Category Archives: hand embroidery

Baby’s Easter Dress

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Vivian Rose’s white Easter dress with pink slip

UPDATE:  Finally I have a photo of Vivian Rose in her Easter dress.

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NOTE:  Please excuse the poor quality of these photos. They were taken midday, making it nearly impossible to get a shot without shadows.  The breeze was blowing and the dress kept moving.  And photography is not my strong suit.

Are you all busy with Easter sewing?  Busy, busy, busy has been the status around here for some time and it’s not been all about sewing.  With Aunt Rheeta’s visit,  Rebecca’s 3-day visit with Alastair and Vivian Rose,  and sleepovers with our other two grandchildren, progress on Easter outfits is way behind schedule.  But I loved every minute of these visits and have no regrets.

During that time, however, I did manage to make some progress on  Vivian Rose’s holiday finery and now that things have quieted down, I  have just finished her dress and slip.

 

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dress without pink slip

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For Sale: Vintage Baby Items from Nana’s Nursery

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TO MAKE A PURCHASE: If there is something you would like to buy, simply leave your request as a comment at the end of this post. Be sure to specify the item number. If you have never before posted a comment, I will see it immediately but it will not visible until it has been approved.  After approval, all subsequent comments will be posted immediately. Or send an e-mail to me at NCcabin@aol.com. Payment may be made via Paypal or personal check.  Shipping will be added to all prices.

Each order is eligible for a freebie from the freebie post so check that out.  Just add the item number to your order and it will be included in your package.

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These little dresses, bonnets, and a few others have been displayed in Nana’s nursery for some time now, making me smile every time I stroll by.  When they were first hung, we were awaiting the birth of our first grandchild.  The dainty vintage frocks seemed perfectly suited to a room for our precious, long-awaited baby when she visited our 1926 home.

 

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Each of our grandchildren has worn one or another of these daygowns a time or two.  But now, grandbaby #4, Vivian Rose, is 8 months old and has been declared our last grandchild.  These dresses will be worn by no more Ferguson babies.

Soon the dresses and bonnets will be replaced with a few of the special items I’ve made.  Since neither my daughter nor daughter-in-law have any desire to keep the vintage items or store the things I have made, the items below need to move on.

TO MAKE A PURCHASE: If there is something you would like to buy, simply leave your request as a comment at the end of this post. Be sure to specify the item number. If you have never before posted a comment, I will read it as soon as it is sent,  but it will not visible until it has been approved.  After the approval, all of your comments will be posted immediately. You may also send an e-mail to me at NCcabin@aol.com. Payment may be made via Paypal or personal check.  Shipping will be added to all prices.

Each order is eligible for a freebie from the freebie post so check that out.  Just add the item number to your order and it will be included in your package.

#A1~Round Yoke with embroidery and tucks, $25.  For more photos and details, see this blog post.

#A1~Round Yoke with Embroidery and Tucks, $25. For more photos and details, see this blog post, Vintage White Baby Dress.

 

#A2 Silk Bonnet, $30.  Near perfect condition except for ribbon ties.  Fully lined with a crepe like fabric.

SOLD  #A2 Silk Bonnet, $30. Near perfect condition except for ribbon ties. Fabulous feather stitching, fully lined with a crepe like fabric.  This is gorgeous.

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Nursery Closet Sale #7

URGENT NEED:  Firefighters in Idaho need bandanas.  Shirley G. re-posted a plea from eQuilter  stating that all 6000 previously sent bandanas have been used up and more are needed.  Please check Shirley’s blog  for details and do what you can to help these brave firefighters. 

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The closet clearance sale continues.   As noted before, everything previously and currently posted can be located by clicking on the category Nana’s Nursery Sale category under A STORE on the right side of the page.

Checkout the remaining items from  Nursery Closet Sale #1 ,    Nursery Closet Sale #2,    Nursery Closet Sale #3,   Nursery Closet Sale #4   and  Nursery Closet Sale #5, and  Nursery ClosetSale #6.

TO MAKE A PURCHASE: If there is something you would like to buy, simply leave your request as a comment at the end of this post. Be sure to specify the item number. If you have never before posted a comment, it will not visible until I have approved it. After the approval, all of your comments will be posted immediately. Or send an e-mail to me at NCcabin@aol.com. Payment may be made via Paypal or personal check.  Shipping will be added to all prices.

