Ahhhh… time in my sewing room!

My hubby helped someone put in a gas fireplace today so I stayed home and sewed! YAY! I got some done, but it’s kind of like the electrical work my hubby was doing down in the basement a few days ago. His work won’t be seen, but it’s necessary for things to be right upstairs. I did all the handsewing, the snaps were sewn on, the buttons were decorated, the hem was handstitched, and everything inside was tacked down. It’s all the stuff that doesn’t show but is necessary for my dresses to suit me! :o)

I tried to make the dress sleeveless, but the pattern I used had too big of an armhole opening, so I ended up putting a little short puffed sleeve in.

I had decided to make the jacket separate, as many of you suggested, but now the jacket won’t work very well, with the puffed sleeve, so I’m going to give a lacey vest a try.

Somehow I lost my full length picture of the dress, so the half pictures will have to do. The skirt is nice and full and I added a piece of the vintage eyelet lace I was blessed with a little while back.

The back of the dress has pink buttons and they are sewn on using my “flower” way… I love it when I can add these on a dress. Snaps are hidden underneath.

Yay! I’m going to have a dress ready for Easter fairly soon! I can hardly believe it! Still lots to do, but I’m getting there!

Have a wonderful weekend,
See you Monday,
Blessings, Jeanne

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A Pink and White post…and a touch of velvet…

Thanks so much for the “Welcome Back” wishes… I missed you all!

Yay!!! She made it back in her sewing room again…not for very long, but long enough to get this cut out and arranged. This was supposed to have been Molly’s Valentine dress, but my getting the flu has now changed this into Molly’s soon-coming Easter dress! :o)

It’s one of those dresses where you’ll have to use your imagination again. It will look pretty cute, I think, if everything goes the way I think it should…

Here are a few pictures to get those imaginations moving….:o)

The plan is to make the dress with the white collar…and have the jacket as sort of an overlay jacket. It will all be one piece but look like two. There’s not much to photograph when this is all I have…so here’s another shot!

So how about a close up…

…and a little closer still…

Molly doesn’t know if she likes it yet because she hasn’t gotten to try it on yet, but I assured her that she’ll like it…

Just for something extra….
Linda sent an email of a cake recipe for a Red Velvet Cream Cheese Bundt cake… It looked so beautiful, I decided to pass along the recipe. I think she was going to give a red velvet box cake mix a try instead of doing the cake part from scratch…

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Bundt Cake Recipe

Thanks everyone,
See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Do you think this would work for Molly?

JUST A REMINDER: My “Is it Spring Yet?” dress and coat set listed on Ebay ends this evening. You can see it HERE or click on the picture at the right side bar. Thanks for taking a peek!

I received some fabric in the mail today and I was wondering who might look best in it. It is SO pretty and the pink squares are 1-1/8.” It is absolutely incredible to touch… like the softest, lightest fabric ever woven! It’s not a Lawn, but it sure feels like one…

I was hoping it would work for the Little Darlings, but it might be just a hair too big. I think it was Laura who suggested Molly is making a comeback with a new release and a new dress for her might be wonderful. I picked her to show the fabric against so you could see the scale…

I also have a piece of cotton lace that would make “something” to go with the dress. The fabric is pretty white, not like how this picture came out…

So, what do you think? Yes, no, maybe, mew? I’m open for suggestions!

Short and sweet today… I’m going to bed!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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The PINTUCKS that seemed to take all day…

I know how to make pintucks… really I do! Usually you double thread your sewing machine, you put in the twin needle, thread it, slightly tighten your tension and off you go making pintucks. Uh… not so fast! Today my sewing machine would NOT cooperate… it decided to give me fits and I was not very happy. I worked and worked and worked until I was sick of making 3″ test runs to no avail. What should have taken 10 minutes at the most, turned into an all afternoon and evening ordeal! Here’s proof…

I needed to change the sleeves into something that was more narrow at the wrist area that could be snapped or fastened to hold it down if the coat was put on. The elastic wasn’t going to work so I decided to cut the sleeves off and make a sort of modified mutton sleeve. It should have been simple to do but it wasn’t. I was using the bottom parts of the sleeves that I cut off to get my pintucks right… then I melted the lace onto my iron…ugh! When I used them up, I grabbed more scraps!

I took a break and went to town when Susette mentioned the Simplicity patterns were on sale at Joann’s this weekend.

When I got back, I attacked it again… This time I turned every screw on my machine in hopes of tightening up the tension! I FINALLY got it right and made the 10 rows of pintucks I needed!

Here’s a close up…

I’m most likely going to add some sleeve headers very lightly in the tops of the sleeves to pull them up just a bit.. They look a tiny bit saggy to me…

I gathered up the bottom of the bodice and added the skirt yoke… (Yep, Samantha is still in those boots.. I need to find the right shoes for this set so she can take off those boots.)

One nice thing about going to town was, I found this pre-tied bow and I was almost certain it was the right color… and it was absolutely perfect. I know it’s hard to tell in the pictures, but it’s an incredible match…It’s also very soft and easily manipulated. I bought a red one too… They make perfect hair bows for the girls.

Well, if I don’t run into anymore snags, like those crazy pintucks, this won’t take too much longer to finsh!

I’m going to bed… I hope I don’t dream of pintucks!

See you Monday,
Blessings, Jeanne

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