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ANIMALS & MORE

191 Penguins For Preston

169 Scotties

163 Sock Monkeys

146 Barnyard Critters

140 Rocking Horses

100 Tropical Fish

039 Mouse Party

038 Cole's Coyotes

205 Dog Show

183 Turtle Talk

136 Zoo Critters

029 Reindeer

016 Joshua's Walrus Friends

001 The Big Cats

269 On The Farm

 

BABIES Pg. 1

174 Chloe

144 Daphne

123 Picnic

119 Bunnies & Baskets

202 Priscilla

199 Mia

197 Jill

195 Emma

194 Margaret

185 Andrea

096 Grace

092 Elizabeth

267 Deborah

271 November

283 Diana

284 Savannah

 

BABIES Pg. 2

161 Bebe July

244 Cheryl

253 Easter Parade

234 Babies First Christmas

225 Monique

221 Quinn

089 Royalty

085 Patricia

083 Panda Party

240 Yvonne

241 Eden

239 Bunnies For Lula

081 Patrick's Birthday Party

261 Carly

285 Annette

 

 

BABIES Pg.  3

079 Serafina

078 Liahla

254 Paisley

070 Bunnies, Bunnies & More Bunnies

071 Quackers

069 Bunny Lace

063 Big Ducks, Little Ducks

137 Celeste

050 Melissa

048 Malia

041 Felicity

013 Special Delivery

257 Campbell

262 Brooklyn

277 Melania

278 Blythe

 

BEARS & RABBITS

252 Some Bunny Loves You

235 Bunnies & Butterflies

132 Tea Party For Mopsy

123 Picnic

198 Bunny Hop

070 Bunnies, Bunnies & More Bunnies

117 Teddy Bears

005 P.J 'S Birthday Party

081 Patrick's Birthday Party

023 Meet Me In St. Louis, Louie

282 Bunny Family

 

BEARS & RABBITS Pg.  2

072 Jackrabbit Jamboree

239 bunnies For Lula

012 Me & Leroy

022 Pat's Birthday Bears

212 Snow Bunnies

083 Panda Party

069 Bunny Lace

214 Valentine Rabbits

266 Bunny Patch

273 O' Come All Ye Faithful

 

BEBE SERIES

187 Bebe November

193 Bebe January

182 Bebe May

175 Bebe April

167 Bebe October

170 Bebe December

173 Bebe February

166 Bebe December

184 Bebe June

162 Bebe August

160 Bebe March

161 Bebe July

156 Bebe Holidays

157 Bebe Spring

268 Bebe Easter

 

BISHOPS

244 Cheryl

181 Lorelei

171 Noel

155 Madeleine

122 Isabella

165 Laurissa

116 Geraldine

186 Miranda

107 Sabrina

251 Lacey

285 Annette

 

 

BISHOPS Pg.  2

097 Rosalie

092 Elizabeth

089 Royalty

079 Serafina

125 Autumn Leaves

075 Danielle

215 Ruth

085 Patricia

261 Carly

 

BISHOPS Pg.  3

232 Dominique

229 Faith

078 Liahla

066 Violets

254 Paisley

068 Monogram Bishop

073 Stars & Stripes

061 Hearts & Roses

060 Melon Fantasy

048 Malia

064 Olivia

241 Eden

145 Strawberry Delight

 

BISHOPS Pg. 4

236 Tallulah

040 Emily

037 Fall Fantasy

046 Madison

240 Yvonne

043 Antoinette

036 Alexandra

035 Courtney

030 Anna

027 Barbara

028 Stephanie

026 My Mothers' Favorite

 

BISHOPS Pg. 5

011 Christine

242 Baskets For Bridgette

238 Esther

042 Mikala

031 Cindi

033 Little Babies In Their Nest

277 Melania

278 Blythe

 

BOATS & MORE

148 Deck The Hulls

113 Sports Car For Callum

067 Space

112 Gingham Sailboats

032 Ricky's Ragtops

002 Danny's Toys

017 Spyder Micke's Holiday Express

 

CATS

004 Guess What I Found?

033 Little Baker & Parsley

162 Bebe August

006 Little Choir

001 The Big Cats

037 Fall Fantasy

208 Halloween

 

CHRISTENING GOWNS

138 Gianna

180 Genevieve

111 Antonia

109 Victoria

201 Charlotte

127 Paolina

114 Angelique

120 Josephine

101 Trinity

105 Maria

263 Florence

 

FALL & HOLIDAYS

207 Autumn Harvest

045 A.B.C.

172 Gingerbread Men

037 Fall Fantasy

208 Halloween

052 A For Apple

126 Pumpkin Patch

125 Autumn Leaves

168 Gingham Cookies

255 October

 

FEATHERS & FLUFF

178 Peeps & Quacks

237 Springtime Chicks

196 Ducklings

150 Talking Critters

071 Quackers

063 Big Ducks, Little Ducks

057 Holiday Cheer

233 Cardinals

059 Birds & Wreaths

047 Butterflies

 

FEATHERS & FLUFF Pg. 2

034 Little Babies In Their Nest

025 Home Is Where The Heart Is

227 Family Holiday

218 Bo Peeps Sheep

019 My Little Chickadee

203 Flamingos: Mimi & Harpo

014 Gil's Chicks

009 Katy's Puddle Jumpers

216 Ducks & Daffodils

 

GEOMETRIC

249 Taylor

219 Portia

179 Tzipi

177 Lily

130 Matilda

151 Little Princess

076 Cecelia

192 Evangeline

124 Sophia

099 Francesca

149 Brittany

084 Bianca

202 Priscilla

194 Margaret

279 Yvette

281 Mercedes

 

GEOMETRIC Pg.2

077 Amparo

206 Candace

238 Esther

062 Gabrielle

217 Abigail

065 Julia

050 Monica

054 Simone

089 Royalty

090 Sisley

050 Melissa

036 Alexandra

271 November

275 December

 

