How I changed Felicity’s skirt to fit ANY dolls waist…

I had this this P.S. down at the bottom originally, but Charlotte mentioned it was “headline news” and should be first…and I agreed she was right…so I moved it.

Several of you remembered we were supposed to get the results from my hubby’s biopsy Tuesday… We did get them and the suspicious red spots in his bladder were benign this time… We were so thankful to the Lord and thank those of you who prayed for us! It was the most wonderful feeling. It’s back to Cystoscopy’s every 3 months again.. but at least he still has his bladder and not a bag on his side like they said he needed!

When we last met, I showed you what I had gotten done on Felicity’s Fall Fancy dress set… the Caraco Jacket and the skirt were almost done.

The skirt was made in 2 sections… the front with the waistband attached and the back with the waistband the same. The side seams were stitched a little below where a pocket would be with the tops of the front and back waistbands meeting evenly. I sewed Velcro on the ends of the waistbands.

You slipped the skirt on the doll and held the back with your hand, then you met the front Velcro over the back velcro and matched them up…

It was o-k-a-y… but it wasn’t that great of a fit. The Velcro made it a little bulky and it wasn’t a perfect fit on my smaller waisted dolls.

So, last night when I was laying in bed, a better idea came to me and I wanted to try it out…

I took the Velcro tabs off of each end of the waistbands and sewed a sheer ribbon on the ends and then stitched it down…The back ribbons were tied in the front first…

…then the front section of the skirt was lifted up and placed on top of the ribbon tied at her belly and the ribbons on the end of the front waistband were tied in the back… (Back tied in the front, Front tied in the back…)

They could be cinched up nicely and took care of that bulky bump at the sides where the Velcro was. I tied my ribbon to the side so it wouldn’t be seen when the back of the jacket meets. The ribbon can be tucked in the waistband if you like.

It’s a much nicer and neater look at the waist and it will certainly reduce the bulk when a petticoat is added under there too…

I also took some tiny stitches in the yellow linen, just under the wasitband, to try and gather it up nicer and make it lay in prettier folds. I did a couple of rows sort of like my pleater would have done. I think it will help… it already looks better to me…

So here’s another look at the skirt…

Oh…and I did have some pretty flowers that will work nicely, I think, with Felicity’s dress. Several of you were wondering how I was going to decorate the hat… well, here’s a sneak peek… I had the perfect colors in my stash already… didn’t have to buy a thing! :o)

I think it will be pretty and colorful and that pearl necklace might just be the perfect one after all…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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I did some sewing…but not for the dolls…

My day was so full, I just now (11:06 p.m.) remembered your comments… I read them, but it’s too late to answer them. Well, I could, but I’ll just add some general comments here. Many of you said you saw dresses you had never seen before. Sometimes that even happens to me. I run across a picture of a dress that I had totally forgotten about.

Several of you commented on the ivory colored dress on Felicity. That is an embroidered silk dupioni and it was made back in June of 2008…my early days!

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I looked it up in my notebook and was almost positive I had made it for a customer of mine. She wanted to surprise her best friend. But I saw in my notebook that it sold for $36! Yep…that’s $36! I hope the lady who I thought hired me to make it reads this and can set me straight on the story. I was positive I received the nicest thank you card from the lady who got it. I probably still have that card somewhere. She couldn’t believe it when she opened it up! Maybe I sold this one and my customer begged me to make one for her… maybe that’s the story…

As I look at it, Felicity’s hat was pretty big…

She needed a hat with a much smaller crown. So I looked at my archived pictures again… and lo and behold, just below those pictures, but 5 days later, are these 2 pictures… of the exact same dress with a much better hat.

Maybe I thought the hat was too big and asked the lady to wait until I found something more reasonable for Felicity… I just can’t remember the story…it was 9 years ago…

So what did I sew on today? MY CURTAINS for the living room. I don’t know why they took me so long to make. I started them a few days ago and thought I could whip them out in about 2 hours… well try TWO DAYS…and then some! I think it’s because the fabric is like a kleenex. Seriously, it is very delicate. It wasn’t really hard to sew, but it was hard to keep straight. I just wanted 2 simple panels to hang down from the rod at the sides of my window. I made about a 3/4″ header at the top to give just a little bit of a ruffled look, but not too much.

I used my steamer to get the wrinkles out of the curtains… the left side was done, but not the right…

I wanted them to be sort of breezy but not blow every time someone walked through the living room. There is a weighted chain covered in white cotton that I picked up today and added to the hem. You just slide it from the end opening of your hem and attach it at one end to keep it in place.

This is what they look like now… I took a panoramic shot of my living room so you could see it. I still can’t believe it took me so long to make what you see… I should have just left them dangling over the rod… but I wanted a lining in them…

When I was at Hobby Lobby today looking for the weighted chain…I decided to look for ideas for something to cover the top part where my blinds are. I don’t like seeing the top edge of the blinds. I want to find something to cover up that area when they are scrunched up and out of the way. I want something decorative to go across the area just in front of the blinds. It needs to be about 110″ long and maybe 5 or so inches wide. I’d like something cut out, or decorative, maybe something like a wrought iron trim or filigree work, only lightweight. This was the best example of what I’m talking about… something not quite this wide or heavy looking… more dainty… just enough to hide the top area of the blinds all the way across.

