Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Scandinavian Christmas Nightie

I wish I had a white painted barn or an old farmhouse, white, with a bleached wood bench for Genevieve to model this nightie.  It says Christmas in Scandinavia to me (or an LL Bean catalog shoot).  Every time I see this nightie, I get a happy holiday vibe.


She barely let go of her pink nightie which had worn thin and short, been patched, and was fraying.  However, as soon as the Scandinavian nightie was done, she ditched the old nightie so fast I had to get Ben to "model" it for posterity.


Everything for the new nightie was from my stash (important these days as I condense my sewing space). She chose the striped flannel and, due to that voluminous 80s skirt and ruffle, I had to supplement the stripes with the flowered flannel.  I was thrilled to dig through my pretty stash of woven ribbon for a little piece for the bodice, and it only took a few minutes to hunt out the eyelet lace.  I have already explained my philosophy of (not) matching buttons, and I told Genevieve the button in the middle is a kiss from me.





Originally, I thought the nightie was long enough without the ruffle and I was worried about tripping hazards, but Genevieve begged and got her floor-length nightie.  We are both very pleased with the Scandinavian nightie; she barely lets it out of her hands to be washed.  Success!


16 comments:

Lisa said...

The ideal post for the beginning of Advent. A Christmas-y, Scandinavian nightgown - I love it!

Eva Girl said...

Awesome! Love every stitch : ) Such a good Momma you are!

Nancy po said...

How cute! I love anything scandinavian and folk arty...

Rozy Lass said...

It's beautiful! And so cozy looking. How fun to make happy memories.

Beth Shibley said...

Oh! I love it! ;)

Bree said...

This looks adorable - and looks soooo comfy for sleeping!

Tammy said...

Very adorable! I recently made my daughter a floor-length flannel nightgown, and she has worn it not only to bed every single night since then, but also sometimes in the afternoon during her quiet time. She loves it!

BLD in MT said...

That is fantastic. She looks very pleased with it. Good work on your stash sewing!

Jan said...

Beautiful details - I'm not surprised that she loves it! Jx

Julian said...

Ooh how perfect!:) christina

Shauna said...

Love the nightgown! Nighties that are sewn by Mom are special! And when they are long enough - those really are just the best.

Sarah Barry said...

The detail on the front is so sweet. I love when special attention is given to making sleepwear beautiful.

Adele said...

This is amazing! You have such a great sense of contrast in fabrics. Can I please order a mere five? :-)

Polly said...

Oh, I love this nightie!! I want to wear nighties. Especially if they have a Scandanavian vibe. She looks so cute and happy, too.

Sew Blessed Maw [Judy] said...

This night gown is adorable.. I love every single bit of it.. Know wonder Genevie doesn't want it out of her sight..
Just perfect.

jenny_o said...

What a beautiful garment - I love the buttons and your wonderful comment to your daughter. Why is it that full-length skirts/dresses make us feel so wonderful and pretty? That's how they make me feel, anyway.

How sweet that Ben would help you take a photo of the old nightie! He looks very earnest there :)

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