Antique Baby Bibs and Grandbabies

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Antique textiles offer so much creative inspiration.  Suzanne Sawko and I found this elaborate antique bib at the once-in-a-lifetime estate sale mentioned in earlier posts.  It appears to have both machine and hand stitches on a fabric similar to light weight pima broadcloth or a heavy weight Swiss batiste.



Erin bib 1


It didn’t take Suzanne long to recreate two exquisite versions in Swiss batiste, one for her niece


Ian bib

and the other for her nephew.  Her article in Creative Needle gave all the details of her efforts.

Of course, baby garments and accessories are foremost in my mind these days, because of our new granddaughter, Vivian Rose.




And because of her and our other grandchildren, there has been not a minute to write a blog post this past week.  The time was filled with the joyful chaos of 3 children running through the house and in the yard while Vivian Rose slept peacefully through it all.  Our daughter and her little family had come for four days so we could spend some time together and have a family celebration for Alastair’s 4th birthday.

With his daddy, Uncle Ryan, Cousin Robert and Granddad,  Alastair played football in the front yard, an activity that is a regular feature of family get-togethers.  Later,  Laurel tore herself away from the baby to join them for some fun in the tree house.

Alastair had already been guest of honor at a zoo party near his home across the state.  I made 25 jungle themed teepee bags for that event.  They are great for goody bag party favors.


A blows candles

He asked me to bake a football cake for his birthday. Cousins Robert and Laurel wondered if he could blow out all 4 candles. He did.


I had fun dressing Vivian Rose in a few of the outfits I had made her.

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9-week old Vivian Rose in her pink Swiss flannel daygown



There were several other photo ops of Baby Girl in her pretty new clothes, but before the camera was turned on, she had spit up all over herself.  I couldn’t count the number of outfits she went through.  We were down to sleepers in a short while and doing laundry ’round the clock.

V 1 foot

I couldn’t resist sharing this sweet photo of her tiny pink foot.  She was lying on the change table just before a clean outfit replaced the milk soiled daygown.  It even soaked through to her Swiss flannel slip.

This has been a fabulous week.  Now, on to Vivian Rose’s Easter dress.  Are you  finished with your Easter sewing?

10 responses to “Antique Baby Bibs and Grandbabies

  1. I am in good company if you have not started your Easter sewing, Janice! I keep saying, “tomorrow”! I found the perfect vintage pattern and fabric, so all that’s left is the actual sewing! Vivian Rose is a beautiful baby- so enjoyed your photos!

  2. Oh, Lisa, I have started–just not finished! I have Laurel’s dress complete and the boys are wearing store-bought. That just leaves Vivian Rose to dress. I’m just waiting on an order of Swiss voile from Farmhouse Fabrics and then I’ll be on it! I can’t wait to see what you will come up with for Andy. Love, love, love your vintage reproductions for him.

  3. She is a beautiful baby! The picture of her little foot is precious.
    Courtney’s dress is finished and delivered. Kennedy’s dress is in the making as are.the matching AG doll dresses.

  4. Janice, I just love that photo of the foot!! 😉 Unfortunately, I’ve been under the weather lately, and I’m even further behind in my Easter sewing. Keeping my fingers crossed!

  5. Hurrah for Judy!!!!! I’m still waiting on my Farmhouse Fabric order–not that it’s overdue because it has just been two business days. But sometimes it comes in less than 24 hours so I keep haunting the mail box. Tick tock tick tock……

  6. Jo, I hope you are back to full speed soon! I’ve had a lucky break this year as Robert is wearing store-bought. Now Alastair will do the same so it’s on to Vivian Rose’s dress. Wish I could help you.

  7. Vivian Rose is just precious. Give that sweet little foot a kiss for me!

  8. Thanks, Sue. There is nothing sweeter than a baby!

  9. Delores McInnes

    Hello Janice

    Would love to purchase the bib Suzannes’s recreation Version #1.

    I do not know if you post to Australia, and how quickly the post would be, I would be prepared to pay express or whateveer it takes to get here quickly.
    My Grandson is being christened on the 12th April 2014.
    The gown he is using was from my Father side of the family, and it would now be over 120 years old. It is very hard to fine a suitable bib here in Australia.
    I realise this is probably an impossibility but I had to ask, and try.
    Thank you in anticipation for your help.

    Kind regards.
    Delores McInnes.

  10. Delores, I will write to you privately.

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