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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Friday, August 28

Sewing a Baby Daygown - The Beginning

First we must gather the tools we need to begin our Daygown.  We will need fabric, straight pins, scissors, a ruler, pattern weights and we need a sewing pattern.

 Pattern - I have chosen the Old Fashioned Baby Pattern "Priscilla's Layette", (View 2 shown above in white fabric  with blue bias binding at the neck and sleeves). Besides being a really cute little Daygown, it has raglan sleeves. They are simple to sew and they fit different size babies very well because they do not have shoulder seams.  I will use View 2 for my first project.

            Christmas Baby Daygown

 In this picture you see the pattern, five Mother of Pearl Baby Daygown buttons and the white Lawn fabric I have chosen.  I am making this for a Christmas baby so I will use red/microcheck fabric for the bias binding at the neck and sleeves.  You also see the spool of white thread I use for sewing.  I have selected 2 skeins of floss for the embroidery, although at this point I don't know what design I will use.   You can find this put together as a kit for you and can choose the red shown here or blue or pink for the bias binding. 

Fabric - I love cotton! It breaths and it is so comfortable. We want our baby to be comfortable as well as beautiful in his clothes!  You just have to feel so sorry for those little babies who are dressed in jeans. I think their parents should get into bed fully dressed (in jeans) and stay there 24 hours a day for several days so they will really know how uncomfortable their little one is.   Our Daygown will be a soft Cotton Lawn.

Notions - Don't skimp on quality. If you purchase inferior products, you'll have inferior results. I recommend thin "Silk" straight pins with a glass head, good quality cutting shears and a ruler. I like to use my Wrist Pincushion to hold the pins because it is so handy but any Pincushion will work.

 Below are some of my favorite Pincushions, given to me by  friends and students. I love Pincushions!!


Robin Hart said...

Jeannie, thanks for letting me know about your blog. Cannot wait to sit and sew with you for a few days at SAGA.

Lisa said...

BEAUT-I-FUL blog Jeannie!!! I am so impressed with all the details on this blog. You put that silly blog I had to shame. Your baby clothes are the most lovely I have ever seen-the craftsmanship amazing. Your photos are wonderful too. Excellent job on everything you do!!! I will be checking back often!

Your sister-in-law,
with love,

Sharon said...

Jeannie, thanks for sending the link to your blog. What an attractive blog site! You have done an excellent job. I must tell you that it is amazing how many ladies are coming to Heirloom Creations and are so pleased to discover that the antique furniture from The Old Fashioned Baby has found a new home. Many of them recognize your antique pieces. We are busy with a complete renovation that is giving a new look to the shop and we would love to see you after SAGA. Quite possibly we could have you as a guest instructor one Saturday. Our address in Lafayette is 431 Rena Drive. I will let our customers and sewing students know about your blog as you have made it a wonderful way for all to stay in touch with you. Love, Sharon

Anonymous said...

Jeannie, I so enjoy your blog. I am a frequent user of your patterns and your SAGA classes in Danvers MA many years ago are still a wonderful memory to me

Sharon said...

Great Job! We were just talking about your Blog last week and there it is. Looking forward to stitching with you soon.

Sewbusymor said...

Jeannie...just lovely. You didn't say anything when we spoke the other day!! Looking forward to seeing you at INDY. Congrats on a lovely blog. Karin

M said...

Hi Jeannie -
Your new blog is terrific!

I have my pattern and fabric at the ready and look forward to creating this sweet daygown with you!

See you in Indy,

Anonymous said...


Congrats on launching your blog. It is absolutely LOVELY!!! Now, I want to get the Priscilla pattern to make the daygown for my baby girl...

I am going to add your blog to my blogroll so that more are made aware of this lovely blog!

By the way, those pincushions are beautiful!

pegtile said...

Hi Jeannie,

Thanks for letting me know about your new blog. It is so very nice, beautiful to look at and full of information. I am sure everyone will love it!

We are really enjoying your antique pieces and everyone who comes into the shop gets to enjoy them also. We would love for you to come to see us sometime, the Saturday class sounds great to me.

Thanks for this medium for us to keep in touch, Peggy

ShawnaHunt said...


Your blog is so beautiful! I do believe you have surpassed me in computer technology, as this is my very first blog!! I love the pictures and the intricate details of the patterns. You MUST post some pictures of your gorgeous grandchildren wearing some of your magnificent creations!!! :)

Love you,

pfarmwife said...

I am so glad you have started a blog! I look forward to what is to come.


Unknown said...

Your blog has inspired me to pull out my UFOs and finish them (or at least try to finish them) including two partially finished daygowns from Priscilla's Layette. I guess these will go in my great grandmother hope chest for the future.

Unknown said...

I have recently bought Industrial Sewing Machines, buy I am beginner and start working as sewing. Your post helped me to go to next step. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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