>Part 16: a baby’s bonnet



top front

This is the last of the family heirloom items to show.  That isn’t to say the show and tell is done.  As I have some I have collected over the years in my collection of things in my home.  So there will be a few more items to show you after this.  But they are not things that have been passed down in either mine or my husbands family but pretty all the same.

left sideright sidetop side


>Part 15:Pollyanna type dress



This is just the most gorgeous dress out of all the one you have seen in this set in my opinion.I   could so see Pollyanna walking down the street in this outfit.

This dress has details all over it.  Pin-tucks, Swiss embroideries, French lace, very sheer cotton batiste fabric, pearl buttons, mittered corners in the lace.


front yoke
french lace and swiss embroidery

This ribbon was put on this dress for photos it has a pink double sided satin one now.  As the white was just to bright and garish with the old fabrics.  But I wanted to be able to show the lace loops and that it should have a belt with it sad the original is lost as it was probably either silk, satin, or real big puffly white cotton batiste one.


The hem is a real wide piece of Swiss embroidery very pretty has a little damage but not much.


Just lovely in every way.  I have a dress I was making similar in style to this one years ago I found it a few days ago I really should finish it.

>HS101: Heirloom Sewing 101


Heirloom Sewing 101. Get yours at bighugelabs.com

This morning I started a group on flickr about Heirloom Sewing.  The only thing in it currently is the photos I have been showing.  But I plan to make some tutorials and hope other people will as well, as to how to do this type of sewing.

When my grandmother was a girl this was taught in school.  It was already fading out of the school systems by the time my mother-in-law was in school and only basic sewing was taught when I was in high-school if you signed up for the class.   Now a lot of schools don’t even offer basic sewing let alone heirloom.  I had to learn by teaching myself and by taking classes from some well known people in Heirloom sewing such as Laura Snarr at the Orem Stitching Corner, Esther Randall the founder of YLI silks,and her daughter Esther Russell, and , and most noted  Gail Doane, and other such people at the West Jordan Stitching Corner which is now sad to say no more.  There is still the Stitching corner in Orem, Utah that teaches these types of classes locally but not everyone has such places near them.  So I hope to help those who want to learn this and I am hoping others will want to help too.

Also it doesn’t have to be children’s clothes would love to see adult clothes, dresses and blouses add to the pool too and so on.

Please help in this endeavor if you do this type of sewing please post your photos of finished or in progress works and/or tutorials to the group and help each other.

As I get time I will get some tutorials up on my blog here.  So look for them in the future.