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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.

it is as soft as it is pretty.

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? 

ruffle trim is way high up on that sweetness list. pretty 

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.'    

nightgown - bias tape + trim

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.

vintage pillowcase nightgown

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. 

fidge liked it.

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.

miss chris



Love this! Makes me want to go to your Gma's house.


I love this as well. Now I need to go thrift shopping....

Sarah :: greenclogs

So cute! I'm referring to you as CPL from now on. At least until you send me some of those pillowcases. ;)


I love this nightgown! I have some of that eyelet ruffle, and some vintage sheets...now just to find the time...


I have a feeling Fidge's memories will be similar but with one exception. She and baby girl will remember the soft linens they sleep in and their Momma makiong them : ) Our bunkbeds are just a few weeks away.


I just found your blog yesterday when looking for inspiration in the craft blogs! I am so inspired by your creations that I am planning some of my own! I actually went to the Goodwill today on my break from work and bought a great dress I plan on re-fashioning into a top for myself. Thanks for the inspriation!



Chris it's beautiful. So dainty. I'm happy you're on first name basis with the thrift store workers :). I hung out with jade last night and we chatted about you. Hooray for craft hope! I'm honored to be in the book with you!


So beautiful!! Your darling Fidget, the nightgown and the pictures. I love it all. :)


we can be crazy sheet ladies together :) this is so, so cute!


Hee. My mom still has these sheets. They're on the bed in my old room. (And yes, super soft!)

Love, love this post and the tee-to-tot dress! :)

Erika Sews-it-all

I love, love, love it! What a great idea, and it looks so comfy cozy.

Have you found all the project sharing going on over at www.WeAllSew.com? Lots of great links to sewing projects!


Very very cute!


Oh, Chris, that is so cute! And what a gorgeous girl that little Fidge is getting to be! The white yoke is perfect.

Anyway, my trouble with vintage linens is that so few are actually 100% cotton. And even with hundreds of washings, I can feel that polyester in there and it makes me crazy.

chris carleton

Few are; you are right, Grace.  The cotton ones I do find are wonderful -- although usually white + embroidered -- and I cant cut them up.  They end up on beds.  (Except for the matching ones I made into dresses for Fidge and her friend this summer!)



Beautiful job! And I am SO with you on the character stuff! I avoid it whenever possible.

Dalai Lina

Love it. I still have all those old pillow cases I need to make into things!!! Help!


Beautiful! I want to run to the thrift shop today and search for some sheets! Did you use a pattern? It is adorable~please share!


Love the nightgown idea. My sister & I are now going through our mom's boxes and boxes of old family linens and wondering how to bring them new life with new memories. Thanks for the inspiration!

chris carleton

I sort of did, Julie... Simplicity 9968, seriously hacked!  :)   xoxo

:o) mg

Love! This!

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