A Valentine Wish from Samantha…

I did get Molly’s slip made, but it’s 10 minutes until midnight and I need to go to bed… however Samantha stepped in and said she’d be glad to model the slip for me…What a sweetheart!

I used 2 layers of white dotted netting and 2 layers of pale pink netting for a sweet slip…sort of drop waisted…

It will hold out the regular skirts and do a fabulous job on the drop waisted dresses!

Linda also sent some pictures of her girls dressed up in their Valentine finery… You’ll enjoy looking at her pictures.

Here’s Betsy McCall and Ivy…and aren’t they sweet?

This is Susan(?) Ruthie and Molly… beautiful girls, Linda!

…and here are some more of her girls… don’t you love her little scenes she creates?

I also found some old Valentine pictures of my first Samantha doll in a dress that had a silly title… “Samantha in Hot Pink dress with 2 ribbons!” Kind of a goofy name but I guess it worked…it sold… I hope you enjoy these pictures… on my “broad shouldered” Samantha…

Oh…and have a VERY Happy Valentine’s Day today!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Lian LOVES to model pretty “undies”…

If you want to see a HAM… look at these pictures of Lian as she was modeling the slip and thigh highs for her new dress set! She was really hamming it up… I took 56 pictures and whittled it down to these few… She didn’t want me to delete any of them…

I hope you enjoy seeing her as she was enjoying herself! I’m getting there everyone!!!

Well, did she brighten your day? I hope so…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Felicity’s Fall Fancy dress isn’t dragging the floor anymore…

It’s not much, but as they say, “every little bit helps.” I only had time to get Felicity’s skirt hemmed today. It was hemmed by hand and now looks nice and neat. I was hoping to get her jacket finished… snaps sewn on the back, sleeve insides finished and however I’m going to embellish it, but that didn’t happen. (It seems my life isn’t very productive in the sewing area lately…hmmm….) But I’m not giving up. If I manage to get even the smallest thing done, it’s closer to being finished… than it was yesterday… (I think I just said that a few days ago!)

Here is the skirt now… Well, wait, first Felicity wanted to show you her mob cap again… I fixed her hair by pulling it back on the sides and she likes it.

Now, here’s the skirt…

Since the skirt doesn’t open all the way to the hem, it’s easier to put the ruffled petticoat on first…then scrunch it together with one hand around her legs and use the other hand to carefully pull the skirt up and over the petticoat. It isn’t hard, but if you are careful, you can keep the yellow linen part of the skirt nice and wrinkle free. (If you put the skirt on first it would be hard to keep it wrinkle free while you fussed with her slip underneath.) However, I just thought of something… the opening in the skirt is wide enough you could probably put the petticoat on and them put the skirt on over her head with her arms raised up… I might give that a try tomorrow… that would keep the skirt in the best possibly shape for neatness. :o)

I made a dress one time for Felicity where I used a yellow linen insert in the dress skirt and as the trim for her jacket. I was “thinking” of doing something like this again… only a bit more dainty….not quite as wide… any thoughts on that? This print wasn’t as colorful or busy as the “Fall Fancy” one, so that’s my holdup on doing it. I’m not sure about the buttons either. I hate to make such an authentic looking Colonial gown and then have plastic buttons in it… I don’t know of anything else that would work… I have some tiny mother of pearl buttons I could use…but they’d get lost in the print of the dress.

I looked in a book I have on 1700’s Colonial gowns, and embellishments really weren’t that widely used. Most of the dresses I saw had gorgeous laces, but it was mostly the design of the dress that made it pretty… Sure they had big bows and sometimes ruched trims, but there weren’t the details with buttons and accents like in the coming Civil War years…AND she does have that fairly busy hat to go with this set… hmmmm…

I did think about adding small bows to the sleeves… at the elbows… Just wondering what you might be thinking… :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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~ Autumn Lace ~ for American Girl Molly is finished

I worked really hard to get Molly’s dress finished and when I was just about done, I decided she needed ONE more piece…

I think you saw the dress all completed, but here it is with better lighting…

I added a skinny little tie belt so it could fit wonderfully on any doll…

Here is her headband….

…and Rebecca made Molly a pretty ivory glass pearl bracelet…

This is Molly’s new pair of socks…

Just when I thought I was all done, I decided she needed a pretty furry cape to go with her dress. I found a piece of cream curly fur in my stash and made this short cape. It’s lined with white netting so it’s as light as a feather and hangs wonderfully. There is no bulk at all. The only thing is, the netting in her sleeve caps makes the cape stand up on her shoulders just a bit.

Here is a picture of Rebecca with the cape on. You can see how it lays on her shoulders without having puffy sleeves underneath.

I added 2 ivory pearl buttons to the front and attached a piece of snag free velcro as a closure.

If you’d like to see the set on Ebay, you can click on the picture at the top right side bar, or click HERE.

Thanks for taking a peek,

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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