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. 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!
This pillow was made for our precious granddaughter, Laurel.
enjoying our visit to a New Jersey tea room
She just turned 14 and I couldn’t resist offering some grandmotherly advice to mark the occasion. Putting that advice where she could read it every day seemed like a better idea than delivering a “Things to Remember” lecture. Continue reading
This is the first Ode to Joy Border Tunic I made working through an on-line class offerred by Maggie Bunch. It is a fabulous class for everyone from beginners to experienced smockers. Maggie takes you from border print fabric selection, to pleating, to construction and smocking. But she throws in so many little informational gems and tips. I learned so much. You may provide your own fabric or she offers some darling kits. She will even pleat for you if you like.
This class is a bargain at $30. Maggie practically holds your hand through the whole process and answers any questions promptly. To the best of my knowledge, this is just the second time in the last 12 months that it has been offered on-line. She did teach it at that great sewing event, Sewing at the Beach.
Maggie said on-line. ” This is an online sewing and smocking lesson, held in a private group, here on FB. The fee for the lesson is $30.00. Kits are optional. You can sew from your stash! I post a lesson a day for about 2 weeks. The Group stays open for about 8 weeks after the lesson is complete for you to sew at your own pace. Sizes are 1/2 3/4 5/6 and 7/8“
The first time round, I didn’t print out the instructions and files. So when I made my second dress, a lot of mistakes were made. Note the sloppy neck binding.
So I am repeating the class and you can be sure that I will keep notes and files. Now you, too, can take this class! The pattern is not available for sale, just as part of the class.
Ode to Joy Smocking Group is taking members. This Group is an online smocking class, lead by me, for the play top using quilting cottons or border prints.
This is a work at your own pace lesson. The lessons will be posted one a day for about two weeks starting June 1. Join now so you have time to get the list and order your supplies.
The fee $30.00 includes membership in the Group and all lessons from fabric choice to smocking to hem.
Please private message me your PayPal information for the lesson. Registration will close May 18.
The bike bag is a perfect match to my granddaughter’s bike. What a lucky coincidence! Detailed instructions are available here.
For that special biker (your child, your grand, your mother, yourself?) who has everything, how about a pretty quilted bike bag.
This was a fun project, made for Brother’s blog, Stitching Sewcial, in celebration of National Bike Month. Detailed photo instructions are included in the tutorial post.
I’ve loved this design since it was first included on a Brother card, EDB LG1. Now it is available as a single design at iBroidery.com for 5×7 frames.
This project and a detailed tutorial are posted here at Brother’s blog, Stitching Sewcial.
I loved embroidering this elegant set of table linens for Brother’s blog, Stitching Sewcial. Aside from the sewing details in the tutorial posted there, many “back stories” go with it that I just have to share with you.
First, I have loved these designs since I first saw them on my Dream Machine.
Like the design used on the quilted bed footwarmer, I was so eager to find the perfect project for them. Then….I did! Continue reading