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Heirloom Dress Project Class

Fallon is a year and a half years old in this picture and this was one of Moms first at sewing anything!

 Laura Cantrell Photography          Mobile Alabama 251-476-4331


Ava Maria

Ava Maria done on the beautiful Bearissma Swiss Batiste. The turned up scalloped hem is outlined with a green running stitch and topped with red colonial knots at points. I love babies in white! They always look like angels!

Watermelons all Year!

Watermelon Corduroy, how sweet! This is " Hank & Helen " and the new Casey pattern from Children's Corner! The lining is the new multi-check pink and lime. We used the small white button backs and the 1/2" lime green buttons.

The legs of the Hank and Helen have been gathered to 11" and a band of the check topped stitched on top. The pink striped organza ribbon bows are pinned on so they can be removed before washing. The pink prong snaps in the crotch make it easy to get out of when needed!

The hoody jacket is so cute! and so in right now! And it is EASY to make! a quick serger project.

Special Hanky Blanket

Each hanky comes hemstitched in either pink, blue or white.

Swiss insertion connects all nine squares together. Wide entredeux beading outlines this and then Swiss edging trims it all. We did this one with the pink hemstitched hankies and used the 3/8" double face satin ribbon in the beading. I tied the bows separately and attached to each corner.

You need: 4 1/4yds of insertion, 4 1/3yds of wide entredeux beading, 4 1/2yds Swiss edging, 9 hankies, and 5 yards of 3/8" double faced satin ribbon.

Kits are available


Jeffery Modified

Olga added a side pleat for interest and growth! You can't see by my picture but she lined it with the pima black check. His sister has a matching dress, so cute!


Lucy Christmas

 I saw this done at market and feel in love with it! Actually Lezette Thomason had it done in an Olive green, which we have done also, I will put the other 2 versions up under this one.

This pattern is the straighter version of Lucy by Children's Corner.

Before you sew it up top stitch the ribbon with the ruffles to the front . The ruffles are single layered not on the fold doubled. I rolled shelled hemmed the edge and then gathered it 2 to 1 ratio.

scroll down for another view!


"Reindeer Frolic"

Shelly- Heather Pattern by Yvonne Denise

Monkeying Around!

The top is made from the Holly Hunter Pattern with the new monkey twill fabric and the 1/16th gingham check red as the lining. Piped in red mini piping. Two 3/4" red plastic buttons for the straps.

The ruffles have been rolled hemmed with a mirrored blind hem stitch.  this technique can be found in Carol Ahles's "Fine Machine sewing"

The pants pattern used is the new McKenna by Bonnie Blue with elastic and ruffle instead of a cuff. The fabric is Brown featherwale corduroy.









This is the new Children's Corner Pattern      "Millie"

Made with red with green dot Twill, Lime green corduroy and lime green rick rack.

The Ho-Ho came off the Sew Many Designs "Sampler 4 by 4"

"Savannah Haley"

 is one of Peanut Butter-n- Jelly Kids latest smocking Plates. This shows how it can be adapted to a great Holiday Plate.

All the smocking was done with one strand of #8 DMC Pearle Cotton Thread, colors #321 & #909. I used a #1 sharp needle with this thread.

The sleeves and tucks are trimmed with the new little French trim.

The fabric is Nashville Cotton's "Fa La La".

The tucks are sewn 1/8" deep and then, the trim is just tucked under and stitched in place. The sleeves were gathered and then the trim stitched to the seam line for the Bias.




"Merry Christmas to Me!!"

I saw this and had to have one for my chair during Christmas.

The most asked question, How long did it take? Well as close as I can figure it took aprox. 2 full days, about 16 hours.

All squares are 6" and the batting squares are 5 1/4" and I used 1/2" seams. It looks the same on the back without the rag trim.

Kits are available


This is a size "4" as shown.

Take Me with You, Rudolph!

Janis Sheldon's "Christmas is Coming" book is where you will find this adorable reindeer. We did add the bow for the girl's point of view!

"Madeline" from Children's corner, is the pattern we used for the dress and hat. "Amy" by Kay Guilds we used for the pants. I took off 2" off the side of the pattern.

The fabric used for the dress is a wide wale corduroy and pima Christmas plaid.



Rudolph Pocket

Pattern for this pocket and more is in Janis Shelton's Christmas book.

The fabric to make this pocket can be purchased as a kit for $4.25

Kit includes: Brown Velveteen, beige suede like fabric, off white snow fabric, red moda fabric, 2 eyes, 1 nose, and ribbon for bow.Add to Cart!!





How about This Baby!!!

Her grandmother smocked her precious grandbaby this fabulous bishop dress and bonnet set!

The smocking plate is "Alicia Marie" by PBJK Designs

Thanks to Four Seasons for letting us publish their picture.

" I Think I Can"

Pattern: Sam and Samantha

Appliqué from Martha's Favorites

Materials for the appliqué were Moda Marbles

Fabrics: Royal Blue corduroy and royal blue pima classic uneven check  was used as lining.

Buttons: Black button backs with 3/4" colored buttons in the middle of each back.

Sorry you can't see, but the Red Caboose is on the BACK!!

Size 3


Thought you might like to see!

This dress was made from my yoke dress pattern. Yes with a few changes!

I used: white Swiss batiste

Antique ecru Swiss organza, which I tucked

ecru cotton Spanish lace

ecru faggotting

I used my Lace shaping board to make this collar.



45" Swiss eyelet with 1/2" pleats ironed in and sewn on the neck with a French bias.

PBJK's yoke dress pattern has a pleated collar pattern piece that would aid in this process.

Simple but beautiful Christmas dress!




Michael by Children's Corner

Made with an antique toy print fabric and matching sage green corduroy. (fabric no longer available)

We love our boys in an over shirt. (who can keep them tucked in anyway!)




Collar's Ect.

"Princess Coat and Dress Pattern"

Sizes 3-8

We all agree that this is the sweetest dress!

This dress is made with Imperial broadcloth and we used PBJK's Yoke and Pantaloon Pattern with Bias sleeves instead of Pleats.

Beautiful Collar for an older girl. The smocking plate came from a magazine I was browsing through.


 I used Maggie's Classic's A-Line Dress Pattern and Collar's Ect. Princess Coat & Dress Pattern for sleeves.

I lined  and piped the dress in a Red allover print.

The reindeer are appliquéd with fleece for dimension as  the sled is Appliquéd with our ruby red velveteen. Gold and silver metallic threads give a festive glitter!






All Boy!

Maggie's Classics

"Boys Short and Longalls"

Antique toys pima print and moda marbles in light sage green.

(fabric no longer available)

Piped in pastel yellow piping and pastel yellow 5/8" buttons.

I can't make up my mind wither to smock drums, trains, or Giraffes!

"Christmas Garland"

This dress uses the "Patty" pattern from  the Children's Corner pattern collection. I love the off centered collar.

The collar is made of the fine wale pique in off-white and trimmed with

Swiss eyelet insertion in off-white.

The dress is feather wale corduroy in wine.

Here is a closer look at the collar for the embroidery design.

A simple feather stitch accented with holly clusters made with colonial knots and detached chain stitches for the leaves. All embroidery was done with a single strand of Floche` from the Victorian Group package.  Take a look in the December Scrap book for another version of this dress.






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