First Communion Dresses by Embroidered Heirlooms

by sassyandgeorge on February 16, 2011

in Girls' Clothing

If you’ve poked around this site a bit, it should come as no surprise to you that I love very classic children’s clothing. That’s not to say that I always get away with making my kids wear it (It is sometimes expensive and my daughter has entered the age of Bieber and Justice. Sigh.) but I love it nonetheless.

First Communion and baptism attire are non-negotiables for me. No spaghetti-strapped, mini-bridal gowns. No pageant-looking party dresses. My son wore khaki linen trousers, navy jacket, blue dress shirt, bowtie and loafers – and looked darling. My daughter will look equally classic.

I stumbled across the Etsy shop of Embroidered Heirlooms today and it took my breath away. Let’s just say the word “heirlooms” in the shop name is not an exaggeration. Stunning.

The “Elizabeth” is made of 100% Handkerchief Linen. The bodice features handmade lace insertions with silk ribbon accents, and rows of meticulous pintucks. The silk ribbon at the waistline ties to a beautiful bow in the back. This dress is fully lined with 100% Cotton Batiste. The back closes with five mother-of-pearl buttons. If desired, Janet will embroider the name and Communion date in white on the front bottom edge of the slip for no additional charge. Seams are professionally finished – French seams available for an additional $30.00.

The “Grace” is a 100% Silk Dupioni First Communion Dress featuring an overskirt of silk organza trimmed at the hemline with a 2″ silk satin ribbon. Bodice is made of silk dupioni, and a centered French lace block of lace insertion with silk ribbon, entredeaux, and lace with a peter pan collar trimmed in French lace. Puffed sleeves are made of silk organza trimmed with French lace insertion and silk ribbon ties. The underskirt is also made of silk dupioni. The dress is completely lined in 100% Cotton Batiste, with an attached slip. The back closes with five mother-of-pearl buttons.

The “Ava” has a Silk Dupioni underdress with 100% Silk Organza overskirt and sleeves. Bodice is hand-embroidered with silk ribbon rosettes, white silk floss stems, pale green leaves, and seed pearls. Embroidery is framed with five rows of pintucks on either side. Collar is embroidered with silk ribbon rosette and trimmed in delicate French lace. Sleeves are made of Silk Organza and trimmed with the same delicate French lace. Both the underskirt and overskirt are a very full 90″ in diameter. The dress ties in the back with a full organza bow. The dress is completely lined in 100% Cotton Batiste with an attached slip. The back closes with five mother-of-pearl buttons.

The “Patricia” is a Handmade, Heirloom First Communion Gown of 100% Handkerchief Linen, trimmed in Swiss edging of beautiful, delicate flowers at the hemline and sleeves. Bodice features pleats framing the Swiss Embroidered Floral insertion at the center, and a collar edged in Swiss scallop trim. Side ties come to a beautiful full bow in the back. Fully lined with an attached slip in 100% Cotton Batiste. Back closes with five mother of pearl buttons.

These dresses range from $199 (the Patricia) to $225 (the other three dresses). They are custom-made and require eight weeks to make and ship.

What do you think? Pricey? Yes. But if you look at it as a family dress as opposed to a dress for one girl for one day, is the price a bit more palatable? Am I just trying to rationalize it?! (They are sooooo gorgeous!)



These little creatures are the cutest things I’ve seen in ages. Like, make-my-heart-ache-with-the-sweetness kind of cute. Made by Myko Bocek, these animals are meticulously hand sculpted and shaped, using the pom poms from wool yarn and wool felt with wool roving.


Myko Bocek Studios on Etsy, $48 to $95


Adorable Smocked Dresses for Little Girls on Etsy

by sassyandgeorge on January 5, 2011

in Girls' Clothing

I adore a beautifully hand-smocked little girl’s dress. Nothing sweeter.

For The Love of Smocking is a shop on Etsy that has some of the most classic smocked dressed I’ve seen in a long time. Nothing kitschy or theme-y. Just great fabric (lots of floral and calico), puff sleeves, peter pan collars and traditional smocking.


There are quite a few more in the For The Love of Smocking shop right now – ranging from $25 to $70 (for sizes 3 mos. to 5 yrs.).

Another Etsy shop – Gumdrop Grove – has some gorgeous smocked dresses as well:

The one pictured here is listed at $58 – which is about the same ballpark for most of the dresses in this shop.

Are you a smocked dress fan? Do you know how to smock? Is my affection for smocking nostalgia or old-fashioned?


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Denim by Diesel: For Small People

by sassyandgeorge on January 4, 2011

in Boys' Clothing

Sassy and George have little brothers, twins, who are about to turn four. In the past six months or so, they’ve been lucky enough to walk in two “fashion shows” for a local luxury retailer. And they LOVE doing it.

