Made 11 years ago, this first birthday dress was for now 12 yo granddaughter Laurel. Of course, I still love sewing for her.
It’s birthday time for our older granddaughter, Laurel, so I’ve been spending some time reminiscing about her birth and infancy. So here is a re-run of a post about her first birthday dress.
Laurel was our first grandchild, and a girl at that. Our son had been married for 9 years and our daughter was still a single career gal. After nearly 15 years of Granny Lust, mitigated only by gathering fabric, patterns and trims for my Grandmother’s Really Hopeful Chest, I was ready to sew as a genuine Nana.
That first year went by so quickly! Smocked daygowns and bonnets, embroidered diaper shirts and onesies, monogrammed bibs and baby Gator duds flew out of my sewing room. It seems that for almost 12 months, I did nothing but sew and snuggle that baby.
center front embroidery
As her first year drew to a close, I did manage to pull myself away from the enchanting child long enough to make her first birthday dress. Of course, it was made with my finest Swiss batiste, carved pearl buttons, treasured Maline lace and other hoarded trims. Continue reading →
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Courtney wrote a sweet note asking about Easter dresses I have made in the past.Â For her 2 year old daughter, she is designing an heirloom confection for this same celebration.Â She was curious about my granddaughter Laurel’s earlier special frocks.
She was just 10 months old, crawling at lightning speed when her first Easter rolled around.Â A bubble seemed to be the most sensible solution for a baby who spent most of her waking moments on her knees.Â For details of this little outfit, headband and matching bib for Easter dinner, see the post Baby Bunny Bubble.
Laurel’s first birthday was two months later.Â She was toddling around, making it easy for me to justify making the heirloom dress of my dreams.Â I absolutely loved makingÂ this.Â For details and more photos than you will want to look at, check the post First Birthday Dress.
For me, the matching slip was the finishing touch.
Her second Easter fell just a few months before our daughter’s wedding, Continue reading →
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