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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Every Stitch by Hand...

Bunny Shadow work on Hand Stitched Daygown

Today I finished the hand sewn daygown in the OFB daygown sew-along. I had so much fun making this and I LOVE the way it turned out! Jeannie's lessons were great; almost as good as taking a class in person. I learned some new techniques and re-discovered the pleasure of hand-sewing, which I haven't done as much of since having children. The only thing I did differently from her directions was the embroidery. I have several lacy, fluffy daygowns and I wanted this one to be really boyish. I searched my old magazines and found this sweet bunny design in the Nov/Dec 2003 Creative Needle. I haven't done shadow work in years, but it came right back to me. I used DMC floss for the embroidery, which also has stem stitch, lazy daisies, and French knots.
Back view of the daygown

I love the pleats on the sleeves and chose tatting to complement the tailored look. I'm very proud of how the inside looks almost as good as the outside.
Inside view: back of shadow work, French seams, entredeux finish

The completed daygown!

I already tried it on Andy and he looks so sweet. Daygowns are perfect for baby photos. I had a great time participating in this Sew Along and hope Jeannie will do another one soon!!


Karen said...

What a beautiful job you did on this daygown! It is very boyish and perfect in every way. I am woefully behind on my daygown.....I am still practicing my handsewn buttonholes. I hope you will post some photos of Andy wearing his daygown.

LMP said...

You did a wonderful job. It is absolutely adorable and I love the embroidery you chose. Congrats to you!!

Elisabeth Rose said...

Karen, I just bookmarked your blog. I'll enjoy reading it when I have a little free time! I look forward to seeing your gown when it's done.
LMP, thanks for leaving such a nice comment!!

Anonymous said...

How very sweet! Gorgeous finishing job, too... I love it when projects turn out so well!

Martha said...

So precious! You did a great job. I love the bunny and kite. Too cute.

Elisabeth Rose said...

Thanks, Martha! Your beautiful sewing is an inspiration to me!

Jan said...

Love that bunny tail, so cute.