Sunday, December 05, 2010

SewNso's having her first Party!!

My dear sewing friend, Laurie, aka "SewNso" author of both Southern Stitches & Brer Rabbit Designs

is having her very first linky party!

The theme is "the spirit of Christmas past".

Won't you please join her by linking up to a blog post about something

handmade & from a Christmas past?

It doesn't have to be heirloom clothing, although that is her specialty &

I bet we're going to see some real treasures tomorrow.

Laurie is a regular contributor to Sew Beautiful magazine & has some gorgeous heirlooms & does beautiful handmade clothing, especially smocked items.

She has made numerous tutorials available on her site to teach you how to
do both regular & picture smocking as well as piping & other sewing techniques.

She helped me learn to picture smock even though I don't LIKE doing it.

This is a Childrens Corner Mary De pattern for a back wrap pinafore
done in the smocking plate
Charlie's Christmas Trees.

I made it for DGD Caroline in 2008.
Lots of mistakes but I learned a great deal in the process, too
and she loved it, which is what counts the most.

I made this little black corduroy jumper for her to wear to a Christmas play
It is from the Martha Pullen pattern in her applique book.

It has peppermint striped piping & buttons from my Mom's button jar.
The peppermint pockets are free standing machine embroidery
designs by Reen at Embroidery Garden.

Above is a quilted tablecloth that I made from a FL friend's leftover Christmas fabric.
I keep it on my big glass table in my sewing room all of December & think of her often.
I used machine embroidered snowflakes as part of the quilting on this.

I had fun using a Daisy Kingdom border fabric to make this little dress from a New Look pattern.
Lots of piping & removable bows.

This was a fun trip down memory lane!
Thanks for hosting this great idea for a party, Laurie.

I'm always so surprised to see how fast Ms. C. has grown.
It makes me want to sew as fast as I can before she tires of
Nana's creations.

Won't you please pop on over to Laurie's site & see what else is handmade?

I just know we're in for a treat!

"Merry Christmas" from The Gazebo House!

I hope you're all having a wonderful holiday season, full of treasured heirlooms

& maybe a few handmade items

... COOKIES count as handmade, right Laurie?!


  1. Thanks "sew" much Rett!!! WOW! You have some wonderful items posted from your Christmas Past!! VERY impressive, I must add!!! Thanks for sharing and for your participation!!! I am fix'in (that's what we say here in the south when we are "getting ready") to post my Spirit of Christmas Past and open up the Linky! Who will be first to post?!?! Please don't trip over anyone - there's plenty of room! LOL!

  2. I love looking at the dresses you make. No talent here for that.

  3. Rett, you are such a talented seamstress. Your creations are so beautiful. Take care and have a wonderful week. Jen

  4. You've made a great new friend, Rett!! All of the dresses are just beautiful and I am so in love with the quilted table cover! How I wish we were neighbors and you could give me some lessons!


  5. Just beautiful Rett! The smocking is amazing, I know I wouldn't have the patience for that:@)

  6. OMG! You are sooo talented! Seriously, have you ever thought of selling some of your work? You really should! I just love looking at your work. Your smocking is wonderful and I just love the embroidery and appliques too! Beautiful work!

  7. Rett,
    I love all the dresses the the adorable top! I always smocked and made my daughter's dresses and clothes when they were little. I still have all of my Sew Beautiful magazines. I have kept every dress I made over the years. Such wonderful memories. I hope one day to have a grandgirl to sew for!
    Thanks for sharing the link!

  8. Hi Rett! I know you from SF! I haven't been very active there as of late, though! Your dresses are so beautiful! I've admired your work on SF for several years. So glad to know you have a blog!

    Great Job!

  9. Good morning, Rett. All those pretty dresses brought a smile to my face - lucky granddaughter and lucky to you to have her to sew for!

  10. I have always loved the peppermint dress, but yet have I to make one.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  11. I remember most of those dresses and love them still. All the little details are just perfect on each one. The cookies look yummy too!

  12. Rett, your granddaughter is a beautiful little girl whom I bet is the best dressed little one at her school. Your talents with sewing are just astounding, thanks so much for sharing your beautiful talents with us.


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