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Tuesday, February 9

Dream Stitches: Baby's Layette - Two

A page I made for my own "Layette Diary" in my Old Fashioned Baby Column.  
See May/June Creative Needle 1997.
The Layette Diary makes a wonderful reference of the garments you made (or purchased) for your baby.  It's also a beautiful keepsake.
Inside the Layette Booklets from the LSU Collection.
The Layette booklets were made in 1926 by Louisiana high school home economics students.  These charming booklets depict items that would be included in baby's layette.   They included garment illustrations cut from magazines of the day, fabric samples and projected costs.
Covers of two of the Layette Diaries in the LSU Collection. The covers were embellished with paints.  
The original layette booklets were displayed in the exhibit  Dream Stitches:Baby's Layette.  I was guest curator for this exhibit.  They were very cleverly done and very pretty.  It was clear that the students followed direction from the teacher as several pages were similar in design.


Grandma Ellen said...

I had not thought of this idea, but what a good one! I should think about doing this for my grandchildren; I am working on layette items right now.

Jeannie B. said...

It is a wonderful way to 'remember' what you have made and a great keepsake for the baby!

Robin Hart said...

Should I tell you that I fell in love with you when I read that article so many years ago?? I have so wanted to make a layette book and now just need to do one for a figment. When I was pregnant I never had time ... :(

Cassie said...

That was one of my favorite articles ever. "Someday" I hope to make a similar book

LAnderson said...

What a great idea and a wonderful keepsake! I LOVE this!

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