Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Embroidered Baby Dress, Bonnet and Shoes - Simply Neutrals #35

Hello friends, 

If you've visited my blog before you will know how I love babies, especially 'vintage style' babies. 


My own three babies (two boys and a girl) were dressed in vintage woolens and hand made dresses, many of them vintage treasures saved up from op shops since I was 16! 






One of my favourite things is a vintage cane pram which I got from an antique shop in Cobargo called 'No Horse, No Wife, No Moustache' many years before having babies. Below is my daughter Roisin (which is Irish for 'little rose') in the old pram, wearing the embroidered dress I made for her. The old pram was very bouncy - good for unsettled babies. It didn't fold, so it was limited to our local vicinity only, and once the babies became adventurous and ready to climb, I had to abandon it as it had no harness.


baby by Jesse Rowan





Here is Roisin wearing the shoes and dress, but sadly, the bonnet was too small by then.

So I used a vintage woolen jacket and bonnet...



The pattern was from an 'Australian Smocking and Embroidery' magazine. I used a soft cream cotton twill, with palest pink and cream embroidery thread for the rose buds. Here's a close up of the embroidery...Here are the shoes to match...


The dress is now displayed on one of my porcelain dolls - 'Sugar Britches'. Still in the same pram...




Sugar Britches is a porcelain doll I made before I had my babies - I was always hoping the real thing would happen, but in the mean time I enjoyed dressing my baby doll in the vintage baby clothes I had collected. Her hair was real mohair which I tea-dyed, and she almost feels like a real baby - heavy and floppy. 




One of the most special presents I made for my Mum was a Sugar Britches doll - which I carried on a train to visit her before I had a drivers' licence ( with a few strange glances from other passengers!)




I'm joining Wen from Apple Apricot in Simply Neutrals Tuesday, where the theme is neutral.  Please visit here.


21 comments:

  1. So lovely and beautiful! I am thrilled - that you even used that for your children is stunning!
    A wonderful blog!
    Greetings from Austria
    Susi

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    1. Thank you for visiting here and leaving your sweet comment, Susi.

      Yes, each of my babies slept in this pram, right beside my bed, until they were too mobile to be safe in it. It is full of memories for me of waking up to babies, even to check they were still breathing when they were so quiet!
      Have a lovely week,
      Hugs,
      Jesse XX

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    2. You were the best mum I guess -
      and you are now the best doll mum as it seems! ♥♥♥
      Happy rest of your week, thank you very much for visiting me and letting me such nice comments! Much appreciated!
      oxo Susi

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    3. Thanks, Susi. Being a Mum meant so much to me. I loved those years when my kids were small, even though I missed out on so much sleep, my partner used to say I had dementia lactosis! It's so much harder to be a good Mum to teenagers!!! Aargh!

      Thanks for your lovely comments too. Have a 'smiling inside' week!
      Hugs,
      Jesse XX

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  2. My friend recommended this blog and he was totally right keep up the fantastic work!

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  3. Oh Jesse, what a wonderful child , so beautiful she is, and dressed like a princess, in these adorable old and new pieces.
    I love the embroidered dress you made her, and every other piece,- and she is so darling sitting in that wonderful old pram .
    Big hugs from Dorthe- xoxo

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    1. Thank you Dorthe :) You'd never know her now - She hasn't worn a dress since she was three years old! A tom-boy through and through, with her own mind and stubborn ways! LOL! But still my beautiful darling girl...
      Love and hugs,
      Jesse XX

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  4. Oh my goodness dearest Jesse, this is soooooo sweet!! Your beautiful daughter in those gorgeous you made and found. And the doll, you made it yourself?? My goodness sweetie, that's just stunning!! You're so talented!
    Wishing you a beautiful week and sending you big hugs and love, xx

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    1. Thank you, Wen. Yes, I made the dolls in a class, but I didn't design the mould. The porcelain doll is cast in a mould, then you clean it up carefully and sand it smooth, paint the features and get it fired. The arms were also porcelain. You stitch up the body from a pattern, and put it all together, then glue on hair and eye lashes. She is stuffed with pellets to make her heavy and lifelike. It was a wonderful process, seeing her come together. So gratifying.

      Wishing you a week of good connections with others, and a glad heart.
      Love and hugs to you too,
      Jesse XXX

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    2. That sounds like a wonderful class, and the results are just stunning dearest! I can imagine how thrilling it must be to see your doll come to life.

      Big hugs and beautiful week wishes,
      xx Wen

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  5. My goodness, Jesse, those photos are just priceless. What wonderful memories they hold. I got quite emotional seeing the photos and remembering the days when my boys were babies, sleeping in a moses basket I made all the covers etc for. Sigh. So long ago.

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    1. Hello Liz, What a wonderful memory for you! I quite agree, we are so lucky to have these memories, as fleeting as those few years seem. I think I did the best job as a Mum when my kids were small - it was easy to meet all their needs - but now as teenagers I feel so out of my depth! I don't get the good hormones and the rwards that babies and small children give back! Just the smell of a baby's neck (clean, of course!) was a huge reward for me :)
      Hugs,
      Jesse XX

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  6. A.Maz.Ing. !! Such a beautiful post Jesse, and wonderful photo's. Roisin was a gorgeous baby : ) and what a beautiful story you tell. Your work is stunning. I'm so glad you shared : ) Hugs, karen o

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    1. Hi Karen,
      Thank you! You made my day today with your lovely comment:) Hope your week is happy.
      Hugs,
      Jesse

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  7. Dearest Jesse,
    what a sweetness you're sharing with this post of yours, I thank you from the deep of my heart!

    With utmost gratitude for the delicacy of your soul,
    I'm sending my dearest and warmest hug across the many miles

    XOXO Dany

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    1. Hello Daniela, Thank you for your sweet comment. I felt your great warm hug! Wishing you a happy and thoughtful week ahead.
      Hugs,
      Jesse XX

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  8. Really impressive. I'm always inspired embroidery designs but feel that I may lack the patience to apply myself properly. I love your colour combinations.


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  10. What amazing pieces of embroidery! Your Mother in law was very talented. I wonder if you could have these pieces made into a quilt or a large wall hanging of some sort so they can be displayed year round?


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  11. What a fabulous piece of history, sweet Joy. Thank you so much for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Forgive me for just now visiting...I have been away for the last 5 days :)

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