A Favorite Nightgown is a Woven Nightgown

 

A Woven Nightgown; Not Knit

 

woven nightgown

A woven nightgown was much preferred for a person experiencing menopause and hot flashes. Some people’s bodies just won’t adhere to the trends! A beloved family member needed a new nightgown, but the nightgowns the stores were offering were made of knit fabrics, to her disappointment. She felt that they made her too hot and were responsible for the heat that awakened her at night. Fixing her need of new nightwear seemed a simple matter. We went to the fabric store and she picked out this cheery purple seersucker. I already had a pattern (no longer available) that would work nicely for the task ahead. It was originally designed for nursing mama’s, but it was easy enough to change it to accommodate one who does not nurse. I also made it without any sleeves, for greater night time comfort. I cut out the meager number of pattern pieces needed to bring on cooler nights. Assembly was pretty quick for this project as the simpler version had been chosen. This was complete in no time and received with great joy and relief.

Pillow Case Dress ReFashion

 Pillow Case Dress!

Pillow case dress

 

A pillow case being used as something other than it’s original purpose never occurred to me. Living in a world of boys, (no daughters) I was not familiar with the concept of using them for dresses, until my friend introduced me to it. I totally fell in love with the idea! I made a point of looking for cute pillow cases on my next thrift shop expedition.  I found two identical ones in a cute print, as shown in the photo. . When I returned home, I followed a tutorial online and I was so pleased with how simple they are and appreciated the outcome. I gifted one each, to two friends, who benefited from me having no girls to make fru fru goods for.  😉

Since that time, I have discovered that pillow cases make wonderful cross body bags, as well. The tutorials for this were available since before the recent wave of bags now known as “cross body”. They are wonderful for balancing the weight of the bags’ contents. Hmm… might have to try those in the future, too! 🙂

I am wondering if there are other uses for pillow cases that I am unaware of. Do you have favorite uses for them, no matter if you refashion them or not….?