“I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted what I asked of Him.” 1 Samuel 1:27
After earlier disappointments, people around the world prayed for this baby during the difficult pregnancy. God hears all prayers and answered with the safe delivery of this precious baby into the arms of his loving family.
So here are the details of the renewed heirloom gown Baby Shrek wore for his baptism. ~~~~~~
photo taken between rain and wind gusts from tropical storm Hermine.
It’s been so long since my last post that faithful readers probably think I have dropped off the face of the earth. A more accurate explanation of my absence is that I’ve been buried deep in my sewing room. Sooooo much has been going on, the highlight being the completion of this gown for Baby Shrek and spending some time with him. Details of a weekend with 4 rabid embroidery enthusiasts, ages 3.5-9, nearly a week of sewing with our two older grandchildren before they moved to New Jersey, and more will be posted later.
Little Shrek on my dining room table. His adoring grandmother is captured in the mirror wearing a white blouse.
First let me answer a the question many have asked about why he is called Baby Shrek. His parents very graciously gave me permission to use any photos of him, but asked that I not use his name. So the hasty endearment from his maternal grandmother, “beautiful Baby Shrek,” is used in place of his very lengthy, good Christian name.
These pictures are not great, but he had passed up his noon nursing due to the distraction of my two dogs and his watchful, attentive fan club. Then when he was dressed for the photos, he was good-natured, but very actively squirmed and flapped his little arms as he pleaded for his dinner.
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Alastair’s Easter outfit, under construction
Anyone can go to Strasburg Children www.strasburgchildren.com and buy gorgeous heirloom clothing. Their collection of smocked and heirloom sewn apparel for little ones is unrivaled. But even in Strasburg’s oasis of classic beauty in the world wide desert of classic children’s clothing , the selections for girls far outnumber those for boys. That’s a realistic reflection of the market.
I could buy their lovely outfits for my two grandsons and they would look so classically handsome. But that would not satisfy my urge to create unique garments just for them. I want to do it myself. I want to bring life to my personal, unique vision of beautiful children’s clothing for my unique and beautiful grandchildren. And I don’t recall ever seeing train duds in the Strasburg catalogue.
So I sew. The satisfaction of sewing for the boys is even greater than sewing for granddaughter Laurel. The challenge to design classic attire for little guys is greater, given the constraints of practicality, comfort and local standards of acceptability.
shadow work by embroidery machine design from Suzanne Hinshaw’s Teddies and Toys
For Easter, once again I am coordinating outfits for all three grandchildren- almost 7 year old Laurel, 5 1/2 year old Robert Charles, and just 2 year old Alastair. This year, the only unifying component is the color blue.
Laurel’s dress and petticoat are standard heirloom, Swiss batiste, heirloom laces, embroidery. To look presentable, it requires starch, my beloved 1946 Betty Crocker football iron (would you like to hear about it?), a puff iron, a ham, and about 20 minutes on the ironing board. Continue reading
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