3-day old Vivian Rose at home, sleeping sweetly, in spite of her jaundice.
Vivian Rose is home with her family and I am here helping, but mostly enjoying this precious baby. Of course, she is beautiful and strong, and we are pretty sure she can talk and read. She just chooses not to.
This polycotton daygown, which was intended as an everyday, utility frock, was promoted to Coming Home Outfit because the other garments– of Swiss batiste, Swiss flannel, dotted Swiss stripe, and Liberty were much too large. Even this newborn-3 month size enveloped her like a gunny sack. Frankly, I think the yellow Old Fashioned Baby gown would have been the best fit. But yellow is not a good color for a baby with significant jaundice. Continue reading
Vivian Rose 2 hours old
Hurrah! Baby Girl arrived today, Monday, via C-section weighing in at 8 lbs. 7 oz., measuring 21 “. Mother and Vivian Rose are both happy and well. We are thrilled!
From the moment she was placed in her mother’s arms, she latched on and nursed for almost 2 hours. Of course, it was not non-stop, but she never let her little mouth stray from the source of her contentment. She screamed when she was moved to the opposite side and then went silent when she was in the vicinity of lunch. So she was 2 hours old before we got a good look at her and took this photo.
Rebecca was very pleased with this pink Swiss flannel bishop daygown.
It matches the bonnet made earlier. Continue reading
Baby’s First Daygowns pattern by Old Fashioned Baby
I absolutely love this pattern.
It is versatile, with three distinctly different views. All the hand embroidery designs are included. The directions are clear and specific. Scattered between the pattern pieces on the blank tissue are sweet notes and Scripture. Continue reading
“Whether we want them or not, the New Year will bring new challenges; whether we seize them or not, the New Year will bring new opportunities. ~Michael Josephson
January, 2013, a time of beginnings. We awaited the drop of the big ball with a a fabulous, fun-filled New Year’s Eve with our son and his family. They brought along Apollo, their 100 lb. German Shepherd and it was a time of happy chaos here at our house.
We watched football, ate goodies, had a bonfire with s’mores, then fireworks. Robert and Laurel found a farewell letter from Peter Elf and said their goodbyes to him. Laurel, the little businesswoman, had bags to embroider so she got that done. New Year’s Day was more of the same, except for the bonfire and fireworks.
As the above quote states, the new year brings new opportunities. Our overdue granddaughter has still not made her appearance and I’m seizing this nail biting opportunity to sew more baby clothes. The challenges he predicts will come in their own good time.
Ready to begin! Yellow Imperial broadcloth, Vintage Swiss petit point handloom, French lace, entredeux and OFB Baby’s First Daygown pattern.
Thank goodness, I’m finally well and healthy enough to hold a newborn any day now. I don’t know if it was all hot tea or the fresh-off-the-tree citrus I consumed, or maybe all the naps. But thankfully, I’m back in the sewing room. Continue reading
What does this baby bonnet
have in common with chicken soup? Continue reading
Though nothing like this was heard at the formal Stetson Christmas Concert which is central to this post, the video below is is too special not to share. Thanks, Shirley, for bringing this to my attention. I promise you all will want to see this to the very hilarious ending.
I’m being forced to make creative compromises. It is absolutely impossible to sew all that I want and to regularly dress my grandchildren in the classic clothing I’ve always wanted for them.
Torn between making baby clothes for soon-to-arrive granddaughter #2 and sewing Christmas outfits for the three grandchildren who are already here, I am making compromises I never thought I would accept.
I’m re-doing, recycling, and taking shortcuts with holiday clothes, not to mention cooking and housekeeping! This year’s Christmas frock for granddaughter Laurel is 2011 all over again. It’s the same burgundy velveteen collar dress, though he collar has been replaced with one I made for my daughter 24 years ago.
This doesn’t even meet the bridal wardrobe standard of “something old and something new.” This is just something old and something older!
Seven year old Robert joined us this year for the Stetson University Christmas Concert. He looked handsome in a nice red sweater (off the rack, not even handknit by Nana), while Laurel, 8, wore this dress. But they certainly didn’t compliment one another’s outfits. Oh well.
The concert was absolutely spectacular and incredibly moving. My scalp prickled and my eyes teared. Continue reading
I love antique laces. I love the extra detail in the pattern, the unusual colors, the history of previous owners and previous uses about which I speculate while I am sewing.
I love this daygown. I love the materials, the techniques, the details that I so enjoyed adding and the daydreams I entertained while fantasizing about grandchildren in my future. Can you tell I love heirloom sewing?
Yet again, this is not a modern project for an old fashioned Nana. I needed grandchildren before I realized the importance of easy care.
Through the years, I have sniffed out some incredible finds. This lace was one of them. At the end of this post, I will tell you about how I became the final owner of this unused, antique lace. Continue reading
circa 1940 organdie baby dress
The bassinette skirt I’ve been working on is coming along, but it surely takes a lot of time to arrange the designs. So while I continue working on that, I thought you might enjoy looking at this sweet baby dress which has so many exquisite details. It was given to me by a friend but she knew nothing about its history or origin.
The fabric seems to be a soft organdy, if there is such a thing. It may just be that it’s old and has lost some–but not all–of its crispness. Labeled Tiny Tots Originals hand made Philippines, every stitch is done by hand. I googled Tiny Tots and could only find references to a company by that name in the garment district of New York City.
The search also turned up other Tiny Tots Original garments for sale on etsy or eBay. The information is not corroborated, but those garments were dated 1940-1960, though every vendor seemed to be giving it their best guess.
But my-oh-my the details! Continue reading
One more little outfit is ready for our due-at-Christmas granddaughter. How I LOVE making baby things!
The diaper shirt and ruffle-butt bloomers are Swiss pique, trimmed with candy pink microcheck. The ruffles were made on the serger, finished with a 3-thread rolled edge. Continue reading
I’m still frantically making toddler toys for Operation Christmas Child so I haven’t had time to write up a new post. Getting all 50 of these in-the-hoop stuffed dolls and animals out the door is my highest priority right now. As soon as they are finished, I can get back to stitching baby girl things for our newest granddaughter, due at Christmas. So this re-run will have to do for now.
It seems especially appropriate, since it is our daughter Rebecca’s baby we are eagerly awaiting. Read below to see why.
This little diaper shirt will be pulled out of the special items packed away after granddaughter Laurel outgrew them. To go with it, I’m going to make a pair bloomers with an eyelet edge. Do you think yellow gingham or solid?
Oooh, I cannot wait to see this precious, long-awaited baby in smocked and heirloom clothing.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Babies are always more trouble than you thought – and more wonderful. Charles Osgood
Even 5 year old Laurel is well aware of the first part of this sentence. Babies are, in her words, “a LOT of trouble!” Recently, for a homeschool social studies lesson, Continue reading