When I did my stitch rehearsal for the flowers, I couldn’t decide if I preferred the lighter or darker pink. So I alternated them and was pleased with the result.
Who can resist gazing at a baby in a bonnet? The site warms the heart of every mother, grandmother, auntie or friend.
The pattern for this linen confection was included in Simplicity 8024, though it was modified greatly. The addition of lace, embroidery, hemstitching, and sculpted antique pearl buttons on the ties removes this from the realm of boy caps. Embroidery floss was woven through the hemstitching holes to add a little more color.
This is longed for and long-awaited baby Beatrice, whose name means “she brings happiness.” And she surely has! Our church, family and friends prayed long and fervently for her safe arrival into the loving arms of her adoptive parents.
The afternoon of her baptism a few Sundays ago, friends hosted a barbeque for the entire church and other family friends in Beatrice’s spacious country back yard.
This sign greeted guests.
Did I mention that the theme of Bea’s nursery is Winnie the Pooh? Can you tell?
Of course, it was HOT!
I made the smocked bee sundress for Bea, complete with bloomers and a hat. She is tiny, born 2 weeks early at just 6 lbs. Even the newborn size is huge on her. But babies grow and there is still plenty of steamy summer weather left here in central Florida. It should fit her soon.
Using black on such a tiny baby gave me pause. But there is no way around it when you are dealing with bees. The picot edged bias softened it a little but I much prefer white or pastels for newborns.
At the top of her hat sits an adorable little bee which I found on the facebook Smocking DeStash site. I bought 20 because I knew there would be many opportunities to use them for Baby Bea.
This country barbeque in a huge yard with pet goats and chickens was just the sort of fun children love. Still, they needed a few special activities. So while they were eating I discreetly hid bees all around. Continue reading
OFB Smocked layette dress pattern on white Imperial batiste.
At last Baby Bea’s church dress is finished. So many things I wish I had done differently, but it is done. The pattern is OFB Smocked Layette, made from white Imperial batiste.
I used this pattern with the little bit of smocking because I wanted to focus on the cross embroidered trim at the hemline. It would have looked better, I think, with short sleeves.
Because the cross embroidery is Swiss, I felt compelled to use Swiss for the other trims. Do you ever mix heirloom laces with Swiss on the same garment? I’d like to know your opinion on that.
The tiny Swiss trim at the neckline and smocked sleeves should be short enough to avoid irritating her delicate newborn skin. It has a built in entredeux stitch so I wove that with floss to add a little color higher on the daygown.
The cross trim at the hem was 6″ wide. After attaching it to the entredeux beading there just seemed to be too much blank space. So I removed it, trimmed the cross piece to 4″ and rejoined it to a new piece of entredeux beading, threaded with pink ribbon.
It still looked to plain so I added twin needle “shadow work” in pink on either side of the beading.
This is the first bonnet I have ever made with the ruffle behind the smocking. I’m not sure I like it, but Bea is so tiny, just now 7 lbs. that I thought the ruffle might obscure too much of her precious face.
The twin needle work was repeated on the back of the bonnet near the drawstring ribbon.
Posted in baby accessories, church projects, heirloom sewing, infant clothing, machine embroidery, smocking
Tagged Christian dress, cross embroidery, Custom Keepsakes Christening Gown 2, daygown, Old Fashioned Baby Shocked Layette, smocked daygown
In an earlier post I wrote about a special baby soon to be adopted into our church family. Due to the birth mother’s previous pregnancy complications, little Beatrice (adoptive parents have already named her) was scheduled to be delivered at 30 weeks the first week in July. That would make her what is called a micro preemie. Sooo early!
The good news is that the pregnancy is going well enough that this delivery date may be postponed until either mother or baby is in distress! I read somewhere that every day Baby is in the womb translates to one less week in the NICU. Since it seems very likely that Beatrice will spend some time in that unit, I felt the need to make something for her during intensive care. As my sewing friend Catherine said, “This is probably the first garment you have ever made that you hope will never be worn.” That was my almost constant prayer as I stitched this.
Ginger Snaps Preemie Isolette Shirts I (I hope she will design another pattern II) is lined and comes in 4 sizes. It’s a great pattern.
Using Nancy Coburn’s Ginger Snaps Preemie Isolette Shirt I pattern, I’ve made this one in the 4-5 lb. size as opposed to the smaller pattern sizes included. That’s my personal positive attitude at work, knowing that a 4-5 lb. Baby Beatrice will be home sooner than if she needs a smaller size. Truthfully, I hope she never wears this and comes home as a bouncing baby girl of average size. But just in case…… And if she does not need it, the diaper shirt can be donated to the hospital for another NICU baby.
So much fiddling was done with this tiny lined shirt. It has been said that you can make one in an hour, but I surely cannot. By the time I selected the fashion and lining fabric and adding finishing touches it took me much longer. Continue reading
Balloons seem to say happy.
I just love being able personalize items for special friends. With two ready to wear onesies, two caps and a white tee for cover up, machine embroidery turned turn plain Jane into special so quickly.
Pooh with balloons is a built in Brother machine design from. The balloons on the shirt and inserted into Johnathan’s name on the cap are from a discontinued Dakota Collectibles Toddler Trio collection, of which I found only one copy available on-line. The designs are tiny, arranged in groups of three and are wonderful to extract when you need a small design. I often wonder why such collections are discontinued when they could be made available individually by digital download. I’m just glad I have this one in my design library.
This set will be gifted at a baby shower for a precious young lady we’ve known since she was born. But it is not my gift–it is part of a set of items from her sister-in-law who asked if I could monogram them for her.
