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
This sweet little dress is my third Ode To Joy from Maggie Bunch’s Sew-Along. What a great class and what a perfect little dress! The length was for a tunic, but Maggie’s pattern is so adaptable that I added a wider border at the hem to make it a dress.
Can you see the “prince” is riding a unicorn?
Who doesn’t love Sarah Jane’s truly magical prints for Michael Miller? Many are borders, with the the fun part running along the selvage. That allows for two 22″ widths of delightful borders. Most have coordinating prints that can be used for the hem, sleeve and neck binding.
My first Ode to Joy was poorly made, as I was in a hurry and did not read the directions carefully. But I loved it anyway and so did my then 4 yo granddaughter. MM/Sarah Jane’s “Swan Lake” print,as shown, is still available.
Originally plain white with drawn thread work at the hemline, this versatile dress from All About Blanks can become something very special. Adding a shirt makes it suitable for chilly, windy kite-flying days.
This “blank” linen/cotton blend dress from All About Blanks is, indeed, a blank canvas awaiting embellishment. With embroidery, ribbon and topstitching, it steps out from “blank” into the realm of special.
Its patriotic kite and images of sunshine and water seem to broadcast and celebrate the joys of summer. For a picnic, family reunion or any such occasion, a little girl would be the center of attention.
The embroidery design is from Brother’s embroidery site, ibroidery.com. It is so sweet and versatile, capturing the magic of childhood summers.
Another little touch was swapping out the white utility buttons with eye catching red ones.
A complete tutorial post for this project is at Brother’s blog Stitching Sewcial.
*Required disclaimer: I am a paid sewing consultant for Brother.
My latest blog post at Brother’s Stitching Sewcial is up, named From Sea to Shining Sea.
Yes, the embroidery design Born in the USA is crooked and I just now noticed!!!!! Oh, dear, I was so focused on the concept of “sea to shining sea” –from the Statue of Liberty in NY to the Golden Gate Bridge to the Lone Star State of Texas,–that I was oblivious to the skewing. Sigh….
Anyway, the design is darling and so appropriate for Independence Day. There is plenty of time to whip this up before the celebratory parades, picnics and pyrotechnics.
With white shorts embroidered with a starburst, a child is a walking, talking poster for patriotism. I just love this.
A detailed tutorial and more photos are posted at Stitching Sewcial.
Have you stitched any July 4th outfits for the little ones in your life?
And now for the requisite disclaimer: I am a paid sewing expert/consultant for Brother. And I love it.
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
Heirloom Baby Gown Sew-Along presented by Brother International Corporation
Classic Sewing Magazine is offering a FREE Sew-Along. I made this sweet little dress/daygown for Brother’s submission to the magazine and it is being offered to you. The instructions have been broken into 4 lessons.
Written for beginners, it also includes tips and suggestions that might be useful for experienced heirloom sewists. Techniques such as lace insertion, lace shaping, pin stitch, joining gathered lace, etc. are included.
The first two lessons have been posted so go sign up! You must be signed up to get notification of the next lessons.
I do hope you will join us. Just click on the link in the opening photo and you will be taken to the site to sign up. The sleeves on this pattern (Simplicity 8024) are just precious.
Let’s sew along!
Children’s Corner “Charlotte” pattern embroidered with pooh in Field of Flowers at ibroidery.com
This project was posted at Brother’s blog, Stitching Sewcial. A step-by-step photo illustrated tutorial can be seen there.
Pooh and a Field of Flowers Tutorial
It’s a cute, cool and comfortable outfit for summer. Children’s Corner Charlotte is one of my favorite patterns–quick and easy, fully lined and a blank canvas for unlimited embroidery or applique’ designs. I’ve made several and each is well received by my granddaughter. Continue reading
This adorable outfit which I call “Raining Cats” was gifted to me from my sweet friend Lisa at Mommy’s Apron Strings. She knew my 5 yo granddaughter Vivian Rose is crazy for cats. When Lisa saw his fabric and had new patterns she wanted to try, she whipped it for Vivi.
Ever so skillfully, Lisa coordinated the fabrics with the cats and the rick rack to come up with a uniquely intersting and kid friendly outfit.
The pattern for the top is Pickle Toes Tulip Tie Top PDF
The shorts pattern is Cole’s Corner Ruched Shorts.
Read details about this wonderful gift here, at Lisa’s blog. You will want to visit it frequently because she has wonderful projects and ideas. And she is such a dear lady. Lisa is also the administrator of Smocking Destash, a facebook group in which you would surely enjoy being a member. Check that out too!