 

 

 

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250 Payton

213 Colette

222 Addison

093 Clara

041 Felicity

035 Courtney

049 Rachael

007 Nicolle's Forget Me Knots

027 Barbara

003 Grandmothers' Rose Garden

185 Andrea

144 Daphne

256 Hannah

257 Campbell

277 Melania

 

GEOMETRIC Pg. 4

253 Easter Parade

220 Ava

137 Celeste

096 Grace

223 Zoey

226 Morgan

028 Stephanie

008 Colleen

075 Danielle

011 Christine

195 Emma

026 My Mother's Favorite

174 Chloe

264 Heather

 

GINGHAM SMOCKING

098 Gingham Birthday Cake

147 Gingham Ice Cream Cones

091 Irma

159 Gingham Sweetheart

121 Gingham Barns

112 Gingham Sailboats

118 Gingham Pigs

106 Gingham Ducks

131 Gingham Rabbits

094 Gingham Bunnies

142 Gingham Easter Eggs

133 Gingham Baskets

 

GINGHAM SMOCKING Pg. 2

135 Gingham Fish

102 Gingham Scotties

126 Gingham Pumpkin Patch

128 Gingham Snowmen

154 Gingham Wreaths

168 Gingham Cookies

139 Gingham Candy Canes

115 Gingham Trees

274 Gingham Christmas Stockings

 

HEARTS

214 Valentine Rabbits

01 Hearts & Roses

116 Geraldine

079 Serafina

024 Pennsylvania Polka

004 Guess what I Found?

107 Sabrina

093 Clara

025 Home Is Where The Heart Is

008 Colleen

015 Jessica

033 Little Baker & Parsley

 

HEARTS Pg.2

084 Bianca

151 Little Princess

091 Irma

265 February

 

MONOGRAMS & MUSIC

129 Symphony

068 Monogram Bishop

006 Little Choir

053 Victorian Monogram

 

PARTY

074 Happy Birthday

053 Victorian Monogram

205 Celebration

164 Ballet

005 P.J' S Birthday Party

083 Panda Party

039 Mouse Party

230 Feliz Navidad

081 Patrick's Birthday Party

104 Candles

132 Tea Party For Mopsy

044 Balloon Bouquets

272 December Birthday

286 July

 

SPRING & EASTER

252 Some Bunny Loves You

253 Easter Parade

242 Baskets For Bridgett

216 Ducks & Daffodils

176 Easter Surprise

143 Easter Delivery

158 The Easter Bunny

198 Bunny Hop

095 Easter Eggs

119 Bunnies & Baskets

280 Spring Fever

 

SPRING & EASTER Pg. 2

177 Lily

200 Swing Time

012 Me & Leroy

235 Bunnies & Butterflies

237 Springtime Chicks

239 Bunnies For Lula

070 Bunnies, Bunnies & More Bunnies

071 Quackers

063 Big Ducks, Little Ducks

069 Bunny Lace

034 Little Babies In Their Nest

010 Little Helper

 

SPRING & EASTER Pg. 3

094 Gingham Bunnies

131 Gingham Rabbits

096 Grace

085 Patricia

075 Danielle

236 Tallulah

249 Taylor

179 Tzipi

142 Gingham Easter Eggs

181 Lorelei

185 Andrea

 

SUMMER

145 Strawberry Delight

204 Celebration

134 Liberty

060 Melon Fantasy

224 Raffie

100 Tropical Fish

082 Sunflowers

203 Flamingos: Mimi & Harpo

058 Watermelons

073 Stars & Stripes

080 Strawberry Shortcake

148 Deck The Hulls

286 July

 

SUMMER Pg. 2

147 Gingham Ice Cream Cones

218 Bo Peeps Sheep

135 Gingham Fish

112 Gingham Sailboats

223 Zoey

136 Zoo Critters

146 Barnyard Critters

121 Gingham Barns

002 Danny's Toys

163 Sock Monkeys

150 Talking Critters

205 Dog Show

270 August

 

WINTER & HOLIDAYS

246 O' Little Town Of Bethlehem

245 Evergreen Trees

247 Heavenly Help

141 Christmas For Baby

171 Noel

103 Holiday Elegance

211 McKenna

234 Babies First Christmas

229 Faith

152 Santa & Friends

153 Night Before Christmas

148 Deck The Hulls

275 December

 

WINTER & HOLIDAYS Pg. 2

087 Christmas Stockings

020 The First Noel

059 Birds & Wreaths

209 Santa & Reindeer

231 Sweet Treats

210 Natalie

088 Chanukah

248 Chanukah Party

086 Teddy Bear Santa

057 Holiday Cheer

029 Reindeer

05 Ready For Winter

276 Santa & Reindeer II

 

WINTER & HOLIDAYS Pg. 3

190 Evergreens & Holly

228 Fairbanks, Ollie & Tess

233 Cardinals

212 Snow Bunnies

189 Winter Wonderland

019 My Little Chickadee

021 Steve's Candy Cane Bears

188 Happy Holidays

006 Little Choir

018 Little Friend

128 Gingham Snowmen

139 Gingham Candy Canes

 

WINTER & HOLIDAYS Pg. 4

232 Dominique

230 Feliz Navidad

056 Snow People

243 Christmas Basics

172 Gingerbread Men

213 Colette

154 Gingham Wreaths

115 Gingham Trees

102 Gingham Scotties

169 Scotties

168 Gingham Cookies

156 Bebe Holidays

 

