HEIRLOOM BABY ENSEMBLE
My granddaughter Ashlee requested an heirloom outfit for her new baby daughter, my first great, Aubrey Sarah. I shipped the outfit to TX on October 04, 2011 and then I saw this contest in Threads on the 5th. First of all, I preshrunk the fabric by machine washing and drying it. I used an old copied pattern, no instructions included, for a six month old baby, for the dress and hat. I drafted the cape pattern, using the dress shoulder pattern width as my guide, making it a bit wider so it would fit over the dress like a coat would. I cut my pattern for the cape, flaring it to fit over the dress. It has slits for the arms to go through. I pin tucked the fabric before cutting out the various pieces like the dress front, cape collar and pocket lapels and hat brim. I preshrunk the interfacings as well as the cotton string to cover in bias self- fabric for the piping. The dress bodice, cape and hat are all lined. The right side of the fabric has a slight tone on tone pattern to it. I used the back smooth side of it for the linings. There are no raw seams in any of the garments. It was a labor of love, using hand stitching a lot, taking many hours to complete, but I loved doing every stitch.
This outfit is simply gorgeous. To have crafted your own pattern is amazing. You have a lucky great grandbaby indeed to have this beautiful outfit made by you...for her to pass down through the generations. Beautiful color too, VERY nice!
It is so refreshing to see people venture beyond the old tradition of white only. Breath taking, but what is the fiber?