Autumn is well & truly here & is reminding me why I love it so. The cooler days are just delightful & although there have been a few mornings that make you want to stay tucked under the toasty, warm covers, most are perfect enough to tempt you out of bed early, ready to rush right into the day!
Unless you live in a particularly mild climate, this is also the time of year for the ' great clothes change over' no matter which hemisphere you dwell in . You are either replacing the cooler, summer clothes for the more bulky warmer ones or vice versa. So last week I decided I'd better tackle it & chose the
most difficult child who would care the most about what she's wearing ~ yes, miss Ellie. As we ploughed through her unbelievable amount of clothes (the twins should be girls ~ Ellie has that many clothes) we found she had most things for this coming winter season, but she did need some more pyjamas as she had seriously outgrown her size 6 ones she had last year. To my surprise she requested a winter nightie. Now we tend to wear flannelette pyjamas here at Sunnyside during winter, however since I really do like to encourage femininity in my girl I decided to see what I could do.
It wasn't until later that night that I thought of my material box. I remembered that my Mum had given me some fleecy & I really wanted to use it up but it was in rather girly (considering Mum had 5 girls) colours so it couldn't really be used for anyone bar Ellie (or myself, but I've really outgrown fleecy :). When I told Ellie that we would make her a winter nightie she was so excited.
|When I asked Ellie what colour she would like she chose them all!!|
We sat down & designed what we would make. I've always loved designing & sewing my own clothes, but haven't done it for so long.... ( definitely since before I had the twins) We chose a basic design with a yoke, long sleeves & skirt. Since I was using fleecy I didn't have to worry about any facings ( YAY)!!
|We had so much fun with this step!|
Next came making the pattern. I have found over the years, that it is best for me to make a pattern rather than just cutting straight into the fabric. This way I make my mistakes on the paper before I wreck the material :)
Sewing... this took me a few days as I really am bad at sitting still. I've found that if I give myself permission to leave my sewing machine set up on the end of the dining room table for a set amount of time ( in this case the holidays) and do a bit each day, projects get finished.
|I still use my Mum's old sewing machine. It is the one I learnt to sew on as an 8 year old. I love it!!|
After a few days of intermittent sewing it was completed. A very excited Ellie put her nightdress straight on & modelled the finished product ( let me just add again ~ Ellie chose the colour combination).
A very happy girl in her snuggly, warm winter nightie! Now I just have to find another project to complete in this next week ( but don't worry ~ I'm not lacking in ideas)!
Have a wonderful day!