Christmas Bishop: Boughs of Holly

Quick update:  Hello Friends!  I am immensely touched by your sweet comments left on the last post.  I also want to thank you for all your prayers.  We are doing well.  I am still not back in my regular routine.  Currently, I am not able to reply to my emails even though I am able to view them.  So, I will be slowly visiting you on your blogs (if you have one).  I will not be able to reply to your emails until late next week.


Many of you were so sweet – you wrote and asked if I completed Miss Baby’s Christmas Dress in 2011.  Answer is “yes!”  I managed to get the dress done 45 minutes before we were supposed to leave for church on Christmas morning.  How WILD is that?  Without any delay, here it is…. :)

The smocking plate is Holly Berry by Cross Eyed Cricket.  It is a delightful plate.  I added an extra green row at the bottom of the design to give the green a little more presence.  The berries are 4mm glass beads, purchased from Cross Eyed Cricket to give the holly berry sprigs a three-dimensional look.

The fabric I used is Spechler-Vogel’s Swiss Satin Batiste (white).  I don’t really like to smock on satin batiste because the fabric always feels so flimsy, and doesn’t really stiffen when starched after I block the bishop on the smocking board.  But the fabric does feel and look beautiful because it has a nice sheen to it.

Now onto the drama…. I forgot to cut the dress longer like I usually do.  So I was needing to add some length to the dress.  My sewing mentor Annelle’s suggestion is to add a bit of lace insertion.  Great idea!  I got my lace and extra fabric ordered.  It was Christmas Eve when I realized I hadn’t ordered enough lace and entredeux.  So the insertion was out of the question, and it was too late for me to order any extra lace!   I pulled out all the laces in my meager collection, and finally came up with enough to make a lace band to add at the bottom of the hem.  The laces are a mixture of French-made Val laces, and Swiss-made embroidered lace.  I also followed Jeannie Baumeister’s way to embellish the entredeux in the lace band.  I like the “candy cane” effect a lot!

I am going to try REALLY hard to get Miss Baby’s Christmas outfits done ahead of time this year.  Really! :)  Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a lovely weekend!  No promise yet, but I hope to get back to my regular blogging routine next week!

39 thoughts on “Christmas Bishop: Boughs of Holly

  1. It sounds like your situation may be improving. I’ve been praying for you. & I’ve missed you even though it’s only been a few days. I love admiring & getting inspiration from your work. I love Miss Baby’s dress & it’s funny, I was admiring the hem as a beautiful piece of the artwork. Didn’t have a clue that it was a work-around until I read it. Anyway prayers that you get your situation organized & I don’t want you to answer this & add to your to do list. God bless.

  2. The dress is beautiful! Hope your normal routine will be on track soon. Your in my prayers that things will greatly improve. Blessings to you and the family.

  3. This is a beautiful little dress. It is so nice to see how your little girl never misses out even though you are so busy. My your new year be filled with more creative and family joy!

  4. Wendy all I can say is WOW Miss Baby is a very lucky girl to have such a talented Mom. I know when she grows up she will be so proudnof her Mom and all her talent. I have been thinking about you. Hugs Bunny

  5. What a precious dress… for a precious little girl. I’m glad you had the laces on hand to make such a beautiful hem. Seeing this makes me want to smock and heirloom sew again. Still holding out that someday I might have one little granddaughter. For that possibility, I’m keeping the 20-plus smocked dresses our (now 34 year-old) daughter wore, a few smocked clothing patterns and plates, and my pleating machine. Ya just never know…

    Do take care of yourself and your family.

  6. Miss Baby’s dress is gorgeous! Haven’t done any heirloom sewing in years, but now that I have a new little great granddaughter maybe……. Thrilled to see a notice of your post in my ‘in-box’ this a.m. Prayers continue your direction. Blessings and hugs, Doreen

  7. I love to show Miss Baby’s beautiful dresses to my 85 year old mother. The smocking takes her back in time. I remember some of my smocked baby dresses that ended up doll clothes. Take good care.

  8. So glad to hear things are better and that you will soon have things back to normal! The dress is beautiful and I’m sure Miss Baby was just the cutest thing. I bet she loved showing off her dress. Chris

  9. Happy New Year Wendy – the dress is stunning. That extra green really set off the design. And the lace insertions worked out like you had planned it that way all along! So glad to have you back and will still keep you and your in my prayers!

  10. Baby’s dress is just too beautiful! Your work is beyond belief. I think making the dress a little short was a lucky accident the lace adds a wonderful touch. Thanks so much for sharing. Hope all is good with you and your family!

  11. Miss Baby is the luckiest little girl–her mother can just do anything at the last minute to make it look like a million dollar dress. I love the dress and Miss Baby had to be the most beautiful little girl at church . You again just out did yourself. Prayers are said for you and those of concern. May God watch of all of you at this time. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Miss Baby, I’m sure, looked very much the angel she is in the most beautiful dress I have ever seen. Hoping and still praying that all is going well with your family. Come home safely…XOXO

  13. Your work on the making of this dress is Lovely and wonderful something I would be proud of, HUGS and Cheers angeljeanne (jeanne) Great Falls Montana (windy and fires)

  14. As usual, you’ve out done yourself again! What a precious gift for your little girl. Our world is greatly made better with people like you. Thank you and God Bless!.

  15. The dress is lovely, and the lace band is the perfect finishing touch. If you had not explained, none would know it was anything other than prefectly planned from the beginning!
    My thoughts are with you and your loved ones during this time, and hope live soon returns to a more normal routine for all. Happy New Year!

  16. Keeping you in prayer hon – remember, it’s not a crime to not reply to comments, people understand when you’re pressed for time, ok? The dress turned out just beautifully – I am so impressed!!

  17. It’s beautiful, Wendy. Burning the midnight oil–hmmm!!–why do we do it to ourselves time after time? Praying that your visit with your friend is bringing both of you peace and giving her strength. Hugs, love and tears, that’s what friends are for.

  18. The dress is beautiful Wendy, I love all the details on it. Miss Baby is a lucky girl. Please do not worry about responding to comments I understand you are busy and I hope everything is okay. Debbie

  19. Just beautiful. I love satin batiste. It is yummy to work with. I so feel your pain of finishing right before you walk out the door. For that very reason I refuse to make a wedding gown. Too much stress.

  20. Wendy, Miss Baby’s dress is beautiful. She must have looked angelic wearing it on Christmas Day.

    Hope all is well now. Take care.

    Wishing you and your family a very happy and healthy New Year.

  21. Pingback: (Last) Year in Review #6: Miss Baby’s dresses « Ivory Spring

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