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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Wednesday, July 29

"Baby Emma" in Yellow Print - Ironing a Sleeve

This would be the Classic Baby Emma.  Made from a cute cotton print.

Smocked with 3 strands of yellow floss.

With self piping along the yoke and collars.

But on to the sleeve ironing.
The old fashioned way.

You lay the sleeve down on the ironing board, hand creasing it around  the middle.
And press it.

Ta da!  It is cute and the sleeve stands right up.  

If you look at old photographs of little girls in dresses, you can see the same kind of creases on the sleeves.

A Rose of a dress!

And that's that!

by Jeannie Baumeister

Tuesday, July 28

Emma's Classic Smocked Yoke Dress is Back!

This dress is made from blue Satin Batiste.  The Classic pattern view.
The embroidery and smocking is in pink with touches of green for the leaves.  Very Cute!

  I love this little dress.  Emma's Smocked Baby Dresses Pattern.

It is a Classic Smocked (or not smocked ) Baby Yoke Dress that is perfectly proportioned for a baby, fits well and is designed with sweet little embellishments.

The back of the dress is extra special.  It has no gathers so baby is much more comfortable just laying about being cute.  The tucks in the back add to the cuteness and are drawn into the pattern so they are quick and easy to stitch.

It was fashioned after an antique.

Pure Sweetness!

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Monday, July 27

"Emma's Smocked Baby Dress" - Available Again!

The OFB Emma's Smocked Baby Dress pattern is available again.

This is the Fancy version in the pattern.

Pretty smocking.  Fine embroidery.  And Entredeux and Lace Edging to finish the neck.

I used Anchor Embroidery Floss.
One strand for embroidery.

Two or Three strands for the Smocking.

Embellished Sleeves.

A Lacy Hem.

With embroidered Bullion Roses.

I love this easy little tucked dress back.

This fabric is Swiss Fairy Fabric.  
Fine and sheer, but when starched, it's easy to use.

Here is the very same  fancy dress in Blue Fairy Fabric.

I am happy to tell you this pattern is available to purchase again.

I will be featuring more of the Emma pattern this week.

It is one of my very favorite.

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Friday, July 24

Chicago Retreat - Behind the Scenes - Saga Women Rock!

It takes many, many workers to organize, arrange and run a Saga Retreat.

Maggie from Missouri has been busy making Wee Care Gowns.

These are the busy ladies behind the scenes.
(only a few are pictured in this post -  many more were working to make it happen)

Thank you Ladies!! 

The Wee Care Program is an important Service Project for Saga.

Each gown is lovely in it's own way.

Cute Shadow Embroidered Duck.


I love the care and time that went into these special gowns.  
For some babies, it will be their only garment. And it means so much to the parents.

Saga Women Rock!!

Goodbye Chicago --We had a real good time!

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Thursday, July 23

Chicago Retreat - Sharing The Love

A student is tracing the design on my Fine Embroidery on a Baby Dress class.

Day Two (and the morning of Day Three) were spent in the class room.  Which is the primary purpose of the Saga Retreat - learning and perfecting stitches and techniques.  Because the focus of Saga is really about Sharing the Love of Smocking and Fine Sewing.

So the class room is where it's all happening during the day!

But at night we have all kinds of fun!

The pretty Basket Ladies!!
If one of these ladies came to you, at your table, it meant... 


This White Work Basket is to die for!

And a great many tickets went toward this hand stitched beauty.

I offered a Basket too, full of wonderful Mother of Pearl Buttons.

You can be sure that each of the Baskets went to a loving home!  (although none of them went to my own home)

We had pretty Table Favors to delight us. And each of use got to take these home.

It is so kind of the Guilds who spend alot of time and effort making them for us.
They were much appreciated.

Cute note card!!
But can I actually bear to send it to someone?

It is so much fun to be with a group of ladies who share your love of sewing.

And are fun to be with.

And are just so darn nice!

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Wednesday, July 22

Saga Chicago - Day One Market

With the help of the wonderful Saga Board members and my two friends, my booth is ready...

…just in time.  Here come some hungry for sewing stuff  ladies!!

Everyone is finding just what they need.  
It's so good to be able to touch and see the items up close and personal.

Sad that most of our shopping is done on line, looking at pictures.

(Hi there….I love your smocking pillow!)
I loved that there was a booth just for demonstrating.

This Smocking Pillow was available to purchase in a kit.

It is really cool.  So much better than the Smocking Board.

There was a booth of pretty lace.

Here is Martha's Heirlooms with a lovely view of the city behind here.

Sorry, but I didn't get a chance to see everything!

Day One was a very good day.

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