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, August 3

"Baby Emma" Smocked Bonnet

 Fancy Smocked Bonnet instructions comes in the pattern Emma's Smocked Baby Dresses.

It has a fold back brim that is pleated and smocked.
The bonnet back is tied with a ribbon which makes it adjustable.

This lace edging on this bonnet was attached using a machine Pinstitch (Pfaff Machine).  I used a fine thread (#80 Madeira) and a large machine needle, size 90.

Did you notice the little Bullion flower where the ribbon attaches to the bonnet?

Sweet on any Baby!

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Friday, July 31

Emma's Smocked Baby Dress in Blue Dotted Swiss

Emma's Smocked Baby Dresses    as seen in Sew Beautiful Magazine.

I've shown you these pictures before.  

But I am so excited that Emma is available again that I decided to post some pictures this week.

This is the Classic Emma.

I did some cute things to it for the magazine article.

And made this dress in exquisite Blue Dotted Swiss!
(the real thing!)

I attached a lace edging along the skirt. 

 I stitched it with a small running stitch right over where the hem was stitched to the skirt.  Using a Madeira #80 thread, you can't even see the stitches.  Always use the same color thread as the lace.

Smocked and accented in my favorite color combo - pink and blue

And to answer the question about pleating Dotted Swiss.
I pleated it just like I would have pleated anything else.  I didn't have any trouble at all.  I just pleated slowly in case I pleated through a dot.  NO TROUBLE!  

I would never have considered removing the dots.  Way too much trouble.

I did a sweet collar treatment.  I found this on a baby dress shared with me by a student.  I named the dress in the Sew Beautiful article "Larsen Kate" after her Granddaughter.

I added a little cuff to the dress too.

Toot Sweet!

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Wednesday, July 29

"Baby Emma" in Yellow Print - Ironing a Sleeve

This would be the Classic Baby Emma.  Made from a cute cotton print.

Smocked with 3 strands of yellow floss.

With self piping along the yoke and collars.

But on to the sleeve ironing.
The old fashioned way.

You lay the sleeve down on the ironing board, hand creasing it around  the middle.
And press it.

Ta da!  It is cute and the sleeve stands right up.  

If you look at old photographs of little girls in dresses, you can see the same kind of creases on the sleeves.

A Rose of a dress!

And that's that!

by Jeannie Baumeister

Tuesday, July 28

Emma's Classic Smocked Yoke Dress is Back!

This dress is made from blue Satin Batiste.  The Classic pattern view.
The embroidery and smocking is in pink with touches of green for the leaves.  Very Cute!

  I love this little dress.  Emma's Smocked Baby Dresses Pattern.

It is a Classic Smocked (or not smocked ) Baby Yoke Dress that is perfectly proportioned for a baby, fits well and is designed with sweet little embellishments.

The back of the dress is extra special.  It has no gathers so baby is much more comfortable just laying about being cute.  The tucks in the back add to the cuteness and are drawn into the pattern so they are quick and easy to stitch.

It was fashioned after an antique.

Pure Sweetness!

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Monday, July 27

"Emma's Smocked Baby Dress" - Available Again!

The OFB Emma's Smocked Baby Dress pattern is available again.

This is the Fancy version in the pattern.

Pretty smocking.  Fine embroidery.  And Entredeux and Lace Edging to finish the neck.

I used Anchor Embroidery Floss.
One strand for embroidery.

Two or Three strands for the Smocking.

Embellished Sleeves.

A Lacy Hem.

With embroidered Bullion Roses.

I love this easy little tucked dress back.

This fabric is Swiss Fairy Fabric.  
Fine and sheer, but when starched, it's easy to use.

Here is the very same  fancy dress in Blue Fairy Fabric.

I am happy to tell you this pattern is available to purchase again.

I will be featuring more of the Emma pattern this week.

It is one of my very favorite.

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Friday, July 24

Chicago Retreat - Behind the Scenes - Saga Women Rock!

It takes many, many workers to organize, arrange and run a Saga Retreat.

Maggie from Missouri has been busy making Wee Care Gowns.

These are the busy ladies behind the scenes.
(only a few are pictured in this post -  many more were working to make it happen)

Thank you Ladies!! 

The Wee Care Program is an important Service Project for Saga.

Each gown is lovely in it's own way.

Cute Shadow Embroidered Duck.


I love the care and time that went into these special gowns.  
For some babies, it will be their only garment. And it means so much to the parents.

Saga Women Rock!!

Goodbye Chicago --We had a real good time!

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