Well, my Old Fashioned Baby smocked layette project didn’t turn out to be a knocked down and dragged out saga like my smocked baby daygown. You see, I couldn’t dilly dally because this particular outfit was supposed to be worn for Easter this year (and it WAS completed in time for Easter!):
It was such a fun project. I think I am going to make another one with a floral fabric for a less formal look. But for now, here is the lacy fancy hem:
The coordinating slip. I embroidered a teeny rosebud right below the neckline just for fun:
Have a great Monday and week, everyone. I will catch up with you later!
p.s. Please click here for Part 1.
This week, I have been working on a smocked layette. The pattern is by Jeannie Baumeister of Old Fashioned Baby:
The smocking is very simple by very sweet, with super sweet embroidery on the smocked sleeves:
This is what I have done so far:
These are the French Val laces I will be using to attach to the hem – I have a thing for lacy hem:
Thanks for stopping by! It’s always great to hear from you. I hope you are enjoying your day. Till tomorrow!
My dear friend Annelle came through for me AGAIN! The Old Fashioned Baby Daygown is now complete:
Thank you for all your encouraging comments throughout this looong saga! The latest and all pink issue of “Sew Beautiful” featured a similar gown made by Jeannie Baumeister (desginer), except the smocking part feature honeycomb smocking and there is additional embroidery on the yoke. It was absolutely stunning — I might have to make another one!! So many pretties, so little time…
(Previous posts on my daygown saga: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9)
I did manage to attach the collars to my Old-fashioned Baby daygown yesterday – many, many, many thanks to my dear friend Annelle! I even sewed the bias band down – that’s how excited I was about these collars!!! [There is actually a picture of the same daygown made by Jeannie Baumeister (designer) featured in the latest Sew Beautiful magazine – it’s toward the end of the magazine!]
All I have left are the buttonholes, buttons, and the slip (pieces already cut). I hope I would be able to get those completed within the very near future.
The next Old-fashioned Baby pattern I intend to attempt is the Smocked Layette – I love all of Jeannie’s designs:
(Previous posts on my daygown saga: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8)
Meanwhile, I am going back to doing some quilting – hadn’t done much of that this week, and I have some catching up to do. See you tomorrow!
I added the sleeves to my daygown. It was quite challenging for me to have to sew something as tiny as infant-sized sleeves. All I can say is, heirloom sewing is vastly different from quilting.
I am glad that the daygown is looking more like a daygown, and less like a… like a… like a…. muscle shirt! ;)
Now, I am supposed to stitch this tiny tiny lace by hand (about 1/4″ wide) to the collar before I can attach the collar to the daygown. I am usually not afraid of handwork, but I have to say this part does overwhelms me a bit. Nonetheless I am going to do it as soon as I get a breather from my quilting deadlines:
(Previous posts on my daygown saga: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7)
Missy, who is also into heirloom sewing, graciously awarded me (thanks, Missy!):
Another Happy Monday to you all! I finished piecing my first of two quilts for “The Quilter” over the weekend. As a treat, I allowed myself to do some heirloom sewing. Now, my Old Fashioned Baby Smocked Daygown has “hang-ability” (ability to be hung!) because I french-seamed the shoulder seams!! You can also see from the picture how the fancy hem looks on the dress:
I also learned to attach the front placket. An edge-stitch foot really came in handy for that!! A piece of cake for some, but a MILESTONE for me. I actually also learned to do release pleats, but the picture doesn’t quite show it (next time, I promise!):
My remaining checklist for the daygown (I think, unless my wonderful teacher says otherwise):
I hope to be able to show you prettier pictures once the collars and sleeves are attached.
(Previous posts on my daygown saga: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6)
Carrie graciously awarded me with this (Thanks bunches, Carrie!):
(She and I hit it off right away because we are both daughters of the King, and we are both dish-aholics! I always enjoy her posts on tablesettings and dishes among her other excellent posts).
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.
Meanwhile, you still have a bit of time to leave a comment for my “Pieceful Garden” pillow giveaway!
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
Meanwhile, look what I got?
The Pieceful Garden Quilt Kits are ready to ship starting TOMORROW!
Photo courtesy of The Quilter
… 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!!!
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!
The complete saga of my OFB Smocked Daygown: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
... 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!
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3