Christmas is just around the calendar corner and it’s rush, rush, rush for me and many of you. I’ve just finished this Swiss batiste dress for Baby Beatrice.
I’ve written in earlier posts about Baby Bea, our new granddaughter via our church. Neither of her parents’ mothers is living, so months before she was born they asked me to be her official Nana. That was a happy day! And, of course, she is a doll, just now 4 months old, which for me has been at least 120 more happy days.
Her daddy is an avid hunter, especially for deer. Bea’s little daydress is a reminder NOT to shoot Bambi or his antlered father.
But back to the dress……the pattern is Old Fashioned Baby‘s Baby Daydress.
Like all of Jeannie B’s patterns, this one is a delight to sew and offers several design options. I love the Scriptures and embroidery designs she places in the blank space around the pattern pieces.
The shadow work fawn is from Joy Welsh’s Applique for Kids. It stitches just beautifully with her instructions. The greenery beneath the fawn was extracted from another design which I cannot recall right now.
The holly at the neckline is another design whose origin I cannot recall. I need to keep better records of what I embroider. Continue reading
Posted in heirloom sewing, Holiday Projects, infant clothing, machine embroidery, shadow work by machine
Tagged antique lace, Applique for Kids, baby dress, Brother Dream Machine, christmas dress, fawn, Feather stitching, heirloom sewing, hemstitching, machine embroidery, shadow embroidery by machine, shadow work by machine
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!
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
Posted in clothing, girls, hand embroidery, heirloom sewing, infant clothing, machine embroidery
Tagged first birthday dress, heirloom sewing, hemstitched tucks, hemstitching, machine embroidery, machine fil tire'
I hope you have all finished your Christmas sewing. I’ve moved on to baking and gift wrapping and hope to finish up in time for our big family celebrations.
Here are a few more Christmas outfits from the past. These gingerbread outfits for my two older grandchildren were favorites of mine. A few years later, new grandson Alastair wore Robert’s suit.
One year I planned to make matching Thanksgiving outfits for the children. The Viyella brown plaid garments were made but before I began the bibs, plans changed and the older two would not be with us that day. So I decided to use the garments for Christmas. But that was a stretch—brown plaid for Christmas. I made it work.
Laurel’s basic yoke dress was trimmed with tatting, as was her linen bib.
Laurel also had a tie-on bib with a Current Critters Continued design.
These Current Critters embroidery designs are so charming. Continue reading
Posted in boys, clothing, doll clothing and accessories, girls, Holiday Projects, machine embroidery, ready-to-smock finished projects, smocking
Tagged AG dolls, American Girl doll, brother sister Christmas outfits, brother-sister outfits, christmas dress, Christmas outfits, heirloom sewing, hemstitching, Hudsons Sunday suit, lace tape, machine embroidery, nutcracker embroidery
Originally posted in 2011…
Stitching a nightgown is always a pleasure. Often made as gifts for birthdays, holidays or bridal showers, pretty sleepwear is appreciated by ladies old and young.
This gown was made for my daughter when she was a teenager. The pattern, Mary Lydia, is an old, all time favorite of mine.
Its versatility allows you to use goods of any width. The armhole curve is placed over the finished fancyband and dips into the skirt fabric. It is also suitable for a sundress.
SWISS HANDLOOM blue bow insertion on back yoke
SWISS HANDLOOM blue bow insertion on front yoke
Made of all Swiss goods–batiste, galoon beading, blue bow handloom insertion and edging–it is guaranteed to present sweet dreams.
This handloom is one of my all time favorites.
SWISS HANDLOOM. It is exactly like hand stitched shadow embroidery.
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I know this outfit is crooked on the hanger. There was a stiff breeze blowing and I could not keep the shirt hanging properly.
We always talk about how busy we are, but I have never let other things make me cut it so close with Easter outfits for the grandchildren. Just like when my children were small, I was up until after midnight Saturday before Easter.
But I finished all four outfits.
Alastair’s Easter suit was a very satisfying project. Like few hurry-up projects, it finished up quite nicely, leaving me generally pleased. I learned that sometimes surrendering my picky-ness for a rush project is okay. It is more important to have an OK outfit done for Easter than an up- to-my-picky-standards outfit done a week later. This was made in about a day and a half, and those were busy days aside from sewing.
Posted in boys, heirloom sewing, Holiday Projects, serger
Tagged boy Easter outfit, Easter suit, entredeux trim, heirloom sewing, hemstitch, Hudsons Sunday suit, machine embroidery monogram, perle cotton trim
UPDATE: There have been several inquiries about the sleeve finish so the process is detailed at the end of this post (below the groundhog eating wolf).
It’s been so long since there has been a new post at Janice Ferguson Sews that faithful readers might have thought that I was missing in action. I’ve been tending my dear husband who had knee replacement surgery two weeks ago. Post-op he spent a week at the same rehab center where I recuperated from my joint surgeries and gained some valuable insights into life.
So I have been spending time with him, running errands and doing his many, many household chores. Whew! That man does more around here than I ever realized! He’s my grocery shopper, gardener, pool boy, morning feral cat feeder, garbage hauler, very best friend, and more. I have really missed him.
At last, he’s back home, stepping lightly with his gentleman’s cane and walking the fast track to a complete recovery.
That’s not really him. And it’s not really me.
And I’m back too, with a finished project to share with you.
This cheerful little dress just makes me grin. Looking at it reminds me of our Florida springtime with raspberry pink azaleas, white dogwoods and the bright turquois waters of nearby Blue Springs. The fabric says spring to me.
NOTE: Some readers have requested advance warning of an upcoming Nursery Closet Sale, so here it is. Coming soon, probably Monday morning, Nursery Closet Sale #8 which includes a linen shadow work burp cloth, pique hand embroidered sunsuit, pink bubble smocked with Scotties, sweet flannel wide brimmed bonnet, and more.~~~
Recently, a reader of this blog sent a heartwarming e-mail which is posted below. It details the thoughtful efforts of Jennifer, a foster mother, and her husband who have opened their home to foster children. This couple goes far beyond providing food, clothing and shelter and Jennifer’s sewing contributes mightily to the children’s loving care.
“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove . . But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.” -Forest E. Witcraft
Charity sewing is not a new topic and many of you readers are actively involved in a multitude of worthy, meaningful causes. But Jennifer takes an entirely different approach than I have ever read or heard about. She stitches love into garments and goes even further to make permanent photo memories for the children in her temporary care. Her expression of love for foster children has been a powerful inspiration to me.
“And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me.” ~ Matthew 18:5 Continue reading
It seemed as though I would never finish this simple little pini-4, but at last it is checked off on my to-do list. There were no technical complications, but rather just a matter if life getting in the way. Entire days passed when I did not sew and that makes me cranky. I feel better now.
The original plan was to add a row of cable under the beaded ribbon, but in my eagerness to finish this up I just forgot. Of course, it’s not too late and I could still do it. It really would look better. But I am tired of this project. It’s done. I’m ready to move on.
The pattern is the same one I used for the Liberty of London popover for granddaughter Vivian Rose. But I look forward to when Lisa at Mommy’s Apron Strings releases her very similar pattern. She has so many improvements, like sizing.
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