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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Saturday, July 19

Sweet Summer Nightgown and Slip - New Pattern!

Sweet Summer Nightgown and Slip pattern by The Old Fashioned Baby is NEW.
Toddler Sizes 1,2 and 3 are included.


This is a quick and easy nighty/slip  to whip up for your little one.


The fabric is Skip Dent.
The armholes are finished with a bias facing and the neck with entredeux and lace.


The hem has a neat finish using lace and beading that had no raw edges.

This neck finish is hand embroidered Bullion Picots.  The instructions were in a previous Sew Beautiful magazine.

A Shadow Embroidery design embellishes the yoke.

Every little girl should have sweet dreams in a pretty nighty made just for her!


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Friday, July 11

Heirloom Sewing Class - Embroidery


Heirloom Sewing stands up to the test of time.  The stitches, if by hand or machine, are worked carefully to last a long time.  The workmanship needs to be done well.  There are some techniques and some methods that will ensure this garment will last through one generation to the next, much less through the first wash!


Fancy apron - stitched decades ago.  

Embroidery is such a part of Heirloom Sewing.

And to me, the two dominate stitches you should know how to work?

Featherstitching.  Bullion Rosebuds.

In my class "Playing with Lace on an Heirloom Pillow", we will take the time to learn  basic Featherstitching and the Bullion Rosebud.

We will also learn how to do the hand stitched Pinstitch over Applique Cord when attaching lace to fabric.


If you are worried about the art of Heirloom Sewing and Smocking not surviving in this fast paced world….book your ticket and



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Wednesday, July 9

Heirloom Sewing Class - Lace


In my class "Playing with Lace on an Heirloom Pillow" you will learn what to do when the lace Insertion crosses over each other and how to handle the lace and the fabric behind it.


You will shape the lace into a loop and attach it to your fabric.

If you can make Lace Loop de Loops then you can do anything!!

You will miter the lace and cut the fabric away from behind it, then learn how to finish the tiny fabric  bit that is left  over.  



Lace Knowledge - A very good thing to have!


Do you want to support the cause of Heirloom Sewing and Smocking?




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Tuesday, July 8

Heirloom Sewing - A Good Class



If you love the beautiful heirloom collars and dresses embellished with lace then this class is the perfect beginning for you.

This class is a Technique Class that will allow you enough time and materials to learn the techniques so you can then apply them to lovely garments you want to stitch.

It is a Project Class in that you will learn how to actually work the techniques onto fabric so you will be prepared to apply them to the garments you want to stitch.  The Pillowcase pattern is included so you can make your lace creation into a pretty pillowcase  if you wish.


This class will teach you some of the basics you need to know when stitching with lace.  The class is a hand sewing class but what you need to understand is that shaping lace, mitering lace and  preparing the lace for machine stitching is all done by hand!  And we will discuss how to attach the lace by machine instead of by hand once the preparation is done.

You  need to know this information.

Oh, and this is the flower you saw in the first picture.  It is a Passion Vine.  It only blooms in all it's glory for one day. But don't worry because there will be more flowers tomorrow!

I will be teaching this class at the Saga National Convention in Florida this fall.

More information in my next post!


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Friday, July 4

Antique Toddler Dress


The dress is from my pattern "Antique Toddler Dress"
It fits a Toddler size 1,2 and 3.


The fabric and lace and trims are antique but you can find similar materials.
It has the look of a "Round Yoke Dress"….but it isn't.

This dress has three styles in the pattern and this is the fancy one.


It has a  mock round yoke.  Inspired by a dress circa 1900.

So, it is really a Classic Yoke Dress.  



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Thursday, June 26

Sew Beautiful - Miss Bufords Bonnet

My last article in the last issue of Sew Beautiful Magazine featured Miss Bufords Bonnet.


This wonderful and unusual Bonnet is a reproduction of the bonnet worn by Miss Buford one hundred years ago!!  The original bonnet is in sad repair but still shows the beautiful workmanship.

I taught a class for SAGA covering the wonderful techniques worked in this bonnet.

Now I have the Bonnet Pattern and the Kit available on my website.

The Bonnet buttons closed in the back, although I cheated and stitched it closed and sewed the buttons on so it looked like it was buttoned.  But the Bonnet pattern gives you the option of closing with buttons or not.




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