Friday, April 16, 2010

Goodnight, Sweetheart: A Nightie

Genevieve enjoyed her hand-me-down flannel nightie from friend Leah so much this winter, that I realized she would probably like summer nighties and that said nighties would be a snap to sew. Yup. There are going to be three - this one finished, another one cut out, and a third of such wonderful fabric that I'm not starting it until I have learned enough by making the first two.

The pattern and polka dots come from a dear older lady who is giving me her stash as she sorts through it - I'll have to tell you that story some time.

The neckline gave me fits and I actually cut out a second bodice and started over because the first one was so crappy (experienced friend Rebecca says it was poorly written for shoddy construction - I felt better).

When I asked Genevieve if she would model the nightie, she was eager to cooperate and full of poses. I pretended that this was perfectly normal. (Aunt Maggie, do you recognize the pink bear you gave to Genevieve when she was born? She named "him" Joey, and she chose him for the photo shoot.)

See the yellow button? All that pink and white was sweet, if a bit too boring for me.

Thanks to my friend with the stash, the cost of this nightie to me was less than $.20 (smidge of interfacing, one vintage button, thread).


Christian - Modobject@Home said...

A darling nightie on a darling girl! I love the pink polka dots and the eyelet lace... I used to say I wanted an eyelet lace wedding gown -- it's so simple and fresh!

Crystal said...

I love it! I wish I had the nerve, time, or inspiration to try sewing a summer nightie for Anika, but alas I don't think it's going to happen.

Anyway, I wanted to tell you that I tried making my own easter egg dye. It was mostly successful. Sorry this isn't the right post.

A said...

Help me understand this. You MADE that? Where have these skills been hiding? Why are you not teaching me them? I knew you made the occasional skirt for yourself, and of course there was the Disappointed Dress, but...but...but
OK, so here's the plan. When my sewing machine doesn't have a busted off pressure foot anymore, and there's a scrap of time, and I'm feeling emotionally prepared to tackle an actual pattern, we're going to sit down for some lessons. Do you share the love?

craftycountrymomma said...

I love the nightie wish I had little ones to sew things like that for.

Margo said...

Crys, I do want to hear exactly what was involved in the egg dye.

A, these skills were bought at a price! When I was in middle school, I wanted to sew so badly my mom paid a woman from church to teach me. So I learned the basics from her, but lost interest. Now I'm getting back into it. I'm willing to show you what I know, but in my opinion, patterns are complicated stuff. I am actually making clothes that I like now, as opposed to stuff from high school that was just strange and ill-fitting. We must talk more!