Friday, November 14, 2008

Sew Crafty Friday - Edwardian Style Dress for American Girl Doll

Wasn’t it Saturday just yesterday? Can seven days REALLY go by that fast?

Truth of the matter is – I just have TOO many craft projects going on at the same time. They are all gifts (except these I am sharing with you today), and I haven’t even started those that I’d like to make for Christmas. I’m working on each project in the spare moments I have between homemaking and homeschooling. Hmm, is there such a thing as spare moments between the two?
I have completed two of the items on which I was working – the red, cuffed shorts for the mix and match and the Edwardian era dress I wanted to add to my American Girl ebay project. (You can see all the items for my AG ebay project here and here). This is the outfit she will be wearing when she is sold. I am really pleased with it as I designed the dress from an illustration in one of the early publications of Samantha Learns a Lesson. I chose to make it from a cotton fabric that has cream and salmon roses on a dark burgundy background. The fabric just reminds me of Christmas in that bygone era. The blouson bodice is accented with a self-fabric collar trimmed in white lace. The drop waist is accented with white satin ribbon and bow in back.

This is the actual doll that I will be ebaying with the clothes lot. I still have to buy shoes for her, as the ones she is wearing belong to Molly. And that just would not do!

I’m really going to have to get moving if I want to auction it in time for Christmas. If not I’ll have to wait for next year.

So what have you been crafting recently?

We are still anxiously waiting for Shereen's return to

Until then, if you would like me to link to your project this week, just leave a comment telling me where I can find your blog and project and I'll add it to this post.


KaseyQ said...

Wow, Nanci- you're so talented! I just wanted to respond to your comment- I actually did not get the e-mail from you with your address. If you wouldn't mind trying again and sending it to unicornq (at) aol (dot) com, then I still have a couple of coupons to send to you. :-) Thanks!

Rebecca said...

Beautiful! WELL DONE Nanci!

I have been waiting for a post this week, and knew it HAD to come sometime! I've missed you!

So~ you are all done the AG project now? Onward posting on ebay, then? Great job on the dress-it is lovely. I am certain you will do well on it.

Corynn came up behind me and asked me who made that pretty dress and I explained that it was you and that you were going to sell it. She said "I'm going to buy it! I'm going to start saving RIGHT now." I laughed. ALOT. Then explained it all to her. She has NO concept of money, Nanci. I think I have failed her. Today, Matt gave her a penny and she brought him a quarter as a return gift. HA! Oh well. She'll get it some day, HOPEFULLY.

Hope you are well and Bill is quickly on the mend now that he is working.

I'm jealous with all your crafting. I am heading into my craft room momentarily to start on a baby kimono that might possibly be a coming home outfit for Bunkin, if I can complete it in time. This will be my first bit of sewing since I got my machine fixed-a month before we moved, remember?!?

I have given up on the idea of homemade Christmas gifts this year. It will be the first year in AT LEAST six years that I haven't done SOMETHING (or MANY things).

I also wanted to share with you two blogs:well, make that three.

The top two blogs are actually teenage girls. AMAZING teenage girls. The very top on is hosting a HOMEMADE Christmas every Thursday and I am sure she'd love any participation. I am enjoying heading over there often. Photography is beautiful and the gal is WAY beyond me-and only 15/16 I think! Homeschooled-naturally! ;-)

The second blog is her sister and could compete with Tasha Tudor in her artistry. This girl is GOING places, I am amazed at her skill in illustrations (and many other things).

Both girls are genuinely sweet and I thought Megan might appreciate visiting them every now and again.

And you know, mothers who RAISE girls like that are to be praised too. The third blog is their Mother, who doesn't LOOK like their mother because she looks so young. But she is, trust me.

Anyway. Just thought I would share them with you on the chance you would enjoy perusing them as much as I have recently.

Sorry about the book I just wrote. I guess me wanting a visit with you just sort of boiled over! :-)

debbieo said...

I am so glad you left me a comment. I did not recieve your email and I wondered if you even knew you won. If you want to leave your addy in my comments I wont publish it. But I will send you the book, its sitting on my desk waiting to go to its new home.

Vickie said...

I wish we lived closer. I would LOVE to come to you house and play dolls!!!

Rebecca said...

Just discovered this site: and immediately thought of you!

Free AG dress patterns?!? No way! Yet: there they are! ;-)

Amy said...

I LOVE that dress!

Amy said...

P.S. Rebecca...isn't that a great website? I used to belong to their message board and I was thrilled when they added those patterns! I downloaded all of them!
You have to be carefull with the AG patterns though because bodices tend to be small, skirts tend to be short and the directions tend to be "HUH?" ;-)

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