Do you have more than one project in progress?Â I have stacks– some must be done NOW, some are handwork for when I watch tv with my husband, some are mindless chores like hemming for when I’m on the phone, some I put aside for one reason or another.
Still, in the midst of a looming deadline and other pressing matters, I took the time to embroider 6 hemstitched linen guest towels for upcoming baptisms at our church.Â I had customized the design sometime ago for a newly ordained pastor. So it was just a matter of hooping up my stash of linen guest towels and embroider them.Â It was so satisfying to stitch something simple and meaningful in the midst of all the sewing busy-ness.
You might recall my story that our church was struck by lightning and burned to the ground several years ago. Continue reading
Vivian Rose at Oma’s house, decked out in her mother’s Rebecca’s Bow Dress.
I hope you all had a joyous Easter.Â The Ferguson family had a fabulous week of Easter celebrations!Â We saw both of our children with all four of our grandchildren, but not at the same time.Â Â A good bit of sewing was done before and after their arrival.
Saturday we joined our son-in-law’s family for Easter dinner. Â 5 yo Vivian Rose was resplendent in her mother’s 35 yo Rebecca’s Bow Dress,Â with her curls confined to elaborate, elegant French braids.
The original slip has been lost through the years so this white Imperial batiste slip was made. Â Because it really can be worn as a dress, a bow was embroidered on the yoke.Â To avoid it shadowing through the dress, it was stitched in a very pale pink and white.
The same yoke pattern was used with 1/2″ removed from the top half of the armscye.
Ever obliging 9 yo Alastair wore his bow tie made from the Little Boy Bowtie:the Quick and Easy Version pattern which I have used so often.
The color matched the green leaves in his sister’s fancyband.
The bows alternated with 3 vertical strips of lace.
I love this picture taken as Vivian was ready to put on her heirloom dress.Â Alastair was proud that he was already dressed and ready for the egg hunt.
The bunny was tied at the top with a bow, but Vivian HAD to open it.
See the felt candy-filled bunny in Vivi’s hand?Â That was such a fun little project.Â I made 20 of these for the children at church, as well as for these two.Â Vivian had a bunny filled basket and loved handing them out.Â I so regret that I did not get a photo that or of all the pink, blue, yellow and white bunnies together.Â They were a big hit with all the children. Continue reading
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Tagged bunny treats, DeLand angel wings, Easter dress, Easter dresses, lace tape, machine embroidery, Old Spanish Sugar Mill, puffing, River City church DeBary, Swiss handloom, tatting
As Disney/Pixar’s wholesome movie Cars 3 roared through theaters across the nation this summer, iBroidery.com offered a dozen beautifully digitized racing designs.Â With so many macho characters associated with the Cars movies, Cruz Ramirex is truly the rising star of gender equality in the racing world.
This skirt features Cruz colors and embroidery. Fabric tutus similar to the one shown above are all the rage with younger girls.Â I’ve heard of birthday parties at which each guest makes her own hula-type tutu.Â One kindergarten class made these for an end of the year project.
Most of the quick, easy, and fun skirts are simply strips of fabric knotted over a circle of elastic.Â Cruz’s skirt is tutu Version 2.0, with less bulk at the waist.Â It includes a casing waistband which captures folded strips rather than knotted.Â It also features her personal embroidered crest at the center front.Â The skirt is paired with a simple white tee embroidered with the equivalent of Cruz’s business card.
Detailed instructions for this less bulky skirt and more photos are posted here at Brother’s blog, Stitching Sewcial. Continue reading
our 4 yo grandson ready for the fireworks
Every day I am grateful to be living here in the USA, truly the “home of the brave, land of the free…”
We’re all eager to celebrate our nation’s birthday. Â But it is important to pass our love and appreciation for the liberty we enjoy on to our children and grandchildren.
Special children’s clothing for the July 4th holiday shows them that this is an important celebration.Â Since my grands are all far away this Independence Day, I’ve looked back at a few earlier celebrations with and for them.
This was granddaughter Vivian Rose’s first July 4th.
Our two older grands wore these outfits one summer.
Of course, the holiday specific food is also important—and enjoyed.
18 month old granddaughter Vivian Rose loves her corn on the cob!
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Tagged Marcia Layton, patriotic machine embroidery, yo-yo quilt
Easter dress for 3 yo Vivian Rose.Â The pattern is Children’s Corner Betsey.
Okay, I’m done whining about missing out on Easter with the grandchildren this year.Â As I mentioned (or wailed) in the previous post, this year’s Resurrection Day garments remain undelivered.Â And no, that is not the disaster to which I refer in this post title.Â There is no recovering that missed celebration. But the Easter dress suffered a real near disaster which I dodged, more or less.
27″ wide with 10″ embroidery
First, the details of this dress.Â The gorgeous fabric, a 27″ Swiss embroidered flounce purchased from Farmhouse Fabrics, has languished in my sewing room armoire for many years.Â It was meant to be used for granddaughter Laurel, who was too small at the time to use this length.Â The embroidery extends 10 inches from the hemline.Â Then, like so many other projects, it was pushed down on the “make soon” list.
Now with 3 yo Vivian Rose in the family, this beautiful fabric’s day in the sun has come.Â Though it was a late start, the smocking was well under way before disaster struck.
Thinking to use my time wisely, 3 days before Easter. I brought the dress along to the hairdresser’s and did some smocking while my…uh…color enhancement set.Â Â BIG MISTAKE!!!
Janice Ferguson’s custom color #1234 was smeared on the dress.
