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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Saturday, September 8

Baby Summer Clothes Diaper Shirt



Londyn is so silly!

My pattern "Baby's Summer Clothes" has been reprinted three times because it is just so darn cute!

If you look close you can see the Shadow Embroidered Chickie that has been a part of the pattern since the beginning. 

There are several different garment/styles in the one pattern.

There is a bubble that goes under this Diaper Shirt but Londyn  frequently wears Fancy Pants with it.

I have learned so much about practical and pretty baby clothes since Londyn was born.
Baby's can not crawl in dresses! They just can't.  We were always tucking the hem in her ruffled panties or tieing it up behind her back.


The Diaper Shirt is perfect for the crawling baby.  She can move around unencumbered by her clothing.  And still be adorable!

Here is the Boy version!

The Bubble that can go under the Diaper Shirt or use alone.

Toot Sweet!!







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Wednesday, September 5

Laundry Day!

I usually wash and press some of Londyn's Baby Clothes on the days that I take care of her.

On this day I decided to wash and starch a whole bunch  of them and that required some place to hang them.  The front porch was perfect for it.  The rod that held hanging baskets seemed made to order for this purpose.

I used liquid starch and dunked them thoroughly before squeezing the excess starch out.

The little Bishop in the front is a vintage dress I have had for along time, planning to copy it.

The well worn fabric of this vintage beauty washes beautifully.

Londyn looks adorable in it!


One of my all time favorite patterns is "Emma's Smocked Baby Dresses".  This is a pale blue Dotted Swiss fabric from Capitol Imports.  It's delicious!  Unfortunately this pattern is almost out of print and is only available in my Web Shop.

It is very satisfying to leave a closet full of neatly pressed dresses for Londyn.
(I adore ironing baby clothes!)

I am so lucky my children love to dress her in them.

Does my heart good!



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Saturday, September 1

Details of Baby Rose - View 3


What a sweetie she is!!


Click for a closer view.

The Featherstitching and Seedstitch is worked between the raglan sleeves before it is gathered.
When the fabric is pulled up, it has a sweet and subtle design.

Featherstitching is also worked along the seam of the sleeves.

The hem was stitched in place using embroidery floss to match the embroidery on the dress. It is a Running Stitch but made a bit larger so it will show up.


Here is the dress laid out flat.

It looks so much more amazing when a baby wears it.
There is a kit available with a nice Lawn, Lace, Entredeux and Embroidery Floss.

Wednesday, August 29

Londyn Wearing "Baby Rose Raglan Dresses View 3"

This is the cutest Baby Dress ever!

It is so simple and so Old Fashioned Baby.

Londyn is 9 Months old and the Infant  size fits her beautifully.
Infant fits to 18 lbs (and she is 17lbs).

Londyn is such a happy girl.
The raglan sleeves make such a difference in fitting a baby.  It's comfortable and looks good on all sizes.

Baby Rose Raglan Dresses View 3 has Featherstitching and Seed Stitch as a simple embellishment to the front.  The front is embroidered before it is gathered up to fit the neck, giving the Featherstitching a slightly different look.  

More details next post.




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Monday, August 27

Plain Sewing - But Cute!



Londyn is wearing a  little overall I made her.  It was fun to stitch up something "by the pattern" and so easily done.  


The pattern is sized 1/2 but way too big for this tiny girl.

But she is so cute in it!!


I used this old pattern I've had for over 30 years.
It is a Simplicity #6362 - I have no idea if it is still available.

The fabric is a Babycord (no longer being made) that is so soft and cute!  I am back to the cutting table to make her one in a smaller size!

I Love Sewing!!


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Friday, August 24

Baby Rose Dress Details

Baby Londyn wearing Baby Rose Raglan Dress V 1

Click on any photo for a close up view.

I used a Champagne color for the lace. It looks so nice with the pale green fabric!

The sleeve is finished with entredeux, baby lace beading and gathered lace edging.

Ribbon is threaded through the beading. The beading works well  because you can adjust the ribbon to fit the little arm as baby grows.


This embroidery was created for a class I taught.

There is an embroidery design that is included in the pattern which is similar.


This photo of a different fabric and lace (but same dress) shows the openwork stitch which was a feature in the class I taught. 

The sleeve was attached to the dress using entredeux.

"Patterns by The Old Fashioned Baby 
show the charm and daintiness 
that belong to every baby."



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