Saturday, August 25, 2012

Lost, but Now Found

I had despaired of ever finding this little outfit I made for my granddaughter four years ago. My daughter had sent several boxes of clothes to store for her, and I rummaged fruitlessly through each one. But when Mr. California Stitching came back from a recent trip to visit her, he brought it home in a bag with several other outgrown dresses. So after a quick session on the ironing board, here it is.

This is the second of the Wendy's Embroidery Club items I made, and the first complete kit I bought from her. Wendy Schoen has discontinued the club, and this pattern is no longer available on her website. The first club item I ever made was the Toile Eyelet Dress, but I purchased the fabrics for that one myself. If you look at that post, over two years ago, I said that after I made it I would purchase kits from then on, and if I ever found the other one I made that year I would post about it, and this is the post. This outfit was so fun to make. The fabrics are just delicious, it's completely lined, and all the embroidery is done in DMC floche. The pin stitching is all done on the machine. This fabric is just a bit heavy for hand pin stitching, which is better suited to fine cotton batistes and handkerchief linens.

The embroidery  is not difficult, as the stems and leaves are all back stitch and lazy daisies (detached chain stitch). The roses are bullion roses, with Wendy's excellent instructions and drawings in the kit. She was a graphic designer before turning to embroidery, so her illustrations are well done and very instructive. Of course, if you want to recreate this embroidery there is always the A-Z of Bullions by Country Bumpkin for great close up photographs of the step by step instructions.  What's that slightly dark spot in the center of the pink check? Coffee dust! I had just made a nice cappuccino for myself before the photography session, and didn't notice it until just now.

Even the diaper cover has lace on the legs.

Here is the little angel wearing it almost four years ago. The outfit is a size 9 months, so it just may fit my great niece, who turns 1 year old in two weeks but is a bit small for her age.

I'm off to do some laundry, grocery shopping, all that great weekend stuff. I hope you can get some stitching time in! Have a great weekend!


  1. Wow! You do lovely work! I love this little outfit and your granddaughter was a beautiful baby.

  2. That is really sweet! The machine pinstitching looks great. I loved Wendy's embroidery club. Her patterns are always cute and the fabrics delightful to work with.
    This little dress is inspiring me to get busy on some of my USOs. (That's un-started objects. Procrastination- I'm doin' it right!)

  3. OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!! This is one of the sweetest little dresses I have ever seen. And me with a new granddaughter due to arrive in 4 months! thanks for posting this, Cynthia. It goes into my HAVE-TO-DO folder.

  4. P.S. I was so enchanted with the dress that I didn't scroll down to see the absolutely gorgeous baby girl! What a beauty! She deserves a dress this pretty.

  5. E' bellissimo Cynthia, è molto dolce e romantico ed è bellissimo che continui la sua vita passando da un nipote all'altro. Baci

  6. What a gorgeous outfit! I love the combination of the mini check and the print. Have any more treasures made their way back to you?


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