When I did my stitch rehearsal for the flowers, I couldn’t decide if I preferred the lighter or darker pink. So I alternated them and was pleased with the result.
Who can resist gazing at a baby in a bonnet? The site warms the heart of every mother, grandmother, auntie or friend.
The pattern for this linen confection was included in Simplicity 8024, though it was modified greatly. The addition of lace, embroidery, hemstitching, and sculpted antique pearl buttons on the ties removes this from the realm of boy caps. Embroidery floss was woven through the hemstitching holes to add a little more color.
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
These towels were a hostess gift to an incredibly generous couple at our church who recently returned from a medical mission trip to Ghana. The doctor and his nurse wife invited a group of friends for dinner and a slide show of their experiences. It was an amazing evening in so many ways!
But first let me tell you about the towels. I have expounded in earlier posts on the suitability of dishtowels for gifts. They are always the right size, always useful, and even if the recipient does not like them, they needn’t be displayed. It’s not so small as to be insignificant like thisnor so extravagant as to make the recipient feel beholden as this would.
With these considerations in mind, I thought a set of dishtowels would be just the right hostess gift for a delicious dinner and a most entertaining evening.
Several years ago when my daughter and her husband toured Africa, they brought me a few yards of African fabric, made in Tanzania. At the time I wondered if I would ever find a use for it, but AHA! It was perfect for this applique and the towels. Continue reading
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.
Swiss flannel with pinstitch joining lace to fabric. Pinstitch is woven with pink perle cotton.
I can’t seem to stop thinking about Beatrice. She is the soon-to-be-born, soon-to-be-adopted baby girl whose waiting parents are active members of our church. So I sew. When she is in their arms, she will be wrapped in love, with or without this shawl.
Soft, luxurious Swiss flannel is perfect for any baby. Especially here in Florida where winters are usually moderate, a tiny one dressed in this fabric can go out on the town without being bundled in a parka. The blanket coordinates with a bonnet and smocked daygown featured in earlier posts. I hope to duplicate them for Baby Beatrice.
Pinstitch and Swiss flannel go together like peas and carrots. The holes were perfectly clear and clean, as always, but were woven with perle cotton because I wanted a little more color near the perimeter.
The lace edging is my favorite blanket trim as it can withstand heavy laundering and still flaunts its heirloom ancestry.
Six inches from the lace is a zig zag feather stitch frame, interspersed with embroidery. That stitch is worked in soft green, but I was unable to get a good scan of it. It shows up clearly in this photo from another project. With 30 wt. cotton thread, it works up nicely.
This stitch is one I designed several years ago in Brother’s exclusive My Custom Stitch feature. If you have a Brother machine which includes MCS, I would be happy to share it with you. Just leave your request at the end of this post.
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.
This is a size 4, which was required to fit the large embroidery design. Even so, the tunic had to be lengthened 1.5″ so the blue butterfly would fit under the arm. Of course, a smaller size could be made by leaving off the butterfly.
White cotton twill was used for the top. The lining, shoulder ruffles and capri ruffles were cut from a pretty floral lawn that just happened to be in my stash. It was a near perfect match for the embroidery.
Red Kona cotton is used for the capri, the pattern for which was included in the the Charlotte.
This is an in-progress construction photo, but it shows the bees on the capri leg.
A fun detail was added to the buttons by attaching each with a thread color in the embroidery.
If you click on the picture, the link will take you to the blog post. I hope you will find something interesting there and perhaps leave a comment.
Happy summer sewing!