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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Bedjackets, Large and Small

Bed jacket over nightgown; soft and cozy!

While pregnant with Andy I enjoyed making several baby outfits, blankets, and quilts. It was fun to think about the baby while stitching tiny clothes. I also made something for myself: a pink chenille bed jacket. I had always thought they were a practical garment. I often read, watch TV, or do a little hand sewing at night and I hate to be chilly in the winter. I also thought it would be cozy for the middle of the night feedings. I wasn't sure if I should make something light and pretty, maybe with some smocking, or something warm and cozy. Comfort won, so I bought some pink cotton chenille. I knew I was having a boy, but I had made so many blue things already and pink is one of my favorite colors, so I went with it. I used a vintage pattern from the 1940s.

The vintage 1940s pattern I used
I decided to put a monogram on the front, which turned out to be the hardest part of the whole project. I used an embossed background to made a flat place on the chenille on which to stitch the monogram. The construction was easy after that! I used pink flannel for the facings to reduce bulk. It is a perfect fit and I am looking forward to using it more often now that Fall weather is arriving!

Pregnant Bunny

After I finished the bed jacket, a special friend sent me a package with this adorable bunny. Notice the pregnant tummy? She is wearing a tiny smocked pink bed jacket, too! This little bunny is only about 7 inches tall; notice the beautiful stitching. My friend is super-talented at sewing and cooking and everything she makes is exquisitely detailed. This little bunny was my pregnancy mascot and sat in the little bassinet waiting for Andy to be born. I love this special reminder of a wonderful time in my life.

Bunny Bed Jacket Detail; Smocking and Embroidery


Jeannie B. said...

It really does look comfy. Makes me want one!!

Elisabeth Rose said...

Jeannie, I guess this is a garment for the Old Fashioned Mama. I don't know why they aren't still popular; it's much more practical than a bulky robe. Maybe I'll start a trend- ha ha!