WINTER & HOLIDAYS Pg. 5

170 Bebe December

164 Ballet

187 Bebe November

191 Penguins For Preston

140 Rocking Horses

017 Spyder Mickes'  Holiday Express

193 Bebe January

258 Jingle Bells

259 Oh Christmas Tree

260 Jane

273 O' Come All Ye Faithful

274 Gingham Christmas Stockings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  •  Blue Heirloom Dress
    CUTTING Yokes A block of fabric is cut larger than the bodice yoke front & backs. Once the the lace & double needle stitching is finished the yoke will be cut from the blocks. The yoke is not lined. Allow a fabric turn back for the buttons & buttonholes. Stitch the lace insertions, lace beading, ribbon & double needle stitching. The laces should match at the seams. YOKE RUFFLE 
A ruffle is cut 3 times the measurement of the bottom of the yoke front & backs. The depth of the ruffle will be determined by the width of the lace Insertion & edge that you use.PATTERN: Caroline
    CUTTING OUT THE SKIRT The Skirt front & Backs are cut 34" wide each. Decide on finished length of dress. This will help you calculate the depth of the skirt ruffle. The skirt ruffle 3 times the width of skirt bottom.
    SEWING THE FANCY YOKE Bands of Lace insertion, Lace Beading, & Lace Insertion are zig-zag stitched together, pressed, then stitched to the yoke blocks using the Flat Lace Insertion to Fabric technique. See Heirloom Sewing Stitches See Fig. 1 & 2 There are 2 rows of double needle stitching between the lace & ribbon insertion rows. Once the yoke front & backs are stitched together, press seams open. Hem the back turn backs which form the facing for the buttons & buttonholes. Stitch a bias to the neck. A gathered lace edge is stitched to the neck bias. Note: French Seams are used throughout with the exception of heirloom stitching.

    Fig. 1

     THE YOKE RUFFLE The ruffle which has been finished with lace edge & lace insertion. Machine baste 1/4" & 1/2" from the top edge of ruffle. With right sides together gather ruffle & stitch to the yoke front & backs.  DRESS SKIRT BACK Stitch the placket into the skirt back. Machine baste 1/4" & 1/2" from the top edge of skirt. Gather skirt back to fit yoke backs.
With right sides together stitch the skirt back to the yoke backs. DRESS SKIRT FRONT Machine stitch 1/4" & 1/2" from the top edge of the skirt. Machine baste 1/4" & 1/2" from the top edge of skirt. Gather skirt front to fit yoke front.
With right sides together stitch the skirt front to the yoke front.
    SLEEVES Machine baste 1/4" & 1/2" from lower edge of sleeve. Form a band with lace beading, ribbon & lace edge. Pull up baste at lower edge of sleeve & stitch lace beading band sleeve bottom. Machine baste 1/4" & 1/2" upper edge of sleeve. Pull up gathers & fit to sleeve opening. Stitch. Trim seam. With right sides together stitch one skirt side seam completely & the other part way down leaving enough room for skirt lace & double needle stitching detail. PREPARE SKIRT LACE BANDS Stitch bands of lace insertion, beading & ribbon for skirt. Press. Stitch entredeux to the last row of lace insertion on the bottom band. Pin stitching on skirt was done by machine. Stitch 1 row of double needle stitching above top lace band. Stitch 3 rows of double needle stitching between lace bands

    Fig. 2

    PREPARE SKIRT RUFFLE The skirt ruffle is cut 3 times the measurement of the bottom of the skirt. Machine baste 1/4" & 1/2" at top edge of ruffle. Stitch lace edge to the bottom of the ruffle. Stitch lace insertion 1/2"-3/8' up from lace edge Stitch 1 row of double needle stitch 1/2-3/8" up from top edge of insertion. Pin stitching on ruffle was done by machine. STITCH LACE BANDS & RUFFLE TO SKIRT Pull up gathering threads on ruffle & with right sides together stitch to the entredeux at the bottom of the last lace band. Use the Entredeux to Gathered Fabric technique. Stitch remaining side seam. Stitch buttonholes & buttons on back opening. Run ribbon thru beading. Tie in a bow. A SLIP A matching slip was stitched for this dress. Featuring double needle stitching & a gathered lace edged ruffle at the bottom the same as the dress.
  •  Bunny Heirloom Bib Dress

     

