Heirloom Sewing

Written by Abby Luttrell
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In the last ten years, the heirloom sewing movement has come into its own. There are now websites, specialty stores and fabric retailers that are wholly devoted to the popularity of heirloom sewing. Turn-of-the-century patterns have been reconstructed and duplicated, and Victorian fabrics, buttons and sewing thread is being made today so that home sewers can make a genuine heirloom garment.

Heirloom Sewing Patterns

Some of the most popular patterns are for christening gowns, baby clothes including bonnets and booties, tea towels and doll clothes. For these one-of-a-kind gifts, you need special, high-quality fabrics. Some fabrics now available are high thread count cottons, brushed linens, laces, French ribbons, and imported silks and satins.

There has even been a renaissance of sewing tools and notions which our great-grandmothers used to create these works of art. For example, Mettler and waxed threads are available, as well as old-fashioned puff irons, loop turners, pintucking gimps, bodkins, smock and block guides, and press and sew appliques, all de rigeur in 1915, but not even known in our day!

Heirloom embroidery kits are available on recommended websites, as well as heirloom quilting supplies. Some of the more popular modern manufacturers of heirloom patterns are Bonnie Blue, Maja's Heirloom Treasures, Pitter Patter, Wendy Schoen, Diane Jensen, and Treasures of the Past. These patterns will get you started on your own heirloom project, and they are a lot easier than they look! These heirloom gifts will be treasured by your family and friends for years to come.


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