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Tuesday, May 10

White Wednesday - Redwork Romper

This is my little Redwork Romper from the OFB pattern Best Embroidered Baby Clothes Two.
It is one of my favorite things that  I have ever made!

I love this Romper pattern too! It is so cute on a baby (not so cute on a hanger) and sooo comfortable.  Like a  1930's baby.  I just kept adding length to the pattern as  my son grew and he wore it until he was Two.  He's 18 now.  That's how old this pattern is.

You do not know HOW I struggled to come up with a Baby Garment that had either Red or Bright Blue to go in this special Red, White and Blue issue!

I am the Queen of subtle!   The Princess of Pastel!
I do soft Baby things.

My column that will run for the year 2011 in Sew Beautiful magazine.
Once I came to terms with the fact that Sew Beautiful was not going to change their theme for this issue because I wanted to do Pastel.....I got to work.

And this was the finished product.

I just love it...even if I did make it myself. 

 I really want to do a little dress from Best Embroidered Baby Clothes One using the same Redwork design, pockets, everything the same.  But a Dress!  
I used a Bias Binding for the neck.  And added slightly gathered lace edging around it. And added color by stitching through the lace heading with red floss and the Running Stitch.

The pocket has flat lace edging around it (I eased it around the curve at the bottom).   And added more Running Stitch in red.  And a cute little pocket embroidery design.

But don't think any of this was easy!!   

I tried several different techniques before this was finished.

I stitched the French Knots around half of the neck before I decided that it was cute but not right for this project.  So I un-stitched all the French Knots.
Here you see that I was stitching French Knots on the Bias Binding.  I knew I wanted color at the neck but wasn't sure how it needed to be.  And I thought I wanted lace, but not sure just where it would look good.

I do a lot of trial and error in my Designing.  

The center embroidery Design for the Bird is combined from two different designs from my Book and the pattern.  I made up the design on the pocket, so it is only available in my kit  but the pockets are in the Romper Pattern. 

 There is a kit for this Romper in my Web Store.
  But, the fabric has been discontinued so I am using a Fine Pima Cotton Pinwale Pique instead.  I didn't know the fabric was not being sold anymore.  Not until I tried to re-order it.  Sorry!

Pima Cotton Pinwale Pique.  Very nice.

This is my White Wednesday for today!!
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Kellie said...

I like the red and white... especially for a little guy!

Cynthia Gilbreth said...

I think it's too cute for words! It would also look great in blue.

Ivory Spring said...


What a darling romper. I am in love with the embroidery. My baby is probably too old for the romper, but I would love to use the embroidery design for a summer dress. Is the embroidery design printed in Sew Beautiful? I am not a subscriber.

Miss Holly said...

Wow!!! I just love this darling outfit....I too love the pastels but I am totally won over by the red and white!!! Hand embroidery is my passion and this looks to be a wonderful project!! Well done! Can't wait for the issue....also I love 16:24 thank you!

Martha said...

I've already told you I love this, but I just had to say it again. I LOVE this!!!! Love everything about it.

Denise-Ann said...

Jeannie, this is just beautifuly. It makes me feel inspired. I did look in your book but couldn't find the bird.

Sunrise said...

That is just darling. I wish I had known about you back when my boys were babies!

Laurie said...

I totally LOVE this romper! It grabbed my eye as soon as I saw it in SB!!! Thanks for sharing more detail!

Kathy said...

This is one of my favorite garments in issue 136. Thanks for sharing a bit more about how you came up with it.
That fabric is great. What a pity it's been discontinued.

KathyD said...

I too love pastels on babies, but it's fun to venture outside the box periodically and do something different! Your red embroidery on the little bubble is precious!

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