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Posted on:11/5/02 3:14 AM
Last Updated:11/11/02 0:37 AM
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Margaret said... (3/11/10 9:26 AM) Reply
I do think this could work well as a nightgown as well as a dress. Another nice thing about the pattern is that the construction methods used are sturdy, so it'll last.
Clev said... (3/10/10 3:13 PM) Reply
I made this years ago in a blue calico and I still LOVE it. I wear it under an apron or jumper. It's a fantastic pattern.
kittiequeen said... (1/17/10 2:19 PM) Reply
Thank you for your review. Especaily concerning the finished fit sans petticoats and amount of fabric needed. Am thinking that this could be a winter flannel nightgown. Kittiequeen
Margaret said... (11/12/02 0:03 AM) Reply
Yes, that sounds like a good idea. I think it would work well around the house. This reminds me, I have also seen some interesting vintage skirt clips (chains with one end to clamp onto the skirt like a clothespin and the other end to pin higher up on a dress) that were used to hold up long skirts while the wearer was walking up stairs with her arms full.
said... (11/11/02 3:03 AM) Reply
I've been attracted to this pattern as it seems to be on the wearable side of vintage. It would also work around the house for those of us who stay at home to some degree. You've inspired me to go ahead with this; thank you.
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said... (11/5/02 2:15 PM) Reply
I made this dress a number of years ago as a maternity dress for a friend, and I think she liked it very much. I also made it recently for me out of flannel as a nightgown, and it worked very well. The only thing is that the sleeves are very high and a bit tight (something I have found with a lot of the Folkwear reproduction patterns, which of course is historically accurate.) Anyway it made a very nice Lanz style nightgown.
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said... (11/5/02 11:41 AM) Reply
This brings back memories! I made one of maroon calico with a white vine pattern back when I was in high school in the late 70's, and loved wearing it to school until I was accused of wearing it to hide a pregnancy! I still wore it after that, and I probably still have it around. Thanks for bringing it up!
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said... (11/5/02 10:47 AM) Reply
I made this dress way back in the 70's. I was surprised at how huge it was. Pictures of 19th century women usually show them in their formal outfits that were very fitted on top and worn with tight corsets. This dress is what working women wore. They didn't have separate maternity wardrobes back then, so this kind of dress could be worn during pregnancy too. It was a really fun and educational project to sew.
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