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, August 18

Baby in a Cute Slip



Baby Londyn is wearing my Little Yoke Slip.

The Little Yoke Slip  is perfect as a slip or a Summer Slip Dress.


Because I made slip this to go underneath a dress......



I used a shear fabric that matched the dress.



I  finished the neck edge and the armholes with a hand Shell Hem.  
And added pretty embroidery on the yoke.


For a Summer Slip Dress, I would choose a fabric that was not so transparent.

Perhaps a Lawn or Dress Weight Batiste.
Plenty to choose from.

"Give me the joys of summer,
    Of SUMMER QUEEN so fair,
With wealth of lovely flowers
    And fruits and sun-kissed air!"
by Winifred Sackville Stoner, Jr.

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Tuesday, August 14

Details of an Heirloom Baby Dress

Baby Londyn is wearing her Grandmother Susan's Baby Dress.

A sweet hand embroidered collar is edged with a tiny lace and attached to the dress with a bias facing.

The hand embroidery is Satin Stitch.

The back has tucks on either side of the baby placket.

A tiny Running Stitch was used  to put in the hem.

This dress is handmade, including the Buttonholes.  The two buttons on the back don't match, which means a button was lost at some point and replaced with a different one.  

I can relate to that.  I had to replace a button on one of Londyns dresses.  I made the dress but no longer have the exact button.  I stitched a similar button onto the dress thinking "no one will notice".  
(am I the only one who does this?)
The  person who replaced this button might have thought the same thing.

Oops, I noticed!!




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Saturday, August 11

Baby Londyn in Heirloom Dress


Londyn is wearing a true Heirloom. 

 It's a baby dress that her maternal Grandmother wore.

How nice that it was saved to be worn by Londyn.

There is a hint of  color to this White dress because of the blue slip worn under it.


Very pretty details on this dress.  

I'll show the details on my next post.

Heirloom:  something of special value that has been handed down from one generation to another.
Merriam-Webster








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Wednesday, August 8

Baby in a Romper


Baby Londyn looks so cute in her  Redwork Romper. 

It's the perfect outfit for a busy  crawler.


The Romper has a cute and simple back with a placket.

But she is growing out of it.  

Good thing my pattern Best Embroidered Baby Clothes Package Two has three sizes to choose from so I can make her another one in a larger size.

The embroidery design is not included in the pattern.  But it is available in The kit in my Web Shop.

There are cute designs that are included in the pattern.

You can reproduce this neck finish on any garment.

 All you need to do is finish the neck with a Bias Binding, stitch gathered lace edging under the Bias.  Then work a nice and even Running Stitch, using floss,  right where the lace meets the Bias.

The pocket is in the pattern.  I love, love, love this little pocket.  The embroidery design is in the Kit. And barely gathered lace edging is stitched around the  pocket.

"See those scales a'tipping.
Way up high they go!
It surely is the biggest thrill
To watch our Baby Grow"
by Queen Holden





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Sunday, August 5

Londyns Closet - Slip Dress

Baby Londyn was at the Beach for her 8 Month photo.
The chosen "Beach Dress" is the slip from my pattern Baby Daydresses.

Slips make the best summer Dresses for a baby. 

They are cool and comfortable and can be embellished in so many ways.


Pretty embroidery at the neck using one strand embroidery floss and a fine needle.

The slip features a ruffle at the hem and Bullion Rosebuds just above.  I've added Swiss Beading with pink ribbon woven through.   And, Gathered Lace edging is featured along the top to give it a that little extra touch that makes it stand out. 

Then a good washing to get all the sand off and let it dry in the sun.

And back in Londyns closet.....

So she  can wear it again.








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Saturday, July 28

Vintage Button Cards - For Sale

I have so many wonderful buttons!!

These Vintage buttons are hand sewn onto the cards. 



They are all Mother of Pearl.

I am selling them 3 cards (of same color) for $6.00


They  have been dyed pretty colors.

They are "Ball" buttons.  That means they are not flat like a regular Shank but are rounded from the bottom.



I have some in white too.

The top is not round, it is kind of flat with rounded edges.

Limited supplies on the Vintage Button Cards.


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