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Tips for sewing baby’s layette (1909)

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Suggestions for baby’s wardrobe

Make flannel petticoats on high-necked flannel waist for additional warmth.

In making long slips, cut by any pattern, but cut lower edge of arm hole straight out to the selvedge, gather in extra fullness with four tiny rows of shirring and fasten to a little “stay” of goods underneath. This gives a straight seam under arms (the sloping ones often stretch in laundering), and if desired the garment can be shortened as it is of the same width all the way up to the armholes.

A most serviceable wrap or blanket is of double faced eiderdown flannel with edge of a simple crochet shell stitch and a row of featherstitching all round about two or three inches from the edge. This does not draw when blanket is washed as a binding does.

Do not sew any tips to caps or bonnets, but have several extra pair to pin on with dainty pins, as they need frequent changing and laundering.

The very best mattress shields or pads are of heavy canton flannel four double. They can be unfolded for frequent airing and washing, while the quilted or tufted ones soon become lumpy and do not completely protect the mattress.

Put a baby into “rompers” as soon as he begins to creep. Colored for morning wear, white for best; fasten with five buttons under the leg from one leg band to the other to admit of removing the napping. Baby is so free and unhampered without skirt that creeping and walking are easy for him and falls infrequent. The rompers also keep the underclothes clean and the child warmly covered in sitting down.

Photo: Journalist/broadcaster/producer Edward R Murrow (1908-1965) as a baby in 1909

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