Monday, July 11, 2011

It Started with Bunny Slippers

These bunny slippers!
Aren't they uber cute?

They even have fluffy bunny tails!
How could I resist?

You may remember that last year, I made and donated a nightgown and little outfit to be used in a hospital fundraiser.  This year, I volunteered again to make something.
I just happened to spy these sweet slippers shortly afterwards, and decided they would become a part of my donation.  My original thought was a pair of pajamas and matching robe.
Now, comes the part when I have to admit to procrastinating, not finding a suitable pattern, and a deadline quickly approaching!

So, I turned to the trusty pattern used for last year's nightie.
Inspired by the Old Fashioned Baby Retreat slip dress that I am still working on, I incorporated many of those design details.

I omitted the sleeves from the pattern and added Swiss insertion and French lace edging to the bodice.
At the seamline of the skirt and bodice, I used large entredeux beading that I borrowed from a well aged and unfinished class project kit.  This nightgown needed to be completed, and I knew that class project would most likely remain in the basket of UFO's for a very long time.
Sweet pink and white gingham ribbon was threaded through the entredeux and tied in a bow --
because we all know a bow makes everything better!
While bows and long ties might not be a wise choice on a nightie for a real live little doll, I figured this dolly was not likely to encounter any harm.

The hem is finished with folded tucks and Swiss edging.

Last, but definitely not least . . .

bunny slippers!
Wooly bunny slippers may not be the normal choice for a delicate summer nightgown.
Let's just overlook that small detail, okey dokey?

Hoppy Monday!


Cynthia Gilbreth said...

What a sweet nightie! I love the slippers. I use slippers in the summer with lightweight nighties all the time.

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Love thoses slippers!!!
xx, shell

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

Someone will sure be getting a work of art and a treasure to be handed down. As always, you are a gifted artist with thread & fabric.

Kellie said...

I just adore these slippers... they are just too cute! And I think any "little" would just love to wear them regardless of the season! Dress is gorgeous too! I love pink gingham!

Kathy Ruess said...

Oh, Jan... Bunny Slippers are never out of season!

Saint Nolt Sews said...

Those bunny shoes are TOO cute!

Goosegirl said...

Oh my. OH MY! That little nightgown and slippers is TO DIE FOR! I love every little detail. I just love every bit. So precious and perfect and darling!

Laurie said...

Such an elegant nightie for dolly!

Unknown said...

Adorable! How sweet is that???!!!

Anonymous said...

Too precious! :))

Rebecca Nelson said...

Absolutely darling. I am crazy over these slippers girlfriend. You just make me smile. YOU DO! You are one talented girly and I just adore you!


Ellie Inspired said...

Oh that is so precious!! Those tiny seams and lace and tucks....and those bunny slippers! Some little girl is going to be over the moon about this set!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Adorable! I love, love, love all of the fine detail... You're the SEWING QUEEN!

Warm blessings,

Deanna said...

Beautiful work!

Jeannie B. said...

I love what you did with my design, Jan. It is beautiful!!

Rettabug said...

Just PRECIOUS, Jan! You are so skilled at this sort of tiny detail work. I ♥ the pink & white gingham ribbon run through the large entredeux beading. Great idea!

I would LOVE to make a size 6 version of this little gown for my DGD, Ms. C. She would go bonkers over those bunny slippers, too. I wonder if I can buy some in her size???

Well done!

Rettabug said...

p.s. Did you MAKE the bunny slippers for the doll or did you purchase them? If so, where????
Ms. C. has an American doll...Felicity...and if I make Ms. C. a nightgown like that, I'd like to make one for Ms. Felicity, too.

Jan M said...

For Rett and others who have contacted me to ask, I purchased the doll-size bunny slippers at the craft store, Michael's.
Thanks for all the kind comments!

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