Monday, January 30, 2017

January Sew & Share

January Sew & Share

Cindy Shealor's small pillowcase cover made out of cotton batiste. The plate is from Ellen McCarn, but Cindy isn't sure what the name is.

Nikki Stasny's blue & white seersucker baby boy bubble. The pattern is Creations by Michie #102--Pleated Bubble, and the embroidery design is from Applique for Kids. Nikki's grandson will look adorable in this outfit!

Susan's Reilly's Dorset Buttons. She attended a Houston Embroidery Guild workshop and learned how to make these beauties.

Susan's gorgeous tea cozy from Australian Smocking & Embroidery #34. Susan made this for a friend who drinks tea. Even if you didn't, who wouldn't want something this beautiful in their home?

Susan Reilly is modeling her jacket made from Vogue pattern #8430, and she definitely took the new 2017 Stash Buster challenge to heart. The jacket is crafted from wool she bought in Vienna in 1983!

Beth Walz' silk dupioni square yoke dress made several years ago for her daughter (now grown and married!). It was begun at a Martha Pullen school somewhere around 1997 and then finished in a Sue Stewart class in 2004. The classes were on lace shaping, and it's obvious Beth learned the technique well. Below is a close up of the bodice of this beauty.

Isn't this a fun sundress? Marisol Arteaga made this Children's Corner Mary De in pink gingham. She bought the smocked insert already done at MOS' Midnight Madness sale. One more great reason not to miss a single meeting!!

Susanna Terris' lovely smocked square yoke. It is made from a Gail Doane pattern. Here's a closer look at her beautiful smocking and embroidery.

Susan Reilly's Children's Corner bishop in cotton from it's Sew Heavenly. It's smocked with African Princess from Australian Smocking & Embroidery #46. Susan decided to make a more contemporary bishop, and this was the result. Great execution!

Susan Reilly planned on this dress being worn on Valentine's Day, 2016, but things didn't work out that way! She finished it in time for it to be worn in 2017, and it is a beauty. She used the square yoke bishop from Australian Smocking & Embroidery #91, and smocked "Caitan" on a novelty print cotton bought at Buttons & Bows. Below is a close up of the smocking:

This cutie was Karen Madden's first smocked dress ever. She smocked and constructed it in 24 hours for a Mardi Gras party. Wow! The pattern is a CC Bishop and the smocking plate is her own. Very impressive, Karen.

Karen Madden made this Christmas nightgown out of 100% cotton knit and used an Australian Smocking & Embroidery pattern. What a great way to greet Santa!

Have you ever seen a tea towel look so lovely? Leslye Usner used tea towels and a Creative Needle bishop pattern to make this sweet creation. The smocking design is also from Creative Needle.
A close up of Lesley's lovely work:

Leslye Usner's adorable bib. The pattern is Cherry William's Baby Layette and it is made of blue gingham. Lesley isn't sure of the smocking plate design name, but she did a great job on it.

What a lucky baby girl Roberta's granddaughter is going to be when she finally arrives! Roberta has already made her several sweet garments, including this baby gown. The pattern is from Lezette Thomason. It is made out of white Bearissima and trimmed with ecru lace. Roberta adapted the pattern by curving the ruffle at the neckline.
And then she made a matching receiving blanket, which she constructed of white Bearissima and Swiss flannel with whipstitch piping. The embroidery pattern is from Martha Pullen.


This cute outfit was made by Stuart Williams. It is Pattern #107 from Creations by Michie in a 6 month size. Stuart constructed it from Imperial Batiste & blue microcheck with antique pearl buttons. Adorable!

Stuart also made this daygown from Jeannie Baumeister's book, The Old Fashioned Baby. The pattern is Priscilla's Layette. It is made of Imperial batiste.

The embroidery design is from another of Jeannie's books, Book of Heirloom Embroidery. Very lovely.

Lucy Netherton made this adorable jumpsuit out of Kaufman corduroy using Bonnie Blue's Brylee pattern. It is a size 3 and is smocked with Cross-Eyed Cricket's 3 Little Pigs. Lucy modified the pattern and added the ruffles and side sashes.

Don't you love how these 3 little pigs have sticks, straw and bricks!?!

Stuart Williams also made this Lee from Children's Corner in cotton broadcloth. It is a size 1. Any little girl would look precious in this!

The smocking plate is Angela by Terry Collins and the collar was purchased from Farmhouse Fabrics. So pretty!

That's all of the Sew & Share for January. Thanks for visiting.

Next week: an update on the Trisha Smith classes and pictures of all the fun.

Keep creating for those you love. It keeps the art of smocking alive, it helps you stay young, and it tells others how much you care for them!

Monday, January 23, 2017

January Day & Evening Meetings

Our January meetings were a great start to the new year. Our program was presented by Twila Hixon, who gave tips on putting zippers into garments. Her presentation and handouts were very informative.

This month,  there was a challenge to those who took the Gail Doane Jellyroll Jacket class. They were to bring in the finished jacket. Five ladies did and a drawing was held to see which seamstress won the prize for this challenge. Theresa won! Didn't these ladies do a fabulous job?
 Left to Right: Brenda Bristow (also holding Trena Stephens' jacket), Susan Reilly, Teresa Jimenez, Leda Cunningham.


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!!

A brand new year brings up lots of emotions, doesn't it? A look back with wistfulness; a wish for the future with hope of being more productive and compassionate--that's what a new year can bring. What better way to do that than with smocking?!!

For your look back, check out the website of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England.

Wishes for the future..................coming up in later posts.