« An inhabitant of La Barre en Ouche (Normandy) designs dresses for dolls » (3/3)

Well, today is translation of part three, how I have learnt to sew and my projects to come— last part of the article published in the newspaper on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017.

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l’Eveil normand, 8 mars 2017


«Éveil Normand:  How  and where have you learn to sew ?

   Joelle Leccia : I am a self-taught woman for I was never taught sewing !  As far as I can remember, I was a child who, watching my maternal grandmother sewing little tops for my sisters and I, I wanted to do the same thing for Nancy, my doll !  I tried to make small tops myself to Nancy, out of the scraps of fabrics my grandmother gave me. Of course, it was just a child attempt, but I started it again and again until I was happy with the result ! Then, I was offered a little toy sewing machine and things went on faster ! That’s how I have learnt, watching my grandmother sewing by hand, and later on, following designers recommendations on their patterns.


Éveil Normand:  Have you got any projects ?

Joelle Leccia : Yes, of course ! I’ve got many projects ahead; with, amongst others, another collection of new outfits (especially dresses) which eventually could be the purpose of a second book for I was asked about it by some doll collectors.

I also wish to develop my blog [legrenierdelizzy.wordpress.com] onto which you can find the story of my first book, some tutorials about sewing, you can see my dolls, some of my passions… I’d also like to go on with translating in English my different posts. Furthermore, I’d like to translate in English some of my patterns as well.

But all those projects take time and I’ll do my best for them to appear in the months to come. »


This article was published on Women’s Day, and for that special opportunity, I have sent this bunch of roses to everyone of you, reading it  😉  !


See you soon  ❤  !

« An inhabitant of La Barre en Ouche (Normandy) designs dresses for dolls » (2/3)

Well, do you remember ? Today is translation of part two, how things went on for the book— concerning the article published in the newspaper on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017.



« Newspaper Éveil Normand:  How went on the shaping of your book ?

   Joelle Leccia : During that summer 2015, after having sewn some dresses for my daughter’s dolls, I went through the idea to collect all my designs under a same collection for other mothers. Of course, I have designed and sewn several little dresses before offering my work to a specialised publisher in arts and crafts. The publisher accepted to receive my work and I sent my collection to her at the beginning of January 2016. Nearly a month later, I received a telephone call from the owner of the publishing house telling me that she wished to meet me in order to see the dolls and their little dresses !


Newspaper Éveil Normand:  So, this appointment, how was it ?

Joelle Leccia : Well, this appointment was a really rewarding meeting ! I have shown her my enthusiasm, my passion about designing outfits, and I’ve also shown her all the little dresses that I had created. She also looked at a photo-book that I had made with a specialised software  (you know, everyone can create they own photo-book and have it published by a photographer). This photo-book was about my own dolls (les Chéries) modeling the little outfits I had designed and sewn in my own garden that I have imagined and planted according to my testes  (for is was a cosmos field when I bough  it !). She went back her office with the dolls, the little dresses and asked me to create two more dresses and to write down a technical sewing chapter for readers.

Then, a professional photographer took pictures of the dolls modeling their little dresses  in a way to show the romantic side of the outfits.

We also began a long work of editing into which the least detail was important!  But I should say that, meticulous as I am, I enjoyed very much that part of the work where exchanging ideas, suggestions with the publisher was extraordinary !

At the beginning of September, we were working on the cover of the book; and, on October 20th 2016, coming back home from work, I found MY book waiting for me in my mailbox! »


Well, that was my translation of the day ! Please, forgive me my mistakes…

Tomorrow I will translate the third and last part of this newspaper article about how I have learnt to sew and my new projects..


See you soon ❤ !

« An inhabitant of La Barre en Ouche (Normandy) designs dresses for dolls » (1/3)

« An inhabitant of La Barre en Ouche (Normandy) designs dresses for dolls » is written in l’Eveil Normand (newspaper name), on Wednesday March 8th, 2017, which is also Women’s Day !

Thank you, l’Eveil Normand, for having published an article about me that very same day, even if it happened on by chance 🙂 !


Yesterday noon, coming back home from school, I stopped to my village newsagent’s to buy the newspaper and there, I was told : « I have read about you in the Paper ! »

Waouh ! How amazing it was !

Thank you so much, Madam, for your kind words which warmed my heart as well as my heart is warmed when people write down a few lines on my blog or when some of them tell me that they like what I do or design..

So, here is the article in French, for those who can read and understand French language.



For foreigner friends who don’t understand French language at all, I’ll translate it in English for you. But please, be aware that I’m a French native speaker and forgive my mistakes in English language !

As it’s a very long article, I will translate it in three parts : one, how I came to write a book; two, how things went on; three: how I have learnt to sew and my projects to come.

I now let you read part one… 😉

Happy reading !


« An inhabitant of La Barre en Ouche (Normandy) designs dresses for dolls.

To have her young daughter’s eyes shining, Joelle Leccia began to design dresses for dolls. Her first book has just been published. Interview.


Newspaper Éveil Normand: Joelle Leccia, your first book « Robes pour les Chéries, Corolle » (« Dresses for les Chéries, Corolle ») has just been published. How did you get the idea ?

