Tuesday, 8 September 2009

19th century Nightgown

The autumn is officially here. It's not cold yet, but the leaves are turning yellow and the air is a bit sharp in the mornings. The rowanberries are glowing red, and there's a lot of them. I like this time of year.
I have a habit of sleeping with my window open as far into the autumn or winter as possible, but at this time of year an extra quilt is nice. Last night I was still a little cold and I dug out a 19th century-ish nightgown I made some ten years ago. The few times I've tried it, it's been very comfortable to sleep in, and it's so cosy to pull my feet up inside it. To bad you don't use them anymore... It's made of a cotton fabric, with hand made bobbin lace round collar and cuffs. All visible seams are hand-sewn. I'm thinking of making a new one, not being completely happy with this. Anyway, here's a picture of it, taken earlier this year. I was terrified all the time that I should drop the candle and set fire to the bed. The picture turned out nice though.

I'm making slow but steady progress on the corded petticoat. It will have to give way for a more important project though: I'm making a friends wedding dress. She's getting married early in November, and the fabric only just arrived. We haven't made the pattern yet either. So, I have much to do and less time to do it in...

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