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!!

Visit My Heirloom Sewing Webshop www.oldfashionedbaby.com




Saturday, April 30

Freshwater Pearl Buttons - White

I just added these  3/8"  Shank Buttons to my Web Shop

They are Freshwater Pearl Buttons.   Many of the Freshwater Pearl Buttons come from the upper Mississippi River.  It is an industry that doesn't exist anymore but in it's hey day, was thriving.  

Info about Pearl Industry  Here.

My Mother of Pearl Buttons are from old factories and have never been used.

What we love about the Freshwater Pearls is... they are White.

I love, love, love the creamy color of the Ocean Pearl Buttons.


But for some garments, I just want White!



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Wednesday, April 27

Threads of Love Convention - 2016

The baby cloths are tiny at the Threads of Love Convention.



And the dear ladies come from all over to attend.



They bring gowns to display the work they do for Babies in Need.

This is a ministry about attending to the needs of Babies and their Family at times of distress.


Baby Bonnet with Embroidered Bullion Roses.

I spent one day teaching classes but the convention lasted for several days.


Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.
Before you were born, I consecrated you.
Jeremiah 1:5


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Monday, April 25

Austrian Button Card For Sale - Fancy


This Button Card is from Circa 1914.
They are hand sewn onto this card.
Each card has 1 Gross of Buttons.  That is 12 Dozen Buttons, which is 144 individual Buttons!


On the back of the card you can see how they were stamped "Made in Austria".

My Button Man would tell me how they were made just prior to WW1 and a bit about the geography of the countries before boundries were shifted after the war.

I think he told me that his Grandfather who started the Button Business came from that area of Europe.

These buttons have pretty carvings.  They measure 3/8" each.

These are great for Collectors, Button Lovers or people who want a quality button with a past!


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Saturday, April 23

Sew Sew's in April

Carole was embroidering a very old set of pre-stamped pillow cases. I always love her color choices.  Muted and lovely.

April is a beautiful month to meet for Sew Sew's.  Laura's Roses were blooming and draping over her trellis.  Wish I'd have taken a picture of that. 
 There is no beauty quite like Mother Nature!


Carole has an old piece of tatting that she plans to edge the Pillowcases with.
Embroidered Pillowcases - my favorites!!


Lorraine B. was smocking a lavender bishop for a new Great - Grandbaby.
I think she told me the color was a special request.

She attached the lace with a Machine Pinstitch.
Very pretty.

I was stitching lace to a pink French Acadian Sundress.

We had a real good time!!
(thanks for joining us)



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Thursday, April 21

Baby Boys - My Grandfather

Wishing we could see the garment details!
Photograph taken in Mason, Iowa

This was what a Baby Boy wore for his first Portrait in the late 1800's.

My Grandfather.


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Wednesday, April 20

Special Buttons For Sale - String of Pearls



These buttons are old but never used.  Aquired from a special man whose family owned a Button Factory.

They are Mother of Pearl Shanks - 7 Ligne
I have a few for sale and just put them on my web site. 144 Buttons = 12 Dozen = 1 gross
Price is $40.00

This string is the same as above but a slightly larger size.
Mother of Pearl Shanks - 9 Ligne
$40.00
For more information or to purchase go Here for 9 Ligne and Here for  7 Ligne.
(Limited quantities)


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