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"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 7

Dream Stitches: Baby's Layette

Portrait of a Victorian infant by Henry Norman  featured in the Dream Stitches Exhibit.    Photo was from the collection of Joan and Thomas Gandy
 In 1997,  I was honored to be the Guest Curator for an exhibit of the Louisiana State University Textile and Costume Gallery.  The exhibit provided  a comprehensive look at infants clothing used in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Click on Photo to enlarge.  Dream Stitches poem from Aunt Kate's Day-By-Day Book, 1937
This poem melts my heart.  And it is just as true today!
That's why we love to stitch for Baby!

  In addition to the display of clothing, I collected information about early sewing techniques and customs regarding infants to include in the exhibit.  I named the exhibit "Dream Stitches: Baby's Layette" because of the poem shown above.  Both the picture and poem were part of the Museum display. They were also included in the printed brochure.  This wonderful exhibit ran for one year.
 Co- Curators were Dr. Jenna Kuttruff and Pamela Rabalais Vinci.  They did  the work while I had all  the fun of researching and  designing the exhibit.  


Sara said...

what a precious poem!!1 I love that photo too!!!

Martha said...

How sweet. Love that picture.

Bunny said...

Oh, did this poem touch my heart! Thanks so much for sharing.

LAnderson said...

Just absolutely darling - both the picture and the poem! Thanks for sharing!

Cyndi & Company said...

Thank you for posting Jeannie!

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