January 09, 2019

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Mix & Match Monday - Enter To Win! (January 7-14, 2019)

Hi everyone, 

Enter To Win! Which Look Is Best? Vote Now!

The question is simple, which look is best? 

This week's contest is featuring a darling set of dresses made by Shari as the prototype pieces featured on the cover of the Prairie Rose 14.5" doll clothes pattern. This pattern design includes both a historical dress design and a refined look for a modern-day girl. Which style do you like best? Be sure to vote to help us decide which look is best and be entered into the giveaway to win both of these dresses! (Note - dolls and props are not included in the giveaway)

 More About the Outfits: Get your doll in touch with her inner Laura in a charming 1870s prairie inspired dress! For this Mix and Match contest, we've styled up two variations of this dress pattern - Historical and Modern. Both dresses feature a gathered bodice with a yoke and waistband that button down the back.

  • The Historical "Prairie Girl" Outfit features a longer length dress with the added ruffle along the hemline. It also includes a simple apron which ties in the back and has two handy pockets, just the thing for a hard working Prairie girl. (Doll and accessories not included in the giveaway)
  • The Modern "School Girl" Outfit features a knee length dress with cute fabric flower detail at the waist. The Pink and gold floral print really make this dress pop! Darling buttons finish the back of the dress nicely. 

 

Make It Today: Like the look and want to make your own? Click the image below to get the pattern, it's available in several sizes:

  

Vote Now & Enter To Win: You enter through the entry form that is embedded on this page and appears just below this paragraph, if you don't see it, be sure to visit the page from your desktop or an alternate browser such as Google Chrome. It may not appear on all mobile devices. The complete rules and entry details appear on the entry form. This is not a comment contest - in other words, leaving a comment on the bottom of this page is not an official entry method. The only required entry method is to vote in the poll to help us decide which look is best. One person will receive the outfit. You can enter once, or gain multiple entries by completing the other entry methods and increase your chances of winning. Please review all Terms and Conditions on the giveaway page before entering. While we wish we could run this contest everywhere, for legal reasons it is only open to eligible residents of the U.S. and Canada, not including Rhode Island. This contest is exclusively endorsed by Liberty Jane Clothing and aleksandrajones. Not endorsed by or affiliated with American Girl®.

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Get to know Shari Fuller... Shari has two pattern collections on aleksandrajones, Thimbles and Acorns, her original brand - and after years of collaborating with designer Eve Coleman on the Keepers Dolly Duds Designs brand, Shari is now the owner of that brand too. Each brand brings a unique look to historical designs in a beautifully detailed way. 

More About Shari (in her own words):  My grandma gave me my first sewing lesson when I was about eight years old. I had been fascinated with her sewing for as long as I could remember and was so excited when she gave me a doll pattern and sent me to her sewing closet to pick out just the right fabric for my first project. Sewing was a way for me to connect with my grandma, and although she may not have realized it at the time, this gift she gave me helped me become a better student. History became more exciting as I became captivated by the dynamic fashions through the ages. This is what Thimbles and Acorns is all about; building relationships and encouraging learning. In November of 2011, I wrote my first pattern. Eve was the first one to take me up on the offer to test it. We quickly struck up a friendship and before long we were collaborating in our pattern making journey. Working with Eve these past seven years has been a privilege and a delight and I am honored to be able to bring Keepers Dolly Duds Designs to aleksandrajones!

 

Inquiring Minds Want To Know...

Q: What's your favorite food?
Shari:  Just about every day I like to have a Granny Smith Apple with peanut butter and chocolate chips...  It's the ultimate one-dish meal. The peanut butter and apple make a great healthy lunch (it's homemade peanut butter by the way) and the chocolate chips are a built in dessert.  My absolute favorite food is homemade pizza... because it is pure romance.  My husband and I have been making it every Friday since we started dating... 34 years ago!   It's become a Fuller Family tradition.

Q: What's your favorite tv show or movie?
Shari:   Return to Me.  My husband and I tend to sing through the whole movie because it has great background music and the story brings out the romance.

Q: Coffee or Tea??
Shari:  Water... I drink a lot of water.  Hot water in my favorite mug in the winter helps keep me warm and cold water in my favorite water bottle keeps me refreshed in the summer. 

Q: Where's your favorite place to shop? 
Shari:  Walmart, it's convenient (because I'm not particularly fond of shopping) AND my daughter works there so most everyone there knows me as "Jackie's Mom"... and treat me like a celebrity.

Q: What inspired your brand name?
Shari:  Thimbles and Acorns was inspired by my daughter who became infatuated with the story of Peter Pan when she was three years old.  The thimble and acorn were the "kisses" that Peter and Wendy exchanged.

