4.08.2010

nightgown weather






Yesterday it was 89 degrees.  Yeah, in April.  I really didn't think nightgown weather would come so soon this year.  Boy was I excited to get my stack of whisper-thin nightgowns out of storage and wear one for the first time last night.  These are my three favorites, and they've all been in my closet for many years and hold special memories. 

My mom bought the white one for me at Victoria's Secret when I was a teenager.  I grew up in Kansas, and Victoria's Secret seemed so grown up and sophisticated to me at the time.  However, this particular nightgown possessed puritanical proportions, meaning it came all the way down to my ankles and had long sleeves.  I took my scissors to it in an act of rebellion that to this day still makes me feel proud of myself.

The sheer off-white nightgown also came from my mother, bought for me at Anthropologie as a gift for my honeymoon four years ago.  It's such a beautiful nightgown that it makes me feel pretty every time I wear it.

The one with blue flowers is the most special of all.  This is the first garment that I ever made completely by myself.  Instead of going off somewhere fun for spring break as a teen, I stayed home, determined to complete my first solo project.  The sewing is kind of a mess, but the gown has held together well over the years despite how much I wear it.  It's been with me through so many things, and I like to wear it when I'm sick in bed because it brings me comfort.

I got an excellent night's sleep last night, wearing my floral gown, and today I woke up to find that the tree in my backyard had bloomed with hundreds of tiny pink flowers.  Spring.

Edit: If you're interested in sewing one like I made, here's a link to the pattern.  I have no idea what size I made, since that was over ten years ago.  I think it's cool that the company still sells that same pattern.  I need to make more of these for myself.  I also like this style and this one too.  That last pattern even includes a pillowcase with a handle on it!  You know, for like taking to slumber parties and stuff.  Haha, so weird.

38 comments:

Melinda said...

They're all very pretty and feminine! The pictures remind me of fresh washed linens drying in the sun on a clothesline.

Carolanne said...

The white one is fantastic. It looks like you didn't even finish the sleeves. I love it!

Jocy said...

I have a soft spot for vintage nightgowns. I have to stop myself from buying them. My favorite is this gossamer vanilla number, all pintucks and wisps. So pretty.

Kristien said...

So pretty, Jenny. I love the print of the gown you made for yourself--it's just so delicate. My mom also bought me a long Victorian-esque white nightgown from VS when I was a teenager, and I loved it so much.

Your post made me appreciate this hot spell, whereas before I was feeling totally wilted. I do love how the warm weather in NYC brings people out of their apartments and suddenly every little bit of grass is filled with picnic-ers and dogs. If only you were allowed to go swimmng in the reservoir in Central Park, summer life here would be pretty perfect.

Anna Allen said...

pretty! i need to make myself a pretty nightgown like these. :)

erica said...

so cute that you wear nightgowns! i'm ashamed to say that i wear old t-shirts and running shorts.

for what it's worth, victoria's secret seemed awfully sophisticated to me in long beach, ca., too!

stephanie renee said...

that floral one is so perfect and these pictures are all really lovely. such beautiful light!

Rebecca said...

This is such a lovely post and the nighies are adorable. Isn't it incredible how we attach memories and feelings to clothes?

Emily said...

The flowery one was the one I was determined to buy if you listed where and of course it's homemade! Very pretty.

Sharon said...

very beautiful...i never thought of trying on!

anneemall said...

All of these are lovely. They make me want to improve my night wardrobe. I tend to avoid old t-shirts, but nothing I have is that charming. And lucky you to have proper Spring weather, here it is still so chilly,

alyson. said...

these are so pretty Jenny!

ellybeth said...

seriously 89 degrees?! that's insane! especially because it's so cold here. but i can feel it, i'm sure warm weather is around the corner again for us too.

these nightgowns are beautiful. i was never much of a nightgown wearer because mom said she used to worry about them ending up around our neck in the middle of the night - haha wait, what?

ellybeth said...

oh, and i forgot to say that all the nightgowns look brand new! you must take awesome care of them.

Leslie said...

such a sweet post.

kittycat said...

oooh i really like the floral nightgown!

xo tiffany

Jennifer said...

How cool to see your first finished sewing project (the sewing looks pretty good to me!). 89 degrees? No wonder my friend Amy has been running around in shorts & tank tops in NYC. Nice post.

Paulina said...

Beautiful and full of summertime atmosphere post.

Paulina

elena gold said...

beautiful post and beautiful nightgowns. the one you made is my favorite, of course. i'm inspired to try my own. i'm not sure why the idea of something handmade lasting so long moves me so much, but it does. enjoy spring Jenny!

karen said...

what a lovely post!

Sarah said...

How, this is so timely. I was just looking for some patterns for lightweight dresses or tunics for the summer, and there you go, posting three awesome patterns.

kristen said...

they are all so gorgeous. just love the blue one. and love that you did it on spring break. and love that you told all the stories behind them. love it.

Josephine Tale Peddler said...

I love nightgowns and I'm so impressed you stayed home when younger to make a nightgown. I often stayed home when young 'writing books'. A lovely post. xx

ashima said...

What a beautiful post. I have a night gown that was handed down to me by my Mom. It's the first thing I ever wore that made me feel grown up--the lace, the silky feel of the fabric. Thanks for shainrg

Lyn said...

adorable post. i was surprised to learn VS sold a nightgown that went down to the ground and had full sleeves. cah-razy.

Olivia said...

My baby blanket, made by my mother while she was pregnant with me, is made out of the same fabric as your blue nightgown!

kristina said...

Oh, I love them!

Alicia said...

Thanks for sharing- I'm always looking for decent nightgowns for summer (I'm a PJ girl the rest of the year), but it's hard to find non granny/non lingerie ones.

Every Little Counts said...

i love vintage style nighties. i've been wearing my little white eyelet one for the last few weeks. it makes me feel like i'm in the slumber party scene from grease. i like that feeling;)

Meg said...

those are all so delicate and lovely!

jones said...

amazing photos.

Anne Living Life said...

I love cotton nightgowns. What a fun post!

Modern Crush said...

I love this post!! Nightgowns are my absolute favorite, I love how they make you feel so pretty at night. xo!

practical, schmactical said...

i LOVE the anthro one! it had me scrambling to the site, sadly none though. any suggestions as to where to find similar ones?

Victoria said...

We three girls (me and my daughters) are big on nighties in this house too. I birthed both my girls in the same well loved, paper thin white nightgown. It's now beyond wearing, but I have it still and it holds even more memories than it already did over 6 years ago.

mammacomic said...

very pretty. Makes me wish I had some night gowns. Perhaps after the kids are no longer in bed with me! I love the one you sewed yourself. I have some very soft old cotton sheets that would make perfect nightgowns...hmmm

Jen said...

The first photo is so beautiful! its my photo of the day :) http://www.grayboulevard.blogspot.com/
Its coming into Winter here in Australia but I just might have the chance to pull on a nightie yet! Thanks for the inspiration

Suzy said...

They're so pretty. I just bought KwikSew 1812 after reading this - I'm going to need some nursing nighties this spring, and I think this pattern will be perfect. I'm going to make up a few in Liberty lawn.