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    PATTERN: Me & Leroy or Lauren A bib will be drafted from the pattern
     The Dress & Bib are made from Organdy. THE BIB Use the dress front & back pattern pieces. Draw a bib front by starting at the shoulder seam line and omit the armhole curve. Fig. 1 Do the same with the back piece. Fig. 2 From these pattern pieces you will cut out the bib & bib lining. See Heirloom Sewing Techniques for stitching.Fig. 1Fig. 2
    Seven Bunnies are across Skirt front & back shown. Fig. 3 Space bunnies so that they are not in the side seams. Each bunnies is wearing a different color combination. Stitch the embroidery on the bib front & skirt rectangles. When embroidery is finished remove the marker lines. Place embroidery right side down on a terry towel & press with a warm iron until dry. Fig. 3
     FORMING THE LACE ON BIB & SKIRT Scallops are used here but you might want to choose something else which is a better scale for the size dress & bib you are making Lace insertion is formed into scallops & stitched to yoke front using the flat lace to flat fabric technique. Lace insertion is formed into scallops & stitched to the skirt rectangles at the top and bottom. The dress front features the same lace scallops as the bib.STITCHING THE DRESS Note: French Seams are used throughout with the exception of heirloom stitching. Entredeux is used on the sleeves & bib to attach ruffles. Stitch the dress as per the pattern instructions The lace & embroidery rectangles are stitched to the skirt front & back Lace ruffle on bib & skirt are 3 times the measurement of the area to be covered. Note: Lace ruffle at skirt bottom is stitched to skirt after the side seams are stitched. PUFF SLEEVES Machine baste 1/8" & 1/4" from lower edge of sleeve. Cut lace beading the width of the arm plus 1" and allow 1" for side seams. Create a ruffle as deep as desired using ,lace insertion, Swiss insertion & lace edge. The ruffle is 1 1/2 -2 times the measurement of the lace beading. The width depends on the depth of the ruffle. The deeper the ruffle the more width needed. Gather the lace ruffle & stitch to the lace beading. Stitch entredeux to the top of the lace beading. Gather the machine baste at the lower edge of sleeve & stitch the sleeve entredeux, beading & ruffle to the sleeve bottom. Machine baste the upper edge of sleeve 1/4" & 1/2" between notches. Gather sleeve with baste & with right sides together pin & stitch to bodice. With right sides together stitch dress & sleeve side seams. SKIRT LACE RUFFLE Create the skirt ruffle by stitching lace insertion, Swiss insertion & lace edge together. The width of this ruffle should be 3 times the width of the bottom of the lace scallops. The depth depends on the size of the laces you choose. Stitch the ruffle to the bottom of the lace scallops by gathering the lace ruffle & stitching using the 'Gathered Lace to Flat Lace' technique. Fig. 4
     STITCHING THE BIB Stitch the bib front to back at shoulder seams using a flat seam. Press seams flat. Stitch the bib linings at shoulder seams. Press seams flat. with right sides together stitch the the bib front to lining at neck edge. Trim seam. Turn to right side & press. Stitch entredeux to outside edge of bib using the 'Entredeux to Flat Fabric' technique. Fig. 4
    THE BIB RUFFLE The big ruffle is formed of lace insertion, Swiss insertion & lace edge. The ruffle is 3 times the measurement of the bottom edge of the big front & back. Machine zig-zag stitch the insertions & edge together using the 'lace to Flat Fabric' technique. Pull up a thread in the lace insertion to gather the ruffle. Stitch the ruffle to the entredeux using the 'Gathered lace to Entredeux' technique.The Slip A matching slip for this dress features beading, ribbon, a lace band & flat lace edging. Note the lace shows thru the Organdy dress skirt. See Fig. 3
  •  Embroidery Stitches
     SHADOW EMBROIDERY
     Shadow embroidery uses the closed Herringbone stitch on the underside of the fabric, creating a soft image on the front. Use 1-2 strands of floss Lightly trace design on fabric with a #2 lead pencil. Place fabric in an embroidery hoop. Herringbone may be stitched from the top or the underside of the design. Illustrations show stitching from the top of the fabric.
     Herringbone Stitch. Straight line stitching.
     On curved areas the inside or smaller side of the curve is done with smaller stitches & the outside edges larger stitches
     Rinse completed work in sudsy, warm water, rinse & place face down on a terry towel & press with a warm iron until dry.  EMBROIDERY STITCHES
     Running Stitch Bring needle & thread to front, take a small stitch about 1/8” long then skip 1/16” & repeat along design. Fig. 1 Back Stitch Use 1-2 strands of floss Stitches are of even size. Come up at A & down at B. Fig. 1 Continue along line.
     Straight Stitch Usually of even length
     Lazy Daisy Use 2-3 strands of floss Bring needle & thread up at A. Holding thread above needle go into same place you came up at A & with needle come out at B. Pull thread to adjust size of loop.
     Make a stitch over the end of loop & go to back of fabric to continue with the next stitch or tie off. Fig. 2
    Satin Stitch Use 1 strand of floss For flower petals or leaves. Complete a lazy daisy stitch. Fig. 1 Run a stitch lengthwise inside lazy daisy shape to pad the stitch. Fig. 1. Complete even stitches over the lazy daisy loop. Fig. 2  French Knot Use 2 strands of floss Bring needle & thread to surface from back. Wrap thread around needle one or twice. Insert needle back into the same hole & pull thread to the back.

    Fig. 1

    Fig. 2

     Seed Stitch Seed stitch is stitching into the same hole more than once to create a raised stitch.
     Feather Stitch Use 1-2 strands of floss Come up at A & down at B come out at C forming a U shape. Go down at D & up at E. Continue from right to left until amount of feather stitch is completed. Go to back to tie off.
     BULLION EMBROIDERY
     Bullion Stitch Use 1-2 strands of floss Use a milliners’ needle. Bring needle & thread up at A. Go into B & out at A. Fig. 1 Wrap thread around needle from back over top to front. Number of wraps needed are given in smocking design instructions. Hold wraps firmly & pull needle thru loop until loops lie flat. Fig. 2 Take needle to back at B. Tie off or go to next bullion.
     Rose 4-6 wraps center. 8-9 wraps outer petals
     BULLION ROSE VARIATIONS
     Victorian Rosebud 18-22 wrap bullion formed in a circle & secured with a tiny stitch. French Knot in center.
     French Rose The French Rose has 3 bullions of equal length. Each bullion touches the other at the ends. Illustration show a space for ease in reading.
     Spanish Rose Start at center with darkest color & form 6 wraps. Stitch an 8 wrap bullion next to it. In a medium shade of floss stitch the next two bullions using 12-14 wraps. Continue around the center adding lighter colors until the final petal.
  •  Swiss Heirloom Dress
    CUTTING Yokes A block of fabric is cut larger than the bodice yoke front & backs. The yoke is not lined so the back yoke must allow for a turn back for the buttons & buttonholes SWISS EMBROIDERY YOKE RUFFLE 
A Swiss embroidered edge ruffle is cut 3 times the measurement of the bottom of the yoke front & backs. The depth of the ruffle will be determined by the width of the edging used. CUTTING OUT THE SKIRT The Skirt front & Backs are cut 34" wide each. Decide on finished length of dress. This will help you calculate the depth of the skirt ruffle. A gathered Swiss embroidered edge ruffle 3 times the width of skirt bottom finishes the skirt See Heirloom Sewing Stitches for techniquesPATTERN: The Classic Yoke
     STITCHING THE YOKE BLOCKS Stitch insertion at center front using the Flat Lace to Flat Fabric technique. Fig.1 Stitch three small tucks on either side of the center lace insertion Stitch a strip of lace insertion on the outside section of the 3 tucks(these line up with the beginning of the shoulder seam) Stitch 1 tuck on each outside of the insertion. Press the fancy block. Form Fancy block to cut out the yoke backs using the same method as for the yoke front.

