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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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

Tuesday, December 8

Baby Daygown - Sweet and Simple

Lilly (as a newborn) is  wearing   Sweet and Simple Baby  Daygown.

The pictured  Daygown is made from a nice cotton Lawn.
It's soft and comfortable and irons up  nicely.

I've Shadow Stitched a little Duck on the front.

This little Daygown features two Tucks stitched on either side of the front opening.

There is a reason I named this pattern "Sweet and Simple Daygown Collection".
It is so sweet and very simple to make. 

I have hand stitched  tiny tatting along the edge of the sweet collar.

Little cuffs are turned up at the edge of the sleeves.

And Lilly is happy and sleeping in her Grammy made Daygown!

(We didn't change the print onesie for a plain one or put a slip on her before putting the Daygown on Lilly.
Looking at these photos, I wish I had gone to the trouble to do that!!)

"Withhold not your tender mercies from me, O Lord: 
let your loving kindness and your truth continually preserve me."
Psalm 40:11

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Tuesday, December 1

Sister Star Block Challenge - Finished

My Star Quilt top is totally done!!!

I am so impressed with myself!!
I am not a quilter but I love to sew and I have had fun with quilting because I am able to use fabrics in colors that I never use when  stitching pretty Baby Clothes.

While making Baby clothes is my first love, I like to make quilts too.  

And it was a way to be connected in this lonely time.  My sister and I each did a different block each week.  She lives in Ohio but if felt like she was stitching with me. 

  Hers is completely different from mine but still stars.

My Sisters finished Quilt Top.

Happy to be finished.....and on to another Sister Quilt Challenge!

"....and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands...
1 Thessalonians 4:11

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Monday, November 16

Guess Who Just Turned 3!!

Londyn Marie.

She had a party at a nearby park so we could all be outside.

Londyn is wearing her "Coming Home from Hospital " Gown in this photo in Creative Sewing magazine.

I made this dress from my French Acadian Christening  Gown pattern.

A photo of Londyn getting her first real pair of Shoes.

Oh, that Baby grows so fast!

"Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord"
Psalm 127:3

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