"There is nothing more exciting than finding an old garment and studying the detail to create something new. Using our needlework talents we provide a link to the past and an heirloom for the future. The original Edwardian daygown was found dirty, wrinkled and in need of repair at a flea market in Illinois. It was clearly homemade using cheap fabric, with seams that did not hang straight and a yoke that did not sit correctly around the neckline. But it had a charm which reminds us of an era when mothers sewed for their children not only to save money, but for the love of creating something to be admired and passed on to the next generation.
The pattern for reproducing this garment incorporates an inverted underarm pleat that adds fullness to the garment and a long sleeve, the style of which dates back to the nineteenth century. During this time period the underarm seam was positioned towards the front of the sleeve. It is not evident as to whether moving this seam forward was to reduce the bulk of fabric formed by the seam and the pleat sitting together, or to create a better hang to the sleeve. Whatever the reason, it has been reproduced on this garment to maintain authenticity."
Sizes 3-12 months included