Thursday, June 28, 2012

Shadow Embroidery Puppy

For this outfit, I used another pattern from Creations by Michie',
called Diaper Shirt and Shorts, #118.
I loved the puppy fabric, and it just so happened that in a different Michie' pattern (Sunsuit/Sundress, #132) I found a puppy that I could use that almost exactly matched the one of the puppies on the shorts!

I used an off-white Imperial Broadcloth for the shirt.
Doesn't Reid just look so precious
in his big boy shirt and shorts? :)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Life's a Beach!

This seems like a good outfit to post since it is 100 degrees outside today!
The smocking plate used for this outfit is Life's a Beach, by Crosseyed Cricket.
The pattern is Jon-Jon, #137, by Creations by Michie'.

I changed the blue on the plate to match the tourquoise seersucker.

This was the first time I had used Michie's Jon Jon pattern and I really did not place the insert correctly, but I'll know to fix it next time. It should have been spread out more so that the smocking reached the edges of the yoke. Oh well. :)

Sharing Cheerios with Popsie...:)

Monday, June 25, 2012

Shadow Embroidery Baby Gown

For this gown, I used the Pleated Daygown pattern #119,
by Creations by Michie', minus the collar.
All of Michie's patterns can be found on her website,

I got the fabric from the Old Fashioned Baby,
It is white with little blue dots.


The little bear is from Jeannie B's Book of Heirloom Embroidery.

Somehow we didn't get a picture of Reid in this gown...
and now that I am looking at the bear, I need to turn his frown upside down!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Smocked Baby Gowns

My daughter and son-in-law did not find out if their baby was a boy or a girl until birth day. They wanted to be surprised...which was DANDY...
unless you were the grandmother who wanted to sew for the little angel!
I made both a boy and a girl going home outfit, and both boy and girl baby gowns so I would have it covered. Here are some of the boy gowns I made.

I used a 27 year old Yvonne Denise pattern called Terry/Rachel to make these gowns. Apparently they have joined with ABC Kids patterns and you can find the pattern here:

The new pattern may have been adjusted,
but when I make the gowns using the old pattern I cut about 2 " off the sleeve length. 
I use Imperial batiste for most baby gowns.

The plate used below is Ducklings, by Ellen McCarn.

This one is Pony Tales, by Little Memories.
I think this pony is really too large for a baby gown, even though it's a really cute pony.
Next time I would do a smaller pony. :)

The plate below is Nighty Night, by Little Memories.
Reid looks like he is ready to go nighty night doesn't he? Big yawn...

My daughter thought the yellow gown looked like a girl gown,
so I changed the sheep's bow and flowers to pink, and now it is a girl gown.
 Here it is anyway.
The plate is Sarah's Sheep, by Creative Keepsakes.

When I make boy gowns, I usually put a drawstring in the bottom, so it is really a "saque".
Sometimes I put a drawstring in girl gowns, and sometimes not.

My son-in-law, of course, thought they ALL looked like girl gowns,
so when he was around when Reid had them on, we call them "bags".
That seems to make him feel better.;) He's a good sport.

I smock the back of my gowns too, and add a placket, which the old pattern does not call for, but the new pattern might. I use clear plastic snaps, and add a tiny button with a buttonhole loop to close the back.

And for the record, even though it made me crazy sewing-wise,
it was SO FUN to not know what the baby was until he was born. :)

Happy Sewing!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

A Year Ago...

A year ago, my precious grandson was born.
This is the outfit he wore home.

I used Creations By Michie' Pleated Daygown, #119 for the gown, minus the collar.
The ducks on the gown are in Michie's book, Heirloom Embroidery.

The cap is from the pattern Sweet and Simple Bubbles and Bonnets,
by The Old Fashioned Baby.
The cap has a little tatting around it
and both the sleeves and the cap are finished with a feather stitch.
The ducks on the blanket and cap are from Jeannie B's Book of Heirloom Embroidery.
I put some tiny tatting around the blanket and the flip side is cashmere flannel.

My babies were all almost 10 pounds, so I made the outfit in size 6 months.
Who knew Reid would be a little peanut by comparison, weighing 7 pounds 6 ounces?!
The gown and cap were a little big on him!
Look at his sweet little mouth. :)

I would love to see some of your babies' going home outfits!
Email me pictures at!

Friday, June 22, 2012


I made this little sunsuit for my grandson's first family trip to Florida.
The pattern I used is Elliott, by Children's Corner.
I think it's perfect for his first beach pictures!
He didn't like the sand, so we had to put him on a mat!

This is what happened when he wasn't on a mat!

He didn't mind standing in the sand...he just didn't want to sit in it! :)

His name is Reid, and you may be able to see the big "R" on the front of his sunsuit.
He just turned one in May. Isn't he the cutest little beach baby ever? :)

I would love to see pictures of some
of your summer projects!
Please email me pictures at!