A Finished Sewing Project

Originally this night gown was being made for Charlotte.  When I tried it on her to hem it, it was really too big.  I made it a “Size 5” according to the pattern, but I don’t think it is true to size.  I suppose this post could become a rant about sewing patterns.  I am learning as I go.  About 10 years ago I made 2 dresses and a blouse.  Clothes sewing is not like quilting and these clothes patterns can be very difficult to follow.  I measured the girls and their measurements were not even on the  pattern envelope!  Some people have told me that I need to measure the pattern itself.  Perhaps I should be going to the thrift store or antique stores looking for patterns from the good ole’ days. 

Recently the boys have asked me to teach them to sew.  John is working on a doll dress for Charlotte’s doll.  Kevin and I are starting work on dresses in identical patterns.  His dress will be for MaryEllen and mine will before Charlotte.  I am also working on a night gown for Charlotte and a dress pattern that I started years ago for MaryEllen, but Charlotte will end up with that, too, since they have both grown.  Poor MaryEllen.  In a way, I am so glad she finally got something made by me.  She loves the night gown, but I still feel a little guilty because I used cheap, $1 a yard fabric from Wal-Mart for it.  At least it looks pretty!  When I am finished with Charlotte’s, I’ll make MaryEllen another using some nice flannel Angelina Ballerina fabric.  Charlotte’s will be nice flannel Raggety Ann & Andy fabric.  It is cute, not cheap (but I did get it on sale) and should last longer than that $1 a yard fabric.  It certainly feels better.  Perhaps I should be sewing instead of writing this scattered post!

Now, here are the pictures…

ME nightgown 1  ME nightgown 2

7 Responses to “A Finished Sewing Project”

  1. dressingmyself Says:

    Every year until I was 18 my Mom made me 2 new flannel nightgowns – in the fall.
    The other night I was lying in bed half asleep, but feeling chilly. And I thought ‘ I wish I still had one of those nightgowns’.
    This may sound silly – and if you knew how old I was it would sound REALLY silly.
    You are sewing your children happy memories.

  2. krisvog Says:

    Thank you for your comment. Definately another thing to be grateful for, that is, making my daughters memories.

  3. Michele Says:

    Very cute! I like it!

  4. Ruth Says:

    Very cute!!!

  5. Dorothy Says:

    I haven’t finished a sewing project in a year. I need more time at home instead of at work? We have 4 out of 10 with positive type A flu tests in the last week. It’s most likely swine flu. I’ve been home for 4 days and have found the bottom of the dirty laundry pile. The bad part is I have 20 loads to sort, so I can get the summer stuff back in the attic and winter stuff down and sorted. 🙂

  6. Vicki Says:

    Oh Kris, those pix remind me so much of Carrie from Little House On The Prairie. You did a wonderful! (those silly pattern-making people/machines) She looks adorable.

  7. Tammy Says:

    we are planning a THM lunch on Sat Dec 19th. Holly from down your way is planning to drive up to nashville. We are planning it on the member boards. If you are not on there and want details, just email me.

    Tammy aka Fruity

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