>Grandma Harbaugh’s yo-yos


close up of yo-yos

kitchen entryWhen my husbands grandmother died she had some sewing supplies.  They have since been divided among my sister-laws who sew and myself.  In the the items I chose was a small bunch of yo-yos that had been made but not sewn to anything.  So I sewed them together and framed them today I just love them so sweet and it is nice to have something from grandma, especially yo-yos.

She had a few more (3 and 1) in two different sizes which I will frame some time in the future.  Those are kind of fun as the paper template is still with one cut out from a newspaper with the date and all.

This is the entry way from my front room into my kitchen I think it goes well with the embroidery that I got from my old neighbor.

On the top shelf is the rocking horse my children used when they where just tikes but they have since out grown it so now it is a decoration.  The doll house is “The Littles” from when I was a kid.  It is a pretty cool little doll house has cast metal furniture that functions meaning drop leaf tables actually work.  This is sort of where childhood gets remembered on that shelf.  I have a few more things to put up there but I have to find them first in storage still working on that.

close up of area

>Part 26: Nightgown with tatting


night gown

This use yo hang on my sewing room door at our old house with the baby christening gown.  I know this is real simple and plain.  It is on the easy end of heirloom sewing.  But what it has going for it is that someone took the time to tat that entire yoke.  It does have french seams and the lace/yoke and sleeves is added in a way that is synonymous  to heirloom sewing.This actually  fits me but I don’t wear it.

mid shot yoke

yoke detail

>Bolero Romanian Point lace pattern circa 1900


the whole bolero

I have been working on my storage unit the last few days.  I plan to get back tot eh tutorial for heirloom sewing in the next few days.  I have been working on this a little at night right before going to bed and while watching movies.  It has a long way to go.  I hope it fits it should but if not I guess my dress forms will be well dressed as if they aren’t already.

partially laid cords

Originally this was supposed to be done in battenberg lace.  I may make one in battenberg as well but I wanted one in Romanian point lace.  I have lots of supplies from 1900 so if I made one it would be made out of the old linen tapes and such that I own.  I just am not fond of the care involved in a battenberg jacket.  Because Romainan cord is thicker it never needs ironing and has a personality all its own.

where I am working at the moment

A pattern at this price would not happen today.  This pattern is circa 1900.

circa 1900 this price would never happen today

I person in my flickr groups posted a tutorial on her blog she makes her cord different than I was taught so I do not know if hers unravels easy I will have to try her way and see.

But here is the link if you are wanting to learn to do this type of lace. Let her know I sent you take care and have fun making lace.  She has step by step instructions and a video of the cord like I do

>Part 25: Not finished antique gown circa 1900



Here is the second gown from circa 1900 that is not finished this one has much more embroidery started and it is being worked with floche.  I do have the original thread to finish it so that is how I will do it all white work.

center hem detail hem detail above edginghem

This is a real sheer fabric.  These are not fancy gowns by any means but they are lovely all the same.  The is a label on the dress that reads:
No 355   Infants dress   Use American Beauty Embroidery Floss 651/=K1

details of pattern and thread company

The center back is to be slit open too i think I will use taylors button hole there as well as I do not have any fabric to make a button placket.  So it I use the taylors button hole and make thread loops for the buttons ( also using the taylors button hole over the thread bars it will work well.

back of neck showing lines for cutting

There are marks on the sleeves and the waist area that will need the taylors button hole stitches  then slit open to weave ribbon into.

yoke front detail
neck detailscenter frontright sleeveright sleeve detail of embroidery pattern

>HS101: Tailors button hole


I will be using a tailors button hole to finish the hem on the previous post.  What most people call a button hole stitch is actually a blanket stitch and not very strong.  Notice the running stitch first then the extra loop in the knot section.  The knot section is to face the open part where the button passes through the garment.  The fact that there is one more loop makes it take a little longer to wear out.

Tailors button hole stitch

>Part 24: Not finished antique gown circa 1900




This gown is circa 1900 and not finished.  I have some antique silk thread that I plan to finish it with. It was originally started with white floche (a type of cotton embroidery thread) thread but the person who started it only did a few leaves so I unpicked them as I didn’t have enough of the original thread to finish this one and it’s sister and it’s sister has more embroidery already started on it.  Yes I have two of these you will see the other on Monday.
detail of center hem embroidery pattern

center front hem detail

Yoke detail there are two of these mirror images of each other.  You can see where in this photo I unpicked it.

yoke detail

You know I wish you could still buy pre-stamped baby clothes.   If any one knows of a place let me know especially if it is 100% clothes I am not interested in polyester at all.  Here is a close up of the hem details.

hem detail for embroidery

see next post for how to finish this hem with a tailors button hole.

>Part 23: Simple dress with repairs


front with old repairs
back full dress
IMGP1642neck front

This is a real simple dress.  Just how simple you say well it is cut from a single rectangle and then shaped from there.  The sleeve are actually just slits in the sides of the rectangle then they are gathered and put in place.  And the neck and button placket are also just a circle and a slit cut from the center of the rectangle There is one real long strip cut to make the button placket too that simple truly it is.


The hem and sleeves have some scalloping details too.


This dress has a simple crochet edging made up of three rows.
Pattern of crochet is

  1. single crochet around (neck, arms, and hem) in white crochet thread cut and finish thread
  2. (Change to main color to match embroidery ) sc in any stitch chain 3, skip 3 to 4  sc on previous round which ever works best (the crocheter was inconsistent ) to accommodate  the curves, *sc in next sc, chain 5,sc in same stitch as last sc, chain 3, skip 3 or 4 sc,** repeat from star around end with an even number of sc. slip stitch to first sc,  chain 1
  3. chain 3, *sc in next sc,ch 3 ,sc in loop 4 times, ch 3 sc in next sc at base of loop, ch 3** repeat around , slip stitch to starting stitch cut and finish threads
front panel and repair

The front panel had some real old repairs on it that cane with it when I bought it.  This is how I had thought that I would have done the repairs on my mother-in-laws as it isn’t to noticeable once a white slip is under the dress.  But looking at it without the slip I think for this dress I would have bought some insertion lace and sewed two thin strips together or purchase one big wide piece and sewn them to the front of this gown down the panel and just removed the damaged part all together.  Instead of having this repair as the other way it would not have been noticeable at all it would have just looked like it was meant to be that way.

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