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

My Beautiful Blue Dress!!

My "Emma's Smocked Baby Dresses" - Very nice without Smocking!!
I  Love, Love, Love this little blue dress!!  It exceeded my expectations!!  I love it when I make the right choice in Designing the first time!   But how could it not be stunning with all the wonderful Bear Threads materials I used.  Visit Bear Threads to see the article I did in their January Newsletter.   You will also find information about Swiss Voile!  I really like this little dress with out the smocking at the yoke as much as I like it when it is smocked!


Lovely in White!!

The feature of this little dress is the Lacy Yoke!
The lace is Maline and the fabric is Swiss Voile.  We tend to forget about Voile when making Heirloom clothing but I am here to tell you that it has a wonderful hand, so drapey and nice.  And it doesn't wrinkle like the Swiss Batiste does which makes it a fabulous choice for children.
The pretty hem has been machine pin stitched onto the fabric.  
I machine stitched all the laces together using a Pfaff Creative 2144 machine.  But I whipped the gathered lace edging on by hand.  You have so much more control over stitching the gathers evenly.
I used matching Lacy band for the sleeve.  Pretty, don't you think?
Making pretty sleeves is easy.  Just position the lace band over the middle of the sleeve and attach it!  I did not gather the lower area of the sleeve as much where the band was.  It is prettier if you can see a little more of the band.
The back of the dress is one of the cutest things about Emma's Smocked Baby Dresses!
Just a little touch of embroidery.  The Feather Stitch of course!  And a pretty Bullion Rose bud.  I love pink and blue together.
I will put a kit for this little dress on my web site in the next week.

21 comments:

Diana said...

This dress is so beautiful!

julia said...

It is beautiful!!!!!!!

Martha said...

This is beyond gorgeous. The ethereal frothy look to the voile is to die for. It is sweetness personified. Love it. Have already sent it to one daughter hoping for approval.

Jeannie B. said...

Thank you! It comes in white too.

Rose and Ivy said...

Absolutely beautiful!!!! Is there a pattern available?

Jeannie B. said...

I used my pattern "Emma's Smocked Baby Clothes". But I did not smock it. I will have a kit on my web site.

But I will work up the yardage and basic directions for a future post, perhaps with in the week.

ShirleyC said...

This is something I would dream of being able to make. It's just too pretty for words.

Sara said...

Ok, I am seriously gaping over this dress!!! That is without a doubt the most beautiful baby dress I have ever seen!!! I just want to eat it!!! I think I have that pattern, better go see!!!

Jeannie B. said...

This little dress was NOT hard to make. It is beginning French Machine Sewing with a little hand embroidery and lace edging whipped on by hand!!

LAnderson said...

OMGosh! It's GORGEOUS!! Blue is a favorite of mine hands down anyway, but this dress is the most precious thing I have ever seen! I am pretty sure I have that pattern - I have nearly all your patterns...I think this is going on the "must-have" list!

Bunny said...

Beautiful. That is one of my favorite color combos.

Cassie said...

Oh what a beautiful sight for my poor tired eyes! I love Swiss voile, but I've never had any in such a pretty color. Your details are perfection, as always.

Mona @ la la by mona said...

What a stunning dress and lovely blog. Oh how I wish we lived closer! I took the Martha Pullen Beginning Heirloom sewing several years ago and have not found anyone in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area such as you to continue taking classes. I'll be back to visit again!

Jeannie B. said...

Hi Mona. There is a shop in your area and I think she teaches classes. Like minded ladies for sure!! See my January post " A Really Cute Shop". I will try to link it but I don't know it it will work. Nice to meet you!

http://oldfashionedbaby.blogspot.com/2010/01/really-cute-sewing-shop.html

Sherry said...

OH, how beautiful!!! There was a time I considered sewing heirloom quality baby clothes for a living, but I am not as good a seamstress as you. I taught myself to sew with the help of some associates when I worked at JoAnn Fabrics. I was 20 in love with Princess Diana and I wanted to copy a few of her clothes. When I had my children I drooled over Martha Pullen's baby clothes and Sew Beautiful's features on baby clothes. Have sewn for children but it is much more utilitarian work than art. Wonderful blog. I will have to go to your website next!

Faded Charm said...

wow! Such tiny detailing. Very pretty.

Kathleen

Kiki said...

Wow..these are so stunningly gorgeous! Such dainty beauty...I am awed! Just lovely..stellar photos of such delicate treasures!
Happy WW!
Kiki~
here's mine too if you like

http://heartofawizardess.blogspot.com/2010/02/when-starfish-dream.html

Marianne@Songbird said...

That is a sweet little dress! I am super impressed that you made that yourself.

Miss Gracie's House said...

Just beautiful...
Rene'

Crystal Youngquist said...

I've been searching for this dress for a very long time...2 years. And tonight I finally found it!!! Please tell me you made a kit? Or can you share the pattern, if not the materials you used? I know you must be too busy for that... But I just found out Im having a baby in 8 mos. A grand baby!

Marcia Taylor said...

I too, made this beautiful blue dress for my great granddaughters 1 Yr. Easter dress. I found the directions in a Sew Beautiful magazine and just used a basic dress pattern and their directions. It worked up so beautifully.

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