Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Phil 4:6-7

Thursday, June 21, 2012

a needle and thREAD

needle and thREAD

I am linking up with Elizabeth today to share what I have been sewing and reading. I am enjoying this weekly post and think it is good to journal what I have made, the pattern I used, the fabrics cut and pieced back together into something useful. I find that even though I may use a pattern once, in one size or another, I go back to the same ones, the same styles over and over. At least I'm consistent, right? It's nice to know I can come back here and find any notes I made, or pattern numbers long lost.

This week I pulled out some soft pink, lightweight, puckered seersucker that I purchased last summer to make myself a nightgown. I love this pattern -- it fits loosely, but is modest, even in the sleeveless style. It's also very easy to sew. But, someone, who shall remane nameless (my daughter) hacked some of my fabric from the end and there was not enough for a modest-length nightgown (a teddy, yes; a nightgown, no). There was, however, enough for a nightgown for my daughter, so she got a new pink nightgown. I ordered some more fabric for a nightgown of my own, and another for Faith, which should be here today or tomorrow. I also ordered fabric for two more skirts, so there is plenty of sewing in the weeks ahead.

I used the same pattern I used for this dress, but used one piece for the skirt, and cut it longer than the pattern called for in a dress. I also raced through sewing the bottom on and I see a flaw in the back in this picture (no, don't look). I can fix that when it comes out of the wash.

She was busy this morning, making paper flowers, when I caught these pictures. I love this dress pattern even more now that I know it also makes a lovely, loose nightgown. And it's such an easy pattern to sew and requires nothing more than fabric, thread, and 1/4 inch elastic to finish (and a tiny bit of ribbon for a bow if you like).

I finished the Cold Sassy Tree  on audiobook (I enjoyed it, especially listening -- good narrator), and started Year of Wonders: A Novel on the Plague (sounds uplifting, doesn't it?) on audiobook. It's too early to know if it's worthy. I am still reading The Seamstress at bedtime. If only I wasn't so dang tired once I get there.

Join Elizabeth and the other seamstresses at her place to see the other beautiful projects and great reads.


  1. What a very sweet nightgown! Here is one of my current projects: http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2012/06/crafting-along-with-needle-and-thread_21.html

  2. I have that adult gown pattern and need to try it out. Faith's nightgown is precious!

  3. Lovely nightgown! I wish I had your energy. I have tailbone arthritis too. It flared up about twelve years ago - I just waited it out (a hip replacement three years ago) and I could hardly sit for a couple of years. Now it just aches from time to time when I have fibro flare-ups. I love, love Geraldine Brooks! Read March, People of the Book and Year of Wonders. Her writing is very, very descriptive, and I, myself, can't imagine listening to it on audio. I'll be interested in your review.

  4. Very sweet nightie! Homemade cotton gowns are the best - so cool and comfy!

  5. Barbara, thanks for making me think outside the box and use a dress pattern for a nightgown. My 6yo is sitting beside me and is adoring the pink. And I do have the pattern :). Good job!


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