the damage he’s done to his monkey…let me warn you, it’s pretty pathetic…

This was Reuben waiting on me as I stitched it up…

…and wondering what could be taking me soooooo long…

When I was finshed, I dropped it on the floor and off he ran with it.

I barely was able to get a picture snapped… he’s happy now! Oh the joys of being a seamstress! :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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“Dress of the Year for 2016″…make your vote count!

Thanks so much for all the votes you placed the last 5 days, trying to determine which dress will be “Dress of the Year for 2016!” I’m so glad you enjoyed doing this… (at least I hope you enjoyed it.)

If you thought some of the other days were difficult to decide, this is going to be even harder. You’ve got 7 choices to decide from today, so PICK JUST ONE from the dresses below. You can leave a comment below or send me an email through “Contact Me.” I’ll show a full length picture of the dress and then two others. I checked and re-checked and made a chart listing each dress, up until last night making sure there were no “last minute” votes that trickled in.

Let’s see who wins… tomorrow!

Up first, the winner on Day 1 (by just 2 votes) was Lian, in “Details Matter.” It is a pink and white smocked dress with a sweet wool felt bonnet.


On Day 2, there was a clear winner… Addy’s “Sunday Special” dress…the one I referred to as looking like a water color print.




Day 3 ended up in a 3 way tie. So that gives you a few more dresses to choose from… Remember to just pick ONE dress from ALL the dresses shown today.

One of the winners on Day 3 was Addy’s grayish brown Civil War dress I called “Charming Addy.” I knew when I bought this fabric, Addy would wear it.

Kirsten was another winner on day 3 in a dirndl called “Mid-Summer.”

Another dress that caused the 3 way tie on day 3 was “Ready for School” that was worn by my Lian.

On Day 4 there was another clear winner… Rebecca, modeling “Music Lessons.”

On Day 5, Rebecca won in her Regency dress called “Christmas Rose.”

So there you have it… 7 dresses to pick from. I don’t envy you, because I’m not sure which dress I would pick… Please just pick ONE dress and leave me a comment below or send me an email using “Contact Me” and we’ll find out (hopefully) which dress is the winner.

Thanks for playing along with this and I hope “your” favorite wins. Maybe we’ll do this again next year!

Lian’s Pink and White Smocked Dress ~ Details Matter
Addy’s Watercolor Print Dress w/ wide lace collar ~ Sunday Special
Addy’s Grayish Brown & pink Dress ~ Charming Addy
Lian’s Blue/white lace Dress w/ red plaid book bag ~ Ready for School
Kirsten’s Pink and Purple Dirndl ~ Mid Summer
Rebecca’s Green/Rose and Cream Civil War Dress ~ Music Lessons
Rebecca’s Cream with Red Roses Regency Dress ~ Christmas Rose

See you tomorrow, with the winner!
Blessings, Jeanne

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Just a reminder about my Christmas dresses ending tonight…

HI everyone and Happy Sunday to you…
This isn’t really a post… it’s just a friendly reminder that my Ebay auctions for the Christmas dresses shown on my 13″ Little Darlings are ending this evening.


Christmas Joy (click the red name to see Lian’s dress set)


Christmas Hope (click the gold name to see Janie’s dress set)


Christmas Peace (click the green name to see Isabelle’s dress set)


It has been a real treat this week seeing all three of my girls dressed up.

Maybe I’ll see some of you at the “Finish Line” tonight? :o)

See you in the morning,
Blessings, Jeanne

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