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Using the Imperial batiste (fine polycotton) makes this little ensemble very easy to launder. It can go right in the washer and dryer (inside out) on the delicate cycle with other delicate things. Remove promptly and only the ribbon ties may need a quick pressing.
I used the smocking design that the designer (Margaret Wight of South Austrailia) created for the ensemble in the magazine.
You can see just how tiny this little top was in the next picture. The armholes are uniform...I just had the outfit sitting crooked on the hanger.
The bloomers were made with a folded over ruffle on the tushie. I added the gathered French lace and the silk bow to tie it in more with the top and the bonnet. I embroidered another rose on the ribbon, of course.
I hope you liked this little outfit! The outfit was a big hit with the baby's family and created quite a stir at the shower. My daughter loved this whole ensemble so I know that I'll be making another one for my grandmother's hope chest someday. I'm wondering... given the soft easy care material used in this outfit, would the young mothers you know put this on their babies?