~ 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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Slips, Slips, Slips for your dolls…

Did anyone get my title? I hope as you saw it, you immediately sang Skip, skip, skip to my Lou… well, anyway, that’s what I was hoping for.

I spent every spare moment I had today working on some new lace and tulle slips for your American Girl dolls. They are listed in my Etsy shop and you can see them HERE or you can click on my mini Etsy pictures at the right side bar to see them.

I’m still working on more, so if you don’t see what you need, click on my “sales” and let me know if what you need has already sold.

Short post, but it’s all I could do today.

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Lights ~ Camera ~ Patsy!

Patsy’s not mad at me anymore… in fact, I caught her smiling just a little while ago. But now she’s worn out… We had our photo session this evening and after 86 pictures, she is ready for bed. I was still working on this around the time I usually list things on Ebay, so I’ll do my best to get it ready for Wednesday evening…

I ended up being able to take my pictures indoors and you’re going to laugh when you see how I did it. Susette gets half the credit because she sent me an email explaining the benefits of a light box. (It was supposed to cut down on the glare when you used your lights so close to your subject matter…or in my case…Patsy.) It was pretty simple how to make one from the directions… but I didn’t have time… I needed something quick… like right now! So this is what I did instead… I took my 2 Ott lights and put them on either side of Patsy. Then I used an emery board on one side and a pencil on the other (hey, it’s all I could think of on the spur of the moment) holding them to the lights with a rubber band. I tore a piece of tissue paper and pierced it with the pencil and emery board and let them dangle about 2 inches from the light bulb. It was just enough to cut down on the harsh lighting that I usually get when my lights are so close to my dolls. It was at night when I took Patsy’s pictures, so I’ll have to see how it works in the daytime… But anyway, Susette gets an A+ for that piece of advice for me! Thanks!

This is what my lights looked like…silly, I know, but it worked.

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Now, here are a few “behind the scenes” pictures…

I thought her sleeve caps looked a bit droopy, so I added some sleeve headers made from tulle, to the inside top of the sleeves.

I also made a pre-tied double bow in the back and it just fastens together with a snap…

Today, while my hubby was getting treatment, I sat in my chair and stitched up a storm… I mean a bodice! :o)

You might notice I changed my mind on her sash at the waist. I thought this lavender one was softer and picked up the colors in her hat better. It is stitched at the sides, so you don’t have to worry about losing it.

Okay, Patsy, let’s turn around and let everyone see your dress from head to toe!

I wasn’t joking when I told you she was ready for bed…

I am too…so I’ll see you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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~ Sisters in Blue ~ 13″ Effner Little Darling & 10″ Boneka doll sets FINALLY revealed…

My goodness, it seems like I have been working on this doll dress set forever! I guess maybe because there were 2 full sets to be completed and the fact that there was LOTS of handwork, made it seem extra time consuming… BUT, it’s all finished now, and even listed on Ebay. If you like, you can click on the picture at the right side bar, or you can see it by clicking HERE.

I debated and debated about whether to list the dresses separately or together. I thought if I list them separately and someone wants both of them, but misses out and doesn’t win the second one, I’m going to be getting an email begging me to make a dress like the one they missed out on. On the other hand, if I listed them together and someone only had one of the dolls, they probably wouldn’t bid on the dresses, so there goes a good sale for ONE of the dresses. So I was in a dilemma about what to do, but in the end I thought I’d take a try at selling them as a sister set and see what happened. Let’s hope it works. So I’ll do separate dresses and occasionally I’ll do sister sets, just to keep everyone happy.

So let’s see… I showed you the dresses, the hats, the slips, the thigh highs, so I need to show you the capelets and the bunnies.

I wasn’t sure when I drafted my cape pattern how I was going to close it… should have thought that through… But I figured it out…it’s just not that pretty on the inside. I need to work on that before I do the next one. I toyed with the idea of having a magnetic closing on the cape, because it’s a really tight small space just under the dolls chins. I thought if I could figure out how to make the magnetic ends catch, it would just be a matter of getting the ends of the magnets to touch and it would hold the cape shut. Well, the magnets were too bulky.

I thought to tie something that tiny under their chins would be a nightmare… so I thought maybe a snap might work best, but the wool felt is very delicate and I didn’t want the snap to tear the fabric. So in the end, I used a soft and flexible Velcro piece. It’s easiest if you wrap the cape around your dolls right shoulder, making sure you line it up straight down the front of the dolls body, hold it in place with your left thumb in front and your other fingers on her back. Then pull the cape around your dolls left shoulder and line up the top edges of the cape. It might take a time or two to get it right, but I got pretty good at lining up the stitching as well as the top edge. Press down the Velcro and it should stay in place.

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I was trying to find something “Eastery” for both girls and didn’t have time to paint any baskets white and decorate them… I thought a purse was too much…I didn’t have any light blue teddy bears…the girls wanted more than a sprig of flowers in their hands, so I looked in my “other” box of toys and found the bunnies Susette had sent me last year. I had a pink one and 2 light tan ones… PERFECT! I could make these bunnies work! I took the brown ribbons from their necks and replaced them with a blue and white ribbon. Much better.

Now the girls had everything they needed… and I was finally done… well EXCEPT for taking all those pictures and getting them sorted and in order for my listing… Here are some of my favorites… Hope you like the finished look!

If you missed the link to the set up above, here it is again… ~ Sisters in Blue ~

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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