See if you can envision this next dress….

I won’t give too much away, but some of you are P-R-E-T-T-Y smart cookies and just might figure it out. I had too many phone calls today trying to figure out something for my mom…so I didn’t get much done besides cutting it out. As you can see I’ve given you a “laid out shot” of the dress…but it’s pretty hard to tell what it might look like.

This is going to be for Nora and here is a shot of her with the bodice piece next to her skin. I think it’s pretty on her.

I had a yellow fabric out, nope…a purple one, nope, a black and rose print, nope… and a white fabric, nope… I needed some inspiration as I’d been away from my sewing machine just long enough to get “cold” with my sewing… I found a new pattern that I’ll share with you maybe tomorrow… and I think you’ll like it…

I have this black lace that will work on the sleeves…

I’ve had this forever and I think if I can get it to work, it will be used…

There are several ruffles and I can’t wait to work on it…

Since I didn’t have much to show you, I pulled out a few more pictures that Barbara sent me a while back. They are photocopies of dresses I made that she liked and sent to me. They aren’t super clear but I think you’ll be able to enjoy them. These are all from 2007 (10 years ago!!!) and they should be new to everyone…unless you happened to be the winner of one. I could look them up in my notebooks but it’s late and I thought I’d just show the pictures…

Here is a dress for Samantha that is similar to another one I made, but it is slightly different. Once again, she was so new I didn’t have any shoes for her…

I bought a stained Samantha Meet dress off Ebay once and took it apart for a pattern…this was my version of the gray and burgundy plaid dress…

Molly’s suit was so beautiful and bright in person. It was a chocolate brown featherwale corduroy with hot pink dots in it. Her blouse was hot pink and had little tufts in the fabric.

Kit looked pretty in this color, but that’s about all I can say… I think “my camera added 10 pounds to her body!” :o)

Actually, as I was looking at this dress on Kit, it became more and more familiar to me, so I did a little searching in my archives and found that it was originally made for Katie Effanbee, so Kit must have just been trying it on for some reason… it’s the only picture I have of her in it. Here it is on Katie.

Well, I hope just knowing I’m back in my sewing room is enough to keep you interested and wanting to come back… I’ve been away from my sewing and I’ve missed it… I hope you’ve missed it too! :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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To “some” of the hats my daddy wore…. Happy Father’s Day!

My dad was a very special man… we never called him “Father” but he surely would have won the “Father of the Year” award…at least in my eyes. His life was cut short way too early with a brain tumor when he was only 49. Still in his short time here on this earth, he accomplished more, made more, learned more, “tried” more, than a lot of men do their whole lifetime. I found some pictures of him doing a few different things and thought I’d share them.

He loved to engrave on copper plaques and sometimes on watch backs…

He was a great listener and “explainer…” of all things mechanical… I’m sure my brother was asking him how his Alvin puppet worked…

Here he is fishing…

Who knows what he’s doing on his desk. He took every kind of course you can imagine, from refrigeration to working on small motors… (both of the black and white pictures are from when we were in Italy.)

I’d give just about anything to hear him play his guitar one more time… maybe “Life is like a Mountain Railway.”

He was a wonderful daddy when Cindy came along as the first child…

Sadly, we have only a few pictures of us all together. Here we are in San Antonio, TX, where he was being treated for his tumor. Happy times mixed with sad times.

He’s buried just down the road from me and I think of him often. Today I’m thinking of him and wishing he was here for a long talk. I’d have so much to tell him!

Happy Father’s Day to my daddy and all the other Father’s out there…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Doll dresses you’ve never seen before… from 2007…

One of my readers, Barbara, emailed me a while back letting me know she had some pictures of my dresses from a long time ago. She said she loved them and had printed them out on paper and asked me if I would like copies of them? I was thrilled and couldn’t wait to see what I had made 10 years ago. They came a few days ago and were all from 2007. There were even a couple I had forgotten I had made. I wish I had the 2006 dresses…my first year of sewing for the dolls, but *alas* 2007 will be fun for today…

Want to see what Jeanne Marie was up to 10 years ago… You’ll see my first Addy doll, my first Kit doll, my first Kirsten and Samantha. Some of them you will probably have seen before, but see if you can spot the “newbies!”

Okay, let’s walk down Memory Lane…don’t forget, they are printed on paper and then I took pictures of them with my camera…so they aren’t super crisp. You can also click on them to make them enlarge…

So….if you saw these dresses on Ebay 10 years ago, which one would you have bid on? OR NOT?

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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I’ll show you my Christmas dresses, but not on my dolls….

You will be SO happy to know I have the 3 dresses for my Effner Little Darlings all done! Yes, every snap is sewn on and all the handwork on the inside is completed! I am as thrilled as you are…maybe more so!

It took me a long time to sew on 12 snap sets…that’s 24 pieces! Then I had to do all the handwork on the inside of the dresses; stitching down all the seams, running the floss through the beading on the lace at the bodice and doing the hems by hand… (just like Marilyn said!) I had to give them a final pressing before I could tell myself they were completely finished.

I wanted to dress my girls in them, but they had a slumber party with Betsy McCall last night and they stayed up too late, so they went to bed early tonight. I decided to take pictures of the dresses in a sort of artistic way instead and hope you enjoy seeing them like this…

If you click on any picture it will enlarge.

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Here’s the inside of the dresses…

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…hand hemmed…

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…the top side…

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…and one last picture…

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NOW…I just have to get everything else done for them… :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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