There are so many projects and ideas I want to share with you, but time is just too short right now. Vivian Rose is the proud owner of a sweet little smocked popover that I will share with you later and another major project is underway. For now, this re-run~fro, 2010 will have to do. This T-bonnet is a great little project with some interesting techniques, especially for those who do not use an embroidery machine. I hope new readers will find something of value and those of you who have already seen this post will not mind it the second time around.
Enchanting as I find this T-bonnet to be, the techniques used in its creation hold even greater interest. At an Elna Convention outside Minneapolis, Melissa Stone, daughter of renown Sarah Howard Stone, taught this project to an eager group of students, including me.
Mind you, this was before the advent of the home embroidery machines. So for anyone who does not have an embroidery machine, this technique is gold. For those who do, the technique has applications beyond this project.
The T-bonnet is de rigueur, standard heirloom sewing. For directions and measurements for a basic t-bonnet, refer to my earlier post, unimaginatively entitled “T-Bonnet.”
In the class with Melissa Stone, we used the pattern measurements from her mother’s book, French Hand Sewing. But Melissa’s innovative idea for embroidering the bow, without the use of a water-soluble marking pen, was very creative. 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
Happy Mother’s Day to each and every one of you who has mothered a child of your own or a child of another. (Frankly, I cannot imaging anyone who sews or reads this blog who has not reached out to children and grandchildren of their own and/or others.) The love and attention showered on our precious children is the best use of our precious time.
I’m at that happy time of life when I can enjoy my beloved adult children as well as the beloved grandchildren they have given us. My daughter Rebecca and daughter-in-law Shelly are both incredible, wonderful mothers whom I admire and love dearly. I wish each of you a happy day filled with appreciation from and for your loved ones.
Around here it has been busy, busy, BUSY!!!! We’ve been blessed with almost back to back and overlapping visits from our four grandchildren and even more happy chaos. In a future post I’ll tell you all about Laurel’s luau 9th birthday party, new fleece blankets for each grandchild and the progress of our newly tamed feral cats and the kittens.
So once again, I am rerunning an old post, though I do have a few new thoughts and plans. I hope to make a very similar dress for new granddaughter Vivian Rose before her first birthday. FYI, Alysha is almost 5, adorable and the apple of her grandparents’ eyes.
1st birthday dress
Jo’s beautiful family in their Easter finery. Every one (except Jo, unless she made the lavender sweater) is wearing one of her creations.
I just love seeing what you all have sewn up for holidays–or everydays! So it really pleased me to see photos of Jo’s family all decked out in the Easter garments she made. They are all color coordinated in lavender and yellow, with a paisley print used on several outfits. Living in the cold, cold north, Jo chose corduroy for the little ones in the family.
As so often happens, in the midst of her rush to finish up, there were complications. Most of the family came down with a terrible virus requiring huge amounts of laundry, at the exact time that her dryer died. So while she tended to the sick, she was running back and forth to the home of a good neighbor whose dryer was put at Jo’s disposal. All the while for those several days, Jo awaited delivery of her own new laundry appliance.
In spite of these roadblocks, she finished everything up–dresses for the girls, a smocked Children’s Corner Johnny for little Gideon and ties for the big boys and her husband. Continue reading
While it’s unlikely that I am the only Nana or Mama stitching right down to the Easter Sunday deadline, it’s nice to know that some readers are contentedly dying eggs, sampling gourmet jelly beans and buying chocolate bunnies. Ahhh, I wish.
Courtney finished this gorgeous brother-sister set more than 10 days ago! And these aren’t even their church clothes! See below.
Courtney shared pictures of TWO brother-sister sets that she has made for Easter.
Her daughter’s first dress is cut from one of my all-time favorite patterns, Maggie by Children’s Corner. The smocking plate is Bunny Luv by Ellen McCarn. I love that she mirror imaged the chocolate bunny on the dress so they are facing one another. Her color choices are as lovely as her smocking. Continue reading
Antique textiles offer so much creative inspiration. Suzanne Sawko and I found this elaborate antique bib at the once-in-a-lifetime estate sale mentioned in earlier posts. It appears to have both machine and hand stitches on a fabric similar to light weight pima broadcloth or a heavy weight Swiss batiste. Continue reading
My mother, Dollie Manning, was a very gifted doll maker. Years ago, she made the as many as 80 porcelain dolls for each of the Sewing for Dolls events that Mildred Turner, Terri Johnson and I held around the country. Additionally, she provided dolls for several similar schools sponsored by Ellen Nickerson in the San Francisco area. Mom also made tiny 3-8″ dolls that Lezette Thomason marketed and for which Lezette had drafted patterns. Then there were the dolls she made for our daughter Rebecca. That’s a lotta dolls.
When 8 year old granddaughter Laurel discovered that there are 3 storage bins of dolls in the garage, she just had to see them. She was allowed to select one to keep and she chose this very unique baby who had lost a shoe through the years.
You don’t often see a doll crying but Karoline (the name given her by Laurel) had tears that looked real.
The sheen on Karoline’s tears is from clear fingernail polish.
Then I told Karoline’s story to Laurel. Continue reading
I’ve just returned from a visit with 7 week old Vivian Rose and her family. She is smiling and holding her head up now, so it was exciting to see the changes in just a few weeks.
While I was there, my Rebecca rediscovered these baby clothes buried deep in her cedar chest.
The pink daygown above and the white one below with fagoted lace were made shortly after Rebecca discovered that she was pregnant the first time. We expected a girl but got precious little Alastair instead. So these gowns with their matching bonnets were packed away.
After Vivian Rose arrived, the gowns could not be found. Rebecca thought I had them and I thought she did. Finally, she checked her cedar chest and there they were, along with several other sweet things that we both had forgotten about.
Now, Baby Girl has a greatly expanded wardrobe, with no more effort from her old fashioned Nana! Here are some of the finds……
The lamb daygown was made for and worn by Big Brother Alastair, but I think it will be just fine for a little girl. It will give her mother a break from all the pink she requested and received! Continue reading
This is a beautiful, symmetrical dress–not cockeyed as it appears in this photo. The wind would NOT stop blowing so it kept swinging on the hanger as I tried to snap it in a moment of calm. Note also that the hanger is an adult size, so the shoulder appears to be wider than the pattern picture.
But, hurrah!! Laurel’s Easter dress is almost done, lacking only buttons and buttonholes. The pattern is one of Nancy Coburn’s at Ginger Snaps Designs.
Laurel’s dress includes absolutely no originality from me. I copied this beauty as is because I didn’t think there was any way I could improve upon it. Continue reading
The Old Fashioned Baby bubble set for Vivian Rose, my 5 week old granddaughter, is finished and I am pleased. The bubble is made of Liberty of London tanna lawn and trimmed with tatted edging.
Hand embroidered in classic blue on white, the cotton diaper shirt was purchased in Old San Juan. It has been modified slightly to coordinate with the bubble. Continue reading