OFB Smocked Daygown Part 6: Fancy Hem just got FANCIER

Another HAPPY MONDAY to you! I had a wonderful weekend. I started and almost completed another small wholecloth project to honor the 9th President of the United States, President Harrison. I am hoping to show you some pictures in a couple of days.


Meanwhile – the fancy hem on my baby daygown just got fancier. I weaved a very thin double-faced satin ribbon through the lace beading, and this is how it is looking:

Compare the present look with the previous pictures:

Now, you know why I had embroidered my rosebuds pink:

A few tips that might be helpful to you if you weave the ribbon through the lace beading:

1. Use a large tapestry needle with a large eye to “thread” the ribbon for weaving

2. Always check to make sure the ribbon does not “turn” on you onto the other face as you weave – it will save you a lot of heartache especially if the ribbon will be sewn into the placket as in a front placket

I appreciate you all being involved with my daygown saga (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5)!!! Like I had mentioned to some of you, garment construction is an uphill battle for me… I am hoping to be able to complete the front placket to show you in a couple of days. So stay tuned! I also have other news. But for now, I need to focus on finishing the background quilting on my Harrison project as I am on a deadline.

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Meanwhile, you still have a bit of time to leave a comment for my “Pieceful Garden” pillow giveaway!

“Lemonade” Smocking & News

HAPPY MONDAY, Everyone, I hope you have had a great weekend! I had a blessed one even though it was a bit hectic.

“Lemonade” Quilts are quilts made with either a pink or yellow color scheme. I thought I would show you the 95% finished smocking on my dotted Swiss “Pink & Yellow Lemonade” daygown ( I won’t be able to add the boullion roses until the gown is constructed):

I didn’t have much trouble with smocking through the dotted Swiss even though I didn’t remove the dots from the smocking area, except for when the needle had to go right through a “dot”. But as long as I kept my needle perpendicular to the pleat, and push a little harder, I didn’t have any problems:


The daygown should look like this after construction (hopefully!):

Picture from Nancy Coburn

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Meanwhile, look what I got?

The Pieceful Garden Quilt Kits are ready to ship starting TOMORROW!

Photo courtesy of The Quilter


OFB Smocked Daygown Part 5: Fancy Hem

From this…

… to this with entredeux in between the laces (attached to the hem of the daygown):

The view of the dress with fancy hem attached:

For those who are interested in the technical side of things regarding the lace assembly before attaching the whole thing to the hem of the dress –

1. I found lightly spray-starching and pressing the laces before doing the lace assembly a big help. That stabilizes the laces very well especially when I was dealing with long lengths of laces.

2. I used a clear foot so that I can easily keep track of the stitching:

3. I also made full use of my magnifying glass whenever I feel like I need it to magnify the entredeux holes when attaching the lace to the entredeux:

4. I used a zia-zag stitch (with W=2.2, and L between 1.0-1.2, adjusted as needed)

The shocking math of all this — just for this little infant daygown, the amount of laces/trims used was 8 1/8 yards of French Val Lace, and 8 1/8 yard of entredeux!!!

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I hope you enjoyed the progress report on my Old Fashioned Baby Daygown, and I hope you have a Marvelous Monday, all my bloggy friends!

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The complete saga of my OFB Smocked Daygown: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

OFB Smocked Daygown Part 4: It’s beginning to look like…

... a baby daygown. Can you see it, can you see it?!

I was so excited to I learned to properly attached a smocked piece to the yoke pieces with piping:

There is going to be a fancy hem at the bottom of the gown. I was going to work on attaching the laces today, but was side-tracked by quilting-related business. But hopefully, I would get to it tonight:

Ooooooh – I am so pleased with the techniques I have learned so far!! Thanks bunches, Annelle!

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Part 1, Part 2, Part 3