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, 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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Tuesday, February 16

Snail Shirring Baby Gown



French Handsewn Circa 1920 Dorothy's Baby Gown

This lovely Baby Gown features a Snail Shirring Ruffle at the hem, trimmed in Lace Edging.

This is my interpretation of a Baby Gown made in the early 1900's for  Baby Dorothy by her Grandmother.

This pattern is available in The Old Fashioned Baby Web Shop

The Ruffle at the hem is gathered using the technique Snail Shirring.

The fabric is rolled and whipped by hand to the yoke.

I have threaded four strands of floss through the Fancy Entredeux.

The pattern includes instructions for stitching the Snail Shirring technique used to gather the ruffle. The pattern and instruction are for Handsewing only.

Next post: A little bit of Snail Shirring History.



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Monday, January 4

Visitors in my Backyard

My two little Granddaughters came to play on a Sunny Day.

Only outdoors! 
I'm still keeping away from everyone.

Happy New Year!




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Tuesday, December 29

Sew Along Snail Shirred Bonnet


Snail Shirred Baby Bonnet in size Infant.

I will be doing a Sew Along using this Baby Bonnet with the Smocking Arts Guild of America.   It is open to all Saga members.  

This is the  Bonnet Ruffle

I have named this technique "Snail Shirring" because of some instructions I found in a vintage sewing Books over 25 years ago.

You must be a Saga member to do the Sew Along.  All the instructions will be on the Saga website and their Facebook page. It is a wonderful organization and you should join so you can stitch with me!

This Bonnet has a tie in the back which gives it a bit of adjustment for size.

Here is the Saga Link, where you can find out the materials you will need to Stitch Along with us.


Praise the Lord!
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 106:1


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