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, April 3

Baby's Ruffle Brim Smocked Bonnet

This pattern is Baby's Ruffle Brimmed Smocked Bonnet"

It comes in the same pattern with a little Smocked Dress and is too sweet!

Baby Londyns sweet little face (from 5 years ago!)
Just a wee bit big but still so cute.

The Ruffle is folded back before it is pleated.  So there is the fabric ruffle around her face, and the turned back fabric ruffle, edged in lace.

This is a great view  of the Bonnet on a doll.

Just a bit of smocking.
You can't make just one! 
You will be thinking about your next little dress before you even finish the first!

The dress that goes with this bonnet  is one of my favorites.

The pattern "Baby's Smocked Layette"  Pattern is in my Web Shop and  2 sizes are included. 
  Infant and 6 Months.

Have a happy stitching day!

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Friday, March 31

Easter Bonnets - Miss Bufords Baby Bonnet

This is one of my all-time favorite Bonnet Classes and Patterns!!

I was given the original  Baby Bonnet by a generous friend several years ago. 
My friend was given this bonnet by Miss Buford, who was still living at the time. 

Her information about the origin of the bonnet was that it was made for her by a family member, perhaps an aunt.  And she recollects that she and her Bonnet were over 100 years old.

Many of my designs are inspired by old baby garments.

This is one of the few that I tried to reproduce the style exactly.
I taught it for SAGA at one of the Nationals.

The fabric is fine Linen.
The Bonnet buttons down the back with tiny slip size buttons.  
It has a casing to thread ribbon through and  pull up to form the bonnet shape. A bonnet that pulls up in the back also makes it somewhat adjustable for size.  A good thing!

In this photo you can see the bonnet is completely made but the buttons are not fastened and the ribbon not pulled up.  It makes it easy to iron!

The lovely feature of Miss Bufords Bonnet is the Hemstitched Tucks and Embroidery.  The pretty Maline Lace edging just makes it even more beautiful to me.

There are so many things to love about this bonnet!!
Close up of the Half Hemstitching and the embroidery.  The leaves are Satin Stitched, the stems are the Trailing Stitch and the flowers are tiny  Eyelets.

Here is a photo of the original bonnet.  It was damaged but still beautiful. 
The embroidery is perfect.  

There is a pattern for Miss Bufords Bonnet in my Web Shop.

It is completely constructed and embellished by hand.

Happy Stitching, J

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Wednesday, March 29

Baby Bonnets - Little French Bonnet

Baby Londyn in her Bonnet
(taken 5 years ago!!)

Bonnets frame the sweet little face so nicely!

She is wearing a Bonnet from the first Bonnet Pattern I ever printed.

Old Fashioned Baby Bonnets

This Bonnet is "Little French Bonnet"
The fabric is a Pink Lawn.
The Laces - Exquisite!

And Silk Satin Ribbon for ties. 

The sizes are Infant to 12 Months included in this pattern.
I call this Baby Bonnets 1, because it was the first Bonnet pattern I printed.

As you can see, the pattern includes 5 different Bonnets.

This Bonnet has a Lacy Front Band and the fabric is slightly gathered to the band.
The back has a casing to pull up with a ribbon to make it easy to fit the bonnet to your baby!

I think every baby needs a Bonnet!

May you have a lovely day stitching your dreams.
Jeannie B

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Monday, March 27

Anna's Circa 1920 Bonnet on Baby Londyn

Baby Londyn

This is Londyn wearing Anna's bonnet.  It is adorable on her...well, she is pretty adorable if I do say so my self.  As her Grandmother, I would certainly know!!!

Did I mention that you must Bonnet Train a baby?  This is important!

Baby Bonnet Training - Put a Bonnet on baby when you bring her/him home from the hospital.  And every time you leave the house.  And just for fun a couple times a day.

 They will become used to having the bonnet on their head!

Happy Bonnet Stitching,

Jeannie B

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Friday, March 24

Baby Bonnets - Anna Circa 1920

Anna's Circa 1920s Baby Bonnet

My friend Jamie, shared her treasured  baby clothes with me and allowed me to copy this sweet Bonnet! It was made for Anna Gordon Barrett Kelly in 1920 by her Mother, Virginia

I taught this Bonnet as a class for SAGA

 I used a Maline Baby Beading as Lace Insertion 
No Ribbon woven through. 

This Bonnet has three overlapping  triangles that make up the Brim. Each triangle is finished with a Lace Insertion and edged with gathered Lace. 

They are embroidered before cutting out, which is much easier. You can see the Old Fashioned Double Featherstitch in the photo here, which I love!  I used soft Green for the  stems and leaves and pink for Featherstitching and Rosebuds.  Each triangle is completed before attaching it to the Bonnet.  

A look at the lower edge 

The Ribbon Ties were  attached on the inside of the Bonnet and a pretty Ball Baby Button was stitched on the outside. Entredeux was used to finish the neck.

Side View
This is a lacy little Bonnet, with gathered Lace Edging all around the Bonnet, included around the crown on the back. I used Maline Lace which is the Queen of Heirloom Sewing - so beautiful. The edging used is 5/8" wide.

You can find Anna's Circa 1920 Baby Bonnet Pattern in my Web Shop if you would like to make one.

Happy Stitching!
Jeannie B

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Wednesday, February 15

Charlotte - She is the Face of Cystic Fibrosis

Her hoodie reads "I'm a CF Warrior"!
Charlotte is my first Great Granddaughter!

She was born with Cystic Fibrosis.

We found out she had it when she was a few weeks old.
It is a genetic disease, that is progressive.

You would not know it by looking at her!
She is one of the happiest Babys  I know.

For her, the life she is living is normal. She doesn't know anything else!
But it's not an easy life.

There is ongoing research on treatments and hopefully they will find a way to reverse it.  
A lot of advancement has been made in the last few decades.
But there is a long way to go.

Her parents are CF Warriors too.
They have to be!

May the Lord Bless you and keep you;
May the Lord make his face to shine upon you
 and be gracious to you;
May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:24-26

Happy Stitching!

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