Baby Slip

Swiss flannel Old Fashioned Baby slip with hand embroidery—yes, I embroidered this by hand!  Here at the cabin, this quilt was the only thing I could find to use as a background.

While we at here our cabin in North Carolina, I am enjoying some uninterrupted sewing time.  This is the first project I have finished (except for buttons and buttonholes) for Grandbaby Girl #2, due around Christmas.   December weather in Florida could be 28 or 90 degrees.   So for a start, I am planning several daygowns and at least one Swiss flannel slip for cool days.

This should have been a quick and easy project, but it has taken me several days.  Once again I am actively pursing the achievement of an acceptable feather stitch.  I think I just barely made the grade this time, but it took me FOREVER!!!!  First, I had to study all my embroidery books and then go to on-line tutorials and finally YouTube demonstrations.

The problem is that I want this stitch to look good NOW!  Clearly, no amount of  extensive study and mental preparation are enough to achieve a perfect stitch.  It takes practice.  I spent more than two hours on the first 6″ before I realized that ripping it out didn’t make the next stitches any prettier.  Better, it seemed, to keep on keeping on and get the practice.   Even with uneven stitching, the effect, I think,  is pleasing—if you don’t look too closely.

The pattern is Jeannie B’s OFB Smocked Baby Clothes.

It is sweet and simple, perfect for any embellishments you might want to add.  Instead of lace edging,  a Swiss tiny embroidery was chosen because fresh out of the dryer it looks okay–but not great.  I’d like it to be user friendly.

I’m still undecided about the embroidery shown on the pattern at the front neckline.   Even soft pastel embroidery might shadow  through an unsmocked yoke, but the slip looks so much sweeter with it.  What do you think?

Did you notice the fabric under the slip?  YES!  The print I desperately needed arrived from Chadwick Heirlooms, thanks to Merry Gay who located it for me.  I reeeeally appreciate that!

Now, off I go to project #2.  I am using an old pattern for this next outfit and wonder if any of you use old patterns.   Or if you replaced them with newer ones with better directions and illustrations?   Let me know, okay?  I am curious.

11 responses to “Baby Slip

  1. Congratulations on grandgirl #2!! What a terrific Christmas present! I DO use my vintage patterns. I have made several garments from them. I don’t miss the directions that much, because I generally know how to construct a garment (and I know you do!). The fit seems better to me and the details are wonderful. If there is something particular you are looking for, email me- I may have it. I would love to know which pattern you are planning to make!

  2. LOVE it! i’d love to know where you sourced the swiss edging – it’s stunning!
    ps. your featherstitch is lovely –

  3. I LIKE the Swiss edging. And I think the feather stitching looks great! I agree with you about the neck embroidery showing through. If you plan the slip to really be a slip and not worn as a dress, then it doesn’t really matter if it doesn’t reach maximum potential sweetness, right?

  4. Jo, you have convinced me. That also frees me up to move on to the next project. Yeah!

  5. The Swiss edging was purchased at least 20 years ago and was languishing in my stash. It came from Capitol Imports and may still be available. It is so tiny, perfect for little bitty things.

  6. Your feather stitching is fine! It’s a slip, it goes under things! The Swiss edging is just perfect, especially since it doesn’t need to be ironed.

  7. Very beautiful. Can you see uses for Swiss flannel for the “older girl”. I’m picturing an undershirt being very nice in Minnesota winters. What do you think? Have you done anything like this?

  8. No, Connie, I have not used the Swiss flannel for undergarments, but I think it is a great idea! Judy Day uses it for dresses for her 7-8 year old granddaughters who live in the north. It’s such a nice fabric–heirloom possibilities and quality with some warmth.

  9. Thank you for your comment on this, Janice. I might give it a try, after I finish my current project; a linen shirt for my husband. I have been enjoying the book, “Shirtmaking,” by David Page Coffin. It is an excellent resource. I am looking forward to making shirts for my two boys as well!!

  10. Connie, you are one ambitious, energized stitcher. It seems you are always trying something new, learning and mastering the techniques. You go, Girl! And please post a picture on your blog when you finish the shirt.

  11. Thank you for the sweet compliment. I have to credit my husband of 16 years, with all of his support and encouragement; and the friend in CO who helped get me started after I bought my basic Pfaff sewing machine. She later gave a few lessons on dress construction for $15 per lesson, which was worth every penny. I have also been so impressed with seamstresses like you who are so kind and encouraging to others. I love reading your blog. Keep it up! 😉

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