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Ultimate Sewing Challenge


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.

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  1. debrak207 | | #1

    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!

  2. nobodysgrandma | | #2

    It is so refreshing to see people venture beyond the old tradition of white only. Breath taking, but what is the fiber?

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