Q: What is your dream vacation? 
Shari:  A tour of Israel and Egypt.

 

We'd love to hear from you. Leave a comment and tell us - which look is best! And be sure to thank Shari for giving away such a cute outfit!

Thanks everyone,

The aleksandrajones Team

 


100 Comments

Mary Green
Mary Green

January 14, 2019

I like the modern dress. She looks as tho she’s a teacher!

Megan
Megan

January 14, 2019

The prairie one is sooo cute! What a lovely pattern and thanks for sharing the prototypes!

Karen
Karen

January 14, 2019

You’re asking a libra here. I can’t make a decision between two darling dresses for the Walkie Wisher. Love the idea of time travel in play time. Thanks for the contest!!

Carol
Carol

January 14, 2019

The historic outfit is my choice.

Anna S
Anna S

January 14, 2019

Thank you for the giveaway! This is an interesting new format – I like the idea of comparing clothing rather than rating which doll “looks better”. Both outfits are very cute (I love the mary jane shoes with the modern look!) but I like the historical version best. It would be fun to make the historical one for my Wellie so she could pretend to be my old Kirsten doll’s little sister!

Jeanne
Jeanne

January 14, 2019

I like the prairie dress. Take me back to when my daughter was little and played with her holly hobby doll. Thanks for the contests and freebies.

Robin
Robin

January 14, 2019

I like the “Modern Schoolgirl” best, although both are cute.

Debra
Debra

January 14, 2019

The Prairie Girl outfit is the cutest!

Debra
Debra

January 14, 2019

I love the Prairie Girl outfit. So Cute!

Sandy
Sandy

January 14, 2019

I love the historical outfit.

Diana Haggerty
Diana Haggerty

January 14, 2019

Loce the Prairie girl one. So cute.

SAMANTHA
SAMANTHA

January 14, 2019

BLUE ONE!

Carrie Lancon
Carrie Lancon

January 14, 2019

I like the Historical one best. Thank you Shari for the beautiful creations.

Sher Kurwa
Sher Kurwa

January 14, 2019

The school girl pink outfit! Thank you!

Michele
Michele

January 14, 2019

Thank you, Shari & Cinnamon, for a chance to win this cute outfit. I vote for the Prairie Rose historical dress.

Legrand
Legrand

January 14, 2019

I vote for the blue one, i like the historical look and yhe cute apron;

Mary R.
Mary R.

January 13, 2019

I like the blue outfit the best.

Galina
Galina

January 13, 2019

The pink one looks best! Thank you!

Teresa
Teresa

January 13, 2019

I really like the Prairie Girl look.

Kelly
Kelly

January 13, 2019

Thanks, Shari! I prefer the pink one.

Tanya
Tanya

January 13, 2019

I vote for the Prairie dress and apron. I don’t have any patterns for that time period for my Wellie Wisher…I do have its the modern style. Thanks for the opportunity to win the dress!!!

Renee Travis
Renee Travis

January 13, 2019

The Prairie girl has my vote! Thanks for the great giveaway. My granddaughter would love this!

Aubrey Scott Daniels
Aubrey Scott Daniels

January 13, 2019

I love them both, but the pink school girl has my vote!

Nina
Nina

January 13, 2019

Prairie Girl has my vote!!

Amber
Amber

January 13, 2019

I love the prairie outfit. They are both gorgeous though.

David Heath
David Heath

January 13, 2019

I love the historical outfit Shari although both are really cute! Good job sweetie!

Angela
Angela

January 13, 2019

I love the pink school girl outfit

Sherry
Sherry

January 12, 2019

I just bought this pattern (in the Wellie size, too!) a month ago for the historical Prarie Girl pattern. I love historical clothing! But particularly, I live in Utah and every July to celebrate the anniversary of statehood, there is a holiday called Pioneer Day. My 18 inch dolls have outfits—I even bought (and made!) Shari’s civil war shirt pattern fro my Logan doll to celebrate. Now my Wellie needs a dress. At least I have until July to make it! (BTW, I’d love to know where you got the shoes for these!)

Laurie S
Laurie S

January 12, 2019

Thanks! very cute
Leola
Leola

January 12, 2019

I like the Historica lParie Girl style . But it is a very hard choice.

Katie
Katie

January 12, 2019

Thanks Shari! They both look so cute, but I’m gonna have to go with the prairie outfit!

Grace
Grace

January 12, 2019

Love the school girl best!

Jackie
Jackie

January 12, 2019

Love both but voted for the modern one.

Elaine
Elaine

January 12, 2019

It’s so great you do this every week. Thanks for being so generous.

Sarah
Sarah

January 11, 2019

I love them both, but I voted for the prairie dress. The history lover in me can’t resist it. Thanks so much Shari!

