Hello friends, it’s been a productive week or two for me; I’ve finished this lovely baby daygown. It’s an Old Fashioned Baby pattern; “Sweet and Simple Daygown collection” – view 4. The lovely hemstitch details on the front facings, next to the pintucks, and the sleeve cuffs and the feather stitch embroidery were featured in Creative Needle magazine Nov/Dec 2001 issue.
Readers, i’m not one to blow my own horn too loudly but today i’m taking a lung full of air and i’m ready to toot loudly. I learned to tatt for this project…that tatted lace you see on the collar is made by me!!! Once I had finished all the hemstitching and had constructed the daygown to the collar stage, I put it aside for about a week while I taught myself to tatt. I found an excellent YouTube station with beginner tatting videos and off I went. I practiced and practiced and practiced until the rings were uniform in size.
I had tried to teach myself to tatt about six months ago using a vintage tatting magazine; sadly that little endeavour was a failure. So I packed up my vintage Boye tatting shuttle and admitted defeat.
This garment has box pleats galore; the centre back and
under each arm.
I used carded vintage mother of pearl buttons.
I LOVED doing the hemstitching – it’s an embroidery stitch that I have loved for many years and now being able to incorporate it into garments that my future grandchildren will wear is heart-warming for me.
And now, friends, I will disclose my mistakes. When I was practicing the button holes, I accidentally used one of the hemstitch sleeve piece as the practice piece; i’m fairly certain you could have heard me cussing a good suburb away! I was so annoyed at myself. At the end of the day I had to pull my ‘big-girl’ knickers up and get on with it, so I cut another sleeve out and re-hemstitched it. The other mistake I made, was when I was cutting out the sleeves I forgot that they had to be lined up perfectly with the horizontal threads. If you don’t cut them perfectly horizontal the fold for the cuff won’t be even. So I had to cut them out twice.
The big thing to remember when working hemstitching on a garment is that you MUST line your pattern up perfectly with either the horizontal or vertical threads depending on if the hemstitching detail is horizontal or vertical. My little ‘cheat/tip’ as to remove a thread from the fabric and then line the pattern piece (where the hemstitching will go) along this line. For example, when cutting out the sleeve I removed a horizontal thread from the fabric and lined the bottom of the cuff of the sleeve pattern piece with the ‘removed thread’ line. The hemstitching on the sleeve is horizontally along the cuff line so it’s imperative that the bottom of the pattern piece be lined up with the removed thread.
Friends, I know you’re used to a fairly low-brow blog…but surely, surely this post ranks up there as ‘gold’?? I gave you a sewing tip! You don’t get those for free too often these days.
I’m off to start my next project…it’s a toss up between two Old Fashioned baby projects: one is a simple sewing project with retro fabric and the other is a gorgeous raglan sleeved dress with lace details.