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. 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. 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!
always a favorite–cupcakes with tiny American flags
Sewing up some Americana is another expression of patriotism. This mini quilt hung from our old farm bell which the children rang to call the family to dinner.
A pillow made from a linen guest towel is a quick project. This sits on the wicker couch on my back porch.
I’ve wanted to make this Marcia Layton quilt for so long, but as yet it’s just a patriotic dream. Her use of yo-yo’s is just delightful.
Celebrate our country’s birthday with kids’ clothes, home dec projects or traditional July 4th food. But do celebrate!
May God bless America!
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Tagged Marcia Layton, patriotic machine embroidery, yo-yo quilt
Easter dress for 3 yo Vivian Rose. The pattern is Children’s Corner Betsey.
Okay, I’m done whining about missing out on Easter with the grandchildren this year. As I mentioned (or wailed) in the previous post, this year’s Resurrection Day garments remain undelivered. And no, that is not the disaster to which I refer in this post title. 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. The gorgeous fabric, a 27″ Swiss embroidered flounce purchased from Farmhouse Fabrics, has languished in my sewing room armoire for many years. It was meant to be used for granddaughter Laurel, who was too small at the time to use this length. The embroidery extends 10 inches from the hemline. 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. 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. 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. I was so overwhelmed with preparations that there wasn’t a spare a moment to say merry Christmas. So now I’m sending belated but heartfelt holiday wishes to 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. We missed our pilot 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. The pattern is Betsy by Children’s Corner.
Bishops fit for so long. That’s just one more reason to love them. Christmas Eve, a huge group of family and friends enjoyed a delicious dinner of shrimp gumbo and barbequed ribs at the home of our son-in-law’s mother and husband. They are excellent cooks! We ate and laughed and had a big time there.
Grandchildren Vivian and Alastair 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. 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.” She pranced around showing them off to everyone, saying, “I’m ready for soccer!” 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. 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. (I think she saw the dress hanging.) There is no photo documentation of her hissy fit. Later the children attended 2 other egg hunts.
She and her happy, easy-going brother, 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! This is such a joyous season, filled with promise of renewal and new beginnings. 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 Easter 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. And believe me I did try.
This post is not meant to be all about moaning and wailing, though this Mary Engelbreit illustration captures my feelings pretty accurately. But I do hope listing the details of my failure will be helpful. Also included are the few (very few!) good things I did.
So, reluctantly, I post this sad photo of the disastrous dress.
MISTAKES: (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? And with a sweet big brother they are even more precious.
If daygowns interest you, details are posted here Happy Easter ’13. 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. This one for Alastair was no exception.
Making this dress was pure joy. 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. Like many of you, Christmas and Easter clothes are my favorite and most memorable projects.
This collar reminds me just how hard I tried to get the stitches just right as we drove to my brother’s house for Thanksgiving. It was a two hour drive along bumpy back roads and I poked my fingers more than once. 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? 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. 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
Hurrah! Christmas clothes for our two younger grandchildren were finished, shipped and received late last week. Toddler Vivian Rose’s white Swiss flannel bishop has the neck and sleeve bound with in red gingham pima cotton. Heirloom lace is hand whipped to the bias binding.
The smocking design is just a simple diamond pattern that I made up as I stitched. Continue reading
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Tagged bishop dress, bloomers, brother sister Christmas outfits, christmas dress, easy bow tie, machine embroidery, smocking, Swiss flannel
Julie’s Children’s Corner Johnny–how many French knots do you think there are?
It seems like forever since there has been a new post at Janice Ferguson Sews. Busy, busy, busy is what I’ve been but only some of that busy-ness has been sewing. Sigh….
Now the distractions and other responsibilities are mostly behind me so I can share more sewing projects and chat. Before the joyous Easter celebrations are even further in our past, I want to share some of the Easter outfit photos I received from our creative and talented readers.
Julie shared these photos and information about the precious, classic Johnny she made for her nephew. She also smocked a dress for her niece. I’d love to see that. Continue reading
I love the 4th of July and everything that goes with it. I love the picnics, the parades, the fireworks, the flag waving, the declarations of patriotism, the television broadcast of A Capitol Fourth, all that and more. But what I love most is the blessings and freedoms we celebrate on Independence Day. Oh–that and the children’s clothes, too!
When our children were still at home, we hosted a huge picnic with as many as 175 guests. I wrote an article about it for the 1988 summer issue of Sew Beautiful. For any who would like to stroll down Memory Lane with me, the article is reprinted at the end of this post. Continue reading