Sewing for a Little Princess

It’s a girl! Like the rest of the world, I am so excited about the birth of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge – and of course I can’t help but daydream about the beautiful heirloom garments she will surely wear. Little Prince George is always dressed so adorably in his smocked rompers, cardigans, knee-high socks and button-bar shoes … and now we get to add dresses and ruffles and lace to the mix with a little princess! To celebrate, I returned to the Sewing for a Royal Baby book we published just before Prince George’s birth in 2013 to take a look at the “Sewing for a Little Princess” section. Here are some of the beautiful heirloom garments you can create for your own little princess:

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Princess Charlotte Baby Dress & Bonnet and Elizabeth’s Red Dress

Princess Charlotte Baby Dress & Bonnet: Designed by Wendy Schoen, this beautiful linen baby dress and matching bonnet features a T-style yoke with three-quarter-length sleeves. The exquisite handwork includes bullion roses, swirling stems, eyelets and granitos, and a detached applique dogwood flower is positioned on the front of the dress and bonnet. The edges of both designs are finished in tiny buttonhole scalloping.

Elizabeth’s Red Dress: This tailored design by Amelia Johanson features a V-shaped yoke and box-pleated front and back skirts. The dress was inspired by a vintage silk dress discovered at an antique store, and it serves as the perfect companion garment to the “Prince William’s Red Suit” reproduction that is also featured in the book.

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Princess Margaret Rose and Lady Anna

Princess Margaret Rose: This lovely sheer organdy dress is designer Janet Gilbert’s take on a portrait dress worn by a 2-year-old Princess Margaret in 1934. Janet figured out how to perfectly recreate the double-scalloped hemline to reproduce the dress for today’s little princess – and she added her own original smocking plate to the elegant design.

Lady Anna: This delicate cutwork dress is a reproduction of an antique dress, circa 1900, from Martha Pullen’s private vintage collection. Martha discovered the original two-piece design during one of her visits to London’s Portobello Road, and Sue Stewart created this nearly exact replica using machine embroidery cutwork designs included with the book.

For more heirloom sewing inspiration, check out Sewing For a Royal Baby. In addition to the four “little princess” designs above, the book includes patterns and instructions for two christening gowns, four “little prince” designs and a host of baby accessories including bonnets, booties, bibs, a blanket and a christening accessories holder.

If you want to learn to sew for your little princess, sign up for our Heirloom I Online Licensing OR our face-to-face licensing, Children’s Garment Construction, which will be held at the Innisbrook Resort July 28-Aug. 2 in Palm Harbor, FL. Come and receive over 15 multi-sized garment patterns, a collection of embroideries for boys and girls, 20 great kits and more! At our face-to-face licensings you will definitely be treated like royalty!

We pray for the men and women serving our nation in harm’s way, and for all of you. And to all of the mothers out there… I hope you have a very happy Mother’s Day!

Much Love to You All & May God Bless,
Kathy McMakin