Friday, May 16, 2014

Heirloom Easter Sewing

Welcome, it has been awhile since I've posted. Spring has been crazy busy! We celebrated Easter with family in Auburn, Alabama. Church, great food, and good company made for a perfect day. My grandson who is two loved finding hidden Easter eggs.

Several months before Easter, I planned and started working on two special outfits. The first outfit was for my grandson and I decided to make a cute sailor outfit. With fabric I had on hand and a pattern by Children's Corner called Michael I began my adventure. Since Max is only 2 1/2 years old, the colors pale blue and white seemed like  good choices. White royal twill was used for the shirt and blue satin ribbon was used to trim the collar. I started out trying to use bias tape and wasn't happy with the look so I switched to ribbon. The Michael pattern is a very easy to sew pattern and I have made countless outfits with it. The shorts have front pleats and an elastic back and were made out of blue pique. Mother of Pearl buttons were used to close the back of the shirt and a blue pique tie accented the front of the shirt. My daughter completed the outfit with knee high white socks and navy/white saddle oxford shoes. Adorable!



The second adventure was an adventure in heirloom sewing. If you have read previous posts, you know this type of sewing is one of my passions. Last summer a friend of mine became a grandmother to a beautiful little girl and we started planning her 2014 Easter outfit. Can I just say "Fun"! The little girl's mother decided on pink fabric and ecru lace. I used Child's Wedding Ring Dress by Chery Williams as a guide to make the dress.






Pink Swiss Bearissima Batiste by Bear Threads, LTD was the perfect choice for the fabric. Several different widths and styles of Bow Lace were used on the dress. I'm not sure where the lace was purchased. Here is a picture of the materials I selected for the dress.


The scallops on the collar and dress were attached accented with machine hemstitching and lace attached to it. I have an old hemstitch machine made in 1946 that is used to stitch the hemstitching. This is the only stitch this machine makes! Two needles and two bobbins are used to make the perfect stitch. Here is a picture of my machine.

Any hoo, here is the finished product and a picture of the precious little girl wearing the dress.




Entredeux beading, ribbon, and lace edge finished the sleeve edge. The outfit was completed with a double-faced satin pink hair bow.

Best of all,  a picture of the dress being worn by a precious little girl on Easter.


I had so much fun making these two outfits, I am sure I will be sewing on something new again soon.



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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Heirloom Sewing Inspiration

For some reason this time of year I get the "itch" to do some heirloom sewing. As you know if you've read my profile, I have been doing Heirloom Sewing by hand and machine for over 25 years. Yes, that makes me old but only in the way I look. LOL. Any way, I have a board on my personal Pinterest page called "Heirloom Sewing". As you can guess, I post beautiful pictures of garments that I love! I'm also noticing a trend. People are using ecru lace on their garments more and more instead of white lace. Both are beautiful but trends come and go. Below are some examples of pins from my board.

beautiful first communion dress Option #3Tea dressNote: These are not my pictures.

I think I'll make a daygown out of blue fabric and ecru lace. Next, I have to design how I want the daygown. I'll keep you posted on the fun! 


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Friday, November 1, 2013

Daily Deals Sale Page

Recently, I started a "Daily Deals" tab in the menu. In all honestly, I planned to keep it frequently updated. Hasn't happened! Today it has been uploaded with all new items. This weekend we are featuring a fantastic sale on Flannel Swaddling Blankets by Swaddle Designs. Here are a few pics of some of the great blankets for sale:

Morning Sky Elephants and Chickies Swaddling Blanket
Bright Pink Dots Organic Blanket
Kiwi Paisleys Blanket
All the blankets measure 44" x 44" making them perfect for swaddling your precious little one. They also make great nursing covers for moms and great sun covers for baby carriers. I'm sure you can think of a lot more uses for these fabulous blankets! They are a great gift to have on hand for a baby shower, christmas, or any occasion.

The sale price is only listed on the Daily Deals page (not on the brand name or swaddling blankets pages). You MUST purchase off the Daily Deals page to get the sale price. Here is a link to the Daily Deals Page .

Prices are only good through this weekend until Sunday night at midnight.

Have a great weekend!




