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, February 28

Antique T-Yoke Baby Gown - Teaching

This is the gown in my "Antique T-Yoke Baby Gown, Dress and Christening Gown" Pattern.
I am teaching a class for the Smock Shoppe in Dothan, Alabama in a couple of weeks.

There is a choice between making the Baby Gown….. 

…or the Baby Dress.  The only difference is the length and the choice of sleeves.


Both are beautiful garments…with a history.

See this Post to read about the History.






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Wednesday, February 25

Stitching by The Fire

It has been pretty chilly lately although I know I have nothing to really complain about, living in south Louisiana as I do.

I have been stitching on an Antique T-Yoke Christening Gown.

I am getting ready to teach for the Victorian  Smockers-
Smocking Arts Guild in south Florida (yeah!).

We are having a 3 day workshop and are making a Christening Gown in addition to a choice of Baby Dress or Gown.

Stitching pretty Angel Lace edging to the sleeve.

Although it's too late to join us in Florida (don't you wish!!)  you can come to Alabama to make the Dress or Gown.

What I'm reading - an Aunt Dimity book.  


Later...


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Monday, February 23

Great Heriloom Class in Dothan, Alabama

The Baby Dress from my pattern "Antique T-Yoke, Baby Dress and Christening Gown" is the project for the class I will be teaching in Dothan, Alabama.  Or you can choose to make the Gown.

I have modified the pattern slightly from the original for class, omitting the ruffle at the skirt so it is like the gown but a shorter length with puffed sleeves.

It is a beautiful dress that has some serious Heirloom Sewing Techniques.
The "T" yoke is the   yoke plus a panel that extends to the hem of the dress.  There are two gathered side panels that attach to the "T" yoke with lace.

Although this can be challenging, we will stitch it together in class  step by step in such a way that will give even the beginner excellent results.

It's exciting for me to see students who are amazed that they are easily able to make  such an exquisite garment as this!

I am teaching at 
The Smock Shop
1445 Westgate Pkwy
Dothan Alabama

334 793-8233

March 6 and 7, 2015





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Saturday, February 21

Antique Toddler Dreamy Dress


This Antique Toddler Dress is made from Swiss fabric and fine French Lace.

Isn't this a dreamy dress?

Sherry, who made it, used the View 3 bodice with a Tucks and Lace hem.



I know her Granddaughter just floated as she walked in this dress!

Thank you Sherry for letting me share these pictures.


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Friday, February 20

Antique Toddler Creations - Dotted Swiss


This dress was made by Sherry for her Granddaughter.

The pattern, Antique Toddler Dresses is being currently featured on my blog.

Her dress is Beautifully Done!!

The hem is exquisite.

To see more of this dress…..go to the previous post.






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Wednesday, February 18

Antque Toddler Dresses- View 1


Flat Baby Betsy is splendid in her fancy Dress.


This dress view is the actual reproduction that inspired the pattern.    I made  short sleeves for a little girly dress but the original had long sleeves and is part of the LSU Textile collection.

The Dress that I copied this from belonged  to a little boy.  Yes, that's right….it was worn by a little boy.  


All the materials on this particular dress are antiques I had.  I am happy to tell you that there are plenty of "new" laces, trim and fabrics that can be used to make this beautiful garment.

I suggest: Swiss Batiste, French cotton Laces and Swiss trim.


I think the neatest thing about this dress is that it only looks like a Round Yoke Dress.  It is really a Square Yoke Dress that has a ruffle sewn onto the yoke to make it appear to be a Round Yoke Dress.

very cool



The pattern includes size 1,2 and 3 and makes a beautiful Easter Dress or Flower Girl Dress.



A little bit of history is sewn into this fabric.

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