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Topic: Hand-sewn nightdress from a vintage crib sheet!  (Read 4310 times)
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« on: April 13, 2010 02:56:29 PM »

I don't have a sewing machine but have wanted to try making clothing for my two girls for ages! I have had soooo many attempts at making things, sewing by hand and they've all turned out bad...this is the most wearable thing I've ever turned out. It's far from perfect....I used a pattern for once which really helped and a vintage crib sheet with cute embroidery on it.... I bought them at a charity shop for a few pence because I LOVE vintge textiles and there were 6 of them in different colours and different patterns...my daughter is 2 and in a toddler bed so I knew I would re-use them in some other way. I don't normally cut up vintage textiles but felt these weren't old enough to really worry about....and I NEEDED to make a nightdress from one of them lol.

As I said it's far from perfect and I used the most basic pattern I could find...but I am happy with the fact that the stitches are strong enough to withstand a toddler wearing it!

There's something hypnotic about sewing a garment by hand and I plan to keep at it...I want to get good enough to make a garment which can actually be worn in public and not have anyone know it was handsewn! I don't think I would want a sewing machine now...I never got one as there were no funds....I coud probs scrape enough together now but to be honest they scare me a bit Lol!

Here's a close up of the embroidery....what IS the flying thing? Anyone know?

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« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2010 04:59:52 PM »

cute nighty!   And I think that the flying thing is suposed to be a bird... but yeah I could be wrong.

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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2010 05:02:41 PM »

that's a super cute nighty  Cheesy  I also think it is a bird, with a full circle tail.

« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2010 07:02:55 AM »

It looks beautiful - you must have a lot of patience to hand sew everything !!
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2010 11:42:54 AM »

Great job!! I bow down to you for HAND SEWING everything!!! I don't even remotely have the patience (or hand sewing skills) for that.  Wink

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« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2010 04:31:35 PM »

Thanks for the nice comments....she likes it so it must have been worth it! I think that doing embroidery or cross stitch takes a lot more patience though...the mount of stitches for a little nightie are far less than a good piece of embroidery ...which I really don't have the patience for! I think I might try and me myself a skirt next!
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2010 09:00:32 AM »

Amazing! I'd never have the patience to hand sew something.
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2010 07:08:05 AM »

That's really pretty! Good job on the hand sewing. My hand sewing doesn't look nearly that good!
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2010 12:58:12 PM »

Thank you so much for the encouragement!  Grin I will post my skirt when I have made it...we'll see how I get on with a BIGGER piece! Might be wonkier but I hope its wearable!
« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2010 08:47:26 AM »

I don't know how I missed this the other day, it's darling! It reminds me very much of a lovely little embroidered nightgown from the Gap that we found in a second hand shop for my daughter. It doesn't sound like as much of a compliment as it is - I've been searching high and low for something similarly embroidered so that I can make her more of them. She loves her nightgown so much that she's taken it from the nearly new condition we bought it in to threadbare and having had to have the seams reserged twice so far. I guess that's a comment on her love for it as much as for the lack of quality of the material, but it is a gorgeous nightie, and I think yours is even prettier than the one we have. And certainly more sentimental, I cannot believe you hand sewed it, wow.
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