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, October 15

Good Advice




Good Advice!


Coming to you from the side of my file cabinet.  

I love magnets!


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Friday, October 13

A Really Good Book

I think Carol Ahles is the expert when it comes to knowing how to use a sewing machine.

All those special stitches your machine offers.

If you have a sewing machine that can do the wonderful Heirloom Stitches, her book will teach you how to get the best results.

It's a wonderful reference book.

"A person can not have too many books."



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Saturday, October 7

French Acadian Baby Slip


Continuing my French Acadian Baby Gown post (Christening Gown pattern shortened to gown length).   I want to show you the slip.  

This slip is worn under the Gown that I gave as my Baby Shower gift.

The neck edge was finished by turning the fabric under 1/8" twice and stitched in place with a Running Stitch.
I embellished the neck edge with Over Tucks/Whip Tucks.  They were stitched 1/2" apart.  They take up such a tiny amount of fabric that I didn't need to allow extra fabric in the slip.

A sweet Old Fashioned Bullion Rose sits at the bottom of each tuck.
Little green leaves extend below them.

I finished the armholes with an old fashioned Shell Hem.


The hem of the slip has the same Maline Victorian Lace Edging as the Gown.
I gently gathered it to give it a bit of a ruffle.



I attached the lace using the sewing machine  Roll and Whip method.


I wanted soft ruffles in my lace and not tight gathers.

To achieve the soft gathers and to have additional control over the gathering, I pulled up three of the threads in the lace heading.  More info HERE.

Each lace is different as to the number of threads you can pull to gather.  You will need to experiment.  Most laces I would only gather two threads but this lace had a bit of wide heading and I had a much better result by pulling three.

The most important part of pulling the thread in the lace heading is to be gentle and slow.  The more threads you pull, the greater the resistance.  If you are not slow and easy, the fragile thread can break.

I learned this lesson the hard way!!

May you have days of joyful sewing on little garments.

Jeannie  :)


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Monday, October 2

French Acadian Gown /Baby Shower



This is my finished Baby Gown for my new Granddaughter, due in November.

I used my French Acadian Christening Gown and shortened it to a Gown length (about 21 0r 22").

The shower was Sunday, October 1st and I stitched  for a solid month on the gown to complete it on time.

I am totally enthralled with this gown and I have more photos to show in the next post.

May this Baby Girl be showered with Grace.


Wednesday, September 27

Featherweight Fun in September

Quilt blocks from the quilt book  Lizzie's Legacy by Betsy Chutchian.

I have one more block completed!!
(my Friend did three…wow)

I stopped Baby Gown Stitching for a day, to enjoy my Friends visit.  She brought her Featherweight Sewing Machine. We began this quilt together last February.

I love sewing on my Mom's old Featherweight.

We had a nice Tea Party.

Everything tastes better on Blue and White Spode China.
With a Friend.

I made Walnut Scones.

But don't worry, I have the Baby Gown sleeves completely finished and ready to stitch to the Gown.  And…the lace insertion on the hem sewn on.

From Lizzie's Journal:

"Made Jane a dress and hived a swarm of bees"
May 29, 1862






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Monday, September 25

Baby Shower - Six Days Away!!


Basic Gown shell is done.  It needs the Lace Hem, Sleeves (working on them), Neck finished.  
And embroidery.

I have been having the BEST time stitching this Baby Gown for my new Granddaughter due in November!!

I have been taking my sweet time enjoying every stitch.  Stop for tea.  Stop to read.  Stop for Friends. Stop for this.  Stop for that.

With the shower just six days away, I need to Stop my fiddle faddleing!!

Last night I attached the entredeux to the sleeve edge.


This morning I whipped the Maline Lace Baby Beading to the entredeux.

You can see I am stitching it by hand.  I usually do this by machine but two factors led me to hand  stitch  the straight lace beading.

1.  I dug through my special trims and found a bit of old (not vintage) entredeux which is amazingly lovely.  The holes are quite small,  making it more difficult to attach the lace perfectly by machine.
2.  The heading on the lace beading is narrow.  Now I had no problem attaching this same beading by machine to make the lace fancy band but decided because of the entredeux I would just whip it by hand.  

It was done in a jiffy.  
I couldn't have been much quicker by machine….honestly!

I can not wait to take this blue marking out and see how nice the hand stitched tucks and embroidery really are!!

There really isn't quite as much to do as it seams (I hope….I do tend to be unrealisticly optimistic)  and I will be ready by next Sunday Baby Shower.

My prayer for my Granddaughter….May the Lord keep this little one safe as she continues to grow and grow, waiting for her birth day.

"For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my
mother's womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made."
Psalm 139:14







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