This bubble has been SOLD. Thanks to all who inquired. ~~~~~
All the hoopla about the newborn English prince was ringing in my ears when I came across this linen bubble. In fact, I bought this almost 5 years ago just before the birth of our own princely grandson, Alastair.
I thought then that the blue linen suit was just the sort of classic attire that Princess Diana chose out for her little princes, William and Harry. She would have liked the drawn thread work, the tatting and hand stitched spider webs. I wonder if Kate is of the same persuasion. I hope so.
This is another treasure purchased in Old San Juan when I was teaching there, once with fun, talented Sue Lord and twice with creative, mischevious June Mellinger. Continue reading
It seemed that I would never finish this simple little pini-4, but at last it is checked off on my to-do list. There were no technical complications, but rather just a matter if life getting in the way. Entire days passed when I did not sew and that makes me cranky. I feel better now.
The original plan was to add a row of cable under the beaded ribbon, but in my eagerness to finish this up I just forgot. Of course, it’s not too late and I could still do it. It really would look better. But I am tired of this project. It’s done. I’m ready to move on.
The pattern is the same one I used for the Liberty of London popover for granddaughter Vivian Rose. But I look forward to when Lisa at Mommy’s Apron Strings releases her very similar pattern. She has so many improvements, like sizing. Continue reading
I simply must show you the pictures that Rebecca just sent of Alastair and Vivian Rose wearing the outfits I made them recently. You’ve probably already seen these clothes and I know I am Pitiful Nana to HAVE to show these off. I’m like the grandmothers who pull out the 11 x 17″ g’baby photo albums at every opportunity. But I am what I am.
Six month old Vivian Rose, our own four-tooth “Chubbalicious,” is finally getting hair in a reversed sequence of her mother’s development. Rebecca was born with thick, dark hair that nearly covered her ears but it all fell out and at her first birthday she had about as much as does Vivian Rose now. Vivian also has 2 teeth now while her mother didn’t cut her first almost until her first birthday. I thought I might have to send her to kindergarten with pureed baby food in her lunch box. FYI, this Children’s Corner Bobbie bubble is a size 18 months!
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
Have you ever been desperate to smock and thwarted in the effort? Desperate to stitch hand embroidery and been hampered? Desperate to sew in a power outage? I bet the answer is yes.
It reminds me of my crazy friend Catherine who, 25 years ago, had taken her boys to the beach. Settled down in the sand on an old quilt, under her beach umbrella, she pulled out her smocking only to discover that she had everything but a needle! Desperate, like me, she walked up and down Daytona Beach asking each sunbather if she might have a #7 crewel needle that Catherine could borrow or buy. That, my friends, is desperation. To no one’s surprise but Catherine’s, she came up empty handed.
How this bubble came to be is a result of such desperation. It didn’t turn out as planned, it didn’t turn out great, it didn’t really please me. But it did scratch my itch for some form–any form!– of needlework. Continue reading
Coming soon! Grandbaby Closet Sale–All those special items too small too soon or just plain outgrown need to go to a new closet At least one of Vivian Rose’s daygowns has never been worn. Also coming soon (we hope), hair on her pretty head!
Rebecca, baby Vivian Rose and I are quite pleased with this little Pini-4. The smocked skirt is Liberty of London and the machine monogrammed, self-lined bodice is hot pink microcheck.
There are no buttons or buttonholes, only ties at the neck, center back and underarms. With a little careful planning or by following the pattern exactly (I just can’t do it!), this super quick and easy pattern COULD be a joy to stitch. So I neeeeeeded to add piping, sure and how about some tatting–oh yeah! And I wanted to line it with my preferred method rather than as directed. Continue reading
Four-month old Vivian Rose is growing like the national debt, so I am busy, busy, busy sewing for her. The pink Imperial broadcloth “apron” is paired with bloomers of black floral lawn, which was a stretch for traditional me. Black for a baby??? I keep reminding myself that this blog’s subtitle is “modern projects for old fashioned Nanas.” But can an Old Fashioned Baby pattern be a modern project?
Coming soon–black buttons and buttonholes.
The pattern is Baby’s Summer Clothes by Old Fashioned Baby, the largest size of which is 6-12 months. The sleeveless apron with the scalloped hemline is the version I chose. Surely, I thought, it would fit a 4 month old baby for a few months. But not this queen-sized baby girl. Continue reading
Vivian Rose, 3 months in her Farmhouse Fabrics bubble.
Farmhouse Fabrics Bubble Sample
This adorable bubble was a sample at Farmhouse Fabrics. Did you know they are made available for sale periodically, for very reasonable prices? As luck would have it, this little beauty was a 9 month size, nearly a perfect fit for”chubbalicious” 16 pound Vivian Rose. She is one well-nourished nursing baby! I was lucky to snatch up this bubble shortly after it was posted for sale.
The body fabric of the bubble is cotton sateen trimmed with what feels like pima cotton. It is very well-made and nicely understated. Vivian Rose’s mother thinks this will be Baby’s 4th of July outfit, along with a big red headband. She might even have a little more hair by then!
The current issue of Sew Beautiful includes a blurb about this blog, Janice Ferguson Sews.
My Sew Beautiful magazine has not yet arrived, but others who have theirs in hand have let me know that Janice Ferguson Sews has been included in a blog list! The picture, however, is of a dress I have never seen. Oh well, it’s a pretty dress. I welcome all you new readers visiting my blog and hope you will stop by often. Continue reading
The six month size fits her perfectly with a crotch extension.
This past week with our grandchildren has been delightful—and exhausting! Laurel wants to teach two of her friends to sew, so she did a practice lesson. Robert spent an entire afternoon with his grandfather assembling a free standing basketball hoop. Alastair spent time with his cousins handling and socializing the feral kittens we have housed in the old chicken house.
Alastair with one of his favorite kittens and one of his favorite bandaids.
Each day, I thought surely tomorrow this bubble would be completed! Finally it is, after this special time with Robert, Laurel, Alastair and baby Vivian Rose. Continue reading
Psst!!! Ready-to-smock Smockables, have I told you lately that I love you? As Elvis sang, could I tell you once again somehow? Well, I am going to.
Two weeks ago (yes, 10 days before finish-the-Easter-clothes rush) I was asked by an extremely devoted member of our church to smock something for a fundraiser April 5. Yikes!
Maria is at the church every day, working on one thing or another. I Just couldn’t tell her no and I knew couldn’t possibly start until after Easter. Smockables to the rescue! I finished in just 3 days of “free” time (humphh!) between laundry, cooking, etc.
Having a few of these beauties in my stash makes me feel like SuperSmocker. I may not wear a cape, but with these little treasures handy, I feel like I can do almost anything! Continue reading