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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Friday, January 23

Baby Rose View 3


This is my Granddaughter Emma Rose.

She is wearing my Baby Rose Raglan Dresses pattern. Size Infant (7-18 lbs) and size 6-12 Months(15-22 lbs) are included in the pattern.  She was a tiny  thing so even though she was almost a year, she is wearing the Infant size in the picture above.

I worked the running stitch around the hem with Blue Floss just for fun.
This is Baby Rose View 3.  This view is simple in design and sweet as can be.  And the raglan style makes it very comfortable to wear.   I used Pima Cotton Batiste to make it.

You need: 3/4 yards of fabric
7/8 yard of entredeux 
1 3/8 yard of baby lace
 and 4 buttons for the back.

….or you can get a Baby Rose View 3 kit from my web shop.


Featherstitching and the Seed Stitch are worked along the top of the dress, between the sleeves.

I used Anchor Blue Embroidery Floss # 128

The sleeves of this little dress are plain….no lace insertion and no entredeux attaching them to the front.  The edges  are finished with entredeux and lace edging  and I have stitched Featherstithing down along the seam that attaches the sleeve to the front.

About as old fashioned and sweet as you could ask for.









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Tuesday, January 20

Baby Rose View 2 with Scalloped Hem



Just changing the color of the fabric can make a big difference in the way a Baby Dress looks!
White is the classic color of Baby clothes.  Add a touch of pink embroidery and nothing is sweeter.


This dress has to be one of my all time favorites. 

 I made it for an article in Sew Beautiful magazine with the focus being - how to draft a Madeira Hem.  This dress has the scalloped hem in the front but a plain hem in the back.  What my friend calls a "Queen Ann front with a Mary Ann back".

I'm sorry but I don't know which issue this was in.
If any one of you knows, please tell.


The sleeve is attached with entredeux.  
It is also embellished with Maline Lace and embroidery.


The fabric is Swiss "Fairy Fabric".  The fabric actually had a #number to identify it but I thought this little dress looked like the fairies did indeed make it using such a sheer lovely fabric so I named it thus.  

This dress is a beauty!

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Sunday, January 18

Pink Baby Rose View 2

Today I will show my pattern "Baby Rose Raglan Dresses" - View 2
Still a fancy little Baby Dress but totally different than View 1.

I am using Pink fabric.
Bear Threads Pink Swiss Lawn is a good choice for this dress.
Other fabrics I recommend are Swiss Fairy Fabric and Bearisima 2.

All are lovely shades of soft pink.


The feature on this dress is the collection of tucks, lace and embroidery at the top of the Baby Dress.
Groups of tiny sets of tucks have lace insertion between them and the fabric is slightly gathered at the neck. 

Delicate but very sweet.

Accented with Featherstitching and Bullion Rosebuds.

In the above picture, you can see that I did not cut the fabric away from behind the lace.  This makes the dress less transparent and gives it a pretty old fashioned look.  

The dress is also much more durable.

Any time you cut the fabric from behind the lace, it is going to be a more fragile garment.

I added Lace Insertion to the sleeve which is included in the pattern directions (again, fabric is intact behind the lace) and I  attached the sleeve using Entredeux.  This was easy because of the raglan sleeves.

Entredeux always fancies up a dress!

The Baby Dress has a turned up (to the back) hem, with Lace Insertion placed just at the top where the hemming line would be.  Embroidery is centered above the lace.

Old Fashioned Embroidered Bullion Roses at the hem.

I like to put a label inside my Baby Dresses.

Baby will be well and smiling and ..

Pretty in Pink!!










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Friday, January 16

Babies in Baby Rose Dress View 1

The reason we Sew!!

Beautiful Babies  wearing Baby Rose View 1.




Thank you to a talented lady for sending me this pictures so I could share with you!


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Wednesday, January 14

Baby Rose View 1

I am going to post pictures, showing you my Patterns and designs every week through out this new year.  You might have seen some of these pictures, but probably not all of them. I hope you enjoy the pictures and you are inspired to sew more Baby clothes this year.

Baby Rose View 1

The Baby Dress pictured above is from my pattern "Baby Rose Raglan Dresses"
This Dress is one of the three styles in the pattern which was named after my youngest Granddaughter Emma Rose.

For this particular Baby Dress, I chose a soft mint green Swiss  Fairy Fabric with an off white lace.

Other fabrics to consider are Pima Batiste or Pima Lawn as well as Swiss Batiste Nelona weight or a Swiss Lawn.  For this view you will need 3/4 yard of fabric. 

 For this view I do like the sheer fabric, with a slip under it.

View 1 is elegant with the lace embellishment and embroidery down the center  front.  The Baby Dress that inspired this View was a short Christening Gown.

 I have cut the fabric away from behind the lace.  I used lace scissors to do this because they have round nibs at the tips to prevent you from accidentally snipping your lace (ugh!! the very thought gives me shivers).

Because this Dress was used for a Class I taught,  there are different embroidery stitches than are called for in the pattern.  I made Looped Bullion Flowers instead of all Bullion Rosebuds.

Something to remember about embroidery is that you can make the design unique to you.  If you don't like stitching Bullions, then use a different stitch.  It will still be pretty and you will enjoy it more.

Look at the line of openwork in the picture above.  This stitch goes by different names.  I  call it Bermuda Faggoting.  I substituted it for the Featherstitching that the pattern calls for because I wanted to teach it  in my class.  The Dress is pretty with either stitch. 


I attached the raglan sleeve with Baby Entredeux.  It fancies the Dress up and is easy peasy to do on a raglan sleeve.  It's the little extra things you do to a garment that make it so special.  And that is the reason we sew.















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Tuesday, January 13

Heirloom Sewing Market



All set up and ready for market.

  Beauty Pins are getting hard to come by and were in great demand.  
We sold out of them within the first hour.

Being at the Heirloom Sewing Market is always inspiring.  I wish we also had a Retail portion to the show.  I know there are not shops in all areas of the country and many of you would welcome the opportunity to shop "in person".

For those of you near shops, visit your shop to see what they bought back from Market.  Market is about more than Merchandise, it's also about inspiration and ideas.

Your shop will come back with new ideas for you!

Have Fun.



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