This was supposed to be an Effner, Little Darling dress …and Janie is upset!

I had this wonderful green with colorful Fall leaves print that I showed you a while back. I had gotten it down on one of our trips to Missouri and there was only a fat quarter of it… (18″ x 22″) My plan was to make a dress for Janie to model with her red bob wig and it was going to look adorable on her. I found the pattern I always use for my Little Darling bodices… cut out the dress very carefully, as I only had a limited amount of it… I lined the bodice, added the sleeves, made sure the cuff was the right circumference to go over her spread out fingers and around her upper arm…

…and then I tried it on Janie…

…but for some reason, it didn’t go on very easily… it wouldn’t even meet together in the back…

Oh, crumb… I checked and somehow I mistakenly picked up the wrong bodice pattern piece. I used the one for 10″ Patsy Tonner. But now the sleeve cuffs are too big around on Patsy, so you know what I’ll be doing tomorrow… ripping out! UGh! I can salvage it, and it will look cute on Patsy, but it shouldn’t have been this way.

Janie is all upset, because she wanted the dress, and I have no more of the fabric… she said, “Yea, but what about my red wig? This fabric was supposed to be mine!” I told her we’d find something else to go with her red wig…

So here is a look at what I’ll transform this dress into for Patsy.

I plan to make her a little straw hat using both of these braids…

Well, it’s late and I better get to bed so I can get started ripping out these sleeve cuffs in the morning light…

Janie is pouting and Patsy is singing… such is the life of a dolly seamstress!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Teaching your dolls to sew…

The other day I missed showing Susette’s roses when we were talking about flowers in our yards… I wanted to make sure I didn’t leave them out…aren’t they pretty? This is how things grow in California! :o)

I always wanted to find a little sewing machine for my dolls because I thought it would be fun to do a post about them learning to sew. I’ve seen the ones from the Queen’s Treasures, but they usually go for $50-$100…a bit too pricey for me. I’ve watched and watched for one to be on Ebay and finally found one a while back. It was $17.00… I was actually wanting to wait until I had a story line and a dress started for one of my little girls, before I showed it to you, but decided I would go ahead and let you see it. It is actually a music box and plays The Blue Danube Waltz. As it plays the needle moves up and down and so does the foot treadle. The one I bought is wood and not plastic, like some you find on Ebay. Just type in Sewing Machine Music Box and check the measurements if you are interested in one for your dolls! :o)

I knew it would just be for the small dolls of mine and Trixie got the honors of showing you how she looks sitting at it… I think Ten Ping might have to sit on a pillow when she sews…

Patsy didn’t want to be in the pictures because she was nude…oops, snapped one without her knowing it…

We found her a top… just a top… with undies… so we could finish this post without having to rate it R!

I had a little chair that worked pretty well with her sitting in it…

She’s a pretty good fit for it…

I will probably take off this blue and red scrap of fabric and change it out for a piece of what the doll is sewing on at the time…

Here are a few shots of the machine without Trixie in the pictures…

You can see the music box and the wind up key in this picture a little better…

Nora is still standing on my cutting table with pins still poking out of her shoulders…holding on her necklace piece… My day was crazy busy and the only time I sat down was to eat supper and then to do this post… It’s now 11:15 and I only made it into my sewing room to take pictures of Trixie at the machine. I’m hoping tomorrow might be a sewing day! I bet you hope so too… I’ll already tell you, Anne thought of the title for Nora’s dress…. “Victorian Elegance.” Isn’t that pretty?

I’ll see you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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All things “miniature!”

PLEASE ALLOW ME ONE SHAMELESS PLUG FOR MY NEWEST EASTER DRESS: It’s being modeled by Patsy and you can see it by clicking the picture at the right side bar or your can click HERE to be taken to Ebay.

I’ve always had a thing for smaller sized things… tiny tubes of toothpaste, sweet miniature books, itty bitty bottles of shampoo, tiny cans of corn, small bottles of perfume, little buttons, teeny jars of fingernail polish, and my list goes on and on. I’ve had a few tiny dolls, like 7 1/2″ Riley dolls, by Helen Kish, but nothing as small as Amelia or Izzy, who are about 4″ tall and the work of Robert Tonner. This is Cindy Rice holding her tiny Izzy doll… see what I mean by miniature?

blog cindy rice with izzy

Well, a few days ago, Susette was working on her patio and she sent me several pictures of her tiny little Fairy Garden houses and I thought you’d like to see them. She said she has 17 little houses…all within a 12′ by 24″ fenced in patio area. The houses shown here are from Ebay and they are made with Heather Goldminc ceramic. I don’t know anything about all that, but they sure caught my attention…because I love itty bitty sized things… :o)

If you click on the pictures, they will enlarge.

This next one was called the Restaurant…I’m sure they served mini croissants and tiny pats of butter and jelly in there…

How about a purple garden Castle…

…and a Cherry Pie Bakery! Do I hear a YUM?

Well, after I saw all of Susette’s pretty little houses, guess where I saw them again? At Joann Fabrics, when I was there a few days ago. I just had to stop and look and snap a few pictures. Hey look, everything’s 50% off! I looked for something I could use as a prop, but it’s all a smig too small for my dolls. I sure enjoyed looking at it all.

So those tiny little miniatures got me to thinking about dolls and tiny houses and I looked on Ebay at doll furniture and look what I found…tiny little rooms that you can put together yourself… they are pretty small…mostly under 15″ wide and about 12″ high. But that didn’t stop me from opening up a bunch and looking at them. They come in pieces and you have to put them together, gluing and cutting and assembling… they are right up my alley… but I just wish they were bigger. Wouldn’t it be fun to have some of these scenes to stand your dolls in? They come from China and I can look closely at things on them and see they aren’t a high quality item, but I like to look at them almost as much just to see how they have arranged their furniture. You have to admit they are pretty charming when you first see them.

Here is a link to this sellers tiny room kits…

Tiny rooms on Ebay

Here is another sellers room… It’s a sweet bedroom…

Here is link to this seller’s rooms…

Tiny bedroom

..and this was the first one I saw… I practically swooned over it…

Here is the listing for this one…

White room with piano

This was just 3 sellers selling them, so I’m sure there are more. I just typed in mini doll rooms on Ebay and lots of them popped up!

So anyway, I could get lost in a project like this. I used to love putting together model cars so I know I would really enjoy putting one of these together…I just need to find or build one in a bigger size… Just thought you’d enjoy seeing them…

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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