The “Thank You for Being a Friend” Nightie
- Fabric: quilting cotton (stash)
- Pattern: Simplicity 3573
- Year: 2007
- Notions: thread, elastic & 3 buttons (stash)
- Time to complete: 3 hours
- First worn: June 5, 2012
- Wear again?: Yes
- Total price: $0
This was a hard challenge to decide on. So, so many TV shows. But I don’t watch a lot of TV these days (Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and the occasional BBC miniseries like Downton Abbey and Sherlock) so all sorts of ’80s and ’90s TV shows from my childhood kept running through my head: The Cosby Show, A Different World, Saved By the Bell, Blossom, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Family Matters, Family Ties, The Facts of Life, Perfect Strangers, Who’s the Boss?… And most of the clothing is pretty terrible. Sometimes even worse than the acting and plots. So I polled my FB friends on their favorite TV shows past and present. That also didn’t help much. There were a number of votes for another Joan-inspired dress, but I kind of wanted to see if I could think of something else. (One idea that I actually considered was combining Joan and Mr. Furley from Three’s Company…hmmmm, the possibilities.)
Then I happened to remember The Golden Girls. No, I didn’t want to make a 1980s old-lady-living-in-a-Florida-condo-association outfit. But it seems like almost every episode, someone would come out in a nightgown or bathrobe.
Anyway, with a small boy running around the house, my days of sleeping how I prefer are over. I need something on that covers everything and is appropriate for being woken up by the sound of his bare feet on the hardwood floor and the sight of his smiling face through my bleary eyes, and also for walking around the house sipping coffee and making breakfast. I really need more nightgowns and I also need to make a lightweight robe for the warmer months because my floorlength velour one is just too darn hot, but that will have to wait.
Now, I really would have liked to buy fabric. Something in thin cotton, sweet and flowery, in pinks, purples, and yellows. But, I’m still under my self-imposed fabric buying ban (6 months to go!) so I had to find stuff in the stash that would suffice. Luckily I stumbled upon some quilting cotton and two bedsheets I’ve been saving. They will likely all end up as nightgowns at some point, but for now, I used the quilting cotton for this lightweight nightie. I’ll make a summer robe once I can buy fabric again.
I couldn’t resist donning my velour robe (Butterick 5152, made in December) and putting on my best Sophia persona, though I’m probably about two feet too tall.
And for those of you poor people unfamiliar with The Golden Girls, here’s the theme song to get stuck in your head. You’re welcome.