Child's dress and pinafore stitched lovingly will showcase your interest in *heirloom sewing. The dress has a round, collarless neckline, short set-in sleeves, and back **button and loop closure. The gathered skirt attaches to the bodice above the normal waistline. The center bodice is embellished with heirloom tucks and buttons, and the edges are mostly trimmed with delicate lace. The sleeveless pinafore has a boat neckline, gathered skirt attached to the bodice above the normal waistline, closes with back bodice buttons, and ties with attached tie ends. The pinafore lends itself well to border prints that can be further embellished with trims or embroidery. A hemline ruffle is optional. Emily's Closet Heirloom Designs, 1996.
*Heirloom sewing is a collection of needlework techniques popular at the end of the 20th century. It borrows techniques of fine French hand sewing of the period 1890-1920, only now we use a sewing machine and purchased trims. It is characterized by fine, often sheer, usually white cotton or linen fabrics trimmed with an assortment of lace, insertions, tucks, narrow ribbon, and smocking, imitating such hand-work techniques as whitework embroidery, and hemstitching. Typical include children's garments (especially christening gowns), women's blouses, wedding gowns, and lingerie.
**Back button and loop closures are sometimes difficult to use. I frequently open more of the back seam and add a zipper.
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