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, January 15

London - V&A Embroidered Picture



Silk applique and silk embroidery.

"A Liberty of London catalogue shows the design for this embroidery  reproduced in different formats for small home accessories.  Such as a lamp shade, printed cushion and a night dress case."
written on  the sign below the embroidery

I believe this was produced at the Glasgow School of Art


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Friday, January 13

London V&A - Cute Tennis Outfit


As we moved into the 20th century, I saw this ladies tennis dress.


My eye went straight to the Hemstitching at the neck and the pockets.





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Wednesday, January 11

London - V&A Baby Bearing Cloth



This fascinated me!
I had never seen anything like it.

"Baby's Bearing Cloth
1650 - 1700
Babies from wealthy families were wrapped in rich bearing cloths for their christening and other special occasions.  The cloths were then often handed down through generations.
Velvet with gold and silver bobbin lace.
Velvet from Italy, Lace made in England"

It looks like a fancy swaddling cloth.

  I would like to know where their information came from and where I could find out more about it.



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Tuesday, January 10

London- V & A Birth, Marriage and Death

This small exhibit was titled "Birth, Marriage and Death.
circa 1850 to 1900

On the left is a very low cut and frilly Wedding Gown.  The black gown on the right is a Mourning Gown.

If you look way up to the left you will see a Christening Gown.


The Christening Gown was positioned in such an awkward way that it was impossible to get a good photograph.

I was able to take a picture of the hem and front.  
You can see that the entire front panel was a delicate lace that continues around the hem.  The base fabric looks like a fine woven cotton and has several tucks along the hem.

Since this small exhibit  spanned 50 years, there is a lot left to the imagination.

I would like an exhibit  that has  50 years of Christening Gowns from simple families right up to the Royal family.

This seems to be a death announcement for Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's beloved husband. 
 I didn't realize he was only 43.


The Queens Mourning Hanky is exquisite.
I would like the information to include where they would commission such a finely stitched piece.

There is always so much more to know!


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Friday, January 6

London - V&A Wedding Outfit Circa 1851

Who doesn't love a Wedding Dress?

This one is made from cotton muslin and lined with linen. 
Made in England around 1851.

The bodice of the dress is simple in design.


But the lace veil would have transformed the Bride who wore it.


Here you can see the intricate lace design of the veil on the left.  On the right we see  the pretty ruffles at the lower part of the skirt.

I can imagine the ruffles on the skirt of a little girls dress.  Or maybe three ruffles to finish the bottom of a Christening Gown.   Do you see it?



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Wednesday, January 4

London - V & A Museum

The Vintage purse is elegant in design.

If I were a purse designer, this would be part of my current collection.



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