I have always loved the look of heirloom sewing and been very curious about the techniques heirloom sewers use when creating those gorgeous garments we all swoon over. I know each time a new Sew Beautiful comes out I spend hours studying the pages and dreaming of creating something as beautiful one of these days. Well, I have been bitten by the bug and now I am asking lots of questions and doing lots of reading about the how to's of heirloom. Of course, Sam has been a huge help and she is filling my head with all kinds of ideas. When I look ay my designs I see tons of possibilities of how I could add heirloom touches and make them in true heirloom fashion. All done with french seams, which I have been using a lot more of these days instead of my serger. No top stitching and using really high quality heirloom fabrics. Today was my first attempt...just a simple sweet nightgown created with the yummiest Swiss Dot that I got from Terri and some vintage lace and pearl buttons from my grandma's attic. I used one of my designs and changed a few things to create this very sweet nightgown for Abby. When she saw it she absolutely fell in love and said "Mommy...is that really for me to wear to bed? It's too pretty to wear to sleep in!" I can't wait to explore this heirloom world even more. I am already making wish lists at some on line heirloom shops and planning a trip up to Richmond to go to Chadwick Heirlooms for the first time. All those laces, trims, ribbons and beautiful fabrics. Talk about a kid in a candy shop!!!!