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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Childhood Cancer Awareness

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month and The Polka Dot Store will donate 10% of our sales to American Cancer Society. As many of you may already know, my oldest child was diagnosed with T-cell ALL (leukemia) when he was 16 years old. I am happy to say he is a healthy happy 30 year old man now. He has a great job and owns is own home. So, as you can probably guess, Childhood Cancer Awareness is very "near and dear" to my heart. When my son was diagnosed and going through treatment, you didn't hear much about childhood cancer and I am so thankful people are finally aware of this very traumatic time for a child and his/her family. The survival rates have increased which is wonderful but the treatment itself is very hard on a child. Seeing what these precious children endure will really touch your heart but, their attitudes and bravery will amaze you. There are many organizations that help the patient and their families during treatment. I thought you might like to know about a few that were/are very special to me and my family.

The American Cancer Society paid for all our stays at the Ronald McDonald House on Houston Mill Road in Atlanta. We were always met with a compassionate smile when we arrived and they did everything possible to make our stay as comfortable as possible. Since my son was treated at Egleston Childrens Hospital, now know as Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta Egleston, this location was very close and convenient. I can't say enough about the loving care my son received from the staff of doctors, nurses, and support staff at Egleston. They were the best. Last year during this time The Polka Dot Store donated to Cure. Cure funds extensive research for childhood cancer. At the time of my son's illness, they also provided supper one night a week to the families and patients of children being treatment on the cancer floor in the hospital. The volunteers were warm and welcoming to families who were going through such a stressful and unsure time.

Another great cause is the Make-A-Wish Foundation. They granted my son's wish to travel to New York City to meet a celebrity chef and see a taping of his show. They sent the whole family and we were treated like royalty. It was an experience and memory we will never forget.

I am so proud that the town I live in acknowledges Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Each year they hold a gold ribbon fundraiser for childhood cancer research by selling gold bows that are attached to the benches and trees on our downtown streets.
This picture was found in a great article that can be found here. I went downtown myself and took several photos. They are below.


So, visit The Polka Dot Store knowing a portion of your purchase goes to a very worthy cause.

The Polka Dot Store - Where Blessings Happen Every Day!



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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Plush Sale

Happy weekend! 40% has been posted on select plush animals. They can be found on the here on the Sale page. See the pictures below for some of the great plush animals on sale.








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Monday, August 19, 2013

Training Pants, Appliqued Gown, and Hens

On the weekends I try to put work aside and do some creative thinking. I've been wanting to do some more applique and decided to applique a name on a baby gown. The font is called Julia and I found it here .

So, what do you think?

My next project was one my daughter asked me to do. My grandson is about to turn two and is potty training. The disposable pull-ups are great but expensive. Plus, Max thinks he is a really big boy when he wears big boy underwear. Katy saw something somewhere - probably Pinterest- where a mom sewed a panel of PUL fabric over the center panel on the underwear. The PUL helps keep any accidents from getting on clothes, etc. PUL stands for polyester/polyurethane laminate. According to the Fabric.com,  polyurethane is laminated to a 70 denier interlock fabric. PUL has the following characteristics: washable, waterproof, breathable, stretches, hypoallergenic, made in the U.S.A., and is solvent laminated. 

I'll let you know if my daughter likes them and if they work well for her son.

Another ongoing project at our house is our chickens. We have one rooster, Ricky, and six hens. They are quite the characters. Last week the hens started laying eggs. We have gotten almost two dozen eggs so far. The picture below is some of the first eggs that were laid.

We have three varieties of hens so we have different size eggs. The chickens follow me everywhere! I was loading the car today and left the drivers door open. When I went to get in the car, this is what I found!

My life is definitely interesting! It's Monday and so time to get back to work. I hope all of you have a great week. Please stop in and do some shopping at The Polka Dot Store where "Blessings Happen Every Day".







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Friday, August 2, 2013

New Baby and Sibling Gifts

Wow, I can't believe it has been almost a month since my last blog post. This week as I was catching up on orders, I started thinking about what my customers are ordering for gifts. When my youngest was born and someone would bring her a baby gift, my two toddlers would look anxiously to see if there was also a gift for them. I've noticed quite a few of my customers also send personalized backpacks to the sibling along with a gift for the baby. Here is a picture of one of the combinations ordered this week.


Cute isn't it? The hooded towel on the left is the Pink Alligator Everykid Towel by 3 Marthas and the backpack on the right is Dandy Pandy from Oak Patch Gifts. I would love to help you with your next gift purchase.

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