Samantha’s bodice beginnings…

Samantha and I had a busy day… I was more busy than she was, but she insisted she was “busy looking pretty in her pink coat!” I don’t think that counts… *sigh*

I was hoping to get more finished on her dress, but it was one of those days… quite a bit of time was spent trying to decide how I was going to “embellish” the bodice and I finally decided on a piece of pretty white lace down the front… and you know there’ll be “something” on it! :o) I added the stand collar and have the facing on so it’s all neatly finished off…I decided to leave the dress unlined as I want the softness of the fabric to have soft gathers.

I have one sleeve sewn in and I thought I’d shirr up the forearm area with a few rows of elastic, but as I’m looking at it, I think my lace at the bottom is too big… so it might be coming off. I needed to make sure the sleeve will fit through the arm of the coat, and I slipped it on, and I think it will, but I’m not positive. I’ll have to check it tomorrow…

I took the coat back off Samantha and put it on Nellie again.

Then Samantha said, “Show them my boots!” She was standing in her pink coat and I asked her if she could wake up enough to try the start of her dress on… she said, “…only if I can keep on the boots!”

Don’t you just LOVE it when your dolls talk to you?

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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A coat and a dress… I had some success!

I always love it when things go together smoothly… don’t you? This set seems to be doing just that! The coat is looking pretty charming to me… feminine AND charming, I might add. I’ve had a thing for appliques and a “bigger” thing for double breasted buttons for as long as I can remember! There’s quite a few appliques AND buttons in my sewing room! :o) I’ve always loved capelets and things that show off the girlie side of doll clothes… without being too fussy. I’m hoping this one turns out pretty, but on the simple side.

I debated about putting fur on the edges of the coat or adding a trim but I decided to go a different route… a sweet venise applique tucked just under the collar and stitched down. That gave way to use some cream buttons I just found at the thrift store. I “knew” I’d find a use for them!

They are stitched on and snaps are hidden underneath.

I could have hemmed the sleeves and the bottom of the coat but decided to wait until the dress was done to make sure I had both the right lengths.

Years ago I bought a stained Samantha dress and cut it up for the pattern. I undid half of the dress and kept the other half intact so I could try it on dolls to make sure it fit their bodies. I’ve used it a few times as a pattern and decided this was the right dress to work under the coat.

I needed to see if I had enough fabric to cut out the dress and YAY… I did. I even had a scrap about the size of a potholder left over!

I managed to get the tucks pressed and then the shoulder seams sewn together… Here are my girls side by side showing off what looks to be a really pretty dress and coat set! I hope you like! :o)

Well, let’s see what I can get accomplished today!

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 week of coats…

Hi everyone,
This has been ONE COLD WEEK for most everyone…except for a few of you out on the west coast… :o) We all might be just a little bit jealous of your weather… but just between you and me, I’ll trade cold air for earthquakes! :o/

This week, it’s all been about coats on here… I shared one for Nora and that was a winner for someone! Thank you very much! :o) Then I turned right around and started one for the Little Darlings. I managed to get the hat finished and the neckline is all nice and neat on the inside as well. I’m debating about putting a little detachable capelet on the coat. One came in the pattern and just holding the paper pattern up around Janie’s neck…it looks pretty sweet! I just might have to do it!

Here are a few pictures of it so far… again, my lighting isn’t the greatest…but maybe slightly better.

Janie looks pretty warm, don’t you think?

…and 2 more pictures… just because…

I also received a few pictures from Jane showing her Little Darling, named Cricket, with the coat and dress set she received from Lorna in a Snowy Day Swap on the Little Darlings forum. (It’s kind of like a Secret Santa Swap.) Isn’t this just the most adorable set? That blue baby wale corduroy is gorgeous and her white trim actually came off some Santa hats… The dress is just as beautiful! I bet Jane could hardly believe her eyes when she saw what she had received! Well done, Lorna!

Then I wanted to show the pictures that Jane sent to “her” swap partner…. She made a sweet red parka, and padded it too!

Also included were a pair of print overalls and a fun knitted sweater! Oh my, aren’t there some really well dressed dolly’s in the middle of all this snow we are having? Cute, cute, cute is all I can say… Thanks for sharing your pictures, Jane…

THANK YOU TO REBECCA for helping me get my last few pictures loaded…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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