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.Â There were no technical complications, but rather just a matter if life getting in the way.Â Entire days passed when I did not sew and that makes me cranky.Â 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.Â Of course, it’s not too late and I could still do it.Â ItÂ really would look better.Â But I am tired of this project.Â 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.Â But I look forward to when Lisa at Mommy’s Apron Strings releases her very similar pattern.Â 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 →
This is a beautiful, symmetrical dress–not cockeyed as it appears in this photo.Â Â The wind would NOT stop blowing so it kept swinging on the hanger as IÂ tried to snap it in a moment of calm.Â 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.Â The pattern is one of Nancy Coburn’s at Ginger Snaps Designs.
Laurel’s dress includes absolutely no originality from me.Â I copied this beauty as is because I didn’t think there was any way I could improve upon it. Continue reading →
This pillowcase and its mate will be included in a wedding gift I am putting together for my cousin’s daughter. The first and only time I saw Jordan was when she was 14 and spent a week with us learning to sew. Now she has just graduated from University of Nebraska and will be married next week by her father in the church he pastors.
Sewing for others always requires at least a cursory consideration of their personal taste. When her grandmother (my sweet Aunt Rheeta) told me the wedding colors were black and white, and then the very contemporary invitation arrived, I knew Jordan was a 2012 Thoroughly Modern Millie.
But she is a beautiful young lady, both inside and out, who will be a lovely bride and a loving wife. She is entitled to her own taste. Continue reading →
It seems that I have spent a lot of time strolling down memory lane lately. This dress is yet another project from the past, 28 years past to be exact. What memories it evokes, what an interesting history it has! This dress has been around the world.
I first saw a version of this pretty thing at the very first SAGA Regional Seminar in Spartanburg, SC, in 1982 (I think). My mother, my dear friend Mary Hale Hoffmann (a PlayGroup Mama) and I attended this life-altering event.It was also the first time that either Mary or I had left our children at home while we “gallivanted” and the first time that we experienced the world of smocking and heirloom sewing outside our circle of three. Lots of firsts on this trip!
But first let me give you the details of the dress itself for those of you who have no interest in ancient history.
The pattern is Rebecca’s Bow Dress, which I did for Martha Pullen.
Sometimes, it seems that all my posts overlap.Â This is one of those times.
When I blogged about the shadow smocked Easter dress for my granddaughter, I mentioned that I would tell you about the lace I used.Â And I will.
As I was gathering my thoughts, it occurred to me that the most interesting thing about the lace is the use of the galloon as insertion.Â So I want to tell you about that and other galloons I have used for both insertion and edging.
French Val galloon, with two decorative edges, 1-3/4″ wide
The antique lace I used for my granddaughter’s Easter dress was purchased at a veritable once-in-a-lifetime estate sale where I still sometimes shop when I am in Dreamland.Â The creamy French Val lace is a beautiful ivory color, achieved by age rather than dye. TwoÂ bolts of a classic pattern available yet today came home with me.
French Val edging, 1-1/4″ wide
I found the intricacy ofÂ the pattern in combination with the gentle color to be very pleasing.Â But I needed insertion for the skirt.
If you look carefully at the scalloped edges on the galloon, you will see how easily it converted to an insertion.Â Without the perfectly straight lines of traditional insertion, the galloon requires a little more care when it is stitched to the flat skirt fabric.Â But it certainly passed.Â Â The soft curve of the scallops make this do-able. More dramatically curved edges would have been a major challenge.
My granddaughter’s shadow smocked Easter dress was inspired by Kay Guiles’ article in Sew Beautiful, Easter, 1998.Â In fact, the dress is nearly identical to one of the sample garments shown in that article.Â I take no credit whatsoever for the design or technique.
The only changes made to Laurel’s dress are the addition of lace insertion in the skirt and the substitution of a different embroidery design that included both silk ribbon and DMC floss.
Shadow smocking is a very unique technique and not at all difficult.Â But I learned a lot that I would like to share with anyone considering such a project. Continue reading →
I’m doing my absolute best to finish up my Easter sewing, but it seems that one thing and then another keep getting in the way of progress.Â Still I plug along, hoping and expecting that everything will getÂ done, because I’ve done it before.
I keep reminding myself ofÂ the Easter my Rebecca was 6, 28 years ago.Â For whatever reason, I decided to abandon an almost finished smocked dress in favor of this peach Swiss batiste frock.Â From where the inspiration came, I don’t recall.Â But I HAD to make it!
That was Maundy Thursday.Â I had three days, mostly filled with the activities of this 6 year old child and her 10 year old brother, not to mention preparing my Sunday school lesson, fixing dinner, etc.Â I slept very little from then until Easter, but I did complete the dress.Â If I did it then, I can do it again, right?Â I am 28 years older, but I don’t have a 6 and 10 yo under foot.Â Yes, surely I can do it!
The fabric is what Jeannie B. calls “fairy” batiste–sheer and fine enough to clothe fairies who could not bear the weight of linen or even Nelona.Â The major features of the dress are entredeux beading, tatting, puffing–lots of that!–a sweet Swiss handloom.
The sleeves are set in with entredeux, one of my favorite heirloom touches. Continue reading →
She is thriving and growing! This beautiful cherub and her equally beautiful mama are snug at home with baby’s undoubtedly proud and doting daddy. They are all easing their way into a new family routine.
Just look at those sweet pink toes!
The daygown, made from Lezette Thomason’s Angel Gown pattern (all proceeds go to charity) for tiny, tiny babies, was shown and detailed in a previous post.