Each order is eligible for a freebie from the freebie post so check that out.  Just add the item number to your order and it will be included in your package.

And now, Nursery Closet Sale #7.

 

#71 Feather Stitched Bows T-Bonnet, $20. Swiss batiste, French lace. For more photos and pictures click here. http://www.janicefergusonsews.com/blog/2013/06/07/feather-stitched-bows/

SOLD #71 Feather Stitched Bows T-Bonnet, $20. Swiss batiste, French lace. For more photos and pictures click here.

 

#72 Smocked Boy Daygown, 3 months, $20. Easy care fabric, Swiss trim, mother-of-pearl buttons, perfect condition.

SOLD  #72 Smocked Boy Daygown, 3 months, $20. Easy care fabric, Swiss trim, mother-of-pearl buttons, perfect condition. For more photos and info, read blog post Boy Smocked Daygown.

 

#74 Boy's Cap, 0-3 months, $5. Fully lined, easy care blue batiste with fagoting on brim, $5. New, never worn.

#74 Boy’s Cap, #74 easy care blue batiste with fagoting on brim, $5.

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#74 brim close up

 

 

#75 Antique Lace Ruched Bonnet, $25. Sample made for Creative Needle magazine article. Silk ribbon feather stitching, antique silk grosgrain ribbon. Never worn. For more info, click here.

#75 Antique Lace Ruched Bonnet, $25. Sample made for Creative Needle magazine article. Silk ribbon feather stitching, antique silk grosgrain ribbon. Worn twice. For more info, click here.

 

 

#76 Wool Challis Baby Shawl, $30. Trimmed with antique "biscuit" colored edging, lace tape and beading. Silk feather stitched bows withserpentine feather stitch on each side. 42" square of challis, 2" lace border.

SOLD #76 Wool Challis Baby Shawl, $30. Trimmed with antique “biscuit” colored edging, lace tape and beading. Silk feather stitched bows with serpentine feather stitch on each side. 42″ square of challis, 2″ lace border.  Coordinates with Ruched Bonnet #75. There are two small stains on this never used blanket which was a class sample for a workshop in San Francisco.

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#77 Blue Check trimmed Bubble, 9 months, $15. Beautifully made of cotton sateen, trimmed in blue pima check.

SOLD #77 Bubble with Blue Check Trim, 9 months, $15. Beautifully made of cotton sateen, trimmed in blue pima check.  More info is located on this blog post.

 

 

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SOLD #78  Lion and Mouse Suit, size 3, $25.   Blue wool challis lined with blue microcheck.  Shirt is batiste with antique Binche lace.  Back opening shirt has no buttons or buttonholes.  Worn only for a  Sew Beautiful   photo shoot and never quite finished.   For more details, visit blog post Lion and Mouse Suit.

 

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SOLD #79   3 Singlets, $9, never worn. Sizes white small (newborn), pink medium, yellow large. White has hand embroidery, pink has green machine feather stitching in place awaiting embroidery, yellow is plain. Read more about these at Tiny Baby Vests blog post.

 

 

#80 Hand Embroidered Diaper Shirt, 3 months, $10. Easy care fabric, mother-of-pearl buttons, worn a few times but in perfect condition. More photos and info are posted here.

SOLD  #80 Hand Embroidered Diaper Shirt, 3 months, $10. Easy care fabric, mother-of-pearl buttons, worn a few times but in perfect condition. More photos and info are posted here.

Thanks for looking these items over.  I hope some of these will find a new home with you.

Nursery Closet Sale #6

#61  Sweet Baby Jane bubble, 3-6 months, $14.  For more photos and details, see

SOLD  #61 Sweet Baby Jane Bubble, all cotton, 3-6 months, $12. Worn but in near perfect condition, no stains or tears. For more photos and details, see Sweet Baby Jane post.

Thanks to each one of you who made purchases from the earlier Nursery Closet Sales.  I felt that I was making some progress in my de-stashing efforts, but then….

