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, May 24

Pretty Dress For OFB Retreat

This is my 2011 OFB Retreat Dress

For the last 8 (9?) years The Old Fashioned Baby has held  a summer Spiritual Sewing Retreat.

The sewing focus this year is mostly on construction.
The bodice has tucks and a center swiss insertion bordered with lace edging.

My friend and I interweave Bible Study throughout this  weekend with everyone following our schedule.   And we also sew on my project.

The bodice is lined.

The Spiritual focus of the Retreats is to have a closer relationship with God.  This year we will explore how we respond to God's Love, Compassion, Faithfulness and Mercy.

On the dress, we will stitch Swiss beading to the bodice and thread silk-satin ribbon through it.

Our scripture this year is:

"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me."
Psalms 51:10

We will learn how to attach Entredeux edged Swiss Edging to the skirt hem.  And hand embroider Featherstitching  and old fashioned Bullion Roses.

And we will study God's Word. 

If you want information about this retreat email me at

  Retreat Date is June 24-26, 2011

This is my White Wednesday for this week.

All Designs Are Copyright Protected copyright 2011 Jeannie Baumeister


Sewbusymor said...

I wish I could plan to join in. I love the idea of joining spirit and sewing. I know there are many projects I have prayed with each stitch! Love the dress. Maybe next year! Karin

Kellie said...

What a blessing to have sewing time with Scripture time! I have found a way to smock occasionally when my schedule is busy... I pray while I smock! You can never have enough prayer time!

Sherry Richardson said...

Dress is beautiful!!! Would love to try and do the retreat - have got to check on some dates

Snowdrop said...

white with pale blue is my all time favorite! beautiful work :)

ShirleyC said...

I love this dress! Just stunning!

Plumfield House Gardens said...

Beautiful work, Celeste,

Laurie said...

I LOVE the dress, but even more so, I LOVE that you are interweaving a sewing retreat with a Bible Study! This is something that Sara and I have talked about doing in the future - just a pipe dream of ours - we have alot of those - LOL! I had no idea that you did Sewing/Spiritual Retreats - my God Bless your time together - wish I was able to attend!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jeannie! Thank you for stopping by my Blog and for the sweet comment!
I had to check out all your Blogs to see which one to comment on :D Your dog is adorable!! had myself a good laugh over there.
Oh, The baby dress is soooo sweet, it's been years since I sew a lil dress....I can't wait to see more of your work.

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