    Fig. 1

     Tiny machine stitch over the lace and tucks to keep them in place at the ends. Place yoke front pattern piece over the fancy block & cut out the yoke. The bodice backs are cut out of fancy blocks to match the front as closely as possible. Allow for button & buttonhole turn backs on the back yokes. Note: French Seams are used throughout with the exception of heirloom stitching. YOKE FRONT TO BACK With right sides together stitch the yoke front to yoke backs with a French seam. Press seam toward back. THE SWISS EMBROIDERED YOKE RUFFLE Machine stitch 1/4" & 1/2" from the top edge of the eyelet ruffle. Pull up the machine gathers & with right sides together pin & stitch to the yoke front & backs. SKIRT TO YOKES With right sides together stitch yoke front, with ruffle, to skirt front & yoke backs with ruffle to skirt backs. ANGEL WINGS & SLEEVES Cut out wings from eyelet edge. Baste to top of sleeves Machine baste 1/4" & 1/2" at upper edge of sleeve. Machine baste 1/4" & 1/2" from lower edge of sleeve. Stitch gathered eyelet ruffle to Swiss beading Pull up baste at lower edge of sleeve & stitch beading & eyelet edge to sleeve bottom. Pull up gathers & fit to sleeve opening. Stitch. Trim seam. Stitch one side seam full length. Stitch the other side seam part way to allow for skirt details.
    Fig.2  SKIRT FANCY BAND Stitch lace insertion, Swiss insertions together to form the fancy band. Fig. 2 Stitch the 5 tucks on skirt. Stitch the fancy band using entredeux to skirt. Run ribbon thru Swiss insertion. Fig. 2
     PREPARE SKIRT RUFFLE The eyelet ruffle is cut 3 times the measurement of the bottom of the skirt. Machine baste 1/4" & 1/2" at top edge of ruffle. Pull up gathering threads on eyelet ruffle & with right sides together stitch to the entredeux at the bottom of the Fancy band. Stitch remaining side seam. Run ribbon thru beading on sleeves. Tie in a bow. Stitch buttonholes & buttons to back opening. SLIP A matching slip was stitched for this dress. The skirt is plain with a gathered Swiss embroidered edging stitched to the bottom.
  •  Heirloom Sewing Stitches
     Heirloom Sewing 1. Fine machine sewing thread is used. 2. Spray starch or fabric finish: flat laces, fabric edges when laces are stitched to it, & embroidered insertion that is stitched to lace.
     Entredeux To Flat Lace Trim one fabric edge of entredeux & zigzag lace to trimmed edge. One stitch will go into a hole of the entredeux then into the lace. Fig. 1 Entredeux To Gathered Lace Gather lace edge. Trim one fabric edge of entredeux. Zigzag entredeux & gathered edge together. Fig. 2

    Fig. 1

    Fig. 2

    Lace To Lace Place lace pieces side by side & zigzag down middle. Fig. 1 Flat Lace To Gathered Lace Gather lace edging. Lay insertion & edge side by side & zigzag together. Fig. 2

    Fig. 1

    Fig. 2

     Entredeux To Flat Fabric Lay entredeux on top of fabric with right sides together. Stitch in the ditch of the entredeux. Trim seam to 1/8”. Fig. 1 Zigzag the edge of seam. The edge of the fabric will create a rolled edge. Entredeux To Gathered Fabric Stitch entredeux with a tiny straight stitch to the gathered fabric. Fig. 1 Trim seam to 1/8”. Zigzag over the seam up to the stitching line. Fig. 1

    Fig. 1

    Fig. 1

     With right side facing up zigzag stitch from entredeux into fabric. Fig. 2  Press fabric & entredeux open to the right side. Zigzag from each entredeux hole & into the seam edge. Fig. 2

    Fig. 2

    Fig. 2

     Lace To Fabric Place lace 1/4” from edge of fabric. Stitch down the lace heading. Fig. 1
     On front zigzag just over the lace heading & into the fabric. Fig. 3

    Fig. 3

     On back trim fabric 1/8” from stitched lace. Press towards fabric. Fig. 2

    Fig. 1

    Fig. 2

     Eyelet or lace edge To a Flat Fabric edge Lay Eyelet on top of fabric with right sides together. Stitch. Trim seam to 1/8”. Fig. 1 Zigzag the edge of seam. Fig. 2 Press Eyelet to right side. Fig. 2 Tiny zigzag over the seam. Fig. 2

    Fig. 2

    Fig. 1

     French Seam A French seam is a seam within a seam. With wrong sides of the fabric together stitch 1/4” from the edge. Trim seam. Press fabric to the wrong side. Fig. 1 Stitch fabric enclosing the first seam. Fig. 2