Dana
Dana

January 11, 2019

I love the historical outfit Shari although both are really cute! Good job sweetie!

Shelley
Shelley

January 11, 2019

I love the Prairie Girl!!

Donna
Donna

January 11, 2019

Prairie Girl dress has my vote

Darlene O
Darlene O

January 11, 2019

Thanks Shari :) I love everything you do, and everything you and Eve do together – we are so lucky to have patterns from both of you – so much talent. I love both dresses, but always prefer historical.

Samantha
Samantha

January 11, 2019

The Prairie dress reminds me of second grade when we had a Thanksgiving feast at school and my neighbor Rosie and my mom made me a Pilgrim dress with the bonnet and apron. This pattern brings back that wonder memory; so my vote is for the Prairie dress. Thank you : )

Shiela
Shiela

January 11, 2019

Thanks for the opportunity to vote and be entered into a chance of winning these amazing outfits. Thank you for your generosity. I voted for the prairie dress.

purpleagdolls
purpleagdolls

January 11, 2019

I love the prairie girl outfit

Rebekah
Rebekah

January 11, 2019

Thanks Shari! I love the prairie dress. ❤️❤️

Christine
Christine

January 11, 2019

While I love both outfits, the “Prairie Girl” outfit is my favorite. The contrast with the apron, brings out the colors in the dress.

Dottie
Dottie

January 11, 2019

Hi… I chose the modern era dress, though they’re both so cute.
Thank you, Shari, for your great designs.

Sarah
Sarah

January 11, 2019

Thanks Shari for great outfits! I prefer the historical one but that is the historian in me coming out. I have a feeling my kids would prefer the shorter one because of the prettier fabric.

Ann-Michelle
Ann-Michelle

January 11, 2019

Both are adorable! Love the modern design. Reminds me of my granddaughter.

Sharron
Sharron

January 11, 2019

No fair having to choose but since we must….. School Girl it is.

Kerry
Kerry

January 11, 2019

Love the pink print and design on the modern version a wee bit more.
Thanks Shari!

Sandy Stave
Sandy Stave

January 11, 2019

The Modern “School Girl” Outfit is my favorite! Love them both. So glad to see Keepers Dolly Duds come to aleksandrajones. Thanks

Jolene
Jolene

January 11, 2019

Got to make time to get to Israel. I went last February and it was the trip of a lifetime. It was beyond amazing!

Sharlene Tucker
Sharlene Tucker

January 11, 2019

I like the historical version. For a few years now I’ve been collecting historical clothing, patterns and dolls. I’m using these as gifts to teach my grandchildren about their bold and sacrificing ancestors. For example, this past year I was able to source and verify one of the original Pilgrims, Richard Warren, is my ancestor. His wife, Elizabeth (Walker) Warren, arrived a few years later with their daughters. We descend from Nathaniel Warren, one of the two sons born in North America shortly before Richard Warren’s death. I’m so excited these historical doll costumes will help my grandchildren appreciate their rich heritage. The Prairie dress will do nicely for another ancestor, Lydia Ann Hobson, who crossed the plains as a child. Even my grandsons want Great-Grandfather dolls to display on their bedroom shelves. Thanks, Shari!! (Now, if only the cracked rib from last year’s fall will get on the stick and heal properly, I can get back to sewing patterns like Shari Fuller’s and Eve Coleman’s awesome historical patterns. If not, I’ll have to purchase completed outfits.)

Carol
Carol

January 11, 2019

Thank you for your kind offer. Love the Prairie girl outfit.

Anita
Anita

January 11, 2019

Liking the historical dress as it lets little ones be more creative.

Pam
Pam

January 11, 2019

I love the The Historical “Prairie Girl” Outfit!!!!!!!

Sharon
Sharon

January 11, 2019

Chose the modern one but both are great!!

Emma
Emma

January 11, 2019

I love both outfits but I would have to choose the historical one because I like the color and long sleeves.

Ann S
Ann S

January 11, 2019

I voted for the prairie dress. Both are darling!

Angela M
Angela M

January 11, 2019

I like both…I voted for the rose pink one.

NnekaE
NnekaE

January 11, 2019

It was hard to choose — they are both so cute! I voted for the old fashioned one with the apron. I would love to see the modern style in a less busy print.

Kate
Kate

January 11, 2019

I love both outfits but I think I would make the dress in a plain fabric so you can see the detailing more clearly. it is hard to see the collar and the gathering on the top with all the fussiness of the flower fabric.

designdreamer
designdreamer

January 11, 2019

Thank you Shari , so cute! I like the historical best!

bettyvanbuskirk
bettyvanbuskirk

January 11, 2019

i love the Prairie dress best

Annie
Annie

January 11, 2019

I love both of the outfits, but my favorite is the Prairie Girl style. Thank you, Shari, for this giveaway and for creating such darling patterns!! ❣

Terry
Terry

January 11, 2019

They are both so adorable. Hard to choose between them. But, chose the prairie outfit. However the modern one had the pink. Many little girls would treasure the pink.

