Now this is FUN! And even more than that, it’s a meaningful challenge. For a family friend of more than 40 years, I am lovingly adapingt a 100+ years old family christening gown. Requiring many special considerations, this baptismal robe is for an especially precious baby boy.
UFO bodice + one sleeve
His mother, whom I have known and loved since she was 4 years old, grew up a mile from our home. Her parents are two of our dearest friends. But now this young mother lives in New Zealand with her French husband. They were blessed with this beautiful son after many disappointments.
beautiful Baby Shrek
His parents want him to be surrounded by family and close friends at this milestone in his life. So in a few weeks they will be making the long trip from Down Under all the way to Florida, then on to France. Their son will be christened at one of these locations.
Here is the complication. The heirloom family gown, like most, was made for a 0-3 month old baby. But this baby will be 9 months old when he is baptized. Continue reading
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As I’m sure you have noticed, the stores have been jam packed with Halloween costumes, decorations and jack ‘o lanterns for a month now. With all that pumpkin exposure, I couldn’t help but get in the mood to make something to celebrate the season.
I’ve always found that the orange and black signature color scheme just too grim. But with the addition of purple, the entire Halloween mood is lifted, at least for me.
And my goodness, the fabrics!!!! In addition to the adorable prints, the currently very popular burlap is available in a rainbow of colors, printed with text, and to my delight, with orange polka dots. Now that was something I could work with. Continue reading
Children’s Corner Louise, modified
Judy Day attended Lezette Thomason’s Children’s Corner Sewing School in June and had a fabulous time. She just finished this classic white beach portrait dress which was one of the projects. Any beach would be enhanced with Judy’s pretty seven-year old granddaughter, Courtney, wearing this dress.
Children’s Corner pattern Louise was redrafted for this garment. Judy reported that it is embellished with 12 tucks on the front, 18 on the back, three gathered tiers with tucks, separated by lace. She thoroughly enjoyed stitching this project.
I fell in love with the dress and the idea of a beach portrait for my own seven year-old granddaughter, Laurel. Instantly, I remembered this exquisite white skirt, purchased at our church bazaar several years ago for no good reason other than its loveliness and potential. Of course, I wonder on what occasions the original owner with her 22″ waist wore this elaborate skirt. Vintage textiles always pique my curiosity.