This last week I’ve been reminded again of the restorative power of sewing. My father is in the late stages of terminal cancer.
A few moments here and there working on this project among all the busy-ness of end of life care has been a tonic.
Is there anything better that having lovely fabric between your fingers and running through your machine? Especially with a pattern you love?
I might be a bit obsessed with this pattern.
Felicity loved the lilac colour and wanted a Wilder gown so who was I to stand in the way? Even though I was pretty sure it would look like a Victorian era nightgown. After all, this was isolation fashion so a nightgown seemed like a good idea.
It does look like a nightgown. Especially with creasing that makes it look like she slept in it. For the record she says she didn’t. But she did wear it two or perhaps three days running after I stitched the last stitch. I’m taking that as a compliment.
Looking less like a nightgown with a denim shirt knotted at the waist. Also accessorised with sparkly unicorn socks and a mug (and several rolls of tracing paper and interfacing on the side – there’s a sewist in this house!)
It has pockets.
This was a sort off size M (inattentive printing, see earlier posts) but with 2 cm added to the bodice length as a nod to an FBA. The gathered skirt sections were cut out according to the size M dimension for width and not as an XL and then a bit more depending on whatever the fabric width was. Which was what I did for my other Wilders.
Which meant the skirt sections for this one are less full. But as a bonus, there was enough leftover lilac merino knit for a t shirt for me.
The neck details of this gown are cute, and I’m loving the perfectly imperfect bow tying
I added one of KATM’s labels to the side seam and I love this little detail too.
Love this pattern.
Love The Fabric Store’s premium merino.
Love this girl!