I really need to get cracking on See & Sew B5699, the jacket anyway, so I've got something new to wear this winter. However, I got some free fabric a few weeks ago and decided to use some to make a new nightgown, and to finish up a smocked pillow that has been laying around for months. So here are those 2 items, which have cleaned off my sewing table, giving me plenty of room to get that wool out & start cutting!
The mother of a colleague taught Home Ec & Sewing in a public school in Pennsylvania for years. And she has a ton of fabric. My colleague is trying to get her to start cleaning out her basement, so she brought me a bag.
This 100% polyester is something I'd never buy. But since it's pretty & feels silky, I thought it would make a good nightgown...and I can always use more nightgowns. Years ago I bought a nightgown which I really liked, but it finally wore out. Since then I've made 3 which are essentially copies of it. This is one of them. It's a quick project & I like how slick & silky the fabric feels.
And this morning I finished another smocked pillow! Again, some fabric I got free (on www.freecycle.org); it's a light denim and there wasn't much (less than 1/2 yard), so a pillow seemed like an obvious project. As with nightgowns, I can always use another cushion cover & I enjoy all the different textures created by the smocking around the house.
I have only been using smocking on household items, but here's an amazing example of smocking on a dress, from a sister-blogger, from a 1960s pattern.