    Fig. 1

    Fig. 2

  •  Christmas Bonnet
     PATTERN
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    YARDAGE All sizes 1/2 Yd. Mini wale Corduroy 1 3/4 Yds. 1/4" satin ribbon (bows & back of bonnet 2 Yds. 1 1/2" tartan plaid ribbon (narrow for doll) 1 Yd. 1/2" edging (bonnet band) Notions 2 16mm Jingle Bells Designer Variation: White pom pom balls on a blue corduroy bonnet. Thread Fray Check to finish ribbon edges Note: Tartan plaid ribbon is Mac Donald Plaid.
    DESIGNERS NOTES This is a quick & easy bonnet. 1. 1/2 yd. will allow for a small dolly or preemie bonnet. See layout. 2. Adjust edge, ribbon & jingle bells size. 3, Doll bonnet assembly is the same as girls bonnet.
    Pattern Measurements Child Puff XSmall 9" long x 22" wide Small 10" long x 24" wide Medium 11" long x 26" wide Large 12" long x 28" wideBand XSmall 2 1/2" L x 12 1/2" wide Small 2 1/2" L x 13 1/2" wide Medium 2 1/2" L x 14 1/2" wide Large 2 1/2" L x 15 1/2" wideBaby Doll 12" Puff Band 3 1/2" long x 13" wide 2" long x 7" wide
    lAYOUT
    Wrong side of fabric
    Puff cut 144" wideBand cut 1Band Lining cut 1Dolly Puff cut 1Doll Band cut 1Doll Band lining cut 1
    The Puff
    Puff Turn under & hem puff sides. Fig. 1Turn under 1/4" then 3/4" at back edge to form casing. Stitch on each edge of casing. Fig. 2
    Fig. 1
    Fig. 2
    The Band
     Fig. 3
    Hem ends of edging turning to back. Allow 1/2" for ends of band to turn under. With right sides together stitch edging to band. Fig. 3
    Fig. 4
    With right sides together stitch band lining to band front. Fig. 4 Press lining back up 1/2" Fig. 4
     Band to Puff
     Gather puff front to fit band back. With right sides together stitch puff to band. Fig. 5 Trim seam.
    Told under band ends Stitch band lining to band front. Fig. 6Fig. 6
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    Ribbon
    Place ribbon over band & stitch on each side & across ends. Fig. 7
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    Fig. 9Fig. 8Fold ribbon for each side loop in half. Stitch to band. Fig. 8Stitch center of loop forming 2 loops. Fig. 9 Run 26" of 1/4" ribbon thru back casing. Pull up ribbon & Tie into a bow.
    Finishing
    Fig. 10Fig. 11Stitch across the 1/4" ribbon. Thread jingle bell onto ribbon. Fig. 10Tie ribbon into a bow. Tie love Knots up from ends of ribbon ties. Fig. 11 Finish all ribbon cut edges with Fray check.
  •  Mouse Valentines
    MOUSE VALENTINES
Shadow embroidery design
    D.M.C Floss Colors Gray 414 Mouse, Whiskers Red 600 Heart Pink 603 Nose, Inner Ear, Small Heart Gold 422 Wooden Spool Turquoise 3845 Thread Black 310 Eyes, Love This design is suitable for a collar or yoke.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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     HERRINGBONE STITCH
     Use a the waste knot technique & weave the tail of the thread into the underside stitches or make a small knot at the end of the thread. You will be stitching into the same hole twice. Illustrations show stitching from the right side of the fabric/design.  Create a small stitch as shown in Fig.1Fig. 1From the stitch travel under the fabric & come up to form the stitch across from the original stitch. Note: The stitches are made on top of the fabric but the thread travels under the fabric to create the shadow before making each stitch. fig. 2 Fig. 2Fig. 3From the second stitch travel back up to the front of the first stitch & make the third stitch. Fig. 3Fig. 4From the third stitch travel down & create the fourth stitch. Fig. 4 Fig. 5Fig. 6 Continue stitching as per illustrations fig. 5 & fig. 6 until the area is covered. the above illustrations show stitching in a row.  When stitching curves, such as scallop shapes, the stitches will be larger on the bigger part of the curve & smaller on the inner curve.
     EMBROIDERY STITCHES
    Straight Stitch Straight Stitch may be done at any angle to follow the design. The 'Love' letters on the large heart in this design are straight stitches.
    Back Stitch
    Back stitches are created by stitching from back to front & create a smooth line. The threads hanging the hearts in this design are back stitches.
    Seed StitchSatin StitchSeed Stitches are stitching into the same holes 2 -3 times to form a raised stitch. Mouse eyes are seed stitches.Satin Stitches are stitching over the surface to create a smooth detail on the front of the fabric.
     STITCHING THE DESIGNLETS BEGIN Begin by stitching the satin stitch or seed stitch Pink noses & Black eyes on both mice.
    Her Stitch in the following order. 1. LOVE letters on large heart (straight stitch) Black 2. Inner Ear (Herringbone ) Pink 3. Outer Ears. Stitch right behind inner ear.(Herringbone) Gray 4. Head (Herringbone) Gray 5. Arms & Paws (Herringbone) Gray 6. Large Heart (Herringbone) Red 7. Body. legs & feet (Herringbone) Gray 8. Tail (Herringbone) Gray 9. Whiskers (Straight stitch) Gray Him Stitch in the following order. 1. Inner Ear (Herringbone) Pink 2. Outer Ears. Stitch right behind inner ear. (Herringbone) Gray 3. Arms & Paws (Herringbone) Gray 4. Medium Heart (Herringbone) Red 5. Head (Herringbone) Gray 6. Body, legs & feet (Herringbone) Gray 7. Tail (Herringbone) Gray 8. Whiskers (Straight stitch) Gray
    Stitch small heart (Herringbone) Pink Stitch Wooden spool (Herringbone)Gold Stitch thread on spool (Herringbone) Turquoise loose thread on spool is back stitch Stitch thread on hanging hearts ( back stitch)Turquoise
    Remove water soluble mark by rinsing in warm water. Place embroidery face down on a clean terry towel & press with a warm iron until dry. Cut out using desired pattern piece (Bib Front) Assemble Bib as per instructions in tab 'Doll Basic Bib' for Classic Dolls Pattern.'
  •  Doll Basic Bib
     Making a Basic Bib from the 101D Classic Doll Yoke Pattern Fits 18"-22" dolls This Basic Bib design will be used for various bib variations
    SUPPLIES 101 D Classic Yoke Doll Pattern Basic Dress View 2 Dress Fabric: 'Pink Sparkle' Imperial Broadcloth Bib Fabric: 'White' Imperial Batiste Optional Shadow Embroidery Design: Mouse Valentine Shadow Embroidery Fabric 1/4 Yd. 44" Batiste 1 3/4 Yds. 1 1/2" wide flat embroidered edge (#63966) Notions White Thread 3 1/4" buttons
    DRAFTING THE BASIC BIB
    This is a basic bib pattern & will be used over time to create other styles. This technique may be used for creating a bib from a basic bodice front & back. All seams are 1/4" unless otherwise noted. For the Shadow Embroidery design & instructions shown on this bib go to the Tab marked 'Mouse Valentine Shadow Embroidery' All Shadow Embroidery & Lace work details are done first, on a block of fabric 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" square, before cutting out the bib front piece A
     

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     Pattern piece Bodice & Lining J originally measures 3 1/2" originally. Original bodice front & lining piece is show by dashed lines. After under arm piece is folded back the new Bib Front & Lining will measure 2 5/3" between fold & side edge. When new bib pattern piece is drafted draw a full front bib piece. Total width of full bib front & lining pattern piece will measure 5 1/4" at the bottom.