There are 3 rows of buttons at the crotch for extended wear and/or to accommodate bulky cloth diapers.

There are 3 rows of buttons at the crotch for extended wear and/or to accommodate bulky cloth diapers.

My Rebecca came home with another basket of outgrown and unused baby items.  Yikes!!!  Now the closet is just as jam packed as it was before sale #1.  So here we go again.  I hope something strikes your fancy.

As noted before, everything previously and currently posted can be located by clicking on the category Nana’s Nursery Sale category under A STORE on the right side of the page. Continue reading

Nursery Closet Sale #5

And the beat goes on, but it is slowing down.  There are still a few dozen items to list but I’m tired of this sale and expect that you readers must too.  But I am so grateful to those of you who have shopped here and welcomed my old treasures into your home.  The absence of these things has opened up the nursery closet and dresser, making room for more creations.

For almost two weeks now, we’ve had grandchildren in various combinations  and have another two weeks ahead.  So ending this sale will give me a few more precious hours with them.

As noted before, everything previously and currently posted can be located by clicking on the category Nana’s Nursery Sale category under A STORE on the right side of the page.

Of course, the sale is ongoing but there will be no more new listings for a while. Checkout the remaining goods from  Nursery Closet Sale #1 ,    Nursery Closet Sale #2,    Nursery Closet Sale #3 and Nursery Closet Sale #4.   Each order is eligible for a freebie from the previous post so check that out.

TO MAKE A PURCHASE: If there is something you would like to buy, simply leave your request as a comment at the end of this post. Be sure to specify the item number. If you have never before posted a comment, it will not visible until I have approved it. After the approval, all of your comments will be posted immediately. Or send me an e-mail at NCcabin@aol.com. Payment may be made via Paypal or personal check.  Shipping will be added to all prices.

 

#52 Angel Shadow work Booties, $10 Another precious pair by Mela Wilson.

SOLD #52 Angel Shadow work Booties, $10 Another precious pair by Mela Wilson.

 # Smocked First Birthday button-on, 12 months, $20.


#54 Smocked First Birthday Button-On Suit, 12 months, $20.  Worn once but in perfect condition.

# Crochet Booties from Puerto Rico, $10 each pair. # A White Hightops w/pink ribbon, # B blue hightops, # C ecru Mary Janes, #D white w/blue Mary Janes

#55 Crochet Booties from Puerto Rico.SOLD  # 55-A White Hightops w/pink ribbon, $10, #55- B Blue Hightops, $10, # 55-C ecru Mary Janes (two tiny brow age spots, $7.  #55-D white w/blue Mary Janes (new, never worn, had no buttons for straps when purchased) $8.

# Heirloom Booties. #A White Hightops with blue trim, $10. Ribbon is silk grosgrain. #B Shadow work Sailboats by Mela Wilson, pale blue. #C Ecru Crochet Hightops, $10.

#56 Heirloom Booties. #56-A White Hightops with blue trim, $10. Ribbon is silk grosgrain. #56-B Shadow work Sailboats by Mela Wilson, pale blue. #56-C Ecru Crochet Hightops with silk grosgrain ribbon ties, $10.

# Viyella Glennshortall with button-on Christmas bib, size 12-18 months

SOLD #57 Viyella Glenn fully lined shortall.  Comes with linen button-on Christmas bib and Thanksgiving bib shown below, size 12-18 months, $35. For more details read blog post Lemonade.

Viyellw Glenn with Thanksgiving bib. Bib comes with purchase of Glenn and Christmas bib.

Viyella Glenn with Thanksgiving bib. Bib comes with purchase of Glenn and Christmas bib above.

Swiss Flannel baby shawl, $20. Fil tire' carriage rests in greenery adorned with silk ribbon embroidery. Trimmed with blue feather stitch and hemstitched heirloom edging.

SOLD #58  Swiss Flannel baby shawl, $20. Fil tire’ carriage rests in greenery adorned with silk ribbon embroidery. Trimmed with blue feather stitch and hemstitched heirloom edging. More photos and details can be found here.

# Blue Twill Strasburg Overalls, $20. Comes with never worn shirt below, which was too warm for the season when it fit Alastair. Monogrammed, but easily applique'd over with your own machine or hand embroidered design. All 21 buttons have been replaced with mother of pearl. This is just a lovely, classic outfit.

