Friday, March 12, 2010

Dainty Pink Heirloom Diaper Set

In February of 2008, I had the privilege of attending Martha Pullen's School of Art Fashion in Huntsville, AL. This was a dream-come-true for me, as it was something that I always wanted to do, but never really was able to do for various reasons. I had a horrible time deciding what school to take, as I wanted to take all of them! I finally narrowed my decision down and signed up for Debbie Glenn's School. This was a 4-day school and we had three projects that we worked on. Debbie is a master-mind at sewing techniques and I learned soooo much in those 4-days! I have yet to complete two of the projects, but I did complete one of them - this preciously sweet, soft pink diaper set!
Speaking of pink - one of the reasons I am journaling on this particular garment is that I am participating in a Pink Giveaway at a fellow-bloggers blog! She is offering an "I MUST have it" giveaway, so in order to increase my chances, I am blogging about my favorite pink project. I think you probably should stroll on over to her blog, after you are done here, and see what her awesome pink give-away is, not to mention all the other gorgeous things she makes!  So, with that said, back to my preciously sweet, pink diaper set! Here's another picture of it:
Debbie taught several techniques on this particular set - one technique that I REALLY struggled with for years, is the shell edge. 
The shell stitch on this diaper shirt is machine stitched, rather than hand-stitched. My hand-stitched shell edging leaves MUCH to be desired - I need a load of practice on it! Another fellow-blogger has excellent instructions on the hand-shelled hem, and I am going to really study her instructions and try to perfect my skills - thank you Jeannie for posting those! Anyway, I was thrilled when I finally learned how to communicate properly with my Bernina Artista 200 and successfully stitch the shell edge!
Another technique that Debbie taught on this diaper shirt, was magic whipped release tucks, which you can see on the front center of the diaper shirt.
This is a very neat technique and I LOVED learning it! It's a bit difficult to explain, but basically it involves threading your sewing machine backwards, from the bobbin, rather than from the top spool of thread. It creates a single continuous thread that keeps the bottom of your tuck from coming unstitched. I will have to blog about this technique sometime and show you how it's done - it's a VERY neat technique!
Another technique we learned was corded pin stitched lace scallops and how to perfectly pivot the pin-stitching on the points of the scalloped edge. Don't you just LOVE the hem of this diaper shirt?
This is probably my favorite pink project I have ever made and I'm so glad that Martha's Pink giveaway at Southern Matriarch inspired me to share it with you!
Ok, guess what I am doing on Saturday?!?! I am attending a SAGA (Smocking Arts Guild of America) class with Cindy Foose! I will take pics and journal about it next week! :)
Hey, did you notice I am at 99 followers? I just need 1 more follower and I will have a giveaway! :)


Memaw's memories said...

This is absolutely gorgeous.

Becky said...

Beautiful. So simple and just perfect. I know how hard those things are to do, and you did a great job! I hope you come back from the convention with lots of pretty things and will share your knowledge with us.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Ah! wonderful! How awesome to have three projects from your trip...can't wait to see the other two completed.

Blessings & Aloha!
(I am excited about getting my pleater in the mail... so, eventually, I will be reviewing all your tutorials :o)

Nikki said...

Sweet, sweet, sweet!! I got to take one of Debbie Glenn's classes last year. She is an incredible seamstress!!

Martha said...

Laurie, this is just beautiful. I had forgotten about this pattern. We are having a summer baby so it might need to go on "the list" So pretty.

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Anonymous said...

I am so glad I found your blog. The pink outfit is beautiful. I also like your picture tutorials. Congratulations on a job well done.


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