I hope to inspire and entertain you with a lot of sewing and a little of everything else!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Guest post by Pip & Squeak


"Hi, I'm Squeak!!"
"And I'm Pip!"
"We are little PipSqueaks!"
"We are 2 days old." See how tiny we are?" 
"We are little puffs of feathers. We are excited to grow up and meet Blackie, Shelly, and Golden- our big sisters."

Monday, April 27, 2015

Gorgeous Vintage Bibs

I am always amazed by the hand work ladies used to find time to do. They had so much work to do and still managed to hand-stitch things for their families. Imagine spending hours and hours just to crochet a bib!
I found these 2 beauties for $2.50 each. Maybe they were made as a newborn gift or for a baby's baptism.
I love the bullion roses on this one and the pretty scalloped edging.

This one is pretty, too, with the ribbon woven through.

Can you imagine creamed spinach on these??

Back soon with the Pinafore Pattern!!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Shadow Work by Machine OR Third Time Lucky

I did something fun yesterday. My first try at shadow work by machine! I am making my fifth pinafore test sample and I decided to use a little embroidery on the yoke. I had admired the gorgeous shadow work designs available at Applique for Kids, so I thought I'd give it a try.
Here are my three tries. The design stitched perfectly every time, BUT...
For the first one (top) I cut the yoke before embroidering and it wasn't centered. Ugg. Then I thought maybe I'd prefer a pink bow, so I did it again. It was centered, but the pink barely shows up. (Photo is enhanced- it's lighter in real life). The third one is my favorite- blue bow with yellow flowers.
These colors are more realistic- see how the pink is too light? I stitched these with my few colors of DMC cotton 50 wt and the bobbin is Madeira 80 wt cotona. I didn't want to use shiny rayon for this. The fabric is 100% cotton Martha's Favorite Batiste.
I was afraid to try this, because you have to stitch the "shadow" first on a layer of permanent stabilizer or sheer fabric. However, it couldn't have been easier! I want to try more of the beautiful Shadow Work from Applique for Kids!!
I'm putting finishing touches on the Pinafore Pattern, which should be ready around May 1!!
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