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, October 12

French Bonnet For It's Sew Heavenly Class

This is the French Bonnet we will be making in our class at It's Sew Heavenly in November.

It matches Baby's French Acadian Sundress that is the feature of my class.

A tiny Bullion Rosebud gives a sweet touch to the Silk Ribbon Tie.
This Bonnet features beautiful laces stitched together by machine with the lace edging finished by hand.

This gives you a good idea of how heavenly the Sundress will be!!

This Old Fashioned Baby Bonnet Pattern is in my Baby Bonnets 1 Pattern.

I will be teaching the class Baby's French Acadian Sundress (and Bonnet) for It's Sew Heavenly in November.  You can read more about the Class Description Here.

And you can call It's Sew Heavenly for the details.

It's Toot Sweet!!

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Thursday, October 8

My Class for It's Sew Heavenly

I have drafted a new pattern that will have it's debut at my class for 
It's Sew Heavenly.

In the picture above you see a basic draft that I made for determining fit.
But in this class Baby's French Acadian Sundress will be quite fancy!!

And of course there will be lovely embroidery involved (not shown)

The students are choosing between a soft mint/aqua Green, Blue or Pink.
All laces are a soft off white color.

I was inspired by  the Acadian Sundress that has been worn in South Louisiana by little girls for decades!  

Baby's Fancy  French Acadian Sundress has been fashioned after a style similar to those sold in the New Orleans Baby Shops and hand made by  Louisiana women all over the state in years gone by.  It's a sweet classic  that  was a summer staple in South Louisiana for generations.

Click on Class Information to read more about this class.

Call It's Sew Heavenly to sign up and get the particulars!

Next Post I will show you the Bonnet that we are making in class.

The dress will be available in class in sizes 3-6 months, 12 months and 18 months.

The Bonnet will be available in 
3-6 months and 12 months.

The pattern in not available at this time (except in  this class).

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Monday, October 5

Sweet Embellishment on a Baby Dress

Oh My Gosh….this gown has some beautiful touches!!

I nearly swooned when Leslye brought it out to show me.

What catches your eye is the unusual touch of French Knots that are embroidered along the tops of the tucks.   

The Lace at the edge of the ruffle is slip stitched to the tiny hem created with hand Hemstitching.

The embroidery is exquisitely done.  
Plump satin stitched leaves on the flowers and a perfect eyelet in the center.

Click to enlarge.
This is the inside of the gown.
I want you to see how perfectly the roll and whip attached the lace.

You can see the lovely rolled and whipped ruffle here too.

Notice the tiny embroidery along the facing on the slip.

The same little dots along the facing at the neck at the slip.

I love the beauty and skilled stitching of vintage baby clothes. 

You can just tell by the loveliness that they enjoyed every stitch.

May your stitches be lovely 
May you stitch with joy
May you finish your garment
For Girl or for Boy!
by Jeannie B.

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Friday, October 2

Pretty White Baby Dress!

This little white Baby Dress has a lovely collar.

While teaching in Houston, I stayed with Leslye who had many cute baby clothes to show me.
(and beautifully ironed too!)

Embellished with hand embroidery and the lace insertion is attached with Bermuda Fagotting.
Gathered lace edging is had whipped to the insertion.

The total picture makes me want to reproduce it.

I like the way all the seams are finished with tiny piping.

The lace  along the skirt is also attached using the Bermuda Fagotting.
And the tucks balance it all.

This is the back of the dress.  Just as pretty.

The back of the collar is sweet too.

Here is a peek at the slip.

I love a pretty matching slip!

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Tuesday, September 29

Teaching For The Midnight Oil Smocking Guild

Midnight Oil Smockers - a Chapter of the Smocking Arts Guild of America

I had such an enjoyable weekend teaching for the Midnight Oil Smockers in Houston, Texas.

They were a busy group!

Tucking, tucking, tucking.  And learning about stitching tucks into a block.

Then how to cut out the sleeves and Bonnet from the tucked fabric.

Stitching lace insertion between the tucks.  And lace to lace.  Lots of fun stitching.

We talked about the difference between threads and how you need to use a fine cotton thread when stitching lace to…anything.

We used Madeira #80

We used Baby Daydresses Revised.

To make this darling little dress!

I am waiting for another group picture of everyone holding their compleated dress!

It can be done!

Friday, September 18

Quilt Block 11 - Done

Another sewing day with my friend Bunny.

Block 11 done (but not easily!)

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