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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Thursday, May 28

After The Rain




My favourite place!


My Brown Dog is never very far away!!

Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name.

Genesis 2:19





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Tuesday, May 26

Still Home! Lilly's Quilt



Looking Good!!


The previous photo makes the Pinwheels look complete but I am actually in the process of stitching the four blocks together to form the  Pinwheel!

I love to Sew!!

Depart from evil and do good;
Seek peace and pursue it.
Psalm 34:14

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Monday, May 25

Isolation Whatever!! My Sewing Room's Looking Better!

Not perfect but very workable.
Getting better every week.

I've placed my Stained Glass in my windows.

I still haven't decided about curtains.
No time now.


I couldn't commit to hang this piece, but I like the pretty blue glass of the Morning Glory. So its here for now.

I love Blue Morning Glories!

The flowers have already appeared in the land;
The time has arrived for pruning the vines,
And the voice of the turtledove has been heard in our land.
Song of Solomon 2:12





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Saturday, May 23

Isolation Whatever!! Stitching Lilly's Quilt



I adore using my Mom's old Featherweight Sewing Machine.
I'm stitching Lilly's Quilt on it.

Pretty Pinwheels!


I am using the shortcut of 2 Charm Packs to make half square triangles.
Four half square triangles create one Pinwheel square.
Easy Peasy!




The fabric is really cute. Kind of a children's 30's look.

And I have a Design Wall.

Now I know what all the fuss is about!!
 And how did I live with out it?

I used some flannel (actually some very good flannel because that's what I have!). If you look close you can see thumb tacks on the far right. It's tacked at the very top near the 9' ceiling. And the bottom. It's fun to see the Pinwheels  on the wall. 

The Lord be with your spirit. 
Grace be with you.
2 Timothy 4:22













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Tuesday, May 12

Isolation Fun - Vintage Baby Gown Post 3


The sleeves on this gown are very pretty. The self fabric cuff has beautiful  double Featherstitching around it. 

The same 1/2" (almost 5/8") ruffled edging finishing the sleeve, is also around the neck edge. It looks to be made from the same fabric as the gown but I can't be sure.  The amazing detail is that the Padded Scalloped edge is HAND STITCHED!!  And the stitching is beautiful! That must have taken longer than making the dress.  Perhaps you could buy it ready stitched. I can't imagine otherwise.  

The sleeve is nicely puffed with the gathers mostly on the top of the sleeve.
Also notice where the underarm seam  is placed in relation to the side seams.


The underarm seam is about 5/8 and a tad in front of the underarm seam. I don't know about this pattern, but this was largely done when the sleeve was distinctly shaped with a front and back. It is one of the reasons this appears to be an older garment.  Although I am not sure when this feature changed in baby clothes.

The side seams are worked in a  French Seam, done by sewing machine.  Very small stitches.
But the armhole seam, which is stitched by machine is not a French Seam. It is a regular seam which is overcast with hand stitches. Done so well, that at first appearance, it looks like a French Seam.

The tiny piping where the sleeve is attached is a very nice finishing touch.

The inside of the neck is finished with a bias but there is a scant 1/4" trim applied to the outside neck edge which is machine stitched in place on both edges with double Featherstitching down the centre.
What looks simple at a glance has many time-consuming finishing touches that display excellent workmanship.

Someones  Darling Baby wore this week gown many, many years ago!

"Behold, children are a gift of the Lord"
Psalm 127:3




Jeannie Baumeister

Friday, May 8

Isolation Fun- Vintage Baby Gown Post 2



The front of the vintage baby gown has been shirred just under the front neck binding.
Worked over the shirring is hand embroidery.  Please click on photo for closer look.

You can tell this is shirring and not smocking because the stitches do not pick up the fabric gathers in any order.  Smocking would pick up the pleat as the stitches were executed.



The design begins with a row of knots. 
 I can't tell if they are French Knots but they might well be as they resemble them. They go through the fabric to the back, with the thread trailing from knot  to knot.

Next is  triple Featherstitching. The Featherstitching is worked on the front surface of the shirring and the stitches do not go through to the back, although an occasional odd stitch can be seen on the back.
Then another row of knots

Next is a row of Slanted Outline/Stem stitch.  These stitches do go all the way through the fabric to the back which helps keep the gathers in order.  But they are worked as surface embroidery with no regard to the fabric gathers.

The design then repeated itself, ending with a row of Slanted Outline/Stem stitch.

The thread used does not appear to be embroidery floss. It has 
a tighter twist. But it is thicker than regular sewing thread.



I really want to copy this design. It's on my someday list!




This is the wrong side of the gown.


There are gathers on either side of the back of the gown opening.  The gown opens with a baby placket and has three buttons with hand made button holes.
The Mother of Pearl (of course) Buttons are 1/4" and beautifully carved.

Notice the flat string that threads through the back neck facing.  
You can pull it up to fit the baby's neck. 



More information in the next post.

"In peace I will both lie down and sleep.
For You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety"
Psalm 4:8




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