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Janet Jackson Concert Clothes WIP 6

Today is Janet’s shirt and the finishing of her belt and boot covers, now that my zippers from Zipper That Doll have arrived (Thanks Leeann!)

Let’s start with her boot covers ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m using a faux suede for these. They are lace leaf/feather topped and the perfect lace was elusive to say the least! I checked all my favorite haunts, of course, to no avail. I spent hours online, searching. I started looking at international ebay and other shopping sites. Not everyone describes things in the same way, and sizing isn’t always available either! I knew something appropriate existed because I had a piece. I just didn’t think I had enough. I’d had this for years, I think it was something from my Mothers’ stash…. Clearly, I was going to have to make this piece work!

Ok, so here’s the bit….


I’m going to have to cut it apart, of course, and sew it onto the lace piece. I added some silver thread and a few silver beads too.


There! Ready for zippers ๐Ÿ™‚ Just a quick fit test first…


I’ll put that aside for a second and move to the belt. This was a fun piece to recreate. Lots going on here. The basis is a cotton woven multi strand affair. I have treated the ends so that they will stay together and not fray and the rest of it will all be sewn. The discs have a baby soft suede backing so that I can circle them with silver beads. I found a nice irregular cube to go in between the two discs. A trio of pretty smaller silver round edged beads flank the discs.


Just checking against the original…..


Feather charms….


And the other side of the belt…..



More feather charms ๐Ÿ™‚


And three more for the middle and a fastener at the back and the belt is done – woot!

Janet’s shirt is next. I’ve chosen a tissue thin silk and cotton blend fabric for this. It’s hallmark is the really wide lace edged collar and lacy cuffs. ย As I gathered images of this outfit I came to realize that Janet has at least two different versions of the shirt. Very similar, not exactly the same. Both feature the statement collar and lace edged cuffs, so mine will too ๐Ÿ™‚

Below, I’m prepping the lace cuffs for the shirt. Prepped separately, it will be sewn to the shirt when finished.








The shirt above needs an ironing to be sure, and it has no lace on the collar as yet, but it does what I want it to do! The real shirt has elastic along the lower edge, no doubt to guard against an unplanned wardrobe malfunction, so mine will too. I don’t want myย shirt to ride up either!

Next time, this complicated outfit will be finished!

Thanks for joining me,


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Janet Jackson Concert Clothes WIP 5

Janet’s outfit is in full swing around here! We’re getting further into the fun stuff. Now that the vest is done and all beaded up, it’s time for the jacket. I sewed up a version of the jacket in a linen of a good colour, but I didn’t like it.

Not –ย at – all ๐Ÿ™

The fit was off, for one thing, but that’s fine. Tweaking is par for the course. Of greater concern was the fact that I didn’t like the look of the linen. It was too idk, rustic? It has too much varigation in tone and altogether too much texture for me. Anyway, pfft! Outta here, lol!

So I swan-dived back into the sea of fabric that hides my studio on some days, to find something better. Find something I did too! A delightful crepe backed satin in champagne. Now I haven’t lost my mind or anything, I’m not using the shiny side, I’m using the back side. There is no reason not to use the backside of fabric. Sometimes that is the only way to get the exact look that you want!


The outfit as a whole is taking shape now, finally.

Time for the jacket beading….


Sleeves first ๐Ÿ™‚ and then on to the front….


I realized that in order to dress the doll effectively and without putting too much lateral pressure on the delicate beads, I needed to add a cuff opening to the sleeves. There will be a lot of feathery lace on the shirt sleeves that will have to get in there too.

Speaking of feathers, I am using feather charms for Janet’s belt, but was finding it difficult to find ones small enough. I found some I thought would work well, and they would have, but then, I found some smaller ones, and now I’m even happier with them ;0


You can see in the above pic that they are quite a bit smaller!

Here’s how the main elements of the belt will look…


I have some off white cording that looks just like the real belt and a few other findings and so on, so I’ll be tackling the belt next I think. Just the belt, shirt, boot covers and necklace to do. Sounds like a lot, and I guess it is really, but I think it will go fairly quickly…. ONWARD!

I found a great trim for the really wide lacy shirt collar! There was a shop out in the country near the lake where we spent many a gorgeous summer weekend. This place was liquidating old sewing department store stock. Woolworth’s maybe? Probably from the seventies or some such. Something like that. They had hundreds of spools of various laces and trims, many of which aren’t manufactured any more. Much to the chagrin of my beloved companions, I would drag us all in there and peruse the bins of spools of trims. Heaven! I found many things there, lots of which I still have. The perfect solution for the collar was one of these vintage finds. I gave it a clean, thinking it was a little darker than I wanted. What a difference! I didn’t realize just how yellowed this vintage trim had become. (Now I’ll need to wash it all, lol!)


This nice clean white trim is now worthy of Janets’ shirt ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s where I’ll pick up next time. Thanks as always for visiting!


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Janet Jackson Concert Clothes WIP 3

Good day and welcome to Janet’s 2006 World Tour Concert Outfit – only smaller – WIP 3 ๐Ÿ™‚

In case you’re new to this project, here’s what I’m doing:


With the beads all shaped and whatnot last time, it was time to put them aside while I construct the jacket and the vest to which they will be sewn. I had them nicely sorted into their groups and didn’t want to have to resort later, so I’ve stored them in their own little labeled boxes…


That way, none of these tiny bits will migrate while I’m not looking!

The patterns were the only thing going for a couple of days. I’ve plotted the pants, the boot covers, the jacket and the vest. The only one left to do is her shirt.


