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, July 9

Toddler Summer Dress on Londyn


Londyn is wearing a dress from my pattern "Toddlers Summer Dresses".

She is wearing a size 3 but she is a four year old on the small size.

It's actually just a tad small on her and would fit her 3 year old sister perfectly- but I need to make Londyn another one before she will be ready to pass this along!

"The Lord is merciful, compassionate, patient, and always ready to forgive."
Psalm 145:8


 Happy Stitching, 

Jeannie



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Wednesday, July 6

Baby's Smocked Layette on Charlotte



Little Charlotte is wearing her Easter Dress!

I made it using my Baby's Smocked Layette Pattern.
I just can't get enough of that pattern!

I just  want to keep making them before she outgrows the pattern!

I made a Fancy Hem with embroidered Bullion Flowers along the front .


I like to use the baby Maline Beading as a lace, with no ribbon threaded through.
It is sweet and delicate.

With Gathered Lace edging to finish the Fancy Hem

The fancy entredeux is a favorite of mine for neck (and sleeve edges).
Just a bit of Smocking looks best on this baby dress.

A pretty Bullion Flower on the sleeve too.

I just love this pattern.  

It fits like a dream because of the raglan style. Easy to make with only a bit of Smocking at the front.
And it is gorgeous on the baby.

You, O Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts up my head.
Psalm 3.3

Happy Sewing, 
Jeannie B














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Saturday, June 25

Baby Charlotte in Smocked Dress




Baby Charlotte is my precious Great Granddaughter!
She is the happiest Baby I have ever seen.

Charlotte is 10 Months old in this photo.

She is wearing a Smocked Dress I made for her, using my pattern "Baby's Smocked Layette"
I made the Large size - (to 20 lbs)

I adjusted the pattern to add a regular hem that can be turned under.

I did this by simply adding 3" to the bottom of the Front and Back of the pattern.  I curved the lower edge to reflect the original pattern.

I used the Bias Binding option in View 1.

Then I gently gathered Lace Edging and whipped it under the Binding.

I also stitched Bullion Roses around the hem, which is a sweet touch!

You know how sometimes a garment surpasses your  cuteness expectations?

Well, I am in  LOVE  with this little Blue dress on Charlotte!


The fabric is easy care  poly/cotton Blue Microcheck. The French Lace Edging is the perfect baby size and the Pink Smocking/Embroidery really stands out on the Blue.

I have put together a kit in my Web Shop if you are interested.  It has the same easy care fabric for the Dress, the same  Baby Lace and Pearl Buttons  and also includes a cotton Lawn for the Slip. 
(slips just NEED to be cotton!).



"By You I have been upheld from birth;
You are He who took me out of my mother's womb.
My praise shall
be continually of You."
Psalm 71:6

Happy Stitching, Jeannie












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Monday, March 28

Redwork Romper Featured in Classic Sewing Magazine



This is my Granddaughter, Londyn, wearing the little Redwork Romper. 
(She is now four years old.)

I love looking back to her baby days!!
The fit of this Romper is super comfortable and the look is darling!



Sweet (and easy) embroidery stands out against the white fabric.

Buttons fasten the crotch for the look I like.
(you could use snaps instead)


Lace embellishes the sleeves with red embroidery floss (I used 4 strands)  woven through the entredeux. A lace frill is stitched below the bias binding and a red Running Stitch accents the neck as well as the cute pockets.

This kit is available on my web site.
Instructions and  the Embroidery Design are in the 2022 Spring Issue of Class Sewing Magazine.

The pattern is  "wo"Best Embroidered Baby Clothes T.

"He fills my life with good things, so that I stay young and strong like an eagle.
Psalm 103:5





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Tuesday, November 16

Baby Charlotte's Dress

This is the Baby Dress that Charlotte is wearing in the last post,

I used my pattern Old Fashioned Baby Layette.
And a sheer white Swiss Fabric, like Nelo.

The yoke has Lace Insertion and Tucks.


The Lace Insertion was stitched onto the fabric, between the Tucks,  using a Machine Pinstitch done on a Pfaff sewing machine. I did NOT cut the fabric from behind the lace. This gives it a more subtle look and it also is more stable for a Dress that you hope will be well worn by your little one.

The neck is finished with Baby Entredeux and  embellished with Maline Lace Edging.


I used Swiss Beading at the sleeve because it enables you to adjust the size with a ribbon.


I made a slip to wear under the Dress.
A Dress always looks better with a slip!

I worked a Shell Hem by hand around the neck. It is a pretty and decorative stitch that is very soft way to finish the edge.

The hem is finished with a hand stitched Scalloped Hem.  In the center of the Scallop I have stitched an old fashioned Rosebud.

She is a Newborn here so the Dress is a bit large but the short puff sleeves with ribbon ties make it manageable.

Charlotte Elizabeth πŸ’—

Small flat Pearl button down the back.


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Sunday, October 31

Charlotte Elizabeth



Meet my first Great Granddaughter ... Charlotte Elizabeth.

(She is the first daughter of my first daughters first daughter.  hahaha! )

She is already 3 months old so I will be catching you up with photos :) She is adorable xxx.

In this photo she is wearing a Baby Dress using my pattern Old Fashioned Baby Layette.
The beading and ribbon at the sleeves edge are very helpful in fitting a newborn!









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