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.

If you click on any picture it will enlarge.

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.

If you click on the pictures, they will enlarge.

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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A slip, a purse and some gloves… for Easter Charm…

I’ve got to hurry as the wind is blowing like crazy outside and our lights are flickering…I think storms are headed our way too. If I wait too long, and the power goes out, there goes my blog post! I’ll just get my pictures on here and you can discuss them in your comments. I worked on the pieces to go with Eden’s dress as much as I could today and got a few more ready.

The first thing I worked on was her slip. It’s made from 4 layers of pretty pink tulle and has a stretchy lace waistband. You can slide it up or down on your dolls body if you need to hide the slip when wearing shorter dresses, or let the slip peek out below your dress hem if you like.

If you click on the pictures they will enlarge.

Here is a close up shot of the slip…

The next thing I worked on was a pair of white fingerless gloves. I know…in the 50’s they wore cotton gloves with all the fingers in them, but I’m not into stitching fingers in tiny gloves, so a pair of lacy fingerless ones will have to do… They have tiny pink buttons on them…

Here’s what it looked like with the slip and the gloves and the socks…

The last thing I managed to get made was a sweet white wool felt purse with lots of embroidery and silk ribbon stitching. I tried to copy the colors in the fabric and make it like some of the little girls purses I looked at when I googled 50’s purses.

I didn’t put Eden’s dress on her yet, because I still have to fix that one button, but here is the purse on the dress so you can see them together…

Now I just have to figure out what to do for her hair…

Well, I better get off here… and get this published while I can…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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