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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Want to see my cutting table?

I think I was just about ready to show you my cutting table/picture taking area, when I was so rudely interrupted! A while back I decided I wanted to get rid of my huge cutting table and have one that folded up on the wall, where I could use the flat surface of the dresser if I wanted to. I still need to find a nickle rod to use instead of the yard stick I have up there now, but I think you can get the idea of it. If you remember, I bought the oak dresser below the table, which had a lower section in the middle of it. This is where we decided to put the table section.

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My hubby cut the shape for the table out of a 3/4″ piece of plywood…the nicest grade he could find. He rounded off the corners so I wouldn’t stab myself!

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He used a long brass piano hinge to attach it to the wall so it would lift up and let down, similar to a Murphy bed.

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We found some nice brushed nickle hooks that he attached to the wall and they are working very well. I have my gray background fabric just pinned on the ruler, but when I get my new rod, I’ll make a casing and thread it onto the rod.

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When I’m not using the cutting table, the fabric will just be like a curtain there… When I am using the table, the rod with the fabric can just be put back on the hooks.

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I was using my table tonight so I forgot to take a picture of it with it up and the curtain hanging down.

BUT… I do have a sneak peek at who’s next… see if you can guess…

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See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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A few days off…

Thanks everyone, for your sweet comments on the costumes and dresses I shared yesterday. I’m sure Susette and Christine truly appreciated your compliments on their outfits. Thanks for chatting among yourselves too…

Now, on a different note… I wanted to let you know I’ll be taking a few days off from my blog. You’ll probably find out more later, but my hubby was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2013 and just 2 weeks ago it decided to come back with a vengeance. It’s pretty scary and yesterday we went to St. Louis to find out what we’ll be doing in the near future. We were sort of thrown a curve ball and I just need some time to regroup and be there for my hubby…

Maybe someone can think of a good doll question and you all can discuss it with each other. You seem to be good at doing that. :o)

So, I’ll check in from time to time just to see if you all are behaving yourselves and hopefully will see you on Monday.

Thanks everyone,
Blessings, Jeanne

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