Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Brothers and Sisters

Baby brother is only a few short weeks from arriving. There has been one thing after another keeping from my sewing room. Consequently, his layette is woefully bare right now. I am trying to squeeze a few more hours in my day. I'll let you know how that works out. I am fearful it won't be as successful as I hope. All that aside, here is his first completed outfit. Mommy wanted outfits for when "Big Sisser" comes to see baby in the hospital. Looking for some of those Kodak moments. We went stash diving and this is what we came up with.

The jumper is Children's Corner "Lucy" paired with an out of print pattern, Children's Corner "Meg" for the blouse.


Both outfits are made from Spechler Vogel Dakota pique, and lined with Fabric Finders green tri-check. Since Princess is a tall drink of water, the jumper is a size 2, but with a size 1 armhole. It fits great, it is a teeny, teeny bit long but won't be for long. At 14 months she is 32" tall.

It is piped in the tri-check. You know I love piping. It gives such a nice finish. The blouse is a Fabric Finders floral cotton. It also comes in a sweet blue colorway, but that wasn't in my closet. Mommy wanted the sleeves piped as well. The buttons are 1/2" covered buttons. I did interface the fabric to cover the buttons with, with German interfacing to give the fabric covering a bit more stability.


Baby brother's outfit is made from Jackie Clark's "Baby Overalls". As I said, also from the Dakota pique lined with the tri-color check. I used Snap Source snaps at the inseams.


I couldn't leave off the piping love from baby brother, so it too is piped with the green.  Initially I was going to do the machine embroidery on the romper front without the pocket. I decided to line and pipe the pocket to frame the embroidery instead. This pattern called for a rounded strap so I used one larger covered button instead of the two smaller ones.


The Big Sister design was purchased from swak embroidery while the Lil Brother design was a free download from the same site.

All in all I call this duo almost "free." I had the fabrics and the patterns, the only thing I purchased was the buttons for the blouse and the Big Sister embroidery design. Score!

I do have a couple of gowns about finished then onto his coming home gown. It will be an Old Fashioned Baby/Wendy Schoen combo. Replete with shadow work all along the hem. About those few short weeks.....

Parting shot: Princess in a bishop from last fall at the punkin' patch this past weekend. It still fits, but it is too short now. Mommy just slipped a pair of jeans underneath. And no, her bow isn't quite that large, it is a tee-pee in the background!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Words to Ponder



What kind of God would He be
if He did not hear the
bangles ring on
an ant’s

as they move the earth
in their sweet

And what kind of God would He be
if a leaf’s prayer was not as precious to creation
as the prayer His own son sang
from the glorious depth
of his soul –
for us.

And what kind of God would He be
if the vote of millions in this world could sway Him
to change the divine
law of

that speaks so clearly with compassion’s elegant tongue,
saying, eternally saying:

all are forgiven – moreover, dears,
no one has ever been

kind of God would He be
if He did not count the blinks
of your

 and is in absolute awe of their movements?

What a God - what a God we

From "Love Poems from God" by Daniel Ladinsky

Thursday, September 8, 2011


The weather has changed, thank heaven. The breeze is cool, the sunshine mild and refreshing. Leaves are starting to rattle on the trees. Life is good. I even had a chance to take a quick stitch or two. Aren't the colors of the ribbon so reminiscent of fall? A real treat all the way around.

I am taking a few days to go on retreat. It will be nice since my house is once again a construction zone. Bathroom #2 under renovation. It will be wonderful with the temperate weather to enjoy some quiet time away from the hammering and sawing. Be back next week.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Hearts Remember

and as always, missed.
Sept 2, 2004

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Taking Flight and Feeling Blue

First posted by flossbox

Is this not beautiful? At first glance you would truly believe it was real and getting ready to fly. Just gorgeous. flossbox always does exquisite work.

Thank you to everyone for the warm words of congratulations on my recent venture into "publication." It has been a real treat to receive so many messages of congratulations. The best treat will be to see others try the design for themselves. I can't wait to see what you come up with.

I do have some other ideas swirling for more submissions. It will be interesting to see how they turn out. Right now though I have lots and lots on my mind. Not only can I not seem to sew as much as I would like for Princess but.....

we are expecting the sound of even more tiny feet around here. And here is HIS tiny footprint. Don't those tiny toes just make you want to squeel? Some of you are quite inquisitive and found the ticker wayyyy at the bottom of the page. I have gotten a few emails asking about it. Baby brother is due around Thanksgiving. I need to get to sewing some blue!

Keep stitching faithful reader, I'll be stash diving.
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