I’m really on a roll with classic children’s clothing. This 2-piece suit is quintessential heirloom for boys, with knee length Viyella pants and a buttoned on ivory linen shirt. Sadly, Viyella is no longer available. The wool blend is as fine and soft as Swiss flannel, but warmer with a similar hand.
My shortcomings as a photographer are obvious here, as I managed to cut off the neat little cuff at the bottom of the knee length pants. The suit is also crooked on the hanger. But after trying to find a flat spot to hang the suit on the 12″ deep Confederate jasmine that climbs up a palm tree, I neglected to straighten the suit on the hanger.
Linen is a joy to sew. Every heirloom technique works wonderfully well on this natural fabric. The front features hemstitching, tucks and inserted lace tape.
Laurel’s Christmas dress was finished just in time for her brother Robert’s preschool Christmas program. In fact, her father had taken her for an afternoon outing and managed to get her to the program wearing jeans and a tee shirt only a few minutes ahead of me carrying her holiday clothes.
She was absolutely taken with the dress, mostly because of the fullness of the 90″ skirt. This motivated her to twirl, perform some of her ballet moves and smile at everyone, entertaining the waiting parents, grandparents and friends. Laurel loves an audience, even if, technically, it’s her brother’s audience.
The bib, collar and sleeves are all trimmed with ecru tatted edging. The design on the embroidered button on bib is yet another from Bernina’s Current Critters Continued. Laurel’s mother has decided that the “critter” nestled in the big bow is a baby squirrel and she should know. As a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, she has hand fed hundreds of them. I always thought it was a mouse, but I defer to her expertise. Continue reading