Babies wear white

I started to prepare the heirloom dresses Baby has worn in her first year for storage. There are a couple she is still able to wear, but the earlier dresses are now ready for storage. It was a time of reflection for me as I thought about Baby’s life this past year. I tried as much as I could adhering to the “babies wear white” tradition in the dresses I have made here. So, most of her “important” dresses have been made in white. Here are snippets of those dresses…

Her “coming out” dress when she was a month old:

A breathtaking dedication gown (made and given by a dear friend):

A smocked layette Baby wore for Easter and Mother’s Day:

I had made this bishop years before Baby was born, and definitely way before I knew we would have a girl. I was only hoping we would have a girl eventually when I made this:

We had a few colored heirloom outfits in between which I won’t include in this post. Here is what Baby wore for Christmas:

And this is Baby’s latest white gown, which she had worn for her birthday. Well, if Mama here doesn’t get with the program, Baby might be wearing this too for Easter this year…

I just love seeing babies in white. So, I don’t think I will stop making white dresses for Baby just because she is more grown up now…. but first, I am going to try to finish up her Easter dress this year, and it’s not going to be white! Stay tuned.

p.s.  Click here if you are interested in seeing these dresses in a more detailed manner.

Lavender Smocking Part 3: I “heart” you!

Good day, everyone! I am running up against a non-negotiable deadline. So this will be a quickie. I am showing the latest on my lavender smocking progress. The hearts are in!


I think it is sweet to have heart accents on children’s clothing because they are symbolic of a child’s heart being ever open to learn and to love!

Thank you for stopping by. I always appreciate your visits and comments, from the bottom of my heart!

Lavender Smocking Part 2

One of the many things I have been working on is the lavender smocked bishop:

lavender smocking2

I haven’t gotten much done, but I love the effect so far. Smocking the baby waves closely together created a braided look:

lavender smocking3

I hope you have had a great start to your week. I am going to enjoy mine. I hope you are too!

Precious Heirloom

Rhonda is a special lady in my life – we had met through the sewing center I called “home” – Rogers Sewing Center. Being very gifted and talented, Rhonda has created this christening ensemble:

It is simply a masterpiece showcasing the best of Heirloom Sewing (French Hand Sewing). Last year Rhonda graciously gave me the christening ensemble as a gift to my family. It is one of the most precious heirloom gifts I have ever received on behalf of my family. It is made with Swiss batiste and miles and miles (it seems like) of French laces, and Rhonda had lovingly embroidered all over the gown with delicate embroideries and shadow work by hand:

Can you spot the bird that Rhonda has done by shadow work on the bottom right corner? There are a total of four birds stringing the ribbons on this gown:

My bear Lady Carlyle is doing her best to model the bonnet for me. You can see that her head is a tad bit small for the bonnet:

The slip is blank for the most part except for the little bit of lace around the neck, armholes and the hem. I will embroider the date of birth and monogram of the child who gets to wear this christening gown on the slip. I have read in one of the Sew Beautiful Magazines about a christening gown that has been passed down in a family in England for 300 years, and all the babies that wore the gown had their monograms embroidered on the slip — how’s that for heirloom?

[From Wikipedia: Heirloom sewing is a collection of needlework techniques that arose in the last quarter of the 20th century that imitates fine French hand sewing of the period 1890-1920 using a sewing machine and manufactured trims.

Heirloom sewing is characterized by fine, often sheer, usually white cotton or linen fabrics trimmed with an assortment of lace, insertions, tucks, narrow ribbon, and smocking, imitating such hand-work techniques as whitework embroidery, Broderie Anglaise, and hemstitching.

Typical projects for heirloom sewing include children’s garments (especially christening gowns), women’s blouses, wedding gowns, and lingerie.]

I count myself blessed to have known Rhonda, with whom I have shared matters of the heart. And I count myself blessed multiple times and over to have other women like Rhonda that have touched my life in very very special ways. I cherish the relationships I have with these very special women in my life. And I will share about them as time goes along.

Thank you for coming to my show-and-tell. I hope you have enjoyed it.