Still sewing Wilder gowns

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.

The Fabric Store’s recent online sale on premium merino didn’t help my obsession.

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!

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14 Responses to Still sewing Wilder gowns

  1. lizafrica says:

    Thanks so much. I continue to just love the way you write as well as , obviously, the projects you share with us.
    I’m so sorry about your father. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

    Liz
    Vancouver, Canada

  2. Ingrid says:

    This looks beautiful on her. Isn’t it great when the kids love what you make them?
    So sorry to hear about your father; sending you virtual hugs.

  3. Summerflies says:

    Sorry to hear about your Dad. So hard. I love that merino and I have a vintage pattern that looks so similar I have to try it. I wouldn’t have thought to make it in a knit. What a lovely colour too.

  4. Kim says:

    It looks wonderful on her – and even if she is wearing it 24/7 isn’t that such a complementary thing to do?
    Sorry to hear about your father. Virtual hugs from here 🤗

  5. What a great idea to make it from the merino wool! All of these wonderful ideas have made me put the pattern back into my queue to sew this season!

  6. amalitar says:

    Thanks for the closeups, i can almost feel the softness of the fabric from here. I would wear it the whole week if it was mine, lucky Felicity! And you too for squeezing a tshirt out of it, smart girl! My thoughts are with you while you care for your dad. My respite was needlepoint when i was caring for my mom. I framed it and now i remember her whenever i see it.

  7. Nonsuch says:

    so much gorgeousness. I would never have thought of making the Wilder in merino knit but it is fabulous. going to need to see your t-shirt too. xx

    • SewingElle says:

      That is the benefit of Felicity not knowing what you shouldn’t do. I wouldn’t have thought of doing this either but when Felicity suggested it, a lightbulb went off.
      Still think it would have looked less nightgown in the malachite green merino that is still sitting uncut. But perhaps that will be made into my next Wilder, for me. How many Wilders is too many?
      T-shirt is delightful to wear but spectacularly uninteresting. Unlikely to make it onto the blog. You’ll have to see it in person when restrictions ease.

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