I have a new niece! technically speaking she is my little cousin but since her mother and I are the only two children on that side of the family we consider our offspring nieces and nephews. Regardless of her genealogical status I am super excited! She came three weeks early but is already a normal weight, all is well in Paris while here I scramble madly to put together a gift worthy of the event!
My cousin has a very classic Old France taste, which translate here as preppy. It suits her well and she has the lifestyle to go with the tartan headbands. It's not an easy style to find in the West and I usually fall back on Ralph Lauren, which I know she loves. I found these tiny shoes and a two piece outfit for a quick-ship package, but as a little personal touch I decided to sew the child a little bag.
The tartan is from Pendleton, I have kept this little piece of fabric for years. It's a precious reminder of a trip taken there with my dad. I used a script font not native to the Bernina 580, which meant that I had to make each letter a file or layer. It's hard work working without an embroidery software but I am working with Thomas to procure an older inexpensive PC laptop. Still I am grateful that even without a computer I can create a design directly on the machine and have it look so perfect. I have saved the folder and will only have had to align 10 layers once! The frame comes from Swakembroidery.com and seems like a versatile shape to invest in.
The bag is lined in a narrow striped shirting and for the casing I used a large decorative scalloped stitch instead of a strait line of stitching. I can imagine this type of finish on the bottom hem of a pair of pajamas... Ideas abound! Next in line for the baby a little bit of Liberty + a bunny. Stay tuned!
Note: in case you are wondering about the unusual name of the child, it belong to a 5th century Christian martyr later a Saint and has the same linguistic roots as the word "quiet" in English