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Saturday, October 3, 2015

A Wee Sleeper

 Yes, I'm still on my Wee Kick. We have a Smocking Guild meeting this Thursday and I want to turn in my Wee Care items for the year. I've been experimenting: wondering "what would parents want for their baby"? Many will love the fancy smocked gowns, but I think others would want something more simple- especially here in New England, where smocking is rather uncommon. I think some Dads would rather have "pants" on their little boys.
This is a tiny knit sleeper, meant for 10-12" preemies, which would be about 24-26 weeks. Even comparing it to the glasses, I think you have to see it in person to realize how little it is. This is the back- see how the feet are formed- that wasn't easy.
The fabric is cotton knit and I added a little lamb embroidery from Blue Ribbon Baby. It is about an inch tall. The snaps are size 14.
There is a little hat with the suit. Isn't it cute- this took all of 5 minutes to make.

I purchased a new pattern, designed for 10-12" preemies or dolls. While I think it turned out well, the pattern left much to be desired. Until I hear back from the seller, I am not going to link to it. I will update later if I can recommend it.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

For the Wee Ones

I have really enjoyed making these tiny gowns. I am sad to think of why they are needed, but glad to help in a wee way.
This little gown is from a pattern by Joy Welsh of Applique for Kids. She generously allowed SAGA to publish it and has graciously allowed me to post the PDF in my MAS Patterns Group!! Thank you, JOY! I used ecru Martha's favorite cotton batiste for this gown. I don't remember where the lace came from- possibly a super MP Co. sale. It is about 2" wide, cotton, and very soft. I initially added the wide lace at the neckline, but it was too much. So, I cut it in half widthwise and I like the scale better, but I wish I had stitched it to the top  of the casing, instead of underneath. I would have moved it again, but I just can't undo all the tiny stitches. Next time I will know.
I love the sleeves. I used a little lace beading with narrow ribbon and it allows ease of dressing, but also can be fitted so it's not too blousy.
The embroidery is a cross from Creative Keepsakes Christening II with "In God's Arms" added in Embird. It is stitched in gold metallic thread.
The embroidery next to it is one I digitized. It is actually based on a tattoo of a Dad who lost an angel baby. I asked people's opinions and they overwhelmingly felt it was not appropriate, so I am not using that one on anything.
Joy's pattern is great for several reasons:
1. It comes in 4 sizes from Tiny Preemie to Newborn
2. With the drawstring neck, it is super quick to sew
3. It is nearly flat in front making it a great canvas for embroidery, lace work, etc.
4. PDF makes it so easy to print and it has just 3 pieces!
 So, go download yours today and give it a try to help Preemies in your area.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Gonna Have to Face it, I'm Addicted to...

Shadow work! I know, I know it's supposed to be love and I have plenty of that from my awesome family! But I have had so much FUN with the machine shadow work designs. I love the Applique for Kids designs.
Look at this sweet little chick! If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you know that we have hens and they are great pets. So, anything with a chick is a "yes" for me!
This "Baby" design is just lovely! I have to say that when I can do this on the embroidery machine in 5 minutes, I think twice about doing it by hand!
Here are some strawberries with blossoms. All of these are stitched with DMC 50wt cotton thread and Madeira cotona 80wt cotton in the bobbin. I recently treated myself to some bright colors of this thread. I had originally bought about 6 pastel colors, but I like it so much that I had to expand my palette! The cotton is my favorite thread to use. It really looks like hand work and doesn't have the sheen of rayon.

These designs are so cute, easy, and work well for so many garments. Check out Applique for Kids!