Nora is looking very Victorian…

I hope you weren’t expecting to see Nora’s dress completed… because if you were, you’ll be sorely disappointed… I am disappointed too! I had high hopes for today but they just didn’t materialize. I have 3 pictures to show you and trust they will be enough to get you through the day… I probably have the most time consuming part of her dress done… and I think you can start to see the style of it.

I showed Rebecca the necklace part I had and she’s pretty sure she can help me figure out a way to make it work…

This sleeve turned out perfect, but the other one I’ll be taking out and redoing it. I caught too much of the lace in it and they aren’t the same width and I noticed it right away…

There’s going to be a peplum and black lace will be on the edge of it.

I wanted to show you the pattern I found on Pixie Faire… (HERE) It’s a Dolls at Heart Designs pattern. Not knowing what direction I wanted to take Nora in, sometimes all it takes is looking at other patterns to get inspired… I was just scrolling through the dresses and all of a sudden a saw a new pattern I hadn’t seen before. I tried to go on and look at others but I just kept thinking of this one… so I went back to it, looked it over, envisioned Nora in it and hit the “buy it” button.

It’s a really nice pattern and was a pdf so I received it as soon as I downloaded it. I like that you don’t have to wait for them to come in the mail. Here’s another view of the pattern…

I cut it out just as the pattern said and sewed my seams at 1/4″ as stated, but my back barely meets, so I’ll either be putting loops and buttons on the back or adding an extension…

I think it’s a really pretty pattern and just might prove to be kind of versatile for a few different eras.

Well, I better get to bed… it’s been a long day…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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See if you can envision this next dress….

I won’t give too much away, but some of you are P-R-E-T-T-Y smart cookies and just might figure it out. I had too many phone calls today trying to figure out something for my mom…so I didn’t get much done besides cutting it out. As you can see I’ve given you a “laid out shot” of the dress…but it’s pretty hard to tell what it might look like.

This is going to be for Nora and here is a shot of her with the bodice piece next to her skin. I think it’s pretty on her.

I had a yellow fabric out, nope…a purple one, nope, a black and rose print, nope… and a white fabric, nope… I needed some inspiration as I’d been away from my sewing machine just long enough to get “cold” with my sewing… I found a new pattern that I’ll share with you maybe tomorrow… and I think you’ll like it…

I have this black lace that will work on the sleeves…

I’ve had this forever and I think if I can get it to work, it will be used…

There are several ruffles and I can’t wait to work on it…

Since I didn’t have much to show you, I pulled out a few more pictures that Barbara sent me a while back. They are photocopies of dresses I made that she liked and sent to me. They aren’t super clear but I think you’ll be able to enjoy them. These are all from 2007 (10 years ago!!!) and they should be new to everyone…unless you happened to be the winner of one. I could look them up in my notebooks but it’s late and I thought I’d just show the pictures…

Here is a dress for Samantha that is similar to another one I made, but it is slightly different. Once again, she was so new I didn’t have any shoes for her…

I bought a stained Samantha Meet dress off Ebay once and took it apart for a pattern…this was my version of the gray and burgundy plaid dress…

Molly’s suit was so beautiful and bright in person. It was a chocolate brown featherwale corduroy with hot pink dots in it. Her blouse was hot pink and had little tufts in the fabric.

Kit looked pretty in this color, but that’s about all I can say… I think “my camera added 10 pounds to her body!” :o)

Actually, as I was looking at this dress on Kit, it became more and more familiar to me, so I did a little searching in my archives and found that it was originally made for Katie Effanbee, so Kit must have just been trying it on for some reason… it’s the only picture I have of her in it. Here it is on Katie.

Well, I hope just knowing I’m back in my sewing room is enough to keep you interested and wanting to come back… I’ve been away from my sewing and I’ve missed it… I hope you’ve missed it too! :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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A new winner and an old post…

Well, that certainly was fun for me…seeing which dress you thought I might like best from my 4th of July dresses. But what was more fun for me was seeing which ones you all liked the best. Everyone likes different ones for different reasons. Some of you almost guessed right…but a few were “spot on!” I had 6 ladies who commented or emailed me and picked the one I would have chosen…It was Lian’s dress. I had a lot of fun making that one and always think of it when I think of patriotic dresses. I put the ladies names in a drawing…

and drew out a winner…

Congratulations, Susette! I’ll get your prize out right away…

I did a post on Lian’s dress and the making of it on June 19, 2015 and called it “Minnie and Me in Red, White and Blue.” I’ll copy it here so you can see how I did it… everyone always asks me about those stars.

I did it! I got a Fourth of July dress made for one of my dolls! I’m thrilled and hope you will be too!

Every so often I do a set with one of my “mini” Minnie Mouses and I decided to put her with this very patriotic dress set for the Dianna Effner, 13″ Little Darling dolls. It was so much fun creating this one but it took me f-o-r-e-v-e-r to decide how to do the “flag” design on the bodice. I’m serious…we’re probably talking 2 1/2 hours trying different ways with the buttons… a firework exploding, a flag straight across, a conglomeration of the various sized stars, a star using the stars, a spray with the stars, random stars just dropped on the bodice. I even got Rebecca involved in helping me figure it out. I should have taken pictures of all the various ways I tried them. In the end, this is what I ended up with. 28 buttons…yes…count them…t-w-e-n-t-y e-i-g-h-t! I hope I got it right! I think I did!


When I finally decided to put the stars across the bodice in rows like a flag, I had to figure out some way to make them straight. It was too tedious to stitch them on freehand and get them even. I decided to run a row of basting stitches across the bodice in a wavy pattern parallel to each other…then I sewed them on just above the stitching line. When I was done I gently removed the basting stitches. I think it’s pretty cute.



The bodice is made from the vintage navy dotted Swiss fabric that I got at the yard sale. It’s nice and soft and is lined with white fabric on the inside. The buttons on the bodice were actually an afterthought, so the threads do show on the inside, if that matters to you. I tried to be as neat as possible though. Tiny red buttons close the back and are covering hidden snaps.



Lian’s skirt is made from a red and white striped cotton and white eyelet peeks out from underneath the hem.



A little tam was what Lian wanted to wear with this set…I like it cocked a little bit sideways, don’t you?


The tiniest little Minnie Mouse is being clutched very tightly by Lian…it’s my last red one and I’m SO sad!




Don’t you think YOUR doll needs this for her 4th of July dress?

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

So that was the post about Lian’s dress. I hope you enjoyed it a second time… :o)
See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Can you guess “MY” favorite “Patriotic” doll dress?

Well, it’s probably obvious to you, there won’t be any 4th of July dresses from me this year. I’ve been kind of behind on things for a while now and as I was working on Felicity’s dress, I realized I’d have nothing to offer you this year.

However, I do have dresses from the past and thought maybe I’d show them to you and see if YOU could pick my all time favorite dress from the ones shown… We’ll turn this into a little contest. I’ll show you all the doll dresses I’ve made representing the 4th of July, and you can pick the ONE you think is MY favorite. Let me know in your comments below or in an email to me… (use the Contact Me tab under my header.) Then I’ll see if anyone gets it right. All those who guess it right will be entered into a drawing and I’ll then draw out one name and announce the winner tomorrow. If you don’t know the dolls name, just do your best to describe the dress. It’s for a prize! :o)
You’ll have until midnight, Monday night, Illinois Central time.

So let’s see those dresses…there are 32 to pick from so take your time…and if you want to see them larger, just click on them.

Also, remember you’re just voting for the “outfit”… not the quality of the picture…some of my older pics are pretty pathetic!

Do you think you know which one is my favorite? Guess and see if you win!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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