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    After under arm piece is folded back the new pattern piece Bib Back & Lining will measure 3 3/8" from on fold edge to side edge.

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    BIB LAYOUT
    Pattern piece Bodice Back & Lining D originally measures 4 3/4" between fold & side edge.
     

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    STITCHING THE BIB

    44" Fabric

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    Complete any embroidery or detail work on fabric block before cutting out bib front.Special instructions Lay bib backs & linings on fold Means wrong side of fabric or inside of garment. Dress: Stitch dress according to pattern instructions. Omit collar and use a bias at neck edge.
    Bib Cut out bib as in layout above. With right sides together stitch bib front to backs at shoulder seam. Press seams open. Fig. 1 Turn ends back on eyelet edges & stitch in place. Fig. 2 Machine baste edging with 3 rows. The middle row will be on the seam line. Fig. 2With right sides together gather, pin & stitch eyelet edge to bib front & backs. Gathering will be fuller at corners. Stitch. Fig. 3 Cut ribbon into 4 equal pieces. Place ribbon ties on top of eyelet. Stitch. Fig. 4 Fold ribbon ties in & pin to hold.

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     With right sides together stitch front & back linings to front & backs along seam line. Fig. 5 Carefully lay the lining over the bib front. Fig. 5 Stitch seam along backs, sides & front. Fig. 5 Trim seam, clip corners. Turn to right side. Press. Fig. 5  Machine baste neck edge. Fig. 6 With right sides together stitch bias to neck edge. Trim seam. Clip curves. Fold bias to back, turn under & stitch in place. Fig. 6 Stitch buttonholes in back. Sew on Buttons. Tie ribbons into bows at sides.

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  •  Bib 1: Drafting an insert Bib From a Basic Dress Pattern (Ribbon Ties)
    This is a basic bib pattern & will be used over time to create other styles. This technique may be used for creating a bib from a basic bodice front & back. All seams are 1/2" unless otherwise noted.
    Making a Bib from a basic dress pattern Dress Pattern used for Bib is D007 Me & Leroy sz. 3 Sizes included in pattern 3, 4, 5 & 6 Add to cart Smocking design shown is 272 December Birthday add to cart
    Supplies 1 Yd. 44" Fabric 2 1/2 Yds. 1 1/2" Double sided Satin Ribbon 3/4 Yd. Baby Cording 5 Yds. Eyelet Edge. 4 3/8"-1/2" Buttons Thread
    Drafting The Basic Bib
    The Bib front & Bib lining 1 full bib front will be for the Bib front lining. The other Bib front piece will become the Bib Yoke front. The length of this piece is determined by the # of pleated rows you will need for the smocked insert. This insert is 3 1/2" l x 44" w & accommodates 8 pleated rows which allows for 6 smocked rows the 2 guide rows.
    For size 3 Me & Leroy Dress Pattern piece Dress Bodice front & Lining 6 1/2" from fold originally Original bodice front & lining piece is show by dashed lines. After shoulder & under arm piece is folded back the new Bib Front & Lining will measure 5 1/8" between fold & side edge. When new bib pattern piece is drafted draw a full front bib piece. Total width of full bib front & lining pattern piece will measure 10 1/4" at the bottom.
    After shoulder & under arm piece is folded back the new pattern piece Bib Back & Lining will measure 5 1/8" from fold edge to side edge.
    Bib Back & Lining Pattern piece Bodice Back & Lining originally measures 6 5/8" between fold & side edge.
    Dress Back & LiningDress Front & Lining

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    Cut 1 on this line for Bib Front Lining

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    Special instructions Lay bib backs & linings on fold Dress: Stitch dress according to pattern instructions. Omit collar & stitch a bias at neck edge.
    Means wrong side of fabric Insert 3 1/2" long x 44" wide (8 pleated rows)Bib Front LiningBib Front YokeBib Back & LiningBib Back & LiningNeck BiasBias for Piping

