It cracks me up every time I arrive at a shop counter with an armful of linens. Most of the thrift shop keepers where I find my best stuff are quite familiar with me, my gaggle of girls, and the stacks of florals and embroidered pretties I bring to the checkout counter. More than once I have been asked, "Do you actually use all of these?"
Well, yes. Of course I do! Just not always on my bed.
Vintage sheets and pillowcases can be so very soft if they are of good quality and condition. Hundreds of washings add another dimension of softness that just can't duplicated with new fabric.
And then there is the nostalgia factor.
There was nothing like the feel of my grandmother's sheets in the upstairs bedroom that my mom and her sister had shared as children. My sister and I would share that same room with the windows open, the sheers catching the night breeze. The twin beds just fit under the slanted roof and the walls were a pale aqua that is so popular these days. After rubbing our fingers over the nubbiness of the the Martha Washington bedspreads, we would pull them back all the way. The windows might be open, but it was still hot. And then we would lie there, under the cool softness of the cotton sheets, whispering to each other until one of us fell asleep.
Do you have memories like that?
Bedrooms were so different 'back then' before the invasion of licensed character bedding! Who started that? Was it Star Wars? Hollie Hobbie? Raggedy Ann?
Anyway... at the risk of sounding like a broken record, (or a scratched CD, or an infected MP3, or what even works for that anymore?) this particular thrifted king size pillowcase was begging to be 'nightgowned.'
I cut a yoke out of white sheeting and edged with bias tape made from the pillowcase. There is a keyhole in the back and it attaches with a simple button and loop. You could double the yoke and self-line it, but I didn't want that much weight or stiffness on the top of the nightgown. It's so hot, why add extra bulk?
Pre-made eyelet ruffle is my new favorite thing.
And now Fidget has a new favorite nightgown. I hope she and Wonderbaby will have sweet summer bedtime memories of their own someday. Fidge already has plans for bunkbeds.
I have a few more ideas, so prepare yourself for a few versions over the next few weeks. If I'm not careful, I am going to become known as the crazy pillowcase lady.
On the other hand, maybe I already am! Oh well. I'm okay with that.