Felicity is liking “Colonial Rose” very much…

YAY! I made some real progress on Felicity’s dress today. It’s coming along nicely and the more I finish, the more Felicity likes it. Can you see why? She looks fabulous in this rosy color! (I think I’m going to call the color Rose.) It really brings out the softness of her coloring. There’s a surprise about it? Can you guess it before I reveal it? Here are a few hints in the way of pictures…

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I used vintage lace on the sleeve ruffles…

Okay, did you guess what the surprise is?

It’s not a one piece dress…it’s actually 2 pieces. There’s the skirt section, which actually has enough body to stand out like this on its own without a petticoat underneath…

…and the bodice with the apron attached…

Doesn’t it look like it’s all one piece?

Here is the back with tiny buttons…

I think Felicity looks lovely in this and it’s not even finished yet… here’s one more look…

I guess I’ll see what I can get done on Friday…this one has come together pretty quickly considering I was visiting with my family part of the time too! :o)

I hope you’re liking it…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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~ The Babysitter ~ Molly and Mary…

Since I decided to make this set for the 1940’s; American Girl Molly’s time period, I thought I better find a name for the baby that was popular in those years. The number one girls name in 1944 was Mary…and I thought it had a nice ring… Molly and Mary… so I figured it was meant to be!

Molly’s dress was made from the only fabric I had in my stash that had aqua (the stroller wheels), pink (the baby’s onesie) and purple, (the stroller handle). I’m sort of funny about making things match… If you’re going to do a set, have it match… (just think what it would have looked like with the stroller if I had used a navy and white print for the dress, and then trimmed it in red rick rack…) ICK!

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I just made a sweet little girls dress and accented it with some pink criss cross trim and a few felt flowers.

The skirt is full and has a bit of lace at the hem and I used pink thread to make a scalloped stitch very faintly just above the hem. The dress closes in back with snaps covered by pretty white buttons.

Underneath Molly’s dress is a white tulle slip which holds out her dress nicely. I made a new pair of white socks for her too.

She has purple ribbons tied in her hair…

Mary is looking sweet as can be in her stroller… When I first held Molly up to the stroller, she was barefoot and her hands reached the stroller handle better. Now that she’s in shoes and socks, her fingers just touch.

 

Molly looks like she’s got this “babysitting” thing down pretty well, don’t you think?

Anyone remember how much you got paid an hour for babysitting in the 1940’s? Just curious… ( just guessed on the .25 cents, but decided to google in anyway and .25 cents was the going rate… some girls asked for .45 cents if they did dishes and vacuumed…) :o)

I managed to get it listed on Ebay, so here is the link, if you’d like to see it!    ~ The Babysitter ~
(or you can click on the picture at the right side bar… just under Elizabeth’s Regency dress, which ends tomorrow evening…)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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~ Pretty on the Prairie ~ Alive and well on Ebay!

Yesterday I showed a sweet booklet of some silky floss that a friend gave me. I didn’t know anything about it and neither did my friend, except to say that it was her mother’s.

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Well, this morning Paula Ziegler emailed me some information. She said the floss was from the 1920’s and if I researched Art Deco embroidery I would find it. She also said it wasn’t real silk, but just silky in texture. Then she sent me a link, which I’ll post here too, if you want to look at it…

Silk Floss Link

Each strand of floss still has a tag on it with the number of the color, and the washing instructions on the back.

Well, this tag led me on a hunt to see if I could find out more about it… Here’s one blog post I found on it…

Blog Post about Silk Threads…

After doing a little reading, there are some flosses that were considered “artificial” but I’m not so sure this is…I’m pretty certain this is real silk. Whether it is or isn’t, I still like it and hope to use it on something… I thought maybe because of it’s age, it might be rotten and when pulled on, it might break, but it was pretty strong and I couldn’t get it to break.

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Well, wonder of wonders… I finished Kirsten’s “Pretty on the Prairie” dress last night and managed to get it listed on Ebay. If you’d like to take a peek, you can click on the picture at the right side bar, or you can click this link…

~ Pretty on the Prairie ~

When I was finishing up her bonnet yesterday afternoon, I decided to add a “header” inside to hold it up just a bit. I don’t like droopy bonnets any more than I like droopy sleeves. Here’s what I mean…

It really does the trick…

When I braided Kirsten’s hair, I made them very loose and pulled them toward the front, instead of making them tight and French braiding them close to her head. I couldn’t get her bonnet snugged up around her face like I usually do, so if it looks a little “gappy” that’s why…

Kirsten’s “accessory” was a puppy named Charlie. She actually talked her parent’s into letting her keep him!

I know the other night when I took my pictures of the different hankies on the dress, it was hard to tell exactly what color the dress was. Well, here is a close up of the hankie on the dress, so I hope you can see the blue colors and how well the design of the hankie matches the dress fabric.

Kirsten and I had a great time taking lots of pictures, but she was pooped out when we were finished…

Thanks for taking time to read each day! I appreciate each and every one of you!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Kirsten’s getting a new bonnet & pantalettes!

Okay…is there anyone who needs some rain? We’d be more than happy to send you some of ours! We have a lovely drip, drip, drip into a bucket in our dining room right now from a leak on our roof. My hubby is going to try and fix it with some of that “Flex Seal” that we’ve been seeing advertised on TV. We sure hope it works!

I looked outside this morning and our “courtyard” was flooded with water. It’s only done this 2 other times and one of those times was yesterday. Yep, it filled up 2 days in a row. It used to be an in-ground swimming pool, so the concrete is all around it, but it was filled in with dirt and we normally have grass on it. I just showed you pictures of it the other day because my hubby decided to plant his tomatoes in one corner of it…

…and this morning… (if you click on the picture, it will enlarge)

A friend from church gave me something this morning and said to open it when I got home. She said it was her mother’s but she didn’t know anything about it. So I was a good girl and waited to share it with you… Let’s see what it is…

..it feels hard like a skinny book…

Well, it is sort of a book… a book of silks…the cover is a cloth fabric and is hand painted…

Inside there are sort of pockets that unfold and are holding silk embroidery flosses…

Thank you Beth, how special… I’ll let you know when I use some on a dress!

Now…back to Kirsten. I hem-hawed around trying to figure out what I wanted to do for Kirsten from the neck up! I unbraided her hair and thought I was going to leave it down, but then I braided it loosely, having my braids come a little forward this time. I decided she needed a bonnet after all and set out to make her a pink linen one, but it was too “fluffy.” I didn’t care for it, so I started over. I had a soft pink cotton in mind, but it didn’t look right. I wasn’t sure I wanted the bonnet to necessarily be a “matchy-matchy” bonnet, but in the end, I decided I would go ahead. I’m not finished with it yet, but the main part is constructed… there will be ties and some kind of decoration on it.

She also will have a pair of white cotton embroidered pantalettes to wear with her new dress.

Bit by bit, this set is getting finished…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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