It came from Pinterest…portlandjetaime.tumblr.com

These are a few things that caught my eye at Hobby Lobby.

This was a wooden shelf but it was only about 2 feet long. If it had just been a panel of the woodwork, and they had several, I would have attached them together on a board somewhow… I really like this and it would cover up the tops of the blinds.

I looked in the decorative trim and loved this piece… it wasn’t quite wide enough and it was $24… a bit pricey for my budget.

I went to the wood cut outs and found these cute pieces…but nothing was long enough or could be put together… but I like the lacy look of that box on the bottom.

I texted Cindy about what I was thinking… and our texts went back and forth with all kinds of ideas….cardboard cut outs glued to a board and painted, stencil a board, use joint compound to build up a design and then paint it, use wood cut outs and paint them, use lace and glue it down and paint it… paper mache, use lace and rub joint compound over it to make a raised design, find a roll of embossed wallpaper border in a floral design and put that on a board… I thought about cutting out fabric and gluing it to a board and then painting it cream and then highlighting it. There are many different ways it could be done…

I just want a decorative piece of “something” to hide the tops of the blinds…especially when they are pulled up…

My curtains at the sides are just for looks… they weren’t wide enough to go all the way across. (you can see how far they come together in the one picture where I’m steaming them.) I thought about just adding a skinny rod and having some thin curtains behind the ones at the side and just slide them shut at night, but there isn’t enough room to hide them behind the curtains I just made…

I’ll figure out something…but that’s what took up my day…

See you Monday,
Blessings, Jeanne

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I received an early Birthday present…OH BOY, did I ever!

The other day we found a HUGE box on our front porch… I was sewing at the time, but never heard anyone drive up. My hubby actually found it and it was a box with a picture of one of those cushy “bed chairs” that you can use when you are in bed. His brother, Larry, actually had the same exact bed chair so we thought Gloria had sent it to us. My hubby was kind of excited, until he saw the paper doll wrapping paper and knew it must be for me. :o( We never looked at the return address until then.

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I pulled it out of the box and it was heavy… and wrapped SO pretty. There was an envelope with a card in it… so I opened up the card first… and it was so beautiful, it would have been enough by itself. Here is the card… handmade…mind you!

It has a bendable part to the back so you can prop it up like this… and enjoy it even more!

There was a wonderful note written to me from the maker, and I’ll share about her in a minute, but just look at what was in the box, study the details and see if you can guess what it is before I show you…

Have you guessed what it is yet? If you can’t figure it out, it’s an “Inspiration Board” and Anne, (one of my readers) made it for me…

You REALLY should click on this picture to see it all in one shot! It’s amazing!

She sent me the nicest letter and told me she’s been working on it for quite some time and just kept finding more and more things she wanted to add to it. It has the most glorious laces, and little post card type plaques, paper dolls, a tiny Betsy McCall book, thread, yarn, buttons, appliques, and so much it’s just incredible. I was flabbergasted and overwhelmed at her gift. It’s heavy duty and even has a hanging strap on it…

She said it was for “taking apart and using the things on the board,” but it’s so pretty, I might have a hard time doing that. There are burlap criss cross pieces that most everything is tucked under so they are easily removed… It’s all done in peachy/pink colors and it is just gorgeous! I can’t imagine how long it must have taken her to make this… it is extremely well made and is over an inch thick…quite substantial and very professional looking on the front AND BACK!

As I’m looking at these close up pictures of the board again, I’m realizing I don’t have adequate words to say thank you to Anne! It is an incredible gift and will definitely make turning 61 easier… I’m not exactly sure how that works, but it will!

It’s such a nice gift… maybe Anne has inspired you to make one, even on a smaller scale for someone you know… it could be an inspiration board on anything… use your imagination! Anne certainly used hers!

Thank you Anne… and thank you again! Once definitely isn’t enough. I am humbled at your generosity and love that was put into this!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Charlie and Bluebie

Now that’s a title for you, isn’t it? Any takers as to what it means? No? Well, I’ll tell you. My sister, Deb, and her hubby, Mike, are here visiting and they are the PROUD parents of a new dog called Charlie. Let me tell you…he is a sweetheart! I’d like to give Charlie his “15 Minutes of Fame” on my blog! :o)

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They got him from a lady at their church who wasn’t able to keep him anymore. He’s pretty big, being a standard poodle, but he’s very gentlemanly and so obedient! He’s 6 years old and pretty close to the size of a small pony… just kidding, but when he runs outside it’s almost as if he’s galloping!

I’m pretty sure he has Deb wrapped around his sweet wagging tail. His eyes are the prettiest GREEN, and they just pierce right through you when he looks at you. I’m not sure who loves each other the most… I think it’s a tie!

Anyway, we took him outside to play with his toy, “Bluebie.” (Blue Bee) As we threw it around in the yard, I noticed some of his stuffing was coming out and I said, “Hey, I can fix that…and I just might have something for a blog post if you let me.” So I did. I got a needle and thread from my mom’s sewing stuff and stitched Bluebie up. (I’ve had a little practice with a FEW of Reuben’s toys!) Here was Bluebie before and then an after shot.

Yep, my life is one big needle and thread episode, don’t you think? One day doll dresses, the next day car panels, and the next doggie toys! So even though this isn’t about Felicity’s dress, it is about sewing…

Hope you enjoyed it…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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