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, November 24

Fantastic Sewing Trip: Old Fashioned Smocked Dresses

There are an unlimited supply of classic childrens clothing in the shops in Brussels!

This dress is so simple. I love it.  The fabric  is like the  plaids I wore  as a child.

Very Old Fashioned.

Some very nice pleating going on here!
It was smocked to the waist and would look so nice on an older girl.

I am very impressed with how they handled the plaids in this dress.  

The same dress for a Little Sister!

Too cute.

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Sunday, November 22

Fantastic Sewing Trip: Smocked Dresses…more

I Love, love, love this little sweater.
Perfect for Smocked Dresses.

This white dress is prettier than the picture. 

Click to enlarge for details.

It was made from a wonderful cotton.  
It was almost too much loveliness to bear!

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Saturday, November 21

My Fantastic Sewing Trip: Smocked Dresses

Smocked Dresses were in abundance in the Brussels shops!

For larger girls too.

I hope you find them as inspiring as I did!

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Thursday, November 19

Fantastic Sewing Trip: Pretty Design.

Click to Enlarge for details. 

This is a pretty yoke on a Sun Suit that can easily be adapted to the yoke of a little dress.

This is the Sun Suit - full view.

I love this little pocket.  I can see this pocket design on the Romper Pockets from my pattern "Best Embroidered Baby Clothes Two"

We were in Belgium going from Shop to Shop and becoming giddy from all the pretty clothing and sewing inspiration.  I love Belgium.  It was too much fun.

Thankfully, it was before the terrible events in France this past week.

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Monday, November 9

My Fantastic Sewing Trip - Beer, Waffles and Chocolate

My favorite Beer (ale) in Belgium.
Made by Trappist monks. 


I am now ready to do a Beer Tour of Belgium along with another Lace Tour.
(my sister told me the beer would be great)

We found a great little hole in the wall Pub.
If you look closely to the left you will see a cat.

A Pub cat?

This was a fancy shop with beautiful boxed candy.

The chocolates in Belgium are wonderful.

Oh, but the Belgium Waffles.
Oh My Gosh!!

I had one the first day.  

Then we went back for Breakfast the next morning.  I wasn't in Brussels  long enough to satisfy my newly developed craving for Belgium Waffles…the REAL thing.

I Love Brussels!

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Friday, November 6

My Fantastic Sewing Trip - A Fabric Store in Brussels

This fabric store was enough to take your breath away.

It had the most amazing fabrics for making fine clothing.

You need to click on the pictures for the fabric details.

Fabric for just about anything.  

Mens shirting's (where you will find soft and fine fabric for Daygowns!) and women's Fancy Gowns.

Loved these - too big for my suitcase!

My girls would have swooned if I'd have had access to this fabric when I was sewing for their Homecomings, Proms etc.  in High School.

I am now determined to fit a skirt pattern for me! 
 Then I can buy some of this wonderful fabric for cute skirts.

(The thing that stops me is losing that 15 lbs before I want to fit a skirt for me!)

This one is stunning.

The outside of the Fabric shop.

It was a good walk from our hotel but lots of pretty things to see along the way.

Just ask the concierge at your hotel about fabric shops.  

It was a wonderful day!

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