It started when I heard that Denise was expecting her first grandchild, and when they found it it was going to be a girl. How exiting! A new bra-maker is coming into the world (although I am sure she will learn quilting first if Denise has anything to do with it!)
So I thought about what to make for the new baby...several things came to mind and then I got started. I would do something I did when I was an educator for Sulky Threads - smocking! More specifically - smocking by machine instead of by hand.
First I used a pleater to gather the flannelette into small evenly spaced pleats. This one is from Australia and is one of my prized possessions!
The I put stabilizer on the back and stitched across the pleats with decorative stitches. I drew inspiration from the colourful trim fabric you can see at upper left.
Then I sewed the front and back yokes together at the shoulders
The sewed some tucks in the sleeve cap and put on the cuff (honestly, I would change this pattern and use gathers on the sleeve cap - I am not loving the tucks)
And sewed the sleeves into the armhole and then of course, the side seams and the collar. Gosh, I love the collar trimmed with that tiny piping!
I'll admit, my heart was in my throat as I hammered in the snaps on the front and the inseam. But to my great relief, they went in just fine!
Here's the foot ready to sew in
The foot was trimmed in the same tiny piping as the collar. I also hand sewed a flannel lining inside the foot so there are no raw edges to bother her feet.
So here is the finished sleeper. (I assure you that front snap panel is straight in real life!)
Welcome to the world Elliott Harper Higgins (9 pounds 7 oz) born April 1, 2016! Congratulations to proud grandparents Denise and John!
My question to Denise is - when do her sewing lessons start?