Fine Heirloom Sewing, Smocking and Hand Embroidery

"Baby will be well and smiling in little garments made by Mother, Auntie, Grannie and loving friends!"

Please join me as I teach the old fashioned techniques and skills needed to sew baby clothes. You will find lessons that start at the very beginning and take you step by step as we sew little baby clothes together. May you find much joy and pleasure in making them.
It's easy and it's fun!!

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Tuesday, December 12

Featherweight Stitching

It's winter outside my Sewing Room now.

And it gets dark early.

I had the pleasure of stitching with my Friend.  She brought her Featherweight Sewing Machine.

I LOVE my Featherweight Sewing Machine!!


My Friend made three quilt blocks…wow!

I admit that I was busy stitching a Smocked Baby Bonnet to match the Christmas Daygown for my Granddaughter.

It's cold and she needs it!!






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Saturday, December 9

My Grandbaby in Baby's First Daygown



Isn't she just too cute!!

(can you tell I'm thrilled to have a new BABY Granddaughter?)

Her Mom and Dad like to put her in my little creations which makes me even happier!
(and she is happy too, wearing an Old Fashioned Baby Daygown)

She is wearing "Baby's First Daygowns" View 2.  It  is made using Daygown Lawn.


 Londyn Marie at 3 weeks.

Baby Love!!

Wednesday, December 6

How to Adapt the Hem for Christmas Daygown

I used my pattern Smocked Baby Clothes, View 1 and the Lacy Hem from View 2.

I added extra Lace Insertion to the hem to complement the longer hem.  To do this:  First remove the 3" allowed for the turned up hem in View 1.  Then…Measure up 1 1/4" above the raw hem edge and mark for the lowest Lace Placement Line.
1.  Place Lace Insertion on top of this line, lining up the lower edge of the lace on the line.  Stitch in place as directed in my pattern.
2.  Measure 1" above the first Lace Insertion (that is already stitched on the fabric) and mark for the second Lace Placement Line.  Place Lace Insertion on top of this line and stitch as before.
3.  Measure 1" above the second Lace Insertion and mark for the third Lace Placement Line.  Place the third Insertion on top of this line as before.

Attach ungathered Lace Edging to hem with a machine Roll and Whip.
Hint:  I will gather the Lace Edging and then release the gathers to prevent the lace from cupping up as it tends to do on a curved hem.

This is the View 2 Daydress.  As you can see, the Merry Christmas  Daygown is longer, with an extra row of lace and has long comfy warm smocked sleeves.


For the Smocked Sleeve, you will pleat the sleeves as directed.  Leave pleating threads long and add the Entredeux and Lace Edging before pulling the threads up to Smock.  
I use a 7 Crewel Needle when smocking.  


Beautiful Dress for your sweet Christmas baby!

Of Special Note: There is a slip of paper in the Smocked Baby Clothes Pattern to correct an error. This is the correction in case your pattern doesn't have it.
I  mistakenly wrote "Place on Fold" on the Yoke.  This is wrong.  You do not place it on the fold. You cut  2 ( Cut 2  is on the pattern piece) but not on the fold.  The instructions and Layout are correct.


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Friday, December 1

Smocked Christmas Daygown in Classic Sewing Magazine

Londyn's Merry Christmas Gown is made using my pattern "Smocked Baby Clothes". It is featured in this Holiday issue of Classic Sewing Magazine.  The Smocking Design as well as embroidery are available only in the magazine issue.

I smocked the sleeves and added Baby Entredeux to the edge along with Lace Edging.

I love Smocked Sleeves for Baby clothes. The smocking gently gathers the sleeve.


The Collar is edged in fine lace and embellished with Christmas Berries.  I also stitched a Running Stitch around the collar.


This dainty Smocking Design is suitable for any Christmas Dress you choose to make.
I smocked the design using three strands of floss.

HINT: For the prettiest smocking….I separate the strands, then put them back together.  After my #7 Crewel Needle is threaded, I iron the floss.

I wanted the hem to be fancy.

I used the Smocked Daygown View 1 but finished them hem like V2.  

I will tell you how I did it in the next post.

I have a Merry Christmas Daygown kit available if you want to make one just like this.
You will need the Classic Sewing Magazine for the Smocking Design and the Embroidery!

Merry Christmas, Baby!





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Wednesday, November 29

Smocked Christmas Daygown!


Baby Londyn with Mom all dressed up for Christmas Tree hunting.



Wearing her Smocked Christmas Dress!

Back home and worn out from her first drive into the country!


The Smocking design and more information about the design is in

More information in my next Blog Post…….



Sunday, November 26

A Really Cute Daygown


I made this little Daygown in a Jiffy!
I wanted something soft and cosy so I made it from a fine Pink Mico-check Flannel.  To make it very usable for Mom, I made a casing and inserted a soft elastic into it.

This pattern is  "Priscilla's Layette", which I love.
It has been out of print for a while but.. Hooray, I found a few hiding in the wrong box!

 I have made up kits using this pattern.  For more information…go to my Web Shop  "Really Cute Flannel Daygown with Pattern"

I have a kit in fine solid Blue Flannel for Boy Babies too!

Sorry, these patterns  are not available except in the Kit.

I embroidered a vintage inspired Kitten on the lower right side.

And I embroidered a spray of flowers between the first two buttons.  The hem is white Swiss Edging and I also made the neck binding out of a white fabric.

Toot Sweet!!




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