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, July 25

Antique Daygown Kit

I have put together a Daygown kit that includes some Vintage materials.


I am inspired as I go through my collection of  sewing materials.  Things I have had for a time and decided to sell bits of them.   Keeping some back for my own needs, of course.

Enough Vintage Lace Edging in the kit to gather (or not) at the neck and wrists of any Daygown you choose.

Just a bit of Vintage Lace Insertion to put a piece on either side of the front opening if you want to.



The entredeux is some that I bought many years ago, very nice and the same Vintage White color.  Almost White, but not white. There is enough to finish the neck and wrists.   The buttons are vintage and  still on the old card.  I pulled them from my own collection that I have been saving for something special.  They are white Mother of Pearl.  A soft pearl color. Almost 3/8" in size.


 I chose a very soft pink and blue embroidery floss.  And a  white that is not bright.

I might embroider all in white for a really classic look.   Or a combination of colors. 
 I haven't decided yet for my Daygown.


The fabric is not old but is no longer available.  It's not for sale on  it's own.  It was a beautiful lawn that was replaced when a distributor changed mills.  I love it better than the newer fabric that replaced it.  It is softer and finer.  It is the same Vintage White as everything else.  One yard for a Daygown.


I would suggest using one of  my Old Fashioned Baby patterns.  "Baby's First Daygown", "Sweet and Simple Baby Daygown", or "Old Fashioned Baby Layette".

I have a few kits but the supply is of course limited.



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Saturday, July 23

A Quiet Morning Sewing in My Garden


I have thrown an old quilt over my  porch swing for comfort.
And this is where I sit in the morning to stitch.


Today I wanted something easy to sew.  I didn't want to think about it.  I only wanted the soothing repetition of the needle sliding in and out of the fabric.

I have begun a quilt for me.


And I listened to the birds sing and the bees buzz and watched the Butterflies dance.

The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord's: but the earth hath He given to the children of men.
Psalm 115:16



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Thursday, July 21

Two Vintage Baby Laces

The jumble of lace you saw on my last post is now neatly wrapped round a card.

And for sale in my Web Shop.


This narrow Lace Edging is a perfect match for it.  
But good on it's own too.

Also in my Web Shop.



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Tuesday, July 19

A Very Nice Morning

This morning I sat in my Garden and wrapped this jumble of lace onto a card.

I have been going through all the lace I have been collecting.

Keeping part of all of it to use.

And slowly offering up the extra in my Web Shop.


My Morning Glory's were lovely and have such happy faces.

Until the sun hits them.  

That's about the time the air conditioning beckons me indoors.


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Sunday, July 17

My Neighbors Old Baby Quilts


This is a close up of an embroidered kitten stitched on a Baby Quilt.


As I was visiting my quilting neighbor she had a stack of Baby Quilts that she was in the process of washing and hanging to dry.


The edging is a Satin Blanket Binding….Babies love them!
This was  pre-stamped fabric, ready to be embroidered, stitched into a quilt and then quilted.

She made this in 1967 for one of her Babies.


Hanging a quilt outside to dry will help get rid of old age spots.

This quilt was made for her Granddaughter.

It's an ABC quilt.  The squares were stitched with bright fabric, then hand quilted.

Every time I see a quilt that uses  this soft blue fabric I am just more convinced that I love it best!

Love the Blue!!!


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Wednesday, July 13

My Sewing Week in Pictures - Day 7


On Day 7, I finished piecing my sons quilt.  I sewed the inside Border and the outside border onto the quilt. 

I really like the rich  colors.  

I also worked on my Peter Rabbit Baby Blanket/Quilt.
(another long term project for me - although I don't think it should be!)

If you click on the picture above perhaps you can see my stitches around the flowers.  It was fun to do.  Quilting around the printed designs make the picture kind of pop to life.  Well, it does give it dimension anyway.


I love Perter Rabbit.
  And I love making Baby Blanket/Quilts.  So I am thinking about this quilt and my love of Daygowns.  I think I will stitch a Daygown and Bonnet to make this a set.  The Daygown will have a Shadow Embroidered Peter Rabbit on it.  I actually did the design for the Shadow Embroidery about 24 years ago.  Wow!

End of the Picture Week.


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