Oh, for the love of a bonnet…

“Springtime in the South” is coming right along…

Well…about that embroidery project I was facing…you remember, the one I was going to redo because my stitching was too close on one side? I got it finished..and a lot more done as well. The embroidery wasn’t a big thing to many of you, but it was to me, so I HAD to redo it. Now, I’m sure some of you are going to say, “I can’t tell any difference” but don’t tell me… I think I don’t want to know!

I redid it and moved over the right side as you are looking at the front, about an 1/8th of an inch… to me it looks better, but now I need to redo my bow that holds the two front pieces together. I don’t like my bow this time… but that’s not a biggie.

Okay…now what else. I thought maybe I should show you the inside of Rebecca’s dress since I used a Keepers Dolly Dud’s pattern but changed it just a little bit.

I did enlarge my pattern just slightly because so many of the older Addy dolls have the larger bodies. I didn’t want someone to win this and it not fit your Civil War girl, so I did make it a little bigger. I also lined my whole bodice…the pattern called for a neck facing. I wanted the dress to have a little more body and the facing allowed me to hide quite a few seams, which I whip stitched in place.

I also made a facing for the scallops on the skirt. The pattern said to hem the edges but I wanted the dips in the skirt to stand out so a facing helped with that. It also made it easier to stitch the trim on the very edge. Then I hemmed the straight edge of the lightweight cotton facing by hand.

I also didn’t want as much bulk at the waist, so I added a small 1″ addition at the top of my underskirt and then only had to gather it up slightly, creating much less bulk.

So those were my changes to the dress… want to see the bonnet now? It’s kind of pretty… Here’s a far away shot…

I used a piece of lavender linen I had and just made this up as I went along… it has heirloom cotton lace, a cotton applique, silk flowers, beads and the trim I used on the skirt scallops. Then I used a sheer ribbon on the back….(which has to be straightened up… I sure thought it was straight!) to make a pretty bow and added a sheer white ribbon to the sides that can be tied under her chin or behind her neck if you prefer. I kept saying to myself, “Keep it Springy, Keep it Springy looking!”

I still have to make her spray of flowers …but that shouldn’t take long…

My goal is to see if I can get this listed on Ebay this evening. I sure hope I can make it happen…

Thanks everyone,
See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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~ Springtime in the South ~ Wait till you see….

Just a Reminder: Molly’s dress ends this evening on Ebay. If you want to check it out, you can see the listing HERE, or you can click on the picture at the right side bar and it will take you to the listing. Thanks!

It’s amazing how sometimes I can be in my element and get so much accomplished. There is still PLENTY to do, but you won’t believe the head start I made on this dress last night. (Maybe it helped that my hubby was resting…) I think sleeping and sewing go hand in hand. Well, at least when it’s not the person sewing who’s sleeping!

I decided to use a Keepers Dolly Duds pattern that I’ve used before.

If you like Eve’s pattern, you can see it on Etsy, HERE.

I was going to make this pagoda sleeved jacket and have a white blouse underneath with a 3 tiered skirt, but I kept thinking of the title and decided to go with something a bit more Springy. I hope you like it.

Here is a close up of the scallops on the skirt. I think they turned out very pretty. I also made the purple dotted Swiss ( I actually forgot I had this but it went so well, I had to use it) into a jacket look instead of just a vest.

When I said at the beginning there was plenty still left to do, I meant it. The bottom skirt is just pinned around Rebecca’s waist, there are no snaps in the back, no crinoline made yet, no bonnet, no bouquet, no necklace…

…and guess what all that embroidery is doing draped on Rebecca… Any guesses? Yep, that’ll take some time…

I mentioned to Rebecca that I was going to make her a bouquet from the pretty lavender and purple flowers on the dresser and she pulled them over to her and said, “You mean these?”

