« 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 ❤ !