A New Year, A New Pattern

It’s been too long since I’ve posted about my sewing adventures!!!  I was busy with Christmas sewing and couldn’t show the gifts and with all the extra activities that happen around the holidays, well, blogging just didn’t happen.

Last weekend I was in Houston, TX with the Midnight Oil smocking group and had such fun!  They are a great group with such talent!  I can’t wait to see their finished dresses – there were so many beautiful fabrics and laces chosen for the project.  Of course, I forgot to take pictures.

I have stayed busy sewing, designing and teaching – all things that I love.   My latest project has been finishing up this bonnet pattern!

I first made this bonnet years ago for Ella.  She looked adorable in it, as I’m sure that any little princess would!   The bonnet can be hand or machine embroidered on the bonnet brim and back as well, just adding to the sweetness without taking too much time to complete.

Over the years, I’ve had requests for this pattern, so I decided that this would be the first thing on my agenda for the new year.  I’m quite pleased to offer it in sizes 6, 12 & 18 mo. in my Etsy shop.

Need a cute and relatively quick gift idea for a new mom – this is perfect!

I am also working on new things for the Classic Sewing Magazine.  If you don’t subscribe, you’re missing out on so many wonderful patterns and ideas from a variety of fabulous designers.  You should consider checking it out!  Of course, I’m biased!!!  LOL!  You’ll have to wait to see pictures of those things.

If you’re interested in the dress pattern that matches the bonnet, that can be found in the Spring 2017 issue of Classic Sewing Magazine and was printed in sizes 1 – 5.

It’s time to be thinking about Easter and spring sewing if you haven’t already started!  I’m staying inside on this chilly day and making plans for some fun sewing for warm weather!!!

Happy stitching!!!



2 thoughts on “A New Year, A New Pattern

  1. Joan Mahony

    Hi Kathy,
    I love your blog, and your beautiful sewing and smocking projects. My daughter designs her own smocking projects and would like to publish them. I saw in an old forum that it is possible to use Illustrator to digitise designs. The links on Claire Meldrum’s website no longer work. Do you know where we could find a tutorial on how to do this? The software is very expensive, and some people aren’t very pleased with it.

    Thanks for your help
    Best wishes

    1. Kathy Post author

      I love using the Illustrator software, but there is a learning curve to it. You can contact Claire through FB and I’m sure that she can send you links that will work. I wish your daughter well with her designs! We can always use more cute smocking designs. Claire’s tutorials were wonderful for creating smocking plates.


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