She’s pretty excited about this one… hope you will be too…

See you tomorrow, or tonight at the “finish line” with Molly’s dress! :o)

Blessings, Jeanne

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I need your help again with Molly’s dress…

First things first… Don’t forget my Little Darlings Aqua & White dress —> ends this evening on Ebay. You can click on the picture at the right, or click on this link… Toodle’s Escapes!

About 15 years ago a doctor friend of mine brought back some 100% silk from Japan and wanted me to make her mom a dress from it. It was the slipperiest fabric I’ve ever tried to work with. It literally would slide off the table and was a real challenge to sew. I finally ended up putting paper on the table and cut the dress out by pinning it to the paper and cutting them both out together. I was about as nervous as I’ve ever been making something because there was no room for error… It wasn’t possible to get any more fabric so I had to be perfect in my cutting out AND in my sewing. I can tell you I earned every dollar from that dress and was very glad when I stitched the last stitch for it.

I’ve sort of felt the same way with Molly’s new blue dress. I don’t want to mess up and I only have about 3/4 yard, or maybe a little less… and so I need to be positively sure about what I’m doing… before I start….
…which leads me to my next question… Can you all help me decide which pattern to use for her dress. I’ve debated and debated all day and haven’t cut out anything yet. I thought I’d ask you again… See… I need some help… look at my cutting table… can you tell I’ve been thinking?



I looked at some 1940’s pattern, looking for something out of the ordinary and found 2 patterns that I thought could be turned into something fun for Molly…

The first pattern is a darling dress with a cut out at the neck that I thought was interesting. I liked the tie at the opening too. I thought the sleeves were kind of unusual and fun. I would probably make the point of the dress just go straight across so I could cut the fabric the full width. Sometimes when you have dress with a point, your fabric is a little more stressed at the point and I can’t take any chances of it pulling a runner in it… so I would just do a straight across skirt and probably just a bit longer… I may put a row of two of rick rack on it, if you choose it…

Pattern for Molly's dress bigger in peach

The next pattern I saw wasn’t necessarily that different, but I thought with the polka dots it would be fun with different colored baby rick rack.

Pattern for molly enlarged one with rick rack

So, if you have an opinion and would like to voice it, I’m all ears!

Now, call me Super Sleuth Mom if you will. Rebecca’s bridal shower for her friend was today and she was in a hurry to get out the door. I asked her if I could take a picture of her and she said, “Not now mom… I’ve got to go…” so I did what any other mom would do, I took her picture without her knowing it… through the window blinds… as she was taking her present to the car. You can’t tell much, but it’s the best I could do… I felt a little bit like a detective… :o)





I guess that’s all from me,

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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The Chicks are growing and “someone’s” been sewing!

Our baby chicks are 2 weeks old today… and my, how they are growing… feathers are sprouting everywhere. Here they were the day we got them…3 days old… (sorry about the glow of the heat lamp…)

[If you click on any picture it will enlarge.]



…and this is them today…my hubby was changing the shavings in the brooder box and they were all flocked together in the corner…





Before we know it, they’ll be in that gangly, gawky stage but that passes pretty quickly…

While they were sprouting their feathers, I was working on drafting a pattern for the new 50’s dress I plan to make. If you missed it, this is the pattern I’m going to try and copy…

Blog 1950's girls patten for blog

Here is my first draft for the dress bodice…


YAY…everything fit together like it was supposed to…


I don’t know if you can see it or not, but the fabric is a pretty periwinkle blue and has these little tufts about every inch or so all over the fabric. Almost like what’s used for the white insert and the collar.



Okay, it’s “imagination” time again… you’ll have to squint your eyes and see if you can envision how this is going to look…


I had only gotten this far, when I saw Eden snooping in the shoe drawer and she pulled out these 3 pairs of shoes and asked me to show them to you all. She doesn’t know which pair to pick… and asked for your help. The picture on the dress pattern shows white shoes, but we don’t have to use them…It will be a little bit before I have to decide shoes, so maybe I’ll show them again with the whole dress finished…


That’s what I managed to get done today… I hope it’s enough to keep you interested…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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