Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Heirloom Potpourri Daygown

Working on the Waterfall Christening Gown is going to take a very long time, so here is a post of a dress I made for my granddaughter when she was a tiny one. This is called Heirloom Potpourri Daygown and is from a class by Claudia Newton sponsored by my local SAGA chapter. The photo is notoriously bad, but you can see the stitching a bit better in the closeups.

The embroidery is pretty simple, just stem stitch stems, detached bullion chain leaves, and bullion flowers, all done in DMC cotton floss. The lace is stitched onto the fabric, which is carefully cut away from behind the lace and folded to the edges. Then point de Paris is stitched around the edges by machine. You can see that the center flowers on the bottom look a bit yellow. It needs a good washing before being passed on to anyone else.

The blue Madiera applique hem is also attached by machine.

I even added point de Paris along the back facings. I used stitch D46 W and L = 2.0 on my Viking Designer I, with a size 100/16 needle and Madiera Cotona No. 80 thread. (Believe it or not, I took notes, to determine which combination of thread/needle/stitch length I liked best.). See that bias binding at the neckline? Was it ever tiny! No fun to stitch down.  I made a bonnet to match, but I'll be darned if I can find it. 

And here's the little sweetheart in her dress, before she got hungry and let everyone know. We were at my nephew's college graduation party and it was 105 in the shade of the huge oak tree in the back yard. My brother had misters going to help keep everyone relatively cool, so between the humidity and the shade of the oak tree the colors of this photo are just perfect. She was exactly two months old and trying to figure out how her tongue works.


  1. Cynthia,
    I have a sigh of happiness whenever I see lovely gowns like this.

  2. Gorgeous gown, but those baby toes and tongue are priceless!

  3. Cynthia, This gown is just divine....I love it ! You amaze me how you fit in all the sewing and work too ! I really enjoy your blog !

  4. So beautiful! Its a lovely gown on such a gorgeous bub


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