Want to see Isabelle’s Debut dress?

I thought I would share a few pictures of the debut dress I made for Isabelle back on January 5th, 2010! (I can’t believe I’ve had her for 8 years!) These were some of the pictures I found in my archives when I switched over to Windows 10. I had completely forgotten about this dress…and unless you were following me on Ebay, it will be new to most of you too! Isabelle was a Christmas gift from one of my doll customers back in 2009. I was absolutely crazy for her and started sewing right away… with many, many dresses to follow.

I looked up the template that was used when I listed it and the name for this one was “Old Fashioned Charm.” This was my fabric…

I was over the moon in love with her and looking at my pictures, she even looks younger to me. It’s probably her hair. Dianna Effner cut it to shoulder length and curled it under with a special low temp curling iron. It still curls under to this day, but it’s not as tight of a curl as it was back in 2010.

I couldn’t resist looking up what I wrote about this dress too. Here is the description of the dress I used on Ebay back then…

Isabelle is making her Debut in this old fashioned DRESS made from a ”watercolor-like” blue print with roses all over. She is such a beautiful doll and I wanted her first dress to be very special.

The DRESS is just a simple girlish style, with a few extras!

A textured linen fabric has been used for the sweet peter pan collar, which has been lavishly silk embroidered in colors that match the fabric.

Sweet ruffled sleeves are just the cutest addition decorated with tiny burgundy silk ribbon bows.

A tea length hem, with a row of heirloom lace, will ensure another year of wear for this beautiful dress. It opens all the way down the back for easy dressing and closes with snaps.

Also included, the winner will receive the sweet HAIR BOW and the tiny PUPPY in her arms.

Enjoy my pictures!

I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane… I did! :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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You asked for mittens and a muff….

…so I tried to deliver! There wasn’t any snow coming our way, so taking pictures outside sort of got derailed. I had to be creative inside so I used some silky like white fur for my snow… I got out an evergreen tree, and we’ll call this a white out!

The next thing you need to know is BLACK IS VERY HARD to photograph. I tried setting my lights in all different places and that coal black fur just didn’t want to show its true colors. Some of my pictures I intentionally made a little washed out so you could see the details, otherwise, it would have just been a black blob.

I found a piece of black stretchy (almost like a boucle knit) fabric and stitched a piece of stretchy velvet ribbon with a ruffle at the top section and then sewed the mittens in “mitten shapes!”

Rory stole them once and was trying to bury them in the snow…

I found some small black pom poms in a package at Joann’s and stitched them to the ends of the shortened bow ties. It makes the neck area look more finished off, especially if the capelet isn’t worn.

The muff was made of the same fur fabric as the trim on the coat. It’s just padded and rolled and stitched up like a pillow case would be and then turned…hand stitched closed, and a cord attached that goes over her head and around her neck.

Again, it’s one of those outfits that only the winner and I will know just how sweet it really is. My camera just cannot do this one justice.

I didn’t get it listed, but hopefully I can ASAP.

Hope you like it,

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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A coat for the Little Darlings…

Well, the silent auction was a success…the winning bid was $38.40, so I’ll let the winner know, or they’ll probably recognize their bid and get in touch with me. Thanks so much!!

Looking at all the furry and polar fleece fabrics I have, I realized they were all too big for the 13″ Little Darlings that I sew for. I could have drafted a coat pattern but I remembered seeing one on Ebay and Etsy and decided to take the plunge and buy it so I could download the pattern and start on it immediately.
The pattern is from the Etsy Store “sewsallday.” She also goes by biscotti725 on Ebay.

The pattern went together pretty well. I opted not to line this first one I made, to see how it fit. I used a nice corduroy in an animal print for this coat too. Then I decided to add some black fur trim down the front and around the bottom. I haven’t finished the neckline, but will when I get back to it. Janie wanted to be my model for this coat…and doesn’t she look sweet?

(sorry, my lighting wasn’t the best at 12:30…)

I’ll have her put on some black boots and thigh highs and make a fun little cap!

Sewing with this black fur trim has turned my sewing room floor into a disaster…its everywhere. I tried to hit the trash can when I shook the fabric over it, but I guess you can see what happened…

I’ll see what I can get done on it next time I find some time…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Some oldies but goodies…about doll dresses this time…

We’re still trying to settle my mom in her new apartment, and it’s taking all of our time, so this will just be a few archived posts too… I tried to think of something fun and colorful for you to look at today… and I hope I succeeded…these posts were from 2014 and were done on my 19th, 20th and 26th day of blogging. I barely knew what I was doing; with the writing… but I knew what I was doing with the sewing… hope you enjoy them!

Click on the links to see the posts…

How my doll dresses come to life…

I thought I better show you the next post…so you could see how it ended up…

Lian’s big reveal…

A little bit of 3-D fun…

Thanks for sticking around till I get back in my sewing room…
Blessings, Jeanne

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