I started with the pants which have a centre front seam, no pockets and are, of course form fitting. Just a side note here: I can see that Janet’s real pants are stretchy, I mean she’s dancing in them.ย So, of course they’re stretchy! On the doll however, I often find that form fitting stretchy pieces don’t look very good because (if they fit) they hug the doll tightly enough that the jointing shows through, especially the hip and leg jointing which I don’t find aesthetically pleasing. The doll isn’t going to be performing all of Janet’s moves anyway. Of course she’ll be able to pose but I may not use stretchy fabric ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s funny, I always think I’m going to modify an existing basic pattern that I already have, but I never do. It’s either not close enough, or it’s not for the same doll and I wind up deciding it will be easier to start from scratch, so I do, lol!

After drafting the pant, I made a muslin up to test the fit and the seam placement. The first go round was pretty close.


You can see in the pic that the crotch isn’t quite there enough, so I made some changes to the fit thereย and refined where the seams hit front and back and adjusted the waist height and then sewed up another test.


That’s better, although a little pinch needs to be removed from the CF seam.ย (The crotch won’t have a pull in it after the seam allowances are clipped properly on the real pants.)

Moving on to the vest. Making sure the bottom edge points fall in the right places, adding just a little bit of “ease” because it goes atop the shirt. I employed little darts too ๐Ÿ™‚

The muslin looks good but for the button up crossover point. You don’t often see it come to a point on the bottom edge of the center front button band. Usually it’s a straight across overlap the width of the button band. Of course, “usually” is not always, and I realized after sewing up the vest muslin that I would need to change that bit to match the original. I inadvertently gave her a bit too much chest room too (Antoinette’s bust is modest ๐Ÿ™‚ and so I needed to shift the center front back a bit at the top of the vest and lower the vest’s neckline too to accommodate the really big lacy collar which is quite prevalent in the original. Also it’s important for me to point out there is still a small seam allowance on the jacket and the vest and that when sewn up fully, both will be shorter. Same with the pants, waistline too will be lower which makes it a little too low, so I’ll have to add a bit of height there before I cut into the actual fabric ๐Ÿ™‚

Then I sewed up the jacket muslin and made some refinements to the bottom edge at the front so that it hits the vest just right in terms of length. The jacket is cropped obviously, just like the vest, but the vest points have to show below the jacket and the jacket can’t come too close together in the front. It’s not designed to ever close.





And that’s where I paused. The boot covers need a test sew and the shirt still needs to be drafted. After that, it will be time to cut into the final fabrics and get seriously sewing ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for reading, and have a great day!



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A Lady of the Court WIP 1

Hi doll folks!

Here is my muse ๐Ÿ™‚


Anyone know who she is?

I didn’t atย first when I saw this perfect image online and itย wasn’t labelled or captioned. I didn’t know who I was so taken with! This was the very image I had in mind ย and I was so very excited to find her. I wanted though to add details into the project that pertained to this particular person so I dug a little further and realized to my delight that it is none other that Madame de Pompadour! Born Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, here painted in her younger days by Francois Boucher. I love this painting! The lady herself is no less intriguing. A companion and trusted advisor to Louis XV, she was a major influence in many high level matters of state, but chiefly the arts and culture of France. Voltaire was a dear friend. She ran the household for the king and remained an important member of the palace until her death in 1764. A most interesting figure!

I realize of course that she is not wearing blue in this painting, but historically, the blue is quite ubiquitous during the time period, and I am not copying the painting you understand, just being inspired by it! (Although she may need a little lap dog ๐Ÿ˜‰ We’ll see what other interesting details emerge after I read her biography that is on it’s way here.

I hope to add some period appropriate accessories and furniture for her as well, but I’m getting ahead of myself!

I’m continuing with my project. Satisfied with the dye job on the silk and the trims, I moved on to the pattern. I’ll be doing a Robe a la Francaise. It’s a complicated business. I’m working from Janet Arnold’s fascinating Patterns of Fashion book. It’s a study of period clothing examples from 1660 to 1860. It’s dry and technical and just my cup of tea!

Of course, much adaptation and altering needed to be done to fit my little lady. I’m hoping to make this project historically accurate or at least plausible and believable. That means lots of research and learning new things! I like a project I can really sink my teeth into.

I’ll be figuring out the construction procedure as I go because my resource isn’t a “how to”, it’s a study. There aren’t any instructions. I will make a toile and that will give me practice before I cut into the silk I have dyed for this gown.

One of the interesting challenges about this gown will be the insanely tiny pleats throughout the petticoat front and back and the overskirt. They are numerous, precise and like I said teeny!

Pattern chaos ensued lol! My doll seem to have fainted!


Yikes what a mess!

One of the ladies looks on….


The pleats needed to be carefully marked otherwise I won’t be able to keep them all straight!


Three down, 35 000 000 to go lol! Thank goodness for magnifying glasses ๐Ÿ™‚


I put the ruler in the above shot to illustrate just how minute and close together they are. I got half of the front petticoat done and had to take a break! Ah well, I’m sure it will be worth it when I’m finished.


I hope I can figure out how to construct the back of the gown.ย All in good time……

Until next time, thanks for reading!






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Backyard BBQ for Dawn and Pippa on auction

I apologize that I haven’t really had a chance to write much in my posts recently. Just enough time to let you know about completed outfits I’m afraid. I’m spending more time making and less time blogging, but not to worry, I haven’t forgotten my blog and I vow to do some more meaty posts in future. For now, bear with me as I share

Backyard BBQ

Backyard BBQ for Dawn and Pippa by awsumgal

Backyard BBQ on ebay

Thanks for popping in ๐Ÿ™‚



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