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, August 7

Sewing the Baby Lace - in My Garden

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My pink Baby's Smocked Layette Dress.
I have been working on this little dress.  I now have entredeux sewn to the neck edge,  ready to stitch my lace to the entredeux.

It is very early in the morning.  Not even bright yet!

This is the baby lace I've chosen.  Notice the lace heading.  (The heading is the very, very, very top threads in the straight edge of the lace.)  It's a pretty loose thread at the top of the heading.

So, I decide I will pull the top two threads of the lace.  That will give me more control over the gathers and make the gathers stay put.  But you must be very careful when pulling more than one thread.  There is more tension on the threads, making them more likely to break.

Detailed Instructions - Gathering and Sewing Lace

And my faithful Brown Dog is right here with me!

It stitches up quickly.  I am using a fine needle.  #10 or #11 Sharps.  And Madeira #80 weight thread.  You really must use a fine cotton thread when stitching lace.  
It does matter.

Another nice morning stitching.

My Red Rose is peeking through the fence.

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Kellie said...

So delate... love it! And I see your faithful friend is right by your side!

Jeannie B. said...

yes, he stays close by!

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