Despite the fact that they are rowdy boys, they really get into the clothes! At the Back to School show in August, they were VERY disappointed to find out that they wouldn’t be taking their outfits home. (They were pretty pricey…)

At both the August show and the December one, the store’s buyer put my littlest squirrel in a pair of straight (almost skinny) Diesel jeans. They were PERFECT for him (he is my skinniest kid, by a long shot). I thought they looked great but I couldn’t quite stomach $89 for them.

Today, I open my email and see that Diesel is having an online sale. And, guess what? Those cute little jeans are HALF OFF – now $45. And what a great excuse to write a blog post with pics of my little Harry?!

In fact, a ton of their Fall/Winter inventory (men/women/kids) is marked down – click the following link to take you to the sale: DIESEL FW10 SALE now up to 50% OFF on! .


I‘ve never featured grown-up clothing here. But this was just too fun not to post.

For about a year now, I’ve been coveting these knee high boots by Stuart Weitzman:

Stuart Weitzman – 50/50 (Black Nappa) – Footwear

They are GORGEOUS – AND, AND, AND! They are leather up the front and stretchy down the entire back of the boot. Which? Is perfect for girls with ample calves. Like me.

Here’s the catch: $595. Ouch. No boots for me. Or so I thought.

Enter a shoe-savvy friend who looked at the Weitzman boots and said, “Oh, there’s a reeeeeally good knock-off of that boot.” And she told me exactly where to find it.

It’s by Vaneli:

Vaneli – Rankin (Black Nappa w/Black Stretch) – Footwear

And it’s $202. Still pricey, for sure – but not 600 bucks! Anyway, I bought these. And I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them. They go on easily (not a normal feat for me) and are so comfortable. I wear them constantly – and get lots of compliments. I highly recommend them.

Zappos has a few other very similar options you might want to take a look at as well:


Save on Melissa & Doug Educational Toys!

by sassyandgeorge on October 16, 2010

in Toys

‘Round these parts, Melissa & Doug are good friends. We have their puzzles, their musical instruments, their art sets, their easel and who-knows-what-else I’ve forgotten. (Everything you see below, we actually own. And more…)

Since I love Melissa & Doug and since Christmas is really just around the corner, I thought I’d share this deal with you!

300x250 Melissa&Doug 35% off


Back in August, my kids were invited to participate in a back-to-school fashion show at a local luxury department store. They were awesome. And they rocked their outfits!

Juicy Couture

Maggie in Juicy Couture jeggings, polo, cardigan and jacket. Shoes by Stuart Weitzman (got those on the sale rack at Marshalls!).

Getting Ready for Their Close-up

The boys rehearsing for their television appearance.

dmo baby shirt and jacket, True Religion jeans

Charlie in dmo baby shirt and vest and the most adorable teeny True Religion jeans.

Ben Sherman shirts, 7 For All Mankind jeans

George in Ben Sherman tshirt and snap-front shirt with 7 for All Mankind jeans and his own high-top Chuck Taylors by Converse.

dmo baby jacket, Ben Sherman tshirt

Harry in a tshirt by Ben Sherman, jacket by dmo baby and skinny jeans by Diesel.

This little ham had the MOST fun being on TV and walking the runway!


Nursery Decor by Oilo Studios

by sassyandgeorge on July 20, 2010

in Furnishings

Darling. Just darling. Not much else to say about this other than I wish the grown-up parts of my house were as stylishly sophisticated as this nursery. (Not sure how practical the white glider is – but a mama can dream…)

Modern Interior



Kids’ Personalized Stationery by Minted

by sassyandgeorge on June 6, 2010

in Odds & Ends

I just discovered Minted. Has everyone else already seen this site? Adorable custom stationery, invitations and announcements. Lots of quirky and vintage-y feeling designs.

And I’m loving their offerings in the kids’ personalized stationery category! Here are just a few samples (and it was hard for me to pick just a few for this post):

elephant stationery
Elephant Kids Personalized Stationery

orange car stationery
Orange Cars Kids Personalized Stationery

t-rex stationery
T-Rex Kids Personalized Stationery

robot stationery
Robot Kids Personalized Stationery

girls stationery
Accent (girl) Kids Personalized Stationery

race car stationery
Racing Kids Personalized Stationery

silhouette stationery
Vintage Silhouette Kids Personalized Stationery



Yesterday, I posted some great red, white & blue kids’ clothing I came across on Etsy. Good choices for fun Fourth of July wear. Here’s a few more!

red white & blue dress
Ogekko, $28 at

red white and blue john john
GaGa’s Baby Designs, $30 at

red white and blue girls skirt
Pink Petunia Pearl, $15 at

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