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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Monday, November 16

Guess Who Just Turned 3!!


Londyn Marie.

She had a party at a nearby park so we could all be outside.


Londyn is wearing her "Coming Home from Hospital " Gown in this photo in Creative Sewing magazine.

I made this dress from my French Acadian Christening  Gown pattern.


A photo of Londyn getting her first real pair of Shoes.

Oh, that Baby grows so fast!

"Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord"
Psalm 127:3


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Saturday, November 14

My English BOM Block One Finished!



This is Block one - Finished.  

I have joined a Block of the Month Club that is from a shop in England.
If you have never hear of a BOM, it is a very clever way for a shop to sell a product (kit)over time.  For the sewer, it is so encouraging because they send you ONE Block a month and you have a whole month to complete it before the next block arrives.  

It is a great motivator.

I added to the original block by using  Buttons and Embroidery to embellish around the little posies.

I found this shop on line and loved the pretty things the owner made. Pretty Fabrics and Trims.  And since I now have much more time than I ever did before, I thought it was a good time to practice skills that are lacking.  Such as hand appliqué. If you just stitch something  you will get better.

I love this cute block.

Yesterday I worked on Block 2 while sitting in my Back Garden.  It was such a beautiful day and my flowers love this weather.

It is Snapdragon Season.


I hope you are staying safe, wearing a mask and having fun sewing!!

" What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in it's time."
Ecclesiastes 3:11




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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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