Pam McCabe
Pam McCabe

January 11, 2019

nice outfits love them both

Barb Cullings
Barb Cullings

January 11, 2019

Hard to choose so I have to go with the one that first caught my eye.

Kathy
Kathy

January 11, 2019

I like the school girl best

Cyndee
Cyndee

January 11, 2019

My Willa would love either of those dresses, but I voted for the modern school girl, since she is a modern girl!

michele
michele

January 11, 2019

I like the Prairie Rose dress best!

Leigh O
Leigh O

January 11, 2019

Such a difficult choice ! I love period clothes but this time I am drawn to the modern one. Just love the colors. Thank You.

Heidi
Heidi

January 11, 2019

Thanks for providing this lovely giveaway. I like the prairie outfit best as it reminds me of when my sister and I were studying the Prairie Primer and reading about Laura and her family.

Diane
Diane

January 11, 2019

Thank you! I love the Prairie girl outfit best.

Stephanie C.
Stephanie C.

January 11, 2019

I love both the styles of this pattern but blue is my favorite color and I love it best for the dress. Thank you, Sheri and Cinnamon, for this great contest.

Jo
Jo

January 11, 2019

I like the Prairie Girl outfit best. Thank you for the giveaway!

Bonnie
Bonnie

January 11, 2019

I prefer the Prairie Girl outfit. Perhaps it’s the contrasting apron that makes it stand out more to me.

Amy
Amy

January 11, 2019

I prefer the modern outfit. Pretty colors!

Lenore
Lenore

January 11, 2019

Thank you for the nice giveaway. I really had a hard time choosing, both are nice.

Nanette
Nanette

January 11, 2019

It is difficult to choose between the two dresses but I prefer the prairie girl. She is so cute and I like Shari’ patterns so much. It is so simple and historical in the same time.
Thank you very much to offer us so beautiful dress and excuse me for my mistakes because I am Belgian and my mother’s language is French.
I hope to have one day a American Girl because I like the dolls so much…

Lauren
Lauren

January 11, 2019

I love the Prairie Girl look

Susan
Susan

January 11, 2019

Thank you to Shari for this adorable pattern! My first instinct was that the historical look with the apron was better. But I also love the modern version and I can imagine making many dresses from this pattern in different fabrics! But I have decided that I like the Prairie style best.

LoriW
LoriW

January 11, 2019

School Girl is my favorite

Hazel
Hazel

January 11, 2019

Blue is my favorite color so I bet you can guess which outfit I picked!

Theresa
Theresa

January 11, 2019

I like the historic outfit :-)

Pam
Pam

January 11, 2019

I voted for the modern outfit. I prefer modern clothes to period ones.

Karel
Karel

January 10, 2019

I like the historic outfit, best

Karel
Karel

January 10, 2019

I like the historic outfit, best

Tammy Burden
Tammy Burden

January 10, 2019

So adorable!

Michelle Eusebio
Michelle Eusebio

January 10, 2019

I’ve always loved the Pioneer era and sewing these patterns has been a delight! I love getting to know more about the designers who take time to make up such great outfits! Thanks for all you do!!

Jen
Jen

January 10, 2019

I like the pink dress most. Both are loved though!

Sonia Klein
Sonia Klein

January 10, 2019

Both dresses are equally cute. Having said that, I am gravitating towards the prairie dress as I am a fan of historical sewing. Just my personal preference.

Liz
Liz

January 10, 2019

Both are very cute, I like the modern dress a little bit more.

Sharon B.
Sharon B.

January 10, 2019

The modern day look is really cute – the fabric is super cute on that style! Thank you for your generosity!

Cindie
Cindie

January 10, 2019

I love them both ,but if I had to choose I think I would choose the historical one.

Janet
Janet

January 10, 2019

I like both dresses but voted for the prairie girl dress. I guess I have a thing for historic style dresses. Thanks Shari.

Teresa Wilson
Teresa Wilson

January 10, 2019

Both outfits are adorable! I think the modern day school girl would be the one I like the most, although the historical dress is cute.
Nancy
Nancy

January 10, 2019

Thank you Shari. Both dresses are really cute, but I love the blue one with the apron.

Hadassah
Hadassah

January 10, 2019

I voted for the historical outfit, it’s just too cute!

Elisabeth A
Elisabeth A

January 10, 2019

I love the little house on the prairie look. It just makes me smile.

Alisa
Alisa

January 10, 2019

These are really cute outfits!

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