When she said Melissa, the expectant mama, loves monograms I was so excited! Melissa is a PlayGroup Kid whose mother has been a member of our 40 year-old sisterhood. The youngest of the 23 PlayGroup Kids, Melissa and Justin were married almost 4 years ago and we have all been awaiting the birth of another PlayGroup grandchild. I expect there will be lots of other JHL monograms flying out of my sewing room.
Though Johnathan is due in less than 3 months, his parents have not yet chosen a theme for his nursery. So I was given free reign to monogram at will.
This is the second onesie monogrammed for Johnathan.
Trains seem to be popular with all boys so that’s what I chose for the gray onesie set. I cannot recall where I got this design, but the 4-car train was edited in my software to turn the corner.
Now I’m starting on granddaughter Laurel’s gift for her 14th birthday. I can’t wait to get started on this pillow with inspirational text. Recently, I altered curtains to fit her new bedroom and there were some large scraps. They will be included in the crazy patch pillow.
But time flies. Just as I rush to get this finished and in the mail, I am amazed yet again at how this tiny baby has grown into a lovely young lady in the blink of an eye.
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!
Posted in accessories, boys, brother-sister, girls, Holiday Projects, home dec, infant clothing, linen blanks, machine embroidery, quilts
Tagged Marcia Layton, patriotic machine embroidery, yo-yo quilt
Mickey Roadster bubble
Minnie Roadster bubble
What fun I had stitching these bubbles with the new Brother iBroidery.com Mickey Roadster designs! The digitizing is just excellent, with so much detail and such appealing, bright colors. Children will love these.
The bubbles are featured at Brother’s blog, Stitching Sewcial, with detailed instructions, especially for the applique’ function on their Dream and Quattro machines.
Embroidery is straight stitched in place while in the hoop before it is completed with a satin stitch surround.
Minnie’s design is applique’s in place with with a straight stitch. The fabric was cut closely to the stitching. Then the satin stitch was worked flawlessly around the design, as shown on Mickey’s bubble.
Mickey’s roadster is very masculine. Note the perfect tracking of the satin stitch around the unique shape of the design. This was all done in the hoop.
The pattern is another delight, including two versions each for boy and girl. I’d love to make every one of these.
Babies are so cute in bubbles.
Now that these are finished, I’m back to embroidering more camp logo shorts for 8 yo Alastair’s return to summer camp. I just grin when I work on these, remembering the happy times I had at Camp Watitoh more than 50 years ago. Bob and I met my ssecond summer there when we were counselors. He taught sailing and I taught water skiing. It just tickles me that Alastair is enjoying the specialof the Berkshire Mountains and having a wonderful camp experience.
So what are you sewing now? Summer projects? Or are you already on back-to-school garments? I’d love to hear about it.
Posted in Disney, Disney projects, infant clothing, machine embroidery
Tagged Brother Dream Machine, Brother Quattro applique, brother sister bubbles, Disney embroidery, Dream Machine applique', iBroidery.com, Mickey Roadster, Minnie Roadster, Simplicity 8098
“I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted what I asked of Him.” 1 Samuel 1:27
After earlier disappointments, people around the world prayed for this baby during the difficult pregnancy. God hears all prayers and answered with the safe delivery of this precious baby into the arms of his loving family.
So here are the details of the renewed heirloom gown Baby Shrek wore for his baptism. ~~~~~~
photo taken between rain and wind gusts from tropical storm Hermine.
It’s been so long since my last post that faithful readers probably think I have dropped off the face of the earth. A more accurate explanation of my absence is that I’ve been buried deep in my sewing room. Sooooo much has been going on, the highlight being the completion of this gown for Baby Shrek and spending some time with him. Details of a weekend with 4 rabid embroidery enthusiasts, ages 3.5-9, nearly a week of sewing with our two older grandchildren before they moved to New Jersey, and more will be posted later.
Little Shrek on my dining room table. His adoring grandmother is captured in the mirror wearing a white blouse.
First let me answer a the question many have asked about why he is called Baby Shrek. His parents very graciously gave me permission to use any photos of him, but asked that I not use his name. So the hasty endearment from his maternal grandmother, “beautiful Baby Shrek,” is used in place of his very lengthy, good Christian name.
These pictures are not great, but he had passed up his noon nursing due to the distraction of my two dogs and his watchful, attentive fan club. Then when he was dressed for the photos, he was good-natured, but very actively squirmed and flapped his little arms as he pleaded for his dinner.
Posted in antique textiles, antique/vintage textiles, hand embroidery, infant clothing, machine embroidery
Tagged antique textiles, Brother Dream Machine, christening gown, christening gown remake, convertible boy christening suit, iBroidery.com, machine embroidery, sewing for boys
Now this is FUN! And even more than that, it’s a meaningful challenge. For a family friend of more than 40 years, I am lovingly adapingt a 100+ years old family christening gown. Requiring many special considerations, this baptismal robe is for an especially precious baby boy.
UFO bodice + one sleeve
His mother, whom I have known and loved since she was 4 years old, grew up a mile from our home. Her parents are two of our dearest friends. But now this young mother lives in New Zealand with her French husband. They were blessed with this beautiful son after many disappointments.
beautiful Baby Shrek
His parents want him to be surrounded by family and close friends at this milestone in his life. So in a few weeks they will be making the long trip from Down Under all the way to Florida, then on to France. Their son will be christened at one of these locations.
Here is the complication. The heirloom family gown, like most, was made for a 0-3 month old baby. But this baby will be 9 months old when he is baptized. Continue reading
Posted in antique textiles, antique/vintage textiles, hand embroidery, infant clothing, machine embroidery, Second Time Around, techniques
Tagged antique christening gown, baptismal gown remake, christening gown refit, large christening gown, vintage antique textiles