Ahhhh… time in my sewing room!

My hubby helped someone put in a gas fireplace today so I stayed home and sewed! YAY! I got some done, but it’s kind of like the electrical work my hubby was doing down in the basement a few days ago. His work won’t be seen, but it’s necessary for things to be right upstairs. I did all the handsewing, the snaps were sewn on, the buttons were decorated, the hem was handstitched, and everything inside was tacked down. It’s all the stuff that doesn’t show but is necessary for my dresses to suit me! :o)

I tried to make the dress sleeveless, but the pattern I used had too big of an armhole opening, so I ended up putting a little short puffed sleeve in.

I had decided to make the jacket separate, as many of you suggested, but now the jacket won’t work very well, with the puffed sleeve, so I’m going to give a lacey vest a try.

Somehow I lost my full length picture of the dress, so the half pictures will have to do. The skirt is nice and full and I added a piece of the vintage eyelet lace I was blessed with a little while back.

The back of the dress has pink buttons and they are sewn on using my “flower” way… I love it when I can add these on a dress. Snaps are hidden underneath.

Yay! I’m going to have a dress ready for Easter fairly soon! I can hardly believe it! Still lots to do, but I’m getting there!

Have a wonderful weekend,
See you Monday,
Blessings, Jeanne

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The PINTUCKS that seemed to take all day…

I know how to make pintucks… really I do! Usually you double thread your sewing machine, you put in the twin needle, thread it, slightly tighten your tension and off you go making pintucks. Uh… not so fast! Today my sewing machine would NOT cooperate… it decided to give me fits and I was not very happy. I worked and worked and worked until I was sick of making 3″ test runs to no avail. What should have taken 10 minutes at the most, turned into an all afternoon and evening ordeal! Here’s proof…

I needed to change the sleeves into something that was more narrow at the wrist area that could be snapped or fastened to hold it down if the coat was put on. The elastic wasn’t going to work so I decided to cut the sleeves off and make a sort of modified mutton sleeve. It should have been simple to do but it wasn’t. I was using the bottom parts of the sleeves that I cut off to get my pintucks right… then I melted the lace onto my iron…ugh! When I used them up, I grabbed more scraps!

I took a break and went to town when Susette mentioned the Simplicity patterns were on sale at Joann’s this weekend.

When I got back, I attacked it again… This time I turned every screw on my machine in hopes of tightening up the tension! I FINALLY got it right and made the 10 rows of pintucks I needed!

Here’s a close up…

I’m most likely going to add some sleeve headers very lightly in the tops of the sleeves to pull them up just a bit.. They look a tiny bit saggy to me…

I gathered up the bottom of the bodice and added the skirt yoke… (Yep, Samantha is still in those boots.. I need to find the right shoes for this set so she can take off those boots.)

One nice thing about going to town was, I found this pre-tied bow and I was almost certain it was the right color… and it was absolutely perfect. I know it’s hard to tell in the pictures, but it’s an incredible match…It’s also very soft and easily manipulated. I bought a red one too… They make perfect hair bows for the girls.

Well, if I don’t run into anymore snags, like those crazy pintucks, this won’t take too much longer to finsh!

I’m going to bed… I hope I don’t dream of pintucks!

See you Monday,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Yep, it’s the start of another doll coat…

Maybe it’s the super cold weather we’ve been having or maybe it’s just the fun I’m having making them, but here goes another attempt at a doll coat…this time, one for the American Girl dolls. It’s going to be made from a pretty blue and cream tweed fabric that I’ve had in my stash for quite a while. I ABSOLUTELY love this fabric and hope I can replicate what I have in my mind. I always knew it would end up being a coat, but I didn’t know for who or what style.

Here’s what I have gotten finished so far…a pretty capelet, attached this time, with a sweet little collar on top. The fabric is very soft and drapes well. I like the way it hangs and it has enough body that a lining isn’t necessary.

Here’s a close up of the fabric…

I love the capelet on this coat and this time it’s attached…

I had never used the pattern (on the left) for this coat, but decided I would this time. I wanted it to be more flared and longer, so I used the skirt section from the pattern (on the right) to make it a little different.

The collar and cape are both lined with the same sheer like fabric I used for Janie’s coat… They lay very well. I’m thinking there might be some silk in this fabric…it’s wonderful to the touch…

I wanted this coat to be a sort of Victorian style, and if I can find a piece of fabric that goes with the tweed, I’d like to make a pretty dress…I’ll look and see what I can find…

Yes, I think this will do nicely…

I only have a few scraps, so I’ll have to figure out how to cut corners…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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A furry leopard cape for a wintery Saturday…

YAY! I have something to show you! I was concerned that it was going to be non-productive day, but it wasn’t! I found time this evening to make the little capelet I was telling you about yesterday. I’m glad I made it as I think it adds an extra bit of charm to the coat.

The coat fastens in front with just one snap, but I might add another one to keep it centered. The hem is weightier and seems to hang sort of like a bell. I want it to stay in place, so an extra snap just might do the trick.

I stitched a bow made from some cording to the center of the coat, not to the capelet.

I left the cords from the bow long and may see if I can’t find some tassels or black pom poms… the ones I have are too large.

The capelet is detachable and just fastens with a snap added to an extension underneath.

The bow is just pulled forward to show on top of the capelet.

I wish you all could see this coat in person…it’s totally different than in my pictures. The black fur is that curly silky soft fur that is similar to minky dot… if you know what that is… and the coat doesn’t have that greenish cast that it seems to have in my pictures….and Janie looks so washed out in my pictures, but in person, she’s just as beautiful as ever!

There was so much fur up around the neckline on the front of the coat and on the capelet, so I reluctantly decided to pass on the muff which would have been another cord around her neck, and instead Janie found a friend in the toybox… I don’t know why but she named him Rory! ? Anyway, he’ll be included in the set.. I’ll do a muff next time.

Maybe it will snow before I get it finished and I can take some outside pictures of her in it… I can’t believe I’m saying that!

I hope you have a wonderfully, warm, worry-free, Saturday! I’m hoping to!

See you Monday,
Blessings, Jeanne

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