Fine Heirloom Sewing, Smocking and Hand Embroidery

"Baby will be well and smiling in little garments made by Mother, Auntie, Grannie and loving friends!"

Please join me as I teach the old fashioned techniques and skills needed to sew baby clothes. You will find lessons that start at the very beginning and take you step by step as we sew little baby clothes together. May you find much joy and pleasure in making them.
It's easy and it's fun!!

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Sunday, September 20

How to make the Yoke on Londyns Nightgown

Londyn in her new Nightgown!

But you can use any yoke pattern to make this design.

I made Londyn a size 3 (she will be 3 in 2 months).  She is smaller than average so it is a bit large but I want her to be able to wear it next spring.  I shortened it so it would not be too long.

I worked a bear in Shadow Embroidery and stitched some surface embroidery.

I cut a block of fabric and traced the embroidery onto the yoke so I could embroider before the yoke was cut out.

The embroidery design of the Teddy Bear is on page 27 of my book

I changed the eyes to sleeping eyes.  And I had to re draw the ends of the vine to fit on the Yoke.

Be sure to mark the stitching lines of the yoke at neck and yoke Botton  to line it up correctly.

DO NOT cut on the stitching lines.

I also reduced the bear to 90% size

You can use any design you want to embellish your yoke.

Then, I stitched Lace Insertion to either side of the Center Yoke.

And ran a fine Poly ribbon under the lace to give me a pretty touch of color.

I stitched Pink Bias Binding to the neck edge.

I drew each Lace Line  2 1/2" from the Center Front. I lined up the inside edge of the lace along that line.  Depending on the size Nightgown and the Lace you use, you might need  to move the lace closer to the Center Front....or farther away.  I think this would also look very nice with  Lace Insertion that is just a tad narrower, stitched between tucks.

I stitched the lace first, then ran the ribbon under the lace.  Then I stitched top and bottom to keep the ribbon in place during construction. 

This is Angel Lace Insertion. Isn't it lovely?

The lace is about 5/8" wide.

The gown is pink but the front yoke is white to allow me to stitch the  pink Teddy Bear.

I used a narrow Swiss Edging (one of my favorites) along the lower edge of the gown to finish it.  I rolled and whipped it. 

The pink fabric I used is Imperial Batiste which is 60" wide, so I was able to use one piece of fabric for the front and back. That makes this sooooo easy peasy!!

My pattern has directions for 45" fabric or 60".

I stitched love into this little nightgown:)

Sweet Dreams, precious girl!

"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest."
Matther 11:28

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Wednesday, September 9

Hexie Flowers

I have chosen the background fabric for my Hexie Flowers.
Cute, huh?

I love the little white on white polks dots!
I am hand appliquing the flowers to the fabric, which is very peaceful sewing!

Slow Sewing!

Here is a garden of Hexi flowers.

I have been stitching them for ....YEARS! And to tell the truth, I never expected to actually get enough to make a small quilt.  I just liked stitching them.  I took them on the plane to stitch when I traveled.  Or in the car. I can't leave home without handwork to stitch. Am I the only one?  They are mindless stitching, easy to pick up and easy to see with out extra lighting. 

Thanks (but no thanks) to Covid, I have spent more time watching TV than the entire previous years of my life.  So, I had plenty of time to stitch mindlessly and here is the result!

A good thing!

But I have trusted in Your lovingkindness;
My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.

I will sing to the Lord
Because He has dealt bountifully with me.
Psalm 13:5,6

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Tuesday, September 1

Lilly's Sunsuit

I was able to see Lilly in the cute little Sunsuit I made for her. 
Complete with cute Shadow Embroidery!

She is a doll!

Too Big!!

I can move the buttons so it won't fall off her...but don't know if that is enough.

I already have fabric and ideas to make one in a smaller size!!

Don't you hate it when that happens?
Will the next one be too small?

The words of the Lord are pure words.
Psalm 12:6

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Sunday, August 30

Another Nightgown for Londyn

I am loving working Shadow Embroidery everywhere!
(embroidery design is from my Embroidery Book)

I gave this little bear sleepy eyes.

And needed to change around the flowers a bit to fit the yoke.

I didn't take much time to embroider.
All cut out and ready for any other embellishment I can think up for the yoke.

You can see that the yoke is white but the skirt will be pink.

Londyn really liked the white nightgown I made her and asked to wear it to bed.  Now, that is the kind of encouragement that will get you back to your sewing machine fast!!

I love you , O Lord, my strength.

Psalm 18:1

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Saturday, August 29


I have just finished Block #12...
 in my Sister Star Challenge, that I am doing with my sister, Kathy.

I love, love, love sewing on my old Featherweight Sewing Machine, although it does take a bit more upkeep.  I oil it weekly. I think I mentioned that I first learned to sew on this machine and it belonged to my Mother. 

This machine just hums the sound too!

Here are all 12 blocks.  
The photo has a pink tinge but that is the lighting.

A close up of the last block I made.

Having fun sewing!

I always have a quilting project and another project to work on.
I'll show you what I'm making for Londyn next post.

Here is some good advice...not really mine
I read it somewhere.

Don't look back.
You are not going in that direction.

Brethen, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead.
Philippians 3:13

Thankyou sewing friends,  for keeping me in your thoughts as the Hurricanes were coming my way.
All is well here.

Sunday, August 23

Shadow Embroidery on a Sunsuit

This is my latest project.
Making a sunsuit for Lilly.
I wanted to have some embroidery fun!

I used a white cotton pima Pique fabric for the Yoke, and added a cute little girlie chick!
I also used an underlining from a pima batiste so the embroidery would show up better. 

The design came from my Jeannie B Embroidery Book.

I used Floche for the thread and stitched the Chick using Shadow Embroidery.  The legs and beak are a stranded floss.  All else is Floche. 

This is the old, old pattern I used....from when my own grown children were little.

The fabric for the Sunsuit is yellow Seersucker.
Very summery.

I stitched white  rick rack on the shoulder straps to make it just that much cuter!!

I am sitting here in South Louisiana hoping both Hurricanes that are heading toward our coast....somehow miss me!!

Stay safe out in that crazy world :)

For the wicked boasts of his hearts desire, 
And the greedy man curses and spurns the Lord.
The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, 
All his thoughts are, "There is no God"

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