SOLD  #59 Blue Twill Strasburg Overalls, $20 (retail $65). 100% cotton, fully lined. Comes with never worn shirt shown below, which was too warm for the season when it fit Alastair. Monogrammed, but easily applique’d over with your own machine or hand embroidered design. All 21 buttons have been replaced with mother of pearl. This is just a lovely, classic outfit in perfect condition.

heavy cotton twill shirt came with overall at purchase.

heavy cotton twill shirt came with overall at purchase.

#60 Organdy Zig Zag Bonnet, $20. Lined with tiny floral print lawn, edged with hemstitched heirloom lace, machine embroidery on brim. More about it is posted here Zig Zag Bonnet II.

SOLD #60 Swiss Organdy Zig Zag Bonnet, $25. Lined with tiny floral print lawn, edged with hemstitched heirloom lace, machine embroidery on brim. More about this bonnet is posted here Zig Zag Bonnet II.

close up of fold back bonnet brim

close up of fold back bonnet brim

TO MAKE A PURCHASE: If there is something you would like to buy, simply leave your request as a comment at the end of this post. Be sure to specify the item number. If you have never before posted a comment, it will not visible until I have approved it. After the approval, all of your comments will be posted immediately. Or send me an e-mail at NCcabin@aol.com. Payment may be made via Paypal or personal check.  Shipping will be added to all prices.

Here in central Florida, in spite of the sale, I’m still living life in the fast lane.  Lots of time with grandchildren and some time spent sewing.  I look forward to telling you about it.

Coming up next are details of an heirloom dress I made Rebecca 30 years ago.  While Rebecca and family were here for the week, one of her dearest friends brought her two little ones along for a visit.  Little Aliya went home with an armfull of heirloom and smocked dresses that she will wear and then hand down to Vivian Rose.  (Well-made heirloom clothing is timeless!)

Her mother just shared some pictures of her wearing the size 5 heirloom dress featured in this upcoming post.  Rebecca looked so pretty in this party frock, but I see now that it was just waiting for Aliya.  I hope you will stop by to read this post.

Nursery Closet Sale #3

And the purge continues.  Those previous and currently posted items can be located by clicking on the category Nana’s Nursery Sale category under the A STORE listing in the menu column on the right side of the page. If you have any interest in this closet sale concept, check back frequently because I’m a Woman On A Mission. There will be at least 2 more closet sale posts with no fewer than 10 items for sale, with new posts every other day (this upcoming Friday, and Sunday and perhaps Monday).

Checkout the remaining goods from  Nursery Closet Sale #1 and Nursery Closet Sale #2.

TO MAKE A PURCHASE: If there is something you would like to buy, simply leave your request as a comment at the end of this post. Be sure to specify the item number. If you have never before posted a comment, it will not visible until I have approved it. After the approval, all of your comments will be posted immediately. Or send me an e-mail at NCcabin@aol.com. Payment may be made via Paypal or personal check.  Shipping will be added to all prices.~~~~~~

FYI, there was a plan for these three matching outfits.  Our granddaughter was  to wear the 12 month size and the new baby, gender unknown, would wear either the small girl or the boy version.  But I discovered that when 10 lb. newborns reach 3-1/2 months, they cannot wear size 3 month clothes.  Who knew? So the plan was abandoned.   These unworn Christmas outfits don’t deserve another holiday in the closet so please check them out.

 

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SOLD #22 Girl’s Smocked Christmas Dress, 12 months, $25. New, never worn, forest green featherwale corduroy with picture smocked insert. See matching 6 month girl and 3 month boy outfits. (Doll not included.)

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Fit for a Royal Prince, and for sale

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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.

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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

Another Contemporary Heirloom?

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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?

 

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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

Ruffled Smockable Bubble

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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.

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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

Tiny Baby Vests

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baby undershirt vests

 

These little shirts and a few more were purchased on my last teaching trip to Australia in 1997.   I had never before seen anything like them for sale in the USA so I snatched up a half dozen in two infant sizes– small and smaller.  I wish I had bought more. Continue reading