Ode to a Nightingale

February 27, 2014

nightie2To some folks, they are called nightdresses.

IMG_1748To others, they are nighties. But to Our Dear Girl, they are nightingales!

And why not indeed?

In an Ode to a Nightingale, John Keats wrote

Thou wast not born for death, immortal Bird!
         No hungry generations tread thee down;
The voice I hear this passing night was heard
         In ancient days by emperor and clown:
Perhaps the self-same song that found a path
         Through the sad heart of Ruth, when, sick for home,
She stood in tears amid the alien corn;
          The same that oft-times hath
Charm’d magic casements, opening on the foam
           Of perilous seas, in faery lands forlorn.
Who would not choose a garment like that?
Thus inspired by nightgales and this timely book…
IMG_1677I have forsaken my Sunnydale tshirt and embraced a broderie anglaise nightingale.
I traced the small size from the medusa-hair of a pattern sheet, rainbows lines snaking everywhere over four double sheets.  Eventually, I had some simple pattern shapes.
IMG_1674The broderie anglaise was given to me a few years ago and has waited patiently for the right thing to be made into. There was just enough. It is neither pleasant to cut or to sew, but it does look lovely.
IMG_1713I feel like Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby (1968) when I wear it.  I keep waiting for the chalky under-taste and the Castevets to visit.
The hem is particularly lovely.
IMG_1718My children are very impressed, they had no idea that a mother could sleep in anything other than an old tshirt.
Our Dear Girl liked it so much she thought her dolly needed a nightingale too.

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  1. Divine. I sometimes (actually extremely rarely but leaning toward more often) do something to make myself feel lovely that nobody else would notice. Like painting my toenails in winter when all I’ll wear is socks and boots or putting a pretty slip on under a work skirt. It’s good to remember that self-care can be a floaty nighty or a bit of lippy swiped on when rushing out the door.

  2. oh dear! rebecca this has put me in a lustful state of mind, i LOVE your nightingale nighty. but i would probably want to wear it as a dress (with slip) as it’s SO pretty. love the dolly one too. and that pattern, the simplicity one, now i’m looking for it.

  3. Absolutely lovely and you are in the right climate for it! It will be going down to -16C on Sat. and you would NOT want to see what I wear to bed 🙂 Yes, that ‘stuff’ is a nuisance to sew.

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