Joelle Leccia : Well, when my young daughter was only one year old, Father Christmas brought her a baby doll that needed to be dressed. Unfortunately, when I went shopping for this baby doll, nothing attracted me that much ! So, I decided to sew for her (she-baby doll). Later, when my daughter received two Chéries, Corolle; I was confronted with the same problem, that is to say so few outfits for my personal tastes and the ones I could find were expensive for what it really was.. Then, I tried to find patterns for those kind of dolls. But I was unlucky in my research and thus decided to try to design my own patterns ! After all, I sewed little outfits for my own doll, Nancy, when I was a child ! Thus, why, as an adult, shan’t I be able to do so ? Then, in the course of months, each time I sewed a new little dress for my daughter’s dolls, my greatest pleasure was to see Laura’s eyes twinkle ! It was such a pleasure to watch her being so happy that I wished  to share  this delight with other skilfull mothers… »


Here is the end of part one  with a picture showing my little Summer, looking for a new dress in my book written for her friends: Les Chéries, Corolle that you can see on the cover of the book !

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See you soon ❤ !


15. Officially announced !

Today, Saturday September 17th, 2016, is a great day, for my book is officially announced by the Publisher on his site !

Here is the link:


You can now see the cover, read the details, the table of contents, and even download and read some pages !

But I let you discover it… I just hope that you’ll like what you see and that you will appreciate it, for the work beforehand was long and hard…


Well, my great chapter Reverie arrives to its end with the birth of the book…

I just hope to have brought you some softness with my articles, some poetry over the pages of the book, and much reverie with the Blog articles  and the pictures from the book…

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13. Home straight !

After a long month doing many things such as designing  my new dresses collection, sewing dresses for dolls, knitting little sweaters for them, embroidering smocks, and so on… I had to work hard on the book.

Looking for mistakes in the pattern explanations, watching all the pictures (are they at the correct place?), verifying sizes of fabric,… took much time !

The cover was not yet ready to be seen, but description of the book could be found on Amazon.fr.

Here it is in French for those who understand French :

« Présentation de l’éditeur

Voici tous les secrets de fabrication de tenues ravissantes pour habiller les poupées Corolle de la gamme Chérie ! Joëlle Leccia a des rêves de petite fille qu’elle concrétise dans ses créations pour habiller les poupées préférées de sa fille. Des robes de villes et des robes plus raffinées. Les formes ne manquent pas : robe boule ou chasuble, froncée ou à plis plats. Il faut peu de tissu pour confectionner une robe de poupée. Les tissus à motifs ne manquent pas, et les idées de récupération de vêtements que l’on ne veut pas complètement quitter non plus. Ce livre permettra aux mamans de se lancer dans la confection de robes raffinées. C’est aussi une initiation à la couture qui leur permettra, pourquoi pas, de coudre elles-mêmes les robes de leurs petites filles ? Les patrons correspondent à des poupées de 33 cm. Tous les patrons sont à taille réelle pour vous faciliter la tâche. »
I like a lot this description ! It made me smile when I read it !
Waiting for seing the cover of the book, Mia introduced her new dresses and wig to you in a fresh corner of my garden….

12. Amazing !

Two months ago, on July 24th 2016, I was looking for a book on Amazon.fr and just by curiosity, I typed my firstname and name in the research section.

You can not imagine how I felt when I saw my own firstname and name on the screen in front of me near the title of the book : Robes de poupée pour mes Chéries ! How amazing !

This adventure is just unbelievable ! Thanks so much to Nadia D. who allows me to live it !

copie d’écran d’Amazon:


Détails sur le produit

Robes de Poupée pour Mes Cheries

20 octobre 2016

de Leccia Joelle

Reliure inconnue

À paraître – commandez-le dès aujourd’hui. Cet article sera disponible le 20 octobre 2016.
I was looking forward to seing the cover ( now I know it 😉 ! ).

11. Creating little outfits

Well, to come back to the creation of my little dresses, the adventure went on all along  summer 2015, and in October 2016, you could see them in a book, onto which I have worked a lot !

I have to change some words and sentences from my French version, because for now, the book is announced in bookshops and on internet; and it’s no more a secret ! Sorry for the delay in my translations…

But, what is important to know, is that Laura’s gaze on each little dress that I have created (drew and sewed) encouraged me to send my work to a publisher.

I told myself, that if my own daughter  (aged 5 that very summer) seemed so sincerely excited in front of my creations; other little girls could be as excited as Laura was, to the greatest happiness of their mum ! And should the mothers be dexterous, then my patterns should be used to marvel their little girl…

One would only have to select fabric and colour of their choice, and after some hours working on it, a new outfit could dress a Chérie (by Corolle) who is waiting…. with eargerness !

Don’t you think that a child with sparkling eyes is the best thing that could occur when you are a mother? ❤

I do !


Waiting for being allowed to show my creations, here are some outfits that I have done for Laura and her baby doll, in February-March 2011.

10. Patchwork: Laura’s duvet

After Japanese Patchwork, here is one that matters so much to me and which is not yet finished ! This project is intended for my daughter, in order to do her a really cosy duvet because nights are chilly, here in Normandy !

I have begun it while she wasn’t yet born and I go on really slowly, between embroideries, canvas, new designs of dresses, drawing, gardening,….and so many things according to inspiration of the moment; and above all, according to free time that I have amongst my job and daily chores that I have to do as a mother and owner of a house…


Cutting and joining the different parts:

Cross stitch embroidery for the initial letters:DSC00492 (2)

Joining the different parts of the top, adding it to the duffle then to the lining:DSC00503 (2)

Drawing for the quilting:DSC00495 (2)

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Finishing the lining all around the duvet hand sewing :WP_003305

And today, I am there, quilting all around each characters which were embroidered with my embroidery machine :