Vivian Rose, almost 3yo, on Christmas Day in her CC Betsy
I hope December 25th was fabulous for each of you.Â Â Â Â I was so overwhelmed with preparations that there wasn’t a spare a moment to say merry Christmas.Â Â Â So now I’m sending belated but heartfelt holiday wishes toÂ you. If you just want to know about the Christmas sewing, scroll on down past all my happy holiday family prattle to interesting features.
Christmas 2015 was almost picture perfect for the Ferguson Family.Â Â We missed our pilotÂ son who was called to fly off into the wild blue yonder.
At a church event, Vivian Rose wore last year’s Swiss flannel smocked bishop.Â The pattern is BetsyÂ by Children’s Corner.
Bishops fit for so long.Â That’s just one more reason to love them. Christmas Eve, a huge group of family and friendsÂ enjoyed a delicious dinner of shrimp gumbo and barbequed ribs at the home of our son-in-law’s mother and husband.Â They are excellent cooks!Â We ateÂ and laughed and had a big time there.
Grandchildren Vivian and AlastairÂ played and delighted us all. Christmas Day most of the same group and a few others gathered at the home of our super organized daughter and her computer genius/gourmet cook husband. Son Ryan had to leave early for the airport after opening gifts and celebrating with his family.Â Â But the children and their mother joined us across the state after he left.
From the moment she unwrapped them, Vivian wore her new shin guards and soccer cleats most of the day, declaring again and again, “I’m ready for soccer!”
Vivian was thrilled with her pink shin guards, pink soccer ball and orange “cleats.”Â Â She pranced around showing them off to everyone, saying, “I’m ready for soccer!”Â She wants to do everything her big brother does. Continue reading
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Tagged boy bow tie, Ellen McCarn Buttercream, fasturn, nylon heirloom lace, silk dupioni, smocked Christmas Dress, spaghetti bias, tiger eye
but she was not happy about it.
Two yo granddaughter Vivian Rose was crying her little heart out, I’m pretty sure, because she was wearing the Easter dress disaster. Â Â Her mother declares that it was not about the dress, but a grandmother knows these things.
First thing at home Easter morning, she kicked away her Easter basket and refused to hunt for eggs.Â (I think she saw the dress hanging.) There is no photo documentation of her hissy fit.Â Later the children attended 2 other egg hunts.
She and her happy, easy-going brother,Â Alastair, joined a large group of children at a friend’s waterfront home.
Alastair had a great time.
See followup post She Wore the Dress.
Happy Easter to you all!Â This is such a joyous season, filled with promise of renewal and new beginnings.Â Beautiful worship services, inspiring music, egg hunts and family gatherings all make it so special.
I will enjoy all these blessings, but right now I am dealing with major disappointment–the EasterÂ dress I made for 2 yo granddaughter Vivian Rose.
For this enormously significant holiday, every mother and grandmother tries to outfit her little darlings in beautiful garments.For me, “tries” is the operative word here.Â And believe me I didÂ try.
This post is not meant to be all about moaning and wailing, though this Mary Engelbreit illustration captures my feelings pretty accurately.Â But I do hope listing the details of my failure will be helpful.Â Also included are the few (very few!) good things I did.
So, reluctantly, I post this sad photo of the disastrous dress.
MISTAKES:Â (If you are prone to depression, just skip this and go to the few little success at the end of the post.) Continue reading
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Tagged boy bow tie, Custom Keepsakes, Easter dress catastrophe, Easter dress disaster, Easter dress mistakes, feather stitch, monogrammed tie, tatted medallion
Is there any more joyous occasion for sewing than Easter? It’s time to get started but instead of pulling out the lace and batiste, I find myself looking back at those confections from the past. For me, it’s not about seeking inspiration so much as it is about enjoying the memories all over again, like re-reading a very good book.
Among these outfits, there might be some inspiration for those of you who have not yet jumped into this special sewing season.
Who doesn’t love babies in daygowns?Â And with a sweet big brother they are even more precious.
If daygowns interest you, details are posted here Happy Easter ’13.Â This post details the daygown with fagotted lace and a hand embroidered front placket
The next year Big Brother Alastair wore this little suit.
It seems like I am always in a rush to get Easter outfits finished.Â This one for Alastair was no exception.
Making this dress was pure joy.Â I love the Swiss handloom and laces.
Baby’s Easter Dress, made for Vivian Rose last year. It was a modification of a dress I made for her mother 31 years ago.
And I love this picture of her strolling through the grass.
Vivian Rose, 15 months old, Easter 2014
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Tagged baptism dress, Easter boy suit, Easter dres, heirloom sewn dress
Hand embroidered Sarah Howard Stone collar and velveteen dress for my daughter, 1983. It was worn a few years ago by my older granddaughter, Laurel.
They say time flies when you are having fun and, let me tell you, I have had a good bit of fun making holiday outfits for my children and grandchildren.Â Like many of you, Christmas and Easter clothes are my favorite and most memorable projects.
This collar reminds me just how hard IÂ tried to get the stitches just right as we drove to my brother’s house for Thanksgiving. Â It was a two hour drive along bumpy back roads and I poked my fingers more than once.Â But I couldn’t waste the time. As the family sat and visited after the pumpkin pie, I continued to embroider.
Who knew that 15 years later it could be done on an embroidery machine?Â Who knew there would be home embroidery machines? Certainly not me.
Robert and Laurel all ready for the Stetson Christmas concert. She is wearing recycled heirloom from her Aunt Rebecca’s closet.
A few years after the shadow work collar was made, my daughter wore a burgundy velveteen dress (just like this one) with this very puffing collar.Â Then Laurel wore the collar on a new burgundy velveteen dress. Continue reading
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Tagged brother sister Christmas outfits, christmas dress, machine embroidery, puffing, shadow work