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    Pleated Insert Stitch 2 rows of machine baste at the top & bottom of the insert before pleating. Note: There are 8 guide rows. 1 at top & bottom. This allows for 6 smocked rows. A longer insert will be needed for more smocking rows if necessary & a shorter Bib Yoke front.
    Piping
    Block insert the width of the Bib front yoke. Cut 2 pieces of cording the width of the top & bottom of insert Fold bias strips in half & cover cording. Machine baste to secure cording in fabric bias. Lay one bias at top of insert & stitch. fig.1 Lay the second bias at the bottom of the insert & stitch. fig. 1
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    Stitching the Bib
    Note: dotted area represents bib back lining. fig.3 With right sides together stitch bib front to bib backs & linings at shoulder seams. fig.4 Trim seams. Press seams open.
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    Cut ribbon into 4 equal pieces. Stitch ribbon over eyelet edge at each corner facing inward. fig.7
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    With right sides together gather, pin & stitch eyelet edge to bib front & backs. Gathering will be fuller at corners. Stitch. fig.6
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    Turn ends back on eyelet edges & stitch in place. fig.5 Machine baste edging with 3 rows. The middle row will be on the seam line. fig.5
    With right sides together stitch Bib Lining front to bib back linings at shoulder seams. Trim seams. Press seams open. Stitch bib lining to bib front around outside edge. fig. 8 Trim seam. Turn Bib to right side thru neck opening. Press bib. Machine baste around neck edge.
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    With right sides together stitch neck bias to neck edge, leaving 1/2 inch to turn in at back edges. fig.9 Trim seam. Turn bias to inside, fold under edge & stitch
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    Stitch buttonholes on bib back. Sew on buttons. Tie bows at sides.
    With right sides together stitch Bib Yoke Front to insert along seam line. fig.2 Trim seam.
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  •  Bib 2 Drafting an insert Bib From a Basic Dress Pattern (Fabric Ties)
    Making a Bib from a basic dress pattern Dress Pattern used for Bib is D007 Me & Leroy sz. 3 Sizes included in pattern 3, 4, 5 & 6 Add to cart Smocking design shown is 274 Gingham Christmas Stockings add to cart
    Supplies 1/3/4 Yds 44" fabric 3/4 Yd. Baby Cording 1 7/8 Yds. Optional Lace or eyelet edge 4 3/8"-1/2" Buttons Thread
    Drafting the Bib, Ties & Shoulder RufflesThis is a basic bib pattern & will be used over time to create other styles. This technique may be used for creating a bib from a basic dress bodice front & back. Note: Bib in photo has lace edge. The instructions below are for a hemmed edge shoulder ruffles. All seams are 1/2" unless otherwise noted.
    The Bib front & Bib lining 1 full bib front will be for the Bib front lining. The other Bib front piece will become the Bib Yoke front. The length of this piece is determined by the # of pleated rows you will need for the smocked insert. This insert is 3 1/2" l x 44" w & accommodates 8 pleated rows which allows for 6 smocked rows the 2 guide rows.
    For size 3 Me & Leroy Dress Pattern piece Dress Bodice front & Lining is 6 1/2" from fold. Original bodice front & lining piece is show by dashed lines. After shoulder & under arm piece is folded back the new Bib Front & Lining will measure 5 1/8" between fold & side edge. When new bib pattern piece is drafted draw a full front bib piece. Total width of full bib front & lining pattern piece will measure 10 1/4" at the bottom.
    Bib Back & Lining Pattern piece Bodice Back & Lining originally measures 6 5/8" between fold & side edge. After shoulder & under arm piece is folded back the new pattern piece Bib Back & Lining will measure 5 1/8" from fold to side edge.
    Dress Front & Lining

    Cut 1 on this line for Bib Yoke Front

    Cut 1 on this line for Bib Yoke Lining

    Dress Back & Lining

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    After drafting this piece becomes Bib back & lining.
    Drafting The Shoulder Ruffles Draft a rectangle 3 1/2" long x 29" wide. Place a mark 5" in from each end. fig. A Draw a curve from the straight side to the 5" mark. The curved side will be the gathered edge. When drafting your pattern piece from paper you may want to fold the rectangle in half then draw & cut your curve to make them even. The straight edge is the outside hemmed edge & may have edging stitched to it. Stitching edging to the straight edge may be found in the Gallery under Heirloom Sewing Stitches section. Sewing eyelet or lace edge to flat fabric edge. Note: 4" deep eyelet edge may be used rather than a self fabric ruffle. Use the same curve method for the eyelet. 3 1/2" long x 29" wide

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    Layout
     Special instructions Lay bib backs & linings on fold. Dress: Stitch dress according to pattern instructions. Omit collar & stitch a bias at neck edge.
    Means wrong side of fabric.
    Pleated Insert

    2 rows machine baste top

    8 pleated rows 6 smocked rows

    2 rows machine baste top

    Pleated Insert Stitch 2 rows of machine baste at the top & bottom of the insert before pleating. There are 8 guide rows. 1 at top & bottom. This allows for 6 smocked rows. A longer insert will be needed for more smocking rows if necessary & a shorter bib front.

    Insert 3 1/2" L x 44" W ( 8 pleated rows)

     Bib Ties 2 1/2" L x 40 1/2" W

     Bib Ties 2 1/2" L x 40 1/2" W

     Bib Ties 2 1/2" L x 40 1/2" W

     Bib Ties 2 1/2" L x 40 1/2" W

    shoulder ruffle

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    Bib

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    Bias for Piping

    Piping
    Block insert the width of the Bib front yoke. Cut 2 pieces of cording the width of the top & bottom of insert Fold bias strips in half & cover cording. Machine baste to secure cording in fabric bias. Lay one bias at top of insert & stitch. fig.1 Lay the second bias at the bottom of the insert & stitch. fig. 1
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    With right sides together stitch Bib Yoke Front to insert along seam line. fig.2 Trim seam.
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    Note: dotted area represents bib back lining. fig.3 With right sides together stitch bib front to bib backs & linings at shoulder seams. fig.4 Trim seams. Press seams open.
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    Stitching The Bib
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    Tiny hem straight edge of shoulder ruffle. Machine baste 3 rows on curved edge of shoulder ruffle. fig. 5
    Gather machine baste on shoulder ruffles to fit bib sides. fig. 6
    Shoulder ruffles reach a point at seam line. See detail fig. 7 Stitch.
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    Machine baste neck edge & bottom of bib front & backs to linings. fig. 9
    With right sides together stitch tie to yoke front. fig. 10fig.10Trim seams. Press tie down. fig. 11fig.11
    Bib Tie Linings. With right sides together stitch bib tie linings to bib ties. Start at top side on front, across ends & bottom ending on top side of bib. fig. 13 Trim seam & turn ties to right side. Press On inside of bib front & back fold under raw edge & hand stitch in place. fig.14
    fig.13fig.14Tie into bows at each side. fig.15fig.15

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    Neck Bias

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    With right sides together stitch lining front to linings back at shoulder seams. Trim seams. Press seams open.
    With right sides together stitch lings to bib front along sides. fig. 8 Trim seams. Press. Turn bib to right side. Press
    fig.12Overlap backs 1/2" & baste. With right sides together stitch tie to backs. Fig. 12
    With right sides together stitch neck bias to edge leaving 1/2" at back edges to turn back. Turn bias to back fold under ends & stitch in place.