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.
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Sunday, February 14

Dream Stitches: Baby's Layette - (Five)

Sweet & Simple Daygowns pattern  For Girl (left) or Boy Baby(right). 
Sweet little Daygowns are the staple of Baby's Layette for the Old Fashioned Baby today.  Make them out of soft fabric like the  Lawn  shown above.  Front buttons make it easy to dress baby.  Use cotton and don't worry about wrinkles. The fabric is  soft and comfortable!!  And baby is happy!

Baby Layette Circa 1917

A layette consisted not only of garments but also included bedding and toilet articles for a newborn child.  According to an article in the 1917 American Dressmaking Step by Step, the following itmes were considered a necessary part of a basic layette:

4 Dresses  (these dresses/gowns would have been at least 27" long)
3 Petticoats (flannel)
2 Sacks
3 Pair Booties
1 Diaper Cover
1 Coat
2 Shawls
6 Dayslips (Daygowns today)
3 Petticoats -white
3 Flannel Bands
3 Pairs Stockings
4 Dozen Diapers
2 bonnets
1 Carriage-robe
6 Nightslips
2 Kimonos
3 shirts
4 Pining Blankets
6 Bibs
1 Veil
1 Receiving Blanket

This was a basic layette which meant "the minimum" baby would need.  It might be much more elaborate if ones means allowed.
Shadow Embroidery Bows on the front of the Daygown.  
I used baby tatting for the boy Daygown  but tatting is nice for either.  And baby Lace for baby girl.
Shadow Embroidery Bird at the hem of Daygown.Embroidery is from my Jeannie B. Embroidery Book.
Sewing the layette garments for a new baby is still the thrill it was when the poem Dream Stitches was written.  And it feels like we have wrapped that baby up in our love when they are wearing something we made for them.    "Many a prayer and many a dream"


Valerie said...

These are just beautiful!

Martha said...

Oh these just make my heart melt. So sweet and soft.

Sewconsult said...

I am so glad that I found your blog (recently). You are so inspiring. It's been many years since I have made baby gowns, etc. There is a baby girl to arrive at my nephew's house in June. I need to pull out all my laces & fabrics that were put away about 12 yrs ago.
Beckie in Brentwood,TN

julia said...

Oh so sweet!!

Anonymous said